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Sony Xperia M2 Review

Sony Xperia M2

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Camera

Poor, even in this class.

The Xperia M2 sports an 8-megapixel rear shooter with a Sony Exmor RS sensor, f/2.4 aperture lens, and an LED flash. Unfortunately, we were disappointed with its performance across the board.

For starters, keep in mind that in the default Superior Auto shooting mode, the M2 churns out 5.5-megapixel snaps instead of 8-megapixel ones. This is analogous to how the Xperia Z1/Z2 operate under the automatic mode – all 8 megapixels are being used, but the end result is scaled down in order to arrive at a higher quality snap and also allow for some lossless zooming. Speaking of snaps, those were consistently exposed properly in our experience, but the overall look of the images was just poor. They're constrasty, with messed-up colors, and a rather persistent green (and sometimes purple) fringing to them. What's more, every now and then they come out unpleasantly over-sharpened (easily noticeable when shooting grass and trees), while the rest of the time the software delivers rather soft and quite noisy pictures. Worse yet, select shots exhibited some quite serious visual artifacts.

Stills taken in poorly-lit environments and indoors are no better. We again have proper exposition, but colors are still incorrect, and noise and softness are an inescapable reality. The LED flash is also fairly impotent, failing to properly illuminate darker scenes.





As for video capture – the situation is pretty dire. Despite shooting in 1080p resolution, the resulting clips are poor, as they have a very limited amount of detail, deliver unattractively contrasty colors, and offer horrible sound reproduction.


Multimedia

The Xperia M2 is a capable multimedia device.

The usual crop of Sony-themed multimedia apps is what you'll find pre-loaded on the Xperia M2. As per usual, their design is pleasing and uniform, and they often offer some extra functionality you won't find on stock Android. For example, the Gallery is interconnected with Sony's PlayMemories Online service, which allows you to automatically upload photos to its servers and have them sync throughout all your connected devices. The Walkman music player, for its part, has extras such as ClearAudio+, which automatically enhances sound clarity, not to mention that it's also hooked with Sony's Music Unlimited service (eligible for a free trial) – a robust rival to incumbents like Spotify.

Speaking of music, the M2's loudspeaker is medium loud, even with xLOUD on (boosts the volume), and maxes out at 75 dB, allowing you to fill a small room with music.Unfortunately, its placement on the bottom side of the phone is a bit unfortunate, as we often found ourselves muffling its opening when playing games in landscape mode. Oh well.



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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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