Sony Xperia M2 ReviewSony Xperia M2 5
The situation here is downright critical!
Oh my! Call quality sure is a massive disappointment with the Xperia M2, ranking among the worst we've had the displeasure to work with.
Starting with the earpiece, the situation is just critical, even with Sony's ClearPhase (enhances the quality of the in-ear speaker). The people on the other side sound as if they have a very serious case of the stuffy nose – tonal information was just lost on us. Worse still, volume output is mediocre, and that made it all the harder to make out the other side. We honestly often had trouble even understanding what's being said. Sadly, the microphone is only slightly better. Your voice again loses a whole bunch of its tonal information on its way to the other side, and clarity is just poor. That's an F minus for the M2.
Record-setting battery life!
Simply put, the Sony Xperia M2 is one hell of an endurance monster, and managed to squeeze the whopping 9 hours an 19 minutes in our custom battery test. This makes the M2 the most enduring phone in our rank list in this class. If that isn't enough, whenever you're low on charge you can activate Sony's STAMINA mode, which essentially disables data/Wi-Fi when the screen is off, further helping you conserve battery.
As for official rankings, the numbers for 3G talk time and standby time clock in at 13.6 hours and 26.4 days, respectively, or above average.
We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.
In conclusion, the Xperia M2 is one truly inconsistent, bipolar device. On one hand, you have an attractive design, adequate processing power, and record-setting battery life. On the other, the display is mediocre, the camera: poor, and call quality isdownright unacceptable. What's worse, the Xperia M2 is just too expensive. At the time of this writing, the M2 can be had for about $300 in the States, but, in Europe and India, the price ranges from $330 to the whopping $400. This exposes this new Sony mid-ranger to quite some competition.
For one, both the Motorola Moto X and Google Nexus 5 can be had for the equivalent of about $50 more. This isn't a negligible sum, sure, but the gains are just massive. You're getting a better display with both devices, more processing might, vastly superior imaging, and quick updates to the latest version of Android. Even the slightly bigger Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 will strike you a better deal, at least if you're looking for a larger-screened mid-ranger.
In the end, the Sony Xperia M2, at this price, is just poor value for money.
- Attractive design
- Vast arsenal of connectivity options
- Record-setting battery life
- Unacceptable call quality
- The display's glass is reflective
- The camera produces low quality stills and video footage
- Way too expensive for what it brings to the table
Sony Xperia M2 Review - Call Quality, Battery and Conclusion
|Display||4.8 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (229 ppi) TFT|
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7 processor
1 GB 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|