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When it comes to Sony, it is almost always about a nice user experience, and a nice design. The year 2013 experienced the launch of Xperia M. The M2, released later the next year, is a successor to this handset. The differences between them are subtle, but they are significant in design aspects. Compare it with Moto G, and you will find yourself in a difficult situation as to what to decide.
The device features flagship design, and given the cost, this is something that you would want to pay for. Curved edges, and the smooth integration of the display with the body imparts an appealing view. The phone is easy to hold, but not slim. Comparing it to other phones in the same display size category, the phone is slightly bulkier (average 15-20g), and about 0.3mm (average) thicker.
The display is a bit of disappointment, and isn’t something typical of Sony at all. The Xperia M2 features a 4.8-inch TFT capacitive screen that has multi-touch support for up to 4 fingers. The screen looks smaller though, and the device to body ratio is about 64%. The display supports a maximum resolution of 960x540 pixels, and a nominal pixel density of 229ppi. There’s something good though – the use of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 as a protective layer.
The Xperia M2 performs just about average when it comes to the usage too. The chipset is a Snapdragon 400 (there are two variations here, namely MSM8926 and MSM8226, but there’s not much difference when it comes to performance), and is coupled with a quad core Cortex A7 (1.2GHz) CPU. The internal memory, again, seems to be just nominal (8GB), although you could insert a 32GB memory card (maximum). The phone has 1GB RAM, which in this configuration might seem adequate, but definitely makes the M2 lose points on the score board.
Technically, the CPU used is pretty good, but the Snapdragon 400 cannot be relied upon for seamless functioning. While the phone performs good when a limited number of low-memory consuming apps are open, there’s some lag when you switch between applications. The 1GB RAM is also of little reassurance. The UI, however, is great. The icons are sharp and crisp, and you get the Sony feel without doubt when swiping through the menu. The device uses the relatively low powered Adreno 305 as its graphical processing unit.
There’s an 8MP camera unit as the main imaging device, although it doesn’t perform that well. The aperture is F2.4m which indicates that the amount of light let in during shots is less, and thus the clicks seem darker. There’s LED flash and autofocus though, but the images just lack the appeal. Videos, however, can be shot in 1080p, and the app itself offers the usual range of features.
The secondary camera is a VGA unit, and can take 480p videos. Multimedia options include the audio and video player. The video output cannot be labelled as good, but it iis decent. Audio, however, is quite good.
The Xperia M2 has a 2300mAh battery, enough to keep it up for a day of moderate usage. The low power hardware and the small screen help here. Additionally, upgrading to Android 5 (unfortunately, that is how far the official upgrades are), helps save some power to. There’s no 4G connectivity on the device, but it features hardware for connecting to the standard Wi-Fi protocols, Wi-Fi Direct and hotspot. Other connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.0 and microUSB for connecting with computers.
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