Introduction and Physique
Introduction and Physique
Initially introduced at the Mobile World Congress 2014 in February, Sony officially launched the Xperia M2 in the Philippines along with the Z2, Z2 Tablet, Z1 Compact, T2 Ultra, E1, and the SmartBand wearable device. The M2 (PhP 14,990) is a midrange smartphone that costs less than the half of the price of Sony’s top-end model, the Z2 (PhP 35,990). In spite of its much lower price, the M2 possesses several physical traits of its more expensive siblings, which make this Sony Xperia Android smartphone distinguishable from other smartphone offerings in the market.
Possessing the defining characteristics of an Xperia smartphone, the M2 comes with the familiar circular power button which sits smack in the middle of the smartphone’s right side. The button’s position and shape makes it easy to distinguish even if the user is not looking at it. It’s hard to confuse the M2’s power button with the adjacent rectangular volume rocker.
Above the power button, Sony has placed the slots for the micro-SIM and the microSD. They are discreetly hidden beneath a plastic flap sitting on the right side of the M2. This somewhat external positioning of the slot clearly shows that the M2 doesn’t have a removable back cover and battery module. Inserting and replacing the SIM will cause the smartphone to restart. The 8GB onboard storage would not be sufficient if you are into taking photos and downloading content, hence, a high-capacity microSD is recommended.
We also liked Sony’s addition of a dedicated camera button on the M2. Pressing and holding it launches the camera application of the M2, eliminating the necessity of accessing the handset’s menu or app cabinet. While in camera mode, the smartphone’s volume rocker doubles as the zoom switch. The audio jack and the micro-USB port are also located on the strategic points of the smartphone, sitting on top and left side of the device respectively.
The M2 unit that we have is clad in black, but it also comes in shades of white and purple. With a glossy black casing, the smartphone is prone to fingerprints and smudges. On the front, it flaunts a 4.8-inch touchscreen and a VGA front-facing camera. While the 4.8-inch display size is generally acceptable for average use, we are quite disappointed to find out that the screen resolution is limited to 540 x 960. Many more affordable smartphones these days have either an HD or a Full HD display. Compared to a smartphone with a Full HD display, the M2’s screen is less sharp, which becomes more noticeable particularly when watching movies, viewing photos, or playing games.
The M2’s built-in audio is not loud enough for personal pleasure based on our experience. We can’t help but compare its loudness to other cheaper smartphones out there that can produce loud sound. We recommend users to attach the M2 to a pair of headphones or a loudspeaker to fully enjoy its audio features like ClearAudio+, Clear Stereo, and Surround Sound VPT.