The Xperia M comes with a 5-megapixel main auto-focus camera with a single LED flash and a basic front-facing VGA shooter.

Sony brings its own custom camera interface. Firing up the camera is fast and takes around a second. You are then taken into a simple and straightforward interface with large separate buttons for image stills and video recording. There are no built-in different shooting modes - you can shoot auto or dig into settings to manually adjust things like ISO, exposure and white balance. The camera does support HDR, though.

The camera takes pretty good images outdoors when light is plenty, but it does not stand out in its class. The capture pictures have very low level of detail (noise is visible even when the sun shines bright) and the tonality is a bit oversaturated, but are nonetheless usable for casual share-the-moment social use and people tend to like those popping colors.

Indoors where light gets scarce noise becomes a bigger issue, and the camera is not that usable. The LED flash is very weak and is not capable of lighting up scenes properly.

Video recording quality is definitely usable, but does not impress with anything. The handset records up to 720p video at 30 frames per second. Colors are lively, but it lacks detail and exposure compensation is a bit off at times. The continuous auto-focus works but is a bit slow. When it comes to sound recording, we have a very regular quality microphone capable of capturing sounds in the middle, but distorting higher and lower volumes.

The front camera is a very basic VGA unit, but we still like the fact that it’s there - it’s definitely useful for video conferencing.


Sony might never go back to its Walkman fame days, but the built-in Walkman music player in concert with the great sound pumping from the rear speaker make the Xperia M a great device for listening to music. The Walkman app is a great, polished application that breaks down your music collection by songs, albums, artists, playlists and favorites. It comes with an equalizer and some neat presets for clearer sound.

Now, for video, the 4-inch screen might be on the small side if you plan on watching longer clips or full-featured movies, but the device is definitely fit for checking out shorter clips. The built-in video player reproduced all popular formats at around native resolution with ease, and for more exotic codecs you can always turn to the Google Play store.

The image gallery has also been customized the Sony and categorizes your apps neatly by date or albums. We like all media app looks - all fit the streamlined Sony design and are clean, not cluttered.



1. wicpromd

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

ohh yes??? what????

3. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

PA you\'ve just proven that you love SAMSUNG.. LOL The Galaxy Core got 8 ratings? REALLY???

5. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

I prefer this over galaxy core any day.

8. taikucing unregistered

sssshhhh... don't tell anyone. PA is paid by Samsung

12. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

If a phone has terrible call quality when that's the MAIN function of a PHONE, I have little to no sympathy for the score it receives.

14. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013


15. buccob

Posts: 2978; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

why do you even bother being in this specific review? you have no sympathy for Sony whatsoever... go read Apple, Samsung, LG news... I have heard "bad quality calls" before I experience a good call first handed... and that also depends on you country's network operators... So this midrange phone is still better than many at this price point...

18. yudi.nemesis unregistered

This site can do better review than PA and they said Xperia M has good call quality.

2. ortax123

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

I have a few questions for your review of Sony Xperia M: 1.What is the firmware version? 2 What is the version of the phone? C1904 or 1905? Which is a variation: the PM-0490-BV AAA or PM-0490-BV AAB (the information is on the phone under the battery) thaks

4. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Its a nice device but those bezels are too huge... Back looks better than front. still not a bad look though....

6. sri_tech

Posts: 188; Member since: May 21, 2013

Sony devices looks great and this one has much better specs than many other phones for the price. But they need to get good displays on these phones. I dont care about viewing angles but all their displays look washed out and very dull. Its the same with Xperia L, SP and even Z. Also, why only 4GB internal memory when much cheaper Lumia 520 has 8 GB?

7. ortax123

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

When you add video of review?

9. artealis

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

what about the wifi signal strengh? most of xperia line up have bad wifi signal reception like xperia SP. PA you should add wifi signal strengh too in your review

23. Kalevro

Posts: 56; Member since: Sep 11, 2011

Dude it has dual band wi-fi connection. Read the thing

10. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 892; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

PA.. Dont compare mid & low end phones to high end phones. You compare it directly with high end devices & rate then low. Consider the price point at which a device is being sold. As far as I am concerned, this phone has only one con-- limited storage for apps. Other than that I dont expect them to give an awesome screen at this price point. I can easily give it 8-8.5...

11. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Atleast this time PA reviewed fairly and that's why it got 7.3, thanks to Victor. Otherwise I was thinking about 6 before clicking on this title. Sigh...

13. buccob

Posts: 2978; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I agree, this author is a bit fair unlike the other Sony reviewer... Anyway the rating was ok, specially if the Call quality is like the article says... My mother is looking for a new phone in this price range and this is definitely the first that comes to my mind... and maybe the Galaxy S3 Mini...

16. itsjustJOH

Posts: 232; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

This is surprisingly unbiased and well-reviewed.

21. AnukulVcool unregistered

regarding call quality I would like to add that there is a equaliser for it too, change it to bright and it will be much better

22. ortax123

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 11, 2013


24. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Should have increased the clock rate to 1.5ghz. It's no excuse for low end to midrange phones to have anything lower than that now. The antutu score would have been better.

34. Santi05

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

for it being 1 GHz.. does it really lay an impact on its performance? for instance, being slow.. or hang?

39. Amosthecoolboy

Posts: 9; Member since: Feb 14, 2013

it is dual core

25. hms2407

Posts: 94; Member since: Apr 25, 2013

Oh come on PA,you gave xperia l 6.5 which has a bigger screen,better cpu,higher res camera and more storage and you gave this a is wrong with you

27. buccob

Posts: 2978; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

different reviewers with different opinions and different standards for rating... that is what is wrong with them... Anyway Xperia L should be also a close 7.5... it has a less lasting battery and the size of the phone is too big for a 4.3" screen... Also the Xperia M supposedly has MHL whereas the L does not.

26. Apian

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

Want this Phone...


Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

Galaxy core entered and sold good in the market before the Xperia M entry. But the moment M entered the market, the Galaxy core's sales is nothing but just hampered. The Phone with low call quality, 7.3 rating is not available at any outlets in the city whereas awesome phone with 8 ratings are there for nobody to buy. PA just rocks with your review. Come on guys, i expect please put ratings for samsung models 11 for 10 in the future...10 out of 10 for being samsung and extra 1 for the payment you received from samsung.

29. rajesh.a

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

hi help me to choose between sony xperia M and galaxy core... which is best i want to buy ..pls help me

30. Apian

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

Galaxy Core Very Nice

31. Santi05

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

The latest, Android Kit Kat available for Sony Xperia M ?????
Xperia M
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 854 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 4 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1750 mAh(9h 3G talk time)

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