After unveiling the high end Ultra Z smartphone, Sony is back in extending the catalogue of its Xperia devices. The recent addition includes Sony Xperia M, which undoubtedly carries a tag of a powerful performer. This sleek device is beautifully crafted and is enriched with aluminium finishing for the power button and volume rockers.
Sony Xperia M flaunts a 4 inch TFT Capacitive Touchscreen with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. The display is sharp and its popping colours instantly jive with your eyeballs. Moreover for protection, it is armed with a scratch resistant glass.
Processor and OS
This smartphone is powered by a Dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 plus processor that clocks 1GHz with 1GB of RAM. Dual core processor accompanied by a 1GB RAM ensures a heavyweight performance from the device. Dealing with platform dependency, it sails on Android OS, v4.1 Jelly Bean. Soon it will get an Android 4.3 update, thus taking the OS experience to a next level.
Camera and Storage
This handset poses a 5.0MP rear snapper and a VGA front camera. The rear camera is an autofocus camera powered by a LED flash and features such as panorama and image stabilization. From storage point of view, this device is loaded with a 4GB internal memory which can further be amplified up to 32GB. Ample of storage option will never pose any memory constraint in the mind of a user.
Connectivity and Battery
The 10,000 - 23,000 range has always been SONY's stronghold and the XPERIA-M seems to be Competition killer.nIf you think that Micromax and XOLO give better configs for the price, SONY is here to prove you wrong: nnHere is a step-by-step analysis of the Xperia M:n(The review is comparison based with contenders :n Xolo Play , Canvas A116, Galaxy Core, Ascend P1 )nnNOTE:n I am not mentioning anything about Micromax A116 or GALAXY CORE because these 2 phones are completely over-shadowed by phones I am mentioning here.nIndian brands : XOLO play >>>>>>>Micromax A116nForeign brands: Xperia M >>>>>>> Galaxy Core nnLOOKS / HANDLING :nXperia M is most certainly beautiful, and the best looking entry level device in my opinion.The 4-inch screen means it is extremely comfortable to use and is very light.n Xolo Play comes last in looks as having larger screen,Heavier and thicker body causing difficult handling.nAscend P1 is very light and thin, and is at par (or a little better) than Xperia-M in looks, but it's material doesn't really feel premium.nnnDISPLAY:nXperia M has high enough PPI (245) and display looks crisp with natural vivid colors.nViewing angles are a bit off, but nothing that you would particularly notice.nXOLO T1000: has a MUCH BETTER DISPLAY than Xperia M in all aspects.nIPS LCD 720-p is a real winner.nAscend P1 is a mixed bag...While having nearly the same 245 PPI , a pentile matrix causes it to be (a little) less crisp, but AMOLED makes colors very vibrant,(often too much, causing it to look unreal)nnPERFORMANCE:nXperia M has the best performance for an entry level device ever given by a foreign brand. It is snappy, runs all games flawlessly and movies run really well.nXOLO Play and the P1 give similar performances, each giving superb performance for price results.n1GB Ram ensures Muti-tasking is smooth.nHere are the bench marksn nnPhone......General speed..............................Gaming........Net Speedn...............Quadrant.....Antutu......Linpack.........Egypt HD......VellamonXperia--M...4200.....10,000...........216..................13................1800nAcend.P1..4200...... 7500............151...................18................1500nXolo.Play...4200......12500...........N/A...................15................1800nnAs you see most scores are very close, and there is no clear winner.n(these scores CRUSH scores of Galaxy core and HD 116)nnUSER INTERFACE /SOFTWARE:nXPERIA M and ASCEND P1 crush the XOLO PLAY in this department.nSONY wins overall with jelly-bean(android 4.1.2), smooth UI with superb features like Mini-apps while keeping true to Vanilla JB.nASCEND P1 has an awesome UI that is VERY DIFFERENT and also allows switching to stock if u dislike it...P1 is however launched with Android 4.0, but updates to jellbean are available.nXOLO PLAY has a very (surprisingly) sluggish UI and this is what ruins probably a great package....UI can however be changed with Launcher apps and ROOTING. nNote: Ascend P1 has a pathetic keyboard, be sure to replace it with another app (SWIFTKEY).nnMUSIC:nXperia M and the Ascend P1 are LOUD, and I mean really loud.nGreat music speakers and In ear audio quality make them both great mobiles for audiophiles.nXolo has average volume, in ear quality is average too.nnCAMERA:nHere is how it isnAscend P1 >>> Xperia M= Xolo PlaynAscend P1 takes magnificent photos and Great videos while Xolo and Xperia M are simple average in this department.nXperia M is definitely not a Camera-phile's phones.nnCustomer service and reliability:nXperia M takes the cake here. The Foreign Brand offer good service and Phones have a much better expected Life timenHuawei and XOLO have below-average support in India.nNote: Huawei is actually a very BIG COMPANY (A brand with value), that actually sold more phones than SONY,LG and HTC in 2012. However, most of it's sales occur only in china.n.......................................................................................................................................................nCONCLUSION / WRAP-UP:nnIf Known brands' mobiles are your only option, Xperia M kills all small fries of HTC,LG and Samsung. It Delivers excellently everywhere except the Camera.(only average here) while giving EXCEPTIONAL PERFORMANCE.nA GREAT ALL ROUNDERnTHUS, IN BRANDED PHONES >>> XPERIA M IS THE BESTnnThe ASCEND P1 Hold really well as it stands out as a great choice for people looking for a great package with a GREAT CAMERA or a NEW EXPERIENCE. Display is however not as good as the other 2.nnXOLO PLAY remains the Spec-Thristy people's ultimate choice. Flaunting a LARGE beautiful screen, a great chipset for 3,000 it is a BUDGET GAMER'S DREAM. It's camera and UI are however Under-whelming.
Peace be with you allnnAfter much research and review scan i purchased Xperia M and i must say i m very impressed with this black beauty. this is my second android phone. First one was Galaxy Ace.nn-> the interface is very fluid thanks to 1 GB RAM. i did not notice any lag what so ever.nAnimations and themes are cool.nn-> with dual core snapdragon processor multiprocessing is a piece of cake. open multiple apps and go crazy switching from one to another. it is much better than the cortex used in Samsung phones.nn-> Display, i must say is very good. i mean my friend uses HTC One X and when we held our phones in sunlight. his display was so reflective, it became a mirror but not my xperia m.nn-> user available internal space is low but you can free a lot of it by removing pre-installed apps and also you can move the sample media (videos, pictures) from internal to sd-card. it can be easily done via settings->storage.nn-> camera is average in low light conditions but performs very well in good light. remember to change the resolution to 5M in camera settings.nn-> after suffering from low battery of galaxy ace, xperia m is a big relief. nnTo sum up, this is the best budget android phone you can ever dream of. I got it for 12k from flipkart.nnAlhumdullilah. i am satisfied with my Xperia.nnnp.s. thank you all the people who wrote an honest review which made it easy to choose this phone. and for those who have not used the phone and post negative reviews just on assumption, i am marking there post as "report abuse".nnnUPDATE:nnUsing it for almost 6 months now. I m completely satisfied with Xperia M but there is one important thing I want the people to know who are thinking to buy this phone.nnAs u may know Xperia M has only 2 GB user available internal storage. That is fine but what most of us don't know is that u cannot move or install apps on sd card. Even the "app data" which can be very big in size like that of games u have to keep that on phone memory. So I would not recommend this phone for people who r into games or who install lots of apps. There is no doubt this phone runs even high end games smoothly but game size will suffocate this phone and soon it will be asking for u to free some space so that it can breathe again!nnSorry Xperia M I need to strip uvr 1 star. If u want to earn it back then Sony needs to provide us with a firmware update which enables us to move apps to sd card.
|Operating System||Android v4.1 (Jelly Bean)|
|SIM Slot(s)||Single SIM, GSM|
|Network||3G: Available, 2G: Available|
|Colours||Black, Blue, White, Yellow|
|Screen Size||4 inches (10.16 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||480 x 854 pixels|
|Pixel Density||245 ppi|
|Touch Screen||Capacitive Touchscreen, Multi-touch|
|Screen to Body Ratio||57.34 %|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8227|
|Processor||Dual core, 1 GHz, Krait|
|Internal Memory||4 GB|
|Expandable Memory||Up to 32 GB|
|User Available Storage||Up to 2 GB|
|USB OTG Support|
|Resolution||5 MP Primary Camera|
|Image Resolution||2592 x 1944 Pixels|
|Shooting Modes||High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)|
|Camera Features||4 x Digital Zoom, Digital image stabilization, Touch to focus|
|Video Recording||1280x720 @ 30 fps|
|Resolution||0.3 MP Front Camera|
|TalkTime||Up to 9 Hours(3G) / Up to 10.3 Hours(2G)|
|Standby time||Up to 454 Hours(3G) / Up to 552 Hours(2G)|
|Network Support||3G, 2G|
UMTS 1700 / 1900 / 2100 / 850 MHz
GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz
HSDPA 21 Mbit/s ↓, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s ↑
|Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi 802.11, a/b/g/n, Dual antennas|
|Wi-Fi Features||Wi-Fi Direct, Mobile Hotspot|
|USB Connectivity||Mass storage device, USB charging, microUSB 2.0|
|FM Radio||RDS, Stereo FM|
|Audio Jack||3.5 mm|
|Other Sensors||Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass|
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Quad core 1.2 GHz vs Dual core 1.0 GHz
Higher battery capacity:
2070 mAH vs 1750 mAH
More SIM card slots:
2 vs 1
5 inches vs 4 inches
Quad core 1.2 GHz vs Dual core 1.0 GHz
Higher primary camera resolution:
8 MP vs 5 MP
4.3 inches vs 4 inches
Dual core 1.2 GHz vs Dual core 1.0 GHz
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1980 mAH vs 1750 mAH
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