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Quality 4 inch touch screen
5 megapixel autofocus camera with flash
Scratch resistant glass
Memory card slot
Stereo FM radio
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by Mike Leader
You may be understandably confused by the Sony Xperia model range which now includes Sony Xperia E, J, L, D, S, SP, T, U, Z, and coming soon, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. So where does the Sony Xperia M fit in?
Excellent touchscreen with strong colours
This is a midrange smartphone from Sony with plenty of features starting with a 4 inch touchscreen. A strong pixel density of 245 pixels per inch ensures a sharp and crisp display and is one of the best we have seen in this price range. Colours are particularly vibrant.
In size and weight it is fractionally larger and heavier than an iPhone 4s, so we are in similar territory.
The casing has a solid quality feel to it due to the unique skeleton framework and we like the slightly recessed, slightly metallic sides which surprisingly actually make it more comfortable to hold. This is finished off by the now familiar trademark aluminium power/screen off button and volume rocker.
Sony call it their OmniBalance design.
The front is a slight oddity in that where many phones have the customary three android buttons below the screen, the Sony Xperia M simply houses a notification light with the android buttons being of the touch sensitive type housed above the light at the base of the screen.
This is is not a problem, it just seems strange that Sony didn't place the buttons where the notification light is. The light itself is an interesting feature as it changes colour and glows depending on what you are receiving, incoming call, text message and so on.
Quality 4 inch screen
As touched upon earlier, the 4 inch screen is top quality - sharp and bright with strong colours and deep blacks, exactly what we have come to expect from Sony.
This is perfect for viewing your images and and videos and it beautifully compliments the 5 megapixel autofocus camera, which includes HD video recording and a dedicated camera button.
HDR technology also features - similar features can be found on the flagship Sony Xperia Z1.
Power saving function
Processing power is provided by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz dual core processor which is more than capable of providing you with no-lag web browsing and video playback while running multiple apps.
Battery power is easily extended with Sony's customisable Stamina mode which turns off all the functions and that you may have running in the background when the screen is off.
Though this is a mid-range phone you will enjoy excellent connectivity, with NFC featuring alongside Wi-Fi.
You will also find stereo Bluetooth - which you can activate using NFC Smart Tags with one touch; Screen Mirroring which copies the display onto your Bravia TV, and DLNA which is yet another method of connecting to your DLNA-enabled smart TV or home theatre system over Wi-Fi.
The Sony Xperia M also features Smart Connect and Smart Tags as well as HD Voice. This uses an additional microphone to improve voice clarity for perfect conversations even in noisy environments.
Sound quality is indeed impressive, with the noise cancelling mic working to good effect here.
For a mid-range handset at this price level it is a far better handset than we expected and we were very impressed with the number of features that Sony have packed into this handset.
As such we have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending this phone to those who prefer a feature packed android handset but do not necessarily want a very large screen or price tag to match.
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