Sony Xperia M review
Sony's smartphone division has been experiencing a resurgence of late, led by the Xperia Z and Z1 Android devices. Despite a similar look, however, this success hasn't rubbed off on the low-end Xperia M.
Pick it up and the immediate impression is one of low quality: the rear doesn't fit tightly onto the body of the phone, so it moves when twisted, and the volume and camera buttons feel insubstantial. It's light and pocketable, thanks to its 4in display, but this isn't a phone anyone would lust after.
The display isn't a feast for the eyes, either. It's bright enough to be readable in most conditions, but a low contrast ratio of 653:1 gives images a flat, washed-out look. Meanwhile, there are few features of note, with no 4G support, only single-band Wi-Fi, 4GB of storage (although there is a microSD slot for expansion) and no luxury extras such water resistance.
In testing, the Xperia continued to disappoint. Its camera produced images and video of consistently low quality. Photos were underexposed, over-compressed and full of horrid chroma noise.
Performance was better. The Xperia feels generally responsive and did reasonable well in benchmarks, with a score of 12fps in the GFXBench T-Rex HD gaming test. You'll be able to play most games on this phone without a hitch; only the most demanding – such as Asphalt 8: Airborne at top detail levels – will prove beyond it.
The battery drained at rates of 21% per hour for gaming and 720p video playback and 8.4% per hour for audio streaming over 3G, for an average of 17% per hour. It's a middling result.
This can't rescue what is a disappointing handset from Sony. It looks and feels cheap, the display is underwhelming, and the camera is awful. It's a good performer for the price, but that's its only redeeming feature.
Author: Jonathan Bray
Its not even Xperia m. I'm totally satisfied with XPERIA M
By rahulr on 22 Apr 2014
Poor review accuracy
Doesn't define whether its a review of the Xperia M or M2. It does have NFC, review states it doesn't. Profile photos are not an Xperia M but an Xperia L.
Sorry only three stars for this review
By Freecell on 23 Apr 2014
Thanks for the feedback, Freecell. We've now fixed the image problem and removed the NFC comment.
By JonBray on 23 Apr 2014
- Samsung tempts the selfie market with A5 and A3 smartphones
- Internet tax: what it is and why it failed
- Android co-founder Andy Rubin leaves Google
- Windows 10 trackpad shortcuts: Microsoft takes a leaf out of Apple's book
- Promo: Using IBM BlueMix to create successful business apps
- Why the Microsoft Band could be a game changer
- What's on this week's PC Pro podcast?
- Microsoft Office 16 set to launch late next year
- HP's vision for the future of PCs: the 3D Sprout
- How Google X plans to detect cancer and heart disease using nano-magnets
- Google Glass: mugger bait, pub problem and other lessons learned from two dangerous weeks
- Twitter, please don't fiddle with my feed
- How Satya Nadella can get some pay-raise karma
- Windows 10: a step back to go forward
- Michael Dell: Cloud infrastructure is the roads, bridges and highways of the 21st century
- How to check your identity hasn’t been sold to the hackers
- Tim Cook: this is how much TV has changed since the 70s
- Westminster wins the .London battle
- 20 years of PC Pro: from deep pan pizza to virtualisation
- Five reasons why the Apple Watch leaves me cold
- Five smartwatch features we’ll see by 2015
- How to wipe an Android phone or tablet
- iPad Air 2 vs Nexus 9: Apple and Google's latest high-end tablets compared
- Five things that are actually new in the iPad Air 2
- Bendgate, Antennagate, and why Apple doesn’t care about bad news
- iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 release date, specs and UK price rumours
- Office Online vs Google Docs: which free online office suite is best?
- iPhone 6 Plus vs iPhone 6 design comparison
- How to speed up an Android smartphone
- Nexus 6 release date, specs, UK price and leaked images
- How to sell more ebooks on Amazon
- 10 ways to make your business more secure
- Top five VoIP mistakes
- How to add in-app purchasing to an iPhone, Android or Windows app
- Remote-control ransomware: TeamViewer and software hardball
- Why laptops with serial ports matter to the Internet of Things
- Make your mobile battery last longer
- Small steps into handling Big Data
- Nexus 5: does it really run stock Android?
- How to get broadband to a garden office