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Sony Xperia M2 review: Dial M for midrange

Sony Xperia M2 review: Dial M for midrange - read the full textWe are about to explore the Xperia M2, a smartphone with an agenda of its own. Task number 1 is to upgrade the popular Xperia M. Check. The M2 brings a bigger screen (and ups the resolution), the chipset is better and the camera resolution is higher. The M2 also...


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WEIRD thing is: Sony official site says that this model HAS HDMI output to TV. MOST reviews on the net says IT DOES NOT have this function. WHY? Someone who bought this phone can confirm? Thanks a lot in advance!

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  • 2014-06-02 16:27
  • JkKm

If you compare it with a LG phone you have to compare it with LG L9 II (D605) not the old L9 (D405).

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  • 2014-06-02 09:57
  • nDUE

> In reply to lel @ 2014-06-01 07:27 from HHHH - click to readThanks bro..!

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  • 2014-06-02 09:37
  • uuUK

This seems like a solid device, at a good price. The price is quite a bit better than I expected.

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  • 2014-06-02 02:37
  • Fv4$

From what I see on those sample photos, Sony is using too high settings for post processing. That's why the edges look so weird and detail is lost. Also why noise is so ugly.

I wonder if one can avoid that by using an alternative camera app... still, though, wtf Sony. How can one screw up camera settings so bad, especially while being in the camera industry.

I noticed GSMarena doesn't seem to test the GPS performance, which is pretty important, imho. Any chance to include some GPS-Tester screenshots and measure the time the M2 needs to get your position as an addition?

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  • 2014-06-01 23:50
  • nZma

Nice phone..impresive bettry life..

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  • 2014-06-01 17:34
  • PAtg

> In reply to feisalsinaga @ 2014-06-01 13:56 from 61Gg - click to readInferior brand to Sony quality and build.

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  • 2014-06-01 15:56
  • IbxF

Xiaomi redmi 1s should be an alternative too..

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  • 2014-06-01 13:56
  • 61Gg

> In reply to alexv @ 2014-05-30 23:46 from 3Ana - click to readis very nice look and body

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  • 2014-06-01 10:48
  • 9x6L

> In reply to lel @ 2014-06-01 07:27 from HHHH - click to readthanks sir!!!!!!!

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  • 2014-06-01 08:36
  • PUEc

Game on screen is Blocky Roads, if anyone is interested.

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  • 2014-06-01 07:27
  • HHHH

i think for every review, it should give the measurement of the phone, then i can have immediate idea how large is this phone.

yes, i knew i can check this out at the spec page, but i would have to open another page and come back. why not bring more convenience to readers.

screen size would not tell accurately how the phones measure

i figured out 13.4cm h is the ideal height for me.

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  • 2014-06-01 01:39
  • TCwu

> In reply to Anomynous @ 2014-05-31 18:42 from Kg{J - click to readIt will be included in 4.4.

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  • 2014-05-31 23:48
  • PEdJ

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2014-05-31 17:34 from 2F6B - click to readHello! If by any chance you figure out the name of the game do let us know here! Seems like a nice one

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  • 2014-05-31 23:21
  • nCHP

I hate sony for creating m2. It defaces xperia c, as some of things were a rebump.
Gorilla glass
And last but most the chipset. Snapdragon.

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  • 2014-05-31 19:58
  • t7Xh

Arriving in USA?

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  • 2014-05-31 19:44
  • 4S}1

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2014-05-30 21:21 from thaW - click to readWhat are you smoking there? The G2 Mini has a 50% brightness of 91 nits, of course the battery would last longer, the display is almost like turned off. M2 clocks in at a staggering 325 nits at 50%.

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  • 2014-05-31 18:47
  • Kg{J

I have to admit M2 is better than expected, battery is very acceptable, display good, camera is good as there is not much need for zoom-in details 99.9% of the time, this is clearly more than good enough for some cropping as well.

Sad that Superior Auto cannot be used, i dont know why Sony insist on 16:9 format, its unsuitable for most social media and what not, there should be a 4:3 option also in SA mode. Going to manual and select 4:3 reso takes away the advantage of Sonys excellent scene detection, the Soft Tone mode is priceless, all my girlfriends look like Playboy centerfolds using that mode in SA (when 4:3 was still an option is SA), but always having to manually select scene is too much trouble, point and shoot is the way to go for real life, im not one of those pedants who fool themselves with manual settings, look at how many Lumia 1020 owners are unable to produce an OK photo, and browsing some photo critics forums you can find tonnes of people with DSLRs who cant get a single good photo, its scary, thats exactly what it is.

Well, this phone doesnt get close to the BlackBerry Z3 in any case, even the price of M2 is far higher than Z3 despite M2 having lower specs, but i will consider this for someone here who could benefit from Android, Android is good enough for kids who tend to install all the useless apps available on Play Store.

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  • 2014-05-31 18:42
  • Kg{J

> In reply to alexv @ 2014-05-30 23:46 from 3Ana - click to readObviously the reviewer would choose a 2014 model Kia over a 2013 BMW.

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  • 2014-05-31 18:22
  • Kg{J

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2014-05-31 05:38 from thtJ - click to readYou make that comment about all Sony phones lately. Why do you even bother, obviously you will never buy an Xperia in any case.

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  • 2014-05-31 18:20
  • Kg{J

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