- Attractive design
- Good battery life
- Versatile connectivity (including NFC)
- Weak display
- No LTE support
- 1GB RAM
The Sony Xperia M is an entry level handset that features a 4-inch, 854 x 480 resolution display, a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage - expandable up to 32GB. It’s bundled with Android Jellybean 4.1 operating system and has Sony’s custom user interface overlaid.
One differentiator from other phones in its class is the Adrenos 305 GPU processor, which aids in its ability to render graphics. “Owing to the midrange Adreno 305 GPU, demanding games are no problem for the Xperia M,” says Notebookcheck.
Rounding out the primary feature set, the phone has a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and a 0.3 front-facing camera. The camera has an HDR mode, which “works quite well and is particularly useful for objects with varying light exposures,” according to Notebookcheck. "The camera is quite useful for the occasional snapshot in good light in practical use, but it cannot replace a compact camera". The removable battery is rated at around 9-10 hours of talk time.
The front of the phone has no physical buttons, which means the small, 4 inch display loses some real estate due to the virtual buttons that Sony uses instead. However, the small screen helps make the most of the 480 x 854 pixel resolution. According to Trusted Reviews, the 245 ppi pixel density means "it's never going to give you Retina like clarity, but for reading web pages, text is nice and clear."
Overall, reviewers give the Xperia M average overall marks as an entry level device. Phonearena sums up by saying that its "a phone with good looks, streamlined user interface that we actually like, and a powerful chip for its class."
Reviews (6.9/10 Avg. rating)
Not the best looking, but gets the job done
The Sony Xperia M is a decent but inexpensive Android smartphone. It fits into an ever increasing market: that of the the budget smartphone for first-time buyers. At the top of the market most people who want an iPhone, Samsung Galaxy or Sony Xperia Z smartphone have already purchased one. They may upgrade every year, but they won't contribute to overall smartphone market growth.
The display is arguably the most important component of a smartphone. In the case of the Sony Xperia M there is bad- as well as some good news. On the one hand the 4in 480x854 TFT capacitive touchscreen is... Full review
Bargain-basement specs let down this well-made compact smartphone
The Xperia M is surprisingly well built and disguises its cheapness with a soft, slightly rubberised shell which wraps around the device, giving the illusion of a unibody chassis. The round, silver power button is a distinctive design choice and does rather stick out both visually and physically, and can be an annoyance when idly holding the phone in your right hand.
The Sony Xperia M is a generally a fine budget handset. It ticks the boxes for build quality and demonstrates satisfactory performance, and on a good value contract would be a prime choice. However, its mediocre screen... Full review
Looks like a mini version of the Sony Xperia Z1, but it certainly doesn’t perform like it
A solidly built phone with a well though-out set of physical controls
You have to feel a little sorry for Sony. It produces a perfectly solid Android smartphone with a handful of neat features, all for a low price tag, only to see it completely undermined by the Moto G.
Even taking such an exceptional competitor out of the reckoning, though, the Xperia M finds itself flanked by high quality low-end rivals like the Nokia Lumia 520 and the Huawei Ascend P6. In such company, the Sony Xperia M simply doesn't provide enough distinctive bangs for your bucks.
Unless you're specifically looking for a cheap Android phone that matches the iPhone's... Full review
This is a good buy in its price range and offers good features too
Good looks and a decent all-round performance
An affordable device with good looks and solid hardware
The Xperia M has all the potential to become a smart buy for the budget-conscious
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- Sony Xperia M Manual (PDF)
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