Sony Xperia M2 review: Dial M for midrange

GSMArena team, 30 May 2014.
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Tags: Sony, Android

Phonebook

The Sony Xperia M2 phonebook is integrated with the dialer using a tabbed interface - the Contacts, Phone, Favorites and Groups tabs can be side-swiped. The contact list has a dedicated search filed plus it offers and an alphabetical scroll bar.

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The phonebook The quick contact shortcut Favorites Account sync

You can sync with multiple accounts, including Exchange and Facebook, and you can selectively show or hide contacts from some accounts (as well as filter specific groups in an account), or set the phonebook to display only contacts with phone numbers or only contacts that are online.

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Contact options

Linking contacts is available, quick contact feature is here too.

Telephony

Receiving and making calls on the Xperia M2 was nothing short of pleasing. There is noise-cancelling options that is on by default, but you can turn it off from Settings. There is also a Slow Talk option, which will actively slow the speech of the other calling party. You can even apply equalizer settings to the voice call sound, but you can choose only between Normal, Bright and Smooth.

The dialer support smart dialing.

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Smart dialing is available call settings

Sony Xperia M2 scored a Good mark in our loudspeaker tests, meaning you are unlikely to miss some calls and notifications if you are in a noisy environment.

Speakerphone testVoice, dBPink noise/ Music, dBRinging phone, dBOveral score
Nokia Lumia 62565.364.868.8Below Average
LG G2 mini65.2 67.764.6Below Average
HTC One mini 269.3 66.675.9Below Average
Oppo R81964.5 66.373.7Average
Samsung Galaxy S4 mini66.3 64.875.1Average
Sony Xperia M266.6 66.775.7Good
HTC One mini68.0 68.778.1Good
Sony Xperia M68.5 66.680.7Good
Motorola Moto G81.675.782.7Excellent

Sony has preloaded a number of features that modify how the speaker sounds. We tested with all of them off, then with xLOUD on, but that made very little to no difference.

Messaging and text input

Text messages and MMS use standard thread layout. Adding multimedia (photos, videos, sounds, etc.) will convert the message automatically into an MMS.

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The messaging app Adding multimedia turns it into an MMS

Naturally, the Gmail client and the default Email apps are onboard. Gmail can sync only with (multiple) Google accounts, while the generic Email app can handle POP and IMAP and offers a Combined inbox.

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Gmail and Email apps

As for text input, the Xperia M2 offers a customized on-screen full QWERTY keyboard, which is very enough.

You can choose a different layout (keypad, QWERTY, QWERTY with extra symbols), add/remove the coma and period button, the smiley and voice input buttons and also enable things like bilingual word suggestions if you have more than one language enabled. Different keyboard skins are available too.

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Xperia M2 keyboard is comfortable in either layout Settings

You can also try the so-called Gesture input if hitting those keys individually doesn't give you the desired typing speed. It's similar to Swype, and even if you've never used a Swype-like input before you'll quickly get used to it.

One-handed keyboard is available too, only in portrait orientation. If enabled, it squeezes the onscreen keyboard to the left or right side of the screen.

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One-handed keyboard Skins

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