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Sony is ad­her­ing to the ide­ol­ogy of “why fix some­thing if it isn’t bro­ken” when it comes to the de­sign of the Xpe­ria M2. Their Om­niBalance de­sign, now in its sec­ond year of im­ple­men­ta­tion, con­tin­ues to serve Sony well as the M2 clearly stands out from the rest of the phones.

Un­for­tu­nately, its midrange po­si­tion­ing means that Sony has to do away with the ex­pen­sive rear glass panel, and wa­ter and dust re­sis­tance fea­tures to keep within bud­get. The back is ac­tu­ally made of glossy poly­car­bon­ate will be cov­ered in smudges within sec­onds of han­dling. Its mi­cro-USB port for charg­ing and data trans­fer is left ex­posed on the top left side of the de­vice while the op­po­site side houses the mi­croSD and mi­cro-SIM card slots un­der a long plas­tic flap. As it comes only in 8GB model, we reckon the mem­ory card slot will be put to good use for mul­ti­me­dia junkies.

Due to its 4.8-inch dis­play, the M2 is rather tall and wide. The sides and cor­ners are

rub­ber­ized though, which helps to of­fer a bet­ter grip of the phone. Like the Ascend G6 4G and G2 Mini, its dis­play res­o­lu­tion is hardly spec­tac­u­lar at 960 x 540 pix­els. It’s suf­fi­cient for most tasks, but sadly suf­fers from poor view­ing an­gles.

Run­ning un­der the hood is the Qual­comm Snap­dragon 400 quad-core 1.2GHz pro­ces­sor and 1GB RAM. Sony has a sim­i­lar ap­proach as Mo­torola when it comes to the in­ter­face; there are min­i­mal tweaks on the soft­ware as­pect of the M2. What irked us was the fact that it ships with An­droid 4.3 Jelly Bean when the al­most oneyear-old Moto X has al­ready been up­dated to An­droid 4.4.2 KitKat.

The M2 is equipped with an 8-megapixel Ex­mor RS sen­sor that has a host of imag­ing tools such as AR ef­fect, Timeshift Burst and Su­pe­rior Auto. Un­for­tu­nately, pho­tos taken in Su­pe­rior Auto mode have low level of de­tail with vis­i­ble ar­ti­facts. In line with HTC, Huawei and LG, the M2 is ca­pa­ble of sup­port­ing faster LTE CAT 4 speeds though, so it’s got that go­ing for it.

De­cent han­dling.

Good de­sign.

Rel­a­tively low res­o­lu­tion for its screen size. Poor imag­ing qual­ity.

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