Sony Xperia M2 Review

Xperia_m2_reviewSony Xperia M2, the successor of Xperia M is not going to be as successful as Xperia M. Reason is simple. Its price. Sony doubled the price but forgot to double the performance of Xperia M2. For example it has the same GPU as Xperia M. Although they did double the internal storage from 4GB to 8GB and also the processor. Xperia M has dual core Cortex A7 CPU while Xperia M2 has Quadcore Cortex A7 CPU clocked at 1.2 GHz. Not high enough looking at the price point. Sony just became the second best smartphone selling company in India and i think it wants to lose that position pretty quickly.

Hardware & Design

This is the only department in which this phones shines. Despite of being totally made of plastic this phone is very sturdily built. It looks exactly like Xperia Z. it has scratch resistant glass in front. And also some type of glass on the back too. Only 8.6mm thick. Although the bezels could have been a little smaller. The battery is fixed inside due to unibody design. This phone is not water or dust proof/resistant. It has a dedicated camera button which is always good to have.

Display

It has got 4.8 inches TFT LCD screen with qHD resolution. Looking at the processor this phone has, i wouldn’t complain about the resolution as low resolution actually helps increasing the performance. Again looking at the price that is not a good thing. The viewing angles of Xperia M2 are not that great. Thanks to TFT LCD. It also has a yellow tint. All in all screen is not worth 20,000 Rupees. Samsung Galaxy Grand 2, Canvas Knight has better screens than this phone. It does not have mobile bravia engine.

Camera

This phone comes with 8MP camera with LED flash and also VGA front facing camera. It has Exmor RS sensor for mobile. It comes with a lot of camera options. Like ‘AR effects’ and ‘timeshift burst’ and many more you can see in the review video below below. An example of photo taken with AR effects you can see below.

Now talking about the image quality. During daytime this phone’s camera performs better but around evening time or in low light situation the picture becomes a little noisy. It doesn’t pick the same details as it does during day time. It can shoot 1080p videos. It shoots videos in MP4 format. You can also take photos while shooting a video. You can see the quality in the video and photos below.

Performance & OS

This phone runs on Snapdragon 400 chipset which has Quadcore Cortex A7 processor and also Adreno 305. Which is a very weak chipset in terms of raw performance. It does not worth 20,000 Rupees simple as that. Sony did a good job in optimizing the OS to run smooth on this chipset. It doesn’t lag or slow down. It runs smooth as butter. The OS is almost is almost stock Android Jelly Bean 4.3 with Sony’s minimal skin on top of it. This phone is guaranteed to get a KitKat Android 4.4 update in the future, by Sony.

When it comes to where the performance really matters, the gaming performance this phone is a hit or miss, it depends on the game’s developer. If the game is optimized for this GPU it will run well but if its not then it won’t. It doesn’t have raw power to run every game smoothly without optimization. It can not run GTA San Andreas properly, it feels like you are playing a slide show of the game. High price doesn’t always means high performance.

Memory & Connectivity

Memory wise this phone has 1GB of RAM and 8GB ROM out of which around 500MB RAM is always free for the user and 5GB internal memory for the user to store games, apps, music, photos. It supports Micro SD card memory up-to 32GB. It doesn’t have ‘preferred install location’ and ‘move to sd’ features. Both of these made Xperia C made so successful. Looks like Sony want to lose that No.2 mark in India, desperately.

Connectivity wise it is well stuffed, it has got WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, Dual sims, DLNA, Screen mirroring, Xperia link. If you have a Smart TV or a TV which has built in WiFi you can directly connect this phone to it through WiFi. You can also connect Dualshock 3 controller with it through cable or Bluetooth. I tried it with Asphalt 8 and it works flawlessly. This phone supports USB OTG.

Battery

Battery life of this phone is pretty good even without turning on that ‘Stamina’ mode that comes with Xperia phones. It has 2300 mAh battery. More than big enough for such an inferior chipset, it doesn’t even have HD display, more battery saved right there. It will easily last you all day with casual usage. If you constantly play games on it, Xperia M2 will last aroud 6-7 hours. It gets a little hot around the middle section of the back of the phone while on heavy load like while playing games and/or constantly using WiFi/3G to surf the net.

Opinion

If you take my opinion. I would say don’t buy this phone as it has very bad price to performance ratio. This phone does not worth more than 16,000-17,000 Rupees. If you really want to buy this phone then wait for the price to come down. Cosmetically this phone looks very expensive though, my father mistook it for Xperia Z. If you want to buy it just to show off and if you have the money then who am i to stop you? Go ahead and buy it. But i still don’t recommend this phone for 20,000 Rupees. Beauty is not everything. Its What’s inside that really matters.

15 thoughts on “Sony Xperia M2 Review”

  1. I am looking for a phone which is 1.stylish 2.good loudspeaker(as i don’t like to hear music with headphones) 3.good camera. This phone is stylish for sure. Please justify the 2. & 3. points. (Comparing with grand 2).Thanx a lot in advance. Your review video is just perfect.

    1. Loudspeaker is good and clear, the sound does not get distorted even at high volume but it’s not that loud but that’s normal for a smartphone. The camera of both these phones are pretty equal, it’s really hard to tell which one is better, really. But on comparing M2’s shots with Grand 2’s shots, i think M2’s clarity is a little better.

  2. It has a few screen limitations, but I expect the Sony Xperia M2 will sell well on the high street. It has much of the visual snazziness of Sony’s more expensive phones while selling at a fraction of the price. And if you have decided to become a proud owner of this device, perhaps you’re in the market for a solid and beautiful protection case as well.

    http://9cases.com/2014/05/best-cheap-sony-xperia-m2-case/

  3. I have used the nexus 5 (4.4.2) 8MP camera. It looked good. Please tell me which camera is better nexus 5 or XPERIA M2?

      1. I just want to know whether its camera is good or not. You have told that it is a good camera (better than grand 2). But sites like gsmarena are appreciating the grand 2 and reviewing xperia m2 camera as uninspiring. Moreover, phonearena says the xperia m2 camera is poor. Please comment on this.

        1. How can the camera of a phone ‘inspiring’ or ‘uninspring’? Anyway, they can say whatever they want. I always say that in terms of camera, i depend on my eyes. If i like what i see. I would call it better.

          Both, Grand 2 and Xperia M2’s cameras are very similar. They are both pretty good. But i like Xperia M2’s more, it’s a matter of preference too. Like in the two photos below the colour saturation in Xperia M2 seems a bit better.

          1. Thanx. One more thing you told that the best sdcard for xperia m2 is sony class10 94mbps. but i m able to find sony class10 40mbps only for rs1850. is it good enough?

          2. Not for just Xperia M2. A class 10 Micro SD card is theoretically faster than any class 4 or 6 card. Hence, making it the best choice for any device, if it can support it. And yes 40MB per second is still faster than a class 4 card. So, it is good enough.

  4. This? Or the Xperia C? Or Galaxy Core 2? I am so confused? Will value your suggestion. Nice reviews btw.

    1. Anything but Galaxy Core 2. It’s not like i hate Samsung but performance wise their budget smartphones suck. They put so much effort in improving the performance of their high end smartphones, but unfortunately they don’t pay that much attention to their budget/mid range phones. So, forget Galaxy Core 2.

      Now between Xperia M2 and Xperia C, i know that Xperia M2 is better than Xperia C design wise. But from the inside again i am talking performance wise here. It’s not that good.

      If you are a gamer then i would simply suggest you to go for Xperia C, the reason being it has PowerVR SGX 544GPU while Xperia M2 has Adreno 305 GPU which is weak, it’s not even worth the price. The CPU inside both phones are the same Quadcore Cortex A7.

      If you are just a casual user then you can go for either one. I would go for Xperia C if i had the choice. Raw performance always comes handy in long run.

      1. Thank you so much. I had my eyes on the core 2 because it seemed attractive but yeah, touchwiz sucks as far as Ive heard. Xperia C it is then.

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