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Sony Xperia M Review

Sony Xperia M

Posted: , by Victor H.



Call Quality

Sony Xperia M Review
Call quality was a big disappointment for the otherwise well-rounded Xperia M. Sound in the earpiece was a bit quiet, but the bigger issue was with an unnatural rumble to callers voices and a slight distortion, especially when the conversation gets heated and voices louder. On the other end of the line the situation is even worse. Our callers reported hearing our voice very distorted to the point where they had trouble to understand certain words.

Battery life

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
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posted on 11 Sep 2013, 05:05

1. wicpromd (Posts: 266; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


posted on 11 Sep 2013, 05:31 12

3. PunyPoop (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)

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

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 05:33 13

5. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1524; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)

I prefer this over galaxy core any day.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 06:01 11

8. taikucing (unregistered)

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

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 08:19 3

12. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 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.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 08:32

14. PunyPoop (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


posted on 11 Sep 2013, 08:46

15. buccob (Posts: 2732; Member since: 19 Jun 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...

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 11:22 1

18. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

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


posted on 11 Sep 2013, 05:29

2. ortax123 (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 Sep 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)


posted on 11 Sep 2013, 05:32 1

4. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1524; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)

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

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 05:47 1

6. sri_tech (Posts: 188; Member since: 21 May 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?

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 05:47

7. ortax123 (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 Sep 2013)

When you add video of review?

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 06:21

9. artealis (Posts: 98; Member since: 15 Dec 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

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 15:11

23. Kalevro (Posts: 56; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)

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

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 07:27

10. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 813; Member since: 05 Dec 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...

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 07:41 1

11. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 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...

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 08:28 1

13. buccob (Posts: 2732; Member since: 19 Jun 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...

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 09:31 2

16. itsjustJOH (Posts: 232; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)

This is surprisingly unbiased and well-reviewed.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 12:37

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

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 14:43

22. ortax123 (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 Sep 2013)


posted on 11 Sep 2013, 17:05

24. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 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.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 11:36

34. Santi05 (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)

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

posted on 21 Jun 2014, 04:33

39. Amosthecoolboy (Posts: 9; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)

it is dual core

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 01:07

25. hms2407 (Posts: 94; Member since: 25 Apr 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 7.5....wtf is wrong with you

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 10:57

27. buccob (Posts: 2732; Member since: 19 Jun 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.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 02:15

26. Apian (Posts: 8; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)

Want this Phone...

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 05:10

28. BASKARAN (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Aug 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.

posted on 28 Sep 2013, 03:40

29. rajesh.a (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)

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

posted on 28 Sep 2013, 08:21

30. Apian (Posts: 8; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)

Galaxy Core Very Nice

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 15:52

31. Santi05 (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)

The latest, Android Kit Kat available for Sony Xperia M ?????

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Sony Xperia M

Sony Xperia M

OS: Android 4.3 4.1
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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 854 pixels (245 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1000 MHz, Krait processor
Size4.88 x 2.44 x 0.37 inches
(124 x 62 x 9.3 mm)
4.06 oz  (115 g)
Battery1750 mAh, 10.3 hours talk time

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