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Sony Xperia M review

 Review: October 2013  

Last updated May 2014

Rating: 3 stars

In a nutshell: The Sony Xperia M is an averaged priced, averaged sized phone with below average specs.

Best buy: Sony Xperia M2 from Amazon Marketplace UK (£140.00)


While Sony is churning out some delicious smartphones at the top end of the market, in this mid-range, its offerings feel distinctly like poor value for money. The Xperia M is a smart-looking mid-ranger with a decent-sized 4 inch screen, but that's where the positives end.

Although this handset is priced about the same as the Sony Xperia L, it has a significantly lower spec, with a 5 megapixel camera instead of 8 megapixels and half the memory, as well as a smaller screen.

Much better options are the Motorola Moto G or Sony's new Xperia M2.

Sony Xperia M features include:

  • Operating system: Google Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • 5 megapixel fast-capture camera with 4x digital zoom, autofocus, face detection, smile detection and LED flash
  • HD 720p video camera with video light
  • VGA front-facing video camera, Google Talk with video chat
  • Display: TFT capacitive touchscreen, 854 x 480 pixels (4 inches), 16 million colours with auto-rotation
  • Media player with album art, TrackID and PlayNow
  • FM radio with RDS
  • aGPS with Google Maps
  • Messaging: SMS, MMS, email, conversations
  • 3D games, motion gaming, PlayStation® Certified
  • Vibration alert
  • Internet: GPRS, EDGE, HSPA, YouTube, voice search
  • Processor: 1 GHz Qualcomm dual-core processor
  • Memory: 4GB flash memory plus 1GB RAM plus 32GB microSD card slot
  • Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, micro USB 2.0, 3.5mm audio jack, DLNA, NFC, WiFi hotspot support, screen mirroring
  • Quadband GSM (850/900/1800/1900) plus 3G UMTS/HSPA
  • Size: 124 x 62 x 9.3 mm
  • Weight: 115g
  • Battery: 1750mAh
  • Talktime: 10 hours
  • Battery standby: 552 hours

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Reviewed by kevin from uk on 26th Oct 2014
Iv just got mine over new m2 or e3 as this is a little smaller and its so slim and light. lovely phone sony i think its alot smarter too buy an older model when new one comes out because you can get the slightly older one for so much less and your still getting an excellent smartphone so what it dont have kittcat still works very well and it dint cost me very much for a brand new phone, i think the main review is very hash its a lovely phone and you can change themes and live wallpapers there's alot you can do, had a samsung before i think this is better you can change it so much.

Reviewed by tom from uk on 31st May 2014
A harsh review from s21 i thought. Great looking phone, nice display, no lag and great battery life. Perhaps only downside is the camera isnt the best but for 100 pounds its a great value phone. Who wants a huge 5 inch phone anyway.

Reviewed by subhan lal from india on 14th Apr 2014
Nyc phone work properly nyc camera

Reviewed by Melanie from Wales on 25th Feb 2014
Bought to replace Samsung galaxy s3 mini and I am pleasantly surprised. It's a very similar spec and am very happy with it. No lag and camera button is a plus. All in all impressed. No problems so far.

Reviewed by Tom from UK on 26th Nov 2013
Had this phone a couple of weeks now, was bought as a cheapish replacement for my broken htc desire x.
I got the black version and first impressions were that it looked stylish without ever likely to win any awards.
Call quality is decent enough although not brilliant, volume could perhaps be a bit louder.
Camera is good and having an external button to use is a big plus and makes things easier.
Don't use the phone for music or games so can't comment on how that performs.
Haven't experienced any lag aside from when things are downloading and it's only minimal.
Battery life is very good I think, seem to get an extra days use compared to the desire. Charging is also quicker.
A number of different themes to customise, and various LED colours to choose from. However, for me, the time the light takes in between flashes is too long (6 seconds), so I use an app to speed this up. Also have used an app for sms popups as I prefer these to a text only appearing in the notification bar.
One disappointing thing is that you can't customise the 2 shortcut buttons on the lock screen. It is stuck on music player and camera which makes it pretty useless for me as I won't be using music, and can just use the external button for the camera.
Also, the navigation buttons are used inside the screen, meaning the screen size is reduced slightly. Doesn't overly bother me but when there's a large blank plastic piece underneath, it does seem a bit unnecessary.
Overall am happy with the phone (so far).

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