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Sony Xperia M2 Review

Sony Xperia M2

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Interface and functionality

Sony's signature Android skin is still among our favorites.

In typical Sony fashion, the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (pending KitKat) operating system driving the Xperia M2 has been thoroughly skinned. That's not necessarily a bad thing, especially if you consider Sony's design approach – the overlays are simple, uniform and easy on the eyes. If the default theme is not to your liking, you have some choice in terms of personalization – whether it's different themes, a different wallpaper for your lockscreen, or adding additional quick toggles in the pull-down notification panel.

The Xperia M2 also comes pre-loaded with a few apps, most of which courtesy of different Sony services. For example, Sony Select is a small, curated apps and themes market, and Socialife News is a news reader with an ultra-simplified (but laggy) design. Apps like Music Unlimited, Video Unlimited, and even PlayStation Mobile can also be found on board, and there's even a custom Navigation app courtesy of Garmin present with a free, 60-days trial available.


Processor and memory

Speedy processor ensures frills-free operation.

The now trendy quad-core, 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 chip by Qualcomm found itself a new home with the Xperia M2, and along with its trusty Adreno 305 GPU makes operating the handset very pleasant. Of course, that 1GB RAM stick sure also helps with that.

In our time with the M2, we stumbled upon no situations where lags or just general sluggishness reared their ugly heads. Navigating the interface is speedy and no signs of hiccups were noticed, and load times for apps are acceptable. In fact, even sophisticated, graphics-intensive games (think Asphalt 8) ran solidly, with no noticeable drop in frame rate.

As for internal storage, there are 8GB to be found on board, and only 5GB of that is available for use. Thankfully, up to 32GB more can be added through a microSD card.


Internet and connectivity

Chock-full with connectivity options.

An extension of the relatively potent hardware configuration, the browsing experience with the built-in Chrome browser on the Xperia M2 is a smooth affair. Even heavier, image-based websites load up quick, and navigating them puts no noticeable strain on the processor.

Connectivity options are plentiful, too. There's LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz Wi-Fi, NFC, DLNA, A-GPS (with Glonass support), and even MHL compatibility for streaming the M2's screen onto a bigger monitor.

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Sony Xperia M2

Sony Xperia M2

OS: Android 5.1 5.0 4.4.4 4.4.2 4.4 4.3
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PhoneArena rating:
5Average
Display4.8 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (229 ppi) TFT
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7 processor
1 GB RAM
Size5.50 x 2.80 x 0.34 inches
(139.6 x 71.1 x 8.6 mm)
5.22 oz  (148 g)
Battery2300 mAh, 14.2 hours talk time

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