Sony Xperia M Review

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The Sony Xperia M sports a 4 inch (10.16 cm) screen, it is a TFT screen with  16 millions colours and 854×480 pixels resolution. Powered by a Modern Snapdragon S4 Plus chipset (1GHz dual-core Krait processor and Adreno 305 GPU) with 1 GB RAM and sailing on the Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2 OS. This handset is priced at M.R.P of Rs. 15,490 but from local stores you can get it for around INR13,500 or even less in some case.

Sony Xperia M Box Contents

The Sony Xperia M Comes in the usual White and Black Box that Sony uses for it’s other handsets also. All the specifications are clearly mentioned on the side of the box.

Box Contents : 1 Sony Xperia M handset, 1 Li-ion battery of 1750 mAh capacity, 1 micro USB to USB cable, 1 Stereo Headphones, 1 Power Adapter and Start Up Guide.

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Design

The Sony Xperia M looks and feels really premium. This 4 inch handset is really comfortable to hold. It also has a classy Soft Back.

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There is no Capacitive touch buttons on the front, instead those buttons are on the screen itself. The sensors, VGA camera on the top and volume rockers, power button and cammera shutter key on the right side. The micro USB port is on the left side and 3.5mm jack is placed on the top side. The rear side sports a SONY logo with XPERIA branding and also a “N” mark indicating NFC, internal speakers and 5MP camera with HDR mode and LED flash.

The handset is just 9.3mm thick. The built quality is really good and this phone really looks like a premium phone and not a budget phone at all.

Display, OS and Storage

The 4 inch TFT screen is with  16 millions colours and 854×480 pixels resolution (245 ppi). The touch is pretty smooth and responsive. Viewing angles are decent. Auto brightness also works fine, But You can set brightness to max as this phone looks at it’s best when the brightness is set to maximum, but note you will be compromising on the battery life while doing so. it’s completely upto you.

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The handset runs on Jelly Bean 4.1.2 OS. RAM is 1GB of which 410 MB is Generally free. Of the 4GB internal storage only 2.05 Gb is user accessible, of which free memory is around 1.5 GB out of the Box and sadly you cannot install apps on SD card on this handset. Well this is a big Drawback of this phone as you can have some trouble installing some high end games.

Performance and Benchmark Scores

The Sony Xperia M is powered by Modern Snapdragon S4 Plus chipset (1GHz dual-core Krait processor and Adreno 305 GPU). The performance of this handset from Sony is Pretty impressive.

Benchmark scores

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  • Quadrant Benchmark: 4348.
  • Antutu Benchmark: 11212.
  • Nenamark2: 63.3 fps.
  • Multi Touch: 5 point.
Camera Performance

The 5MP auto focus camera comes with HDR mode and Image stabiliser. The image quality is not the best out there compared to some other 5 MP camera Phones, but it is decent. The camera can also record HD Videos Upto 720p resolution. More options are also there in camera.  In addition there is a front facing VGA Camera which is decent for skype calling.

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Gaming and Entertainment

The handset can play videos upto 720p. Also You can increase the number of video formats supported by this device easily by installing MX Player from the Google Play Store.

I installed the Real Racing 3 and dead trigger on the Xolo Q700 and both Runs really well and without any lag. However as mentioned earlier biggest drawback is that apps cannot be moved to SD card, So disappointment for all gamers out there.

Sound Quality

The Sony Xperia M’s audio Quality is Mind Blowing, it is Clear and Loud. Sony has provided two options called Clear Phase and xLOUD under Sound Setting menu, that can be used to automatically adjust the sound quality of the internal speaker and enhance the loudness of the internal speaker respectively. Listening to songs with help of Stereo Headphones was not a pleasant experience, but can say it was decent . Equaliser option is also there.

Sensors

E-Compass, Proximity sensor, Light sensor are present in this phone and all works pretty Good.

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Also 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth,GPS and NFC works perfectly fine.

Battery Life

The 1750 mAh Li-ion battery should be enough to keep you going for a full day as The estimated Talktime is Upto 10 Hours 18 min and standby time is upto 552 Hours. But In our tests, during heavy usage, the phone’s battery lasted only for just 6 hours. (Continous heavy multitasking).

TechImperia Verdict

We can Certainly Say The looks of this Budget handset is not budgeted at all, as it does look like a premium smartphone and comes at an attractive price of INR13,500.  Certainly a best Buy if you are looking for a mobile under Rs. 15,000. Also it is a great option for Users who are not comfortable with a big 5 inch phone. Touch response of this phone is Pretty Impressive. The Only Drawback is the inability to move apps 2 SD card. We Recommend this handset over Galaxy Core anyday.

So the Choice is yours. So Will You Choose the Galaxy Core Over Xperia M? Do share your views with us in the comments section below.

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Ashint loves to own new gadgets and experiment with them. He is also the chief editor at his technology blog - TechImperia which shares exciting technology news from around the World.

4 Comments

  1. When listening to music over headphones you wrote was not pleasant but decent. Do you mean the quality or the loudness?  I am primarily interested in loudness as I am not going to buy it if it’s not loud enough to listen to music in the street noise.

  2. @lbarna66 Sony has pushed a new update for Xperia M, so with this new update, listening to music over headphones in Xperia M has been turned into a very pleasant experience by Sony. So, Sound is Both Loud and Clear Now.

  3. I’ve been using this handset. Awesome. It’s really make believe. Only one drawback i found that is internal memory low.  anyway I am happy with SXM.

  4. @o1eroy Yeah, it is really a cool handset and if you root it to swap the memory than it can even handle games like GTA SA and Asphalt 8 pretty smoothly.