Sony Xperia M ReviewSony Xperia M 7.3
The 1750mAh battery on the Xperia M lasts us two days with average use, and even a bit more if we were more frugal with calls and gaming. Official quoted talk time stands at the average 9 hours on 3G. The battery is also user replaceable and that’s a plus.
The Sony Xperia M is a phone with good looks, streamlined user interface that we actually like, and a powerful chip for its class. Not a bad combination, is it? It has its downsides - we wish the screen was a bit better, but our biggest complaint right now is price. The handset sells for prices of between $200 and $250 off contract, and that is a bit steeper than we’d like for such a device.
On Android, its biggest rival would be the larger, but cheaper 4.5-inch Samsung Galaxy Core. Even the similar yet larger 4.3” Sony Xperia L sells for around the same price.
If you are willing to experiment with a different platform, the Windows Phone 8-based Nokia Lumia 520 brings a very identical package at around half the price and looks like a much better deal.
All in all, we like where Sony is headed with the Xperia M, an affordable device with good looks and solid hardware like this one could become the staple in its smartphone lineup, but it needs to come down in price first.
Software version on the reviewed unit:
Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
Baseband version: 2.11.J.1.18_8x30_M:172136.41.21.000327_A:172136.41.21.002465
Kernel version: 3.4.0
Build date: Thu Jun 20 15:24:21 CST 2013
Build number: 15.1.A.1.9
- It’s a looker - compact and stylish
- Above average performance for its class, 1GB of RAM
- Good 1750mAh battery
- Average display - dim and with poor viewing angles
- Only 2GB of user available storage
- Disappointing call quality
Sony Xperia M Review - Call Quality, Battery and Conclusion
|Display||4.0 inches, 480 x 854 pixels (245 ppi) TFT|
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1000 MHz, Krait processor
1 GB RAM
|Size||4.88 x 2.44 x 0.37 inches|
(124 x 62 x 9.3 mm)
4.06 oz (115 g)
|Battery||1750 mAh, 10.3 hours talk time|