Sony Xperia M2 Dual review

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Sony's Xperia M2 Dual is a solid contender in the mid-range dual-SIM segment, and though it faces stiff competition, manages to stand out among the crowd. Let's take a look at how it fares...

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Sony Xperia M2 Dual review

  1. 1. Sony Xperia M2 Dual Review in pictures
  2. 2. A mid-range dual-SIM handset from Sony • 4.8-inch, qHD display • 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor • 1GB of RAM and 8GB expandable storage • 8-megapixel primary snapper • Runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean • Dual-SIM 3G • FM radio
  3. 3. More of that OmniBalance design • Sony’s trademark OmniBalance design • Feels a tad blocky and doesn’t look too different from other Xperia smartphones • Glass back prone to scratches and smudges • Dedicated shutter key for the camera
  4. 4. The display is its Achilles’ heel • The 4.8-inch, 960 x 540 pixel display offers a pixel density of 229ppi • Feels low resolution, given its reasonable screen size • Colours look a tad pale and washed out • Some pixelation is visible • Not one of its strong points
  5. 5. A shooter that’s fairly loaded with features • Dedicated hardware shutter key is more than welcome • The shooter boasts features like Timeshift Burst and AR Mode • Background defocus isn’t available, sadly • Shoots at Superior Auto mode by default, capturing 5MP images • To shoot in full resolution, you need to switch to Manual mode each time you launch the camera
  6. 6. The camera quality is passable • Churns out reasonable images, especially in daylight • A bit of over- sharpening is visible, especially when zooming in • Low-light shots are noisy, but usable
  7. 7. Sony’s Jelly Beans on the plate • Runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with Sony’s UI on top • The skin doesn’t take a lot away from stock Android • Support for themes • Sidebar slides out from the left of the app drawer, letting you manage apps and access the Play Store
  8. 8. Sony’s Small Apps, plus dollops of apps • Signature Sony apps and content hubs included • Recent apps button gives you access to Small Apps – tiny windows that float atop existing apps • Preloaded apps include Sony Music, TrackID, File Commander, X4 Video Player, Pixlr Express, Sketch and BIGFLIX
  9. 9. Not a rocket, but fast enough for the daily grind • The specs aren’t loaded, so don’t expect a power-packed performance. However, routine tasks runs smoothly and without lag. A few minor hiccups while playing intensive games like Riptide GP2 though • Quite a few connectivity options including dual-band Wi-Fi and DLNA on board. USB OTG is supported as well • Over 4GB of storage available to use, though you can add more via the microSD slot
  10. 10. Goes on, and on… • The sealed 2,300mAh battery keeps the Sony Xperia M2 last for a full day comfortably even with heavy usage • Lasted almost 11 hours on our video loop battery test, with brightness and volume at 50 percent • STAMINA mode available to prolong battery life
  11. 11. At a glance • 4.8-inch, 540 x 960 display • 8MP primary camera, VGA front shooter • 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor • Adreno 305 graphics • 1GB RAM, 8GB expandable internal storage • 2,300mAh battery • Dual-SIM 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, DLNA, USB OTG • FM radio with RDS
  12. 12. - • Sony’s OmniBalance design is now getting a tad boring • Washed out screen • Scratch-prone back • No exciting feature Pros and cons + • Reasonable performance • Supports 3G on both SIM slots, complete with Smart Dual capabilities • Useful software and Sony’s Small apps • Excellent battery life
  13. 13. Online price ~ Rs 19,000 Pricing and verdict “The Sony Xperia M2 Dual is a bit of a mixed bag, and while its screen is a bit of a let down, it scores where it counts the most – reasonable performance and an excellent battery life. Dual-SIM 3G and smart SIM features are quite useful too. The LG L90 Dual and Micromax Canvas Knight are worthy competitors though, and worth a look as well.”

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