Sony Xperia M2 Review
Building upon its existing M line, Sony is adding the still minty-fresh Xperia M2 to its mid-range roster of devices. The M2 is very similar to its predecessor in a bunch of ways, but also quite different in one particular aspect: screen real estate has made a humongous jump from 4 to 4.8 inches.
Outfitted with a quad-core Snapdragon 400 chip from Qualcomm and 1GB of RAM, along with an 8-megapixel Exmor RS sensor, the M2 will strike you as a very decent, middle-of-the-road handset. And that's precisely where Sony is aiming the M2 at. Let's see if it delivers on that promise.
Sony's attractive OmniBalance design is tested and true.
On the outside, nothing really distinguishes the Xperia M2 from the current Sony crop of smartphones, and it's probably safe to say that this is a deliberate effort. Indeed, Sony's OmniBalance design language has been well received by critics and consumers alike, but it would be wrong to say that the M2 didn't go through certain design changes when compared to its predecessor.
At the front, we're looking at some noticeable bezel slim-sizing, allowing for a relatively smaller footprint, despite the larger screen. At the top, you'll find the earpiece and front-facing camera, of course, but also a small, circular notification light. On the right side of the device, we have a two-step shutter key, a volume rocker, and a power button, with only the latter one providing satisfying tactile feedback and travel time. Turning the M2 around, we see that the convex-shaped rear shell of its predecessor is gone, and a perfectly flat, plastic back has taken up its place. Lastly, the loudspeaker can now be found at the bottom side of the M2.
139.6 x 71.1 x 8.6 mm
5.22 oz (148 g)
129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm
5.04 oz (143 g)
129.3 x 65.3 x 10.4 mm
4.59 oz (130 g)
137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59 mm
4.59 oz (130 g)
Overly-cold display with a reflective glass on top that hampers outdoors viewing.
The Sony Xperia M2 made a considerable jump in screen size over its predecessor, and its LCD TFT display now measures in at 4.8 inches. Unfortunately, the 540x960 (qHD) pixel resolution of the panel actually results in a slightly inferior pixel density of about 229 ppi.
Turning away from specs-rehashing, let's talk quality. Color temperature, at over 11000 K (6500 K is the reference value), is overly cold, so whites and different shades of gray have a blue tinge to them. Overall color reproduction is decent, even though colors like red tend to be over-saturated a bit. The rest of the color spectrum is mostly rendered well, with acceptable deviations from the reference states. Gamma, at 2, is also alright, though it does result in a less-contrasty image with somewhat overly-bright highlights.
Lastly, maximum brightness is quite acceptable for this class at 461 nits, though the reflective glass on top does limit how much of the display we can make out under direct sunlight. That is to say that it is readable, but you'll be squinting every now and then.
Display measurements and quality
|Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better||Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better||Contrast Higher is better||Color temperature (Kelvins)||Gamma||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Google Nexus 5||485
|Sony Xperia M2||461
|Motorola Moto G||429
The numbers below represent the amount of deviation in the respective property, observed when a display is viewed from a 45-degree angle as opposed to direct viewing.
|Maximum brightness Lower is better||Minimum brightness Lower is better||Contrast Lower is better||Color temperature Lower is better||Gamma Lower is better||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Sony Xperia M2||71.4%
|Google Nexus 5||85.6%
|Motorola Moto G||90.7%
The CIE 1931 xy color gamut chart represents the set (area) of colors that a display can reproduce, with the sRGB colorspace (the highlighted triangle) serving as reference. The chart also provides a visual representation of a display's color accuracy. The small squares across the boundaries of the triangle are the reference points for the various colors, while the small dots are the actual measurements. Ideally, each dot should be positioned on top of its respective square. The 'x: CIE31' and 'y: CIE31' values in the table below the chart indicate the position of each measurement on the chart. 'Y' shows the luminance (in nits) of each measured color, while 'Target Y' is the desired luminance level for that color. Finally, 'ΔE 2000' is the Delta E value of the measured color. Delta E values of below 2 are ideal.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Color accuracy chart gives an idea of how close a display's measured colors are to their referential values. The first line holds the measured (actual) colors, while the second line holds the reference (target) colors. The closer the actual colors are to the target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Grayscale accuracy chart shows whether a display has a correct white balance (balance between red, green and blue) across different levels of grey (from dark to bright). The closer the Actual colors are to the Target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
1. itsjustJOH (Posts: 85; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)
Those photos look really bad, though I think it deserves a 6-6.5 at least.
3. boosook (Posts: 1029; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
I think that 5 is even too much! :) The only good thing of this phone is the battery. The rest... well... image quality is awful, worse than the worst chinese clone. Sony should be ashamed to put its name on such crap. Sound quality is bad, and again, what's the point of buying a Sony if there's no guarantee of a good image and sound quality? Weren't they famous for picture and sound quality? Why am I paying more, then?
The phone is big and heavy, bigger and heavier than the nexus 5 which has a larger screen. The other hardware is on par with the Moto G, which costs much less. The price they ask is ridiculous: do they really think users are so stupid? This is Samsung's style, and Sony should not follow Samsung in the wrong footsteps.
There's so many people that have been so much disappointed with the quality of the camera in the M, L, SP and other low and midrange Sony phones that they swear they won't get a Sony again... and now this M2...
8. PRoChandra (Posts: 6; Member since: 08 May 2014)
My Brother owns this phone and I can confirm that the quality which it has is nowhere near as bad as this... Camera is actually pretty good and a miles better than what PA showed here. Even Display and call quality is much better that PA ratings, I have experienced it at my own..... Seriously PA the device you got is faulty, check another one !
10. boosook (Posts: 1029; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
All right, but even if it's true, even if they tested a faulty M2, why the heck:
1) Sony gave a faulty phone to a reviewer without even checking it?
2) is it that easy to get a faulty sample? How would you feel if it was yours and you had spent $350 on it?
They rated the phone according to how it was performing. It is the manufacturer's task to ensure that quality control stops faulty products *before* they are shipped, and to double check phones that are sent to reviewers!
17. PRoChandra (Posts: 6; Member since: 08 May 2014)
It isn't always Sony that sent in the device..... And even if thats the thing and I get such device (Which I got "Xperia Z" with two dead pixels, very negligible fault which is barely visible at this insane pixel density) Sony did replace me without even arguing !!!
Also PA has a record of using Pre-production units for reviewing.....
20. Chris.P (Posts: 292; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)
PRoChandra, you're misleading readers with incorrect information.
Whenever we have a pre-production unit for review, that's specifically pointed out in the review itself. The manufacturers themselves request that.
Having used the phone myself over the last week, I feel confident that we didn't get a lemon. The phone functioned perfectly normal. This review represents reality as we know it. No hidden agenda here.
24. nuphoneseeker (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Jun 2014)
i'm sorry, i ain't good speaking in English, but may i ask you something about Xperia M2 bad camera result, cold side of screen, and other sleek performance like phone quality, etc?
Do the kitkat sofware update has a possibilty to fix this problem ?? if yes, may be it will be somehow worth to buy because In my country it price around 270$ for non LTE Phone. Thanks PA -))
31. nidarg (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)
Actually, right now you are misleading the readers with your outdated review. Everyone agrees that the camera performance has increased dramatically since with the kitkat update. I don't know about the call audio quality but it would be nice if someone could check if it has been improved since as well, patching can do wonders!
It's not like you're expected to do a new review this late in the game, every phone changes with patches. But you could at least put down a footnote that states that the camera quality improved with kitkat. This phone is still being bought and reviews in my opinion isn't a bookmark in time, they should be kept as relevant as possible.
(Yes, I know that your post predates M2 kitkat)
2. pwnarena (Posts: 930; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)
sony ericsson phones with 5MP sensors from the past produced much better photos.
4. SonyPS4 (Posts: 256; Member since: 21 May 2013)
Camera seems bad. Even my old Xperia Ray looks better. Battery is just amazing.
5. khuonggau (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 May 2014)
I think it should have the same score of Moto G, but now it is the same score of Xperia E1
can not imaging
6. royalsovereign (Posts: 37; Member since: 01 Mar 2014)
5 isn't acceptable,it should be at least 6.5, very bad review from pa,as always,that's why people prefer gsma for reviews,just look at e1 review in both sites and see the defferince,I read no more review on pa,
7. boosook (Posts: 1029; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
Do you think that camera is acceptable in a phone whose price ranges from $330 to $400? Isn't Sony mocking its users? I also prefer gsma because their reviews are more accurate, but it is also true that gsma never bashes a phone, even when it deserves it...
13. Looser99 (Posts: 53; Member since: 10 Nov 2013)
I am also a Sony fan so i understand your frustration but you gotta learn to accept bro. PA is not biased. They provide justified review. Look at the T2 Ultra score : 8.8 with quad core procesor and 1 gb ram whereas Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo got score : 8.5 with its 6 processor and 2 gb ram. The real fact here is Xperia M2 sucks at everything except battery life :(
9. royalsovereign (Posts: 37; Member since: 01 Mar 2014)
No the camera is not acceptable from SONY, neither the screen,but 5!!! It's questionable,you shouldnot give a mark based on all factors,cup,battery,storage are good the screen is good if not amazing in its price range,but it deserves 6.5_ I'm olso disappointed by m2 I had high expectations from it.
21. Chris.P (Posts: 292; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)
The main downer with the M2 is the price really, especially in the still many regions without LTE. The phone otherwise would have been perfectly justifiable, just not at this price point.
And that's not a "good" screen. It's an okay one (for its class). It's super-cold (and noticeably blue), and it's reflective, which ought to discourage a few people, especially now that summer is behind the corner.
It's easier to judge from the sidelines, but do keep in mind that these scores need to reflect the phone's targeted market and its competition there, along with (very important!) price. In a world where you can get an LTE Moto G, why would you settle for the much more expensive M2?
11. Looser99 (Posts: 53; Member since: 10 Nov 2013)
I'm afraid this is what this phone deserves. I even said so to myself when i first saw the specs. 2014 is gonna be a very bad year for Sony if they are gonna release loser phones like M2 and E1 for their mid range-low range segment. Ignore us middle class consumers and Sony is looking straight to a bad financial quarter because we middle class people are who brought success to Sony... I am very very disappointed in Sony this year. Had some high expectations...
12. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3418; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Moto E costs half and a its better overall package.
14. Planterz (Posts: 886; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
If the call quality is so bad you'd rather text, then you can hardly call it a phone. I'm guessing those who are demanding a higher rating haven't experienced the call quality.
If even if call quality was perfect, the price is still a bit high compared to other phones, really high compared to the upcomming Moto G LTE, and WAY to high if you make the somewhat unfair comparison to the OnePlus One (which isn't just a spec monster, but a size monster as well, and not everybody wants a monster in their pants - giggity).
15. vishalaestro (Posts: 47; Member since: 08 Dec 2013)
This review is totally bad there is something like what human eye can see and hear technical testing will not be equal to a device tested by human by using it regularly as his daily driver. Guys just watch this video and you will clearly understand how this phone performs in real life scenario. Just watch the YouTube video for Sony Xperia m2 full review you will find only one person who has done that which is geekyranjit and you will understand what this phone is actually is
18. ryq24 (Posts: 507; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
I think it's expensive coz it has LTE and NFC something you don't usually see on other midrange phone.
19. Odiin (Posts: 272; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)
Again same old 'famous' display with qHD resolution? Crappy Camera?
Sony why you are copying Samsung mid'ranges?
22. Christ (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 May 2014)
I have plan to buy Xperia M2, i really love the design , but after read many reviews, i really confused.
I read many complains about this phone.
Camera and video quality very disappointed, and often overheat.
Do you think is this a software problem ? Or bad hardware ?
Can Sony just fix it with update ?
25. Indradawardhani (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)
I think really bad software, because the camera gave me inconsistent result. may be sony gives kikat to fix it like xperia m
23. alumoyo (Posts: 209; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)
Here is what GSMARENA had to say about call quality:
Receiving and making calls on the Xperia M2 was nothing short of pleasing. There is noise-cancelling options that is on by default, but you can turn it off from Settings. There is also a Slow Talk option, which will actively slow the speech of the other calling party. You can even apply equalizer settings to the voice call sound, but you can choose only between Normal, Bright and Smooth.
Phonearena says NOTHING about equalizer for calls - so maybe they had bad settings?
26. izprve (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Jun 2014)
I do not usually participate in discussion such as this one, but i have to make an exception (you are not doing »justice« to this device). I am using Sony Xperia M2 now for some time and i have to say in my personal opinion it is positioned well in the market. You can purchase the device for reasonable 200€ or 270$. It is a midrange device and it is 2.5 times cheaper then its big brother Xperia Z2. I have to say, mostly i agree with the review done by PhoneArena but there are couple of points i believe they were to tough on. But first is first, lets start with design of the device. It is great! Sony, have to say, now has the range on of the best looking devices on the market. The build quality is also ok, It is not made of metal but nevertheless the feel of the phone in the hand is good and firm, solid. One of the best features is users interface design. It is simple, fluent and easy to work with. It is stated in the review »it is easy on the eyes« - couldn't agree more! Its hardware is more than sufficient for normal usage. I have to say, so far had no problems with overheating the device. Mostly i am only running apps such as Endomondo, RunKeeper, SnapChat, Facebook, etc, and a lot of browsing...(no gaming-use computer or Ps4 or Xbox or Nintendo ) Onced i had the chance of using Xperia Arc S and it was heating by only using the phonebook or trying to surf the net... Also i am not experiencing any lag, so thumbs up! But the true winner of this phone is its battery (Stamina mode rocks). Going through the day with no charging is something normal to expect. Non the less if you are »normal« you can use the phone for two days straight with no recharging at all... Now to discuss the things that are not so good. The camera is a joke haha it really is. During the day when the light is ok, pictures are »fine« (you have to use manual mode and set it up to 8 megapixels), but at night when the light is weak the performance is just bad. Capturing the light even with flash is.....haha. Furthermore three years old Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S (january 2011) makes better photos. No one can convince me that this is because of implementing cheaper (or worst) camera in the device... In my personal opinion they hat to make it worst because otherwise the price difference between M2 and Z2 would be to great versus what you get for your money... (in economy this is called the fear or market cannibalism-google it) Probably they could fix it with a simple camera update.... (What do you all think?). Discussing the phone call quality is a waste of time. Experiencing absolutely no problems and the sound of others is completely normal (at least for me it is...). Even more, for the last few days i was discussing with my contacts how they were experiencing the phone call and they reported no problems and the sound quality was ok on their side as well.
27. izprve (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Jun 2014)
Moving on to screen. Yes it is glossy and if the light is heavy (on the sun) you cant rely see anything but yourself (no problem if you look good haha) but so what, look closer or move into shadow... haha (it is not that bad). Phone also has LTE 4G and NFC (don't know what to use it for, but anyway ). I believe it is the best device for your money right now. DO REPLY (OR SHARE)
28. midomansour (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Jul 2014)
I just bought this m2 and the call quality has issues, no like serious issues, i thought pa may had a faulty model or didn't set the call eqaulizer settings right but unfortunately i was wrong, the call quality is more than very bad you hear noises sqeaks that can hurt your ear while using headphones,though the screen resolution isnt that bad,battery is record setting never seen any phone lasts this long o singke charge,, sony "should" better fix this call quality issue in the kitkat upgrade (i hope) otherwise i dont recommend this phone to anyone, sony pkease do something about that
29. Indradawardhani (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)
I don't mind about the speaker provided they had higher tessitura such as female voice, but if they were male i call it crap....
30. 79cmj (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Jul 2014)
I recently upgraded to this phone and thought everything was great, until I rang someone. The call quality was terrible, but I thought it must be a bad line so I rang a couple more numbers and had the same problem. The ear speaker was crackly and distorted as the ringing tone was sounding and when the person on the other end answered I could not honestly tell what they were saying! It was really distorted and just sounded nasty. Frustrated I took it back to the Virgin Mobile shop where it came from. They were very apologetic and swapped it for another, no questions asked. I am pleased to say that the new one works perfectly, really clear call quality! Perhaps Sony need to make quality control better to stop this sort of thing happening as I obviously does. Anyway the phone is fantastic, loads of good features. Yes the camera really isn't that great but I can put up with that as its a budget phone.
32. FroYoBro (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Sep 2014)
I really think this review needs updating. The bad call quality they experienced is a known bug with jb that they should have known about from basic research before they even touched the phone. I can understand bugs are hardly a way to get positive review points but to at least mention your second biggest complaint was a known bug that would be fixed with a later build would have been nice. The camera, most users agree, has improved dramatically with kitkat. That's the two main issues out of the way. That leaves the dpi of the screen as the only issue left standing. If they were to review it now it would probably score at least a 7.5.
|Display||4.8 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (229 ppi) TFT|
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8926, Quad core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7 processor
1024 MB RAM
|Size||5.50 x 2.80 x 0.34 inches|
(139.6 x 71.1 x 8.6 mm)
5.22 oz (148 g)
|Battery||2300 mAh, 14.2 hours talk time|