Sony Xperia M2 Aqua, Analysis

Every day that passes we are looking for and want more extras for our Android devices, recognizing the effort to innovate that they made some companies. The case of Sony and its resistant telephones It shows us that a terminal must not have a sports or extreme version that hold dust and dives into the water.

With the Sony Xperia M2 Aqua the concept of resistant Android phone comes to mid-range with the Aqua name, which honors certified IP65/68. Your specifications on paper does not highlight but neither are below what could be expected of a terminal in this range and features. From Xataka Android we’ve tried it and this is our feelings.

Design

We started at a point that Sony tends to take care of when it comes to making their devices. The quality of materials in hand is quite nice giving the feeling of being well built. It is not a light or extremely fine smartphone, but it gives us an impression of reliability and be robust, resulting in comfortable using it.

Its measurements are 140 × 72 × 8,6 mm. and 149 grams. Its top and bottom frames are somewhat bulky and gives it us feeling that if they were rather minor styling of the phone would improve, but anything that is not within the line to laabout:startpage that Sony has accustomed us with its design.

Sony continues with its characteristic design

Both the power button and the volume and the dedicated camera buttons are on the right side. To ensure tightness Sony has given Sony Xperia M2 Aqua tabs to plug connections such as the 3.5 jack, microUSB and microSIM and microSD cards.

You have to see what result give these tabs when the years pass die wear that open and close them daily. At the bottom edge Sony has placed the speaker of the device, which personally seems a success as we will see in the next sections. On its back is the device’s camera with LED flash, a good Matt.

Screen and hardware

On the screen we find one of the aspects that make us opt to a terminal or the other, either by size or by the quality of this. Being goals across the screen we receive all user experience so that the screen can be decisive. In this case we find ourselves with an IPS panel 4.8 inch with resolution qHD, leaving us with the discrete number of 230 DPI.

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Your viewing angle is good without being excellent, while its colors are those who can expect a panel manufactured with IPS technology: real and balanced. Automatic adjustment of the brightness of the screen works as you might expect, with an acceptable vision outdoors.

Conclusion and ending with the screen, we are left with the feeling that meet without great fanfare. Unless we are accustomed to use a high-end screen we will not cost any effort to get used to it. We will then give a review on its spec sheet.

Sony Xperia M2 Aqua, technical specifications

Other dataCertified IP65/68 against water and dust, enduring 30 minutes at a depth of 1.5 metres

Sony Xperia M2 Aqua: specifications
Screen 4.8 inch qHD, 230 DPI IPS
Resolution 960 × 540
Processor Snapdragon 400 Quad Core 1.2 GHz
RAM 1 GB
Memory 8 GB + microSD
Version Android 4.4
Connectivity LTE, Wireless 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
Expansion ports MicroSD
Cameras Front: 1.1 Mpx / rear: 8 megapixel with LED flash
Dimensions 140 × 72 × 8,6 mm.
Weight 149 grams
Access to Google Play Yes, series
Battery 2,330 mAh
Price 249 EUR

After checking one at a Xperia Sony M2 Aqua features iniatives that we are before a range media that will satisfy us our simple tasks which are mostly used in our day to day.

In the place of the processor will find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core 1.2 GHz with 1 GB of RAM and a 305 Adreno GPU. When it comes to running games with graphics power high result was not optimal to leaving to be desired. In the next section we will see their results through different tests and benchmarks.

It has an internal storage of 8 GB expandable through microSD card up to 32 GB and 4.4 Android as the operating system version.

Certified IP65/68 against dust and water

In its connectivity plus the common as WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0, the attention the NFC and LTE Cat. 4 for high speed networks Available.

2,330 mAh battery should be enough to reach without any problems at the end of the day with life, we’ll see how it behaves in reality. Your rear camera has a sensor Exmor RS 8 megapixel camera with an LED flash, front camera is unobtrusive figure 1.1 megapixel.

We finished with their IP65/68 certificate that guarantees resistance to dust and water, holding for 30 minutes to a maximum depth of 1.5 meters of freshwater. This section shows that Sony has managed to use all the experience gained in its high ranges to this middle range of excellent protection terminal, so we won’t have to worry if it starts to rain or if we dip our terminal provided tabs are closed.

Performance and autonomy

We arrived at one of the most interesting subjects when analyzing an Android device, where we will see what such behaves the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 with the set of specifications that accompany it. Its performance is similar and comparable with other midrange terminals as we will see in the following table.

Sony Xperia M2 Aqua Moto G Moto G (2014) Bq Aquaris E5 HD HTC Desire 816
AnTuTu 18.909 16.978 17.429 17.422 21.607
Quadrant 8.833 7.329 8.708 5.788 13.112
EPIC Citadel 58.6 fps on average / High Performance 57.2 fps on average / High Performance 57.5 fps on average / High Perfomance 48.1 fps on average / High Perfomance 59.5 average fps / High Performance
Vellamo 1.671 1.898 1.935 1.784 2.771

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As we see on paper this Sony Xperia M2 Aqua Power is similar to the Motorola Moto G 2014 which is without a doubt a hard competitor. In everyday use which can realize an average user us We will find an acceptable without any important ralentizamiento fluently. However, when demand you more is something short to showing its lack of hardware.

In relation to the autonomy, the truth is that the results have been positive if we compare with similar terminals, around easily to 36 hours away from the charger with a moderate for what it would use its 2,330 mAh performing quite well. A good job of Sony in this aspect.

It is striking that Sony has decided to place the speaker on the bottom edge, occupying the entire space. Thanks to this decision neither the quality nor the sound volume will be depleted to support the terminal on a surface. Entering rating capabilities has left us feeling that you have a large volume but the quality is somewhat improved.

With regard to the internal storage Sony Xperia M2 Aqua stays on a few humble 8 GB that priori should not be a problem thanks to the possibility of extending them using a microSD card, but every day applications in our Android device are heavier and there are some that cannot be moved from the phone’s memory.

Camera

We arrived to an aspect that Sony often care a special on their devices fondly, the photographic section. On this occasion we are with a sensor of 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash. Here are some examples to see how it behaves in different situations to be able to judge its quality.

To start, we begin with a decision made abroad on a sunny day. The result without being good is acceptable with some interesting details. The balance of lights can be improved and the colors are slightly saturated. Sony has not sought to situate the photo section of this terminal as a differentiating factor, leaving us with a camera that meets without problems.

Indoors we turn to find with a very similar to the previous case, Since the camera meets being insufficient in the case that you like us photography and we want to be able to make great photos from our device. Details such as for example the pompon of hat could be much better defined despite bad lighting.

The camera application that brings installed has many options and extras. In addition to the automatic mode, We found plenty of effects as well as panoramic sweeps and a beauty mode. If you prefer to manually configure aspects of the camera we can opt for manual mode, where we will select the scene and different parameters. In the gallery you can see the photos in their original without any retouching size.

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Software

Sony Xperia M2 Aqua has 4.4.2 Android as the operating system version and currently there are no news that talk of a possible future update to Android.

If you are used to using Xperia devices customization by Sony will be familiar. As always in these cases, this will have both defenders and detractors but my personally I like something that more resembles a pure Android. In regard to aesthetics seems to me quite successful being nice to view.

They could not miss the own Sony applications such as TrackID, Walkman, PlayStation Mobile or Xperia care among others. Although some are more useful that others so that the customization of Sony, there are people who use them regularly while other users will see them unnecessary.

Xataka Android view

Sony has decided to bring its water resistance to dust to the middle range and with this Sony Xperia M2 Aqua has succeeded, having to take a rather high price, considering that their

Mid-range and waterproof are compatible

technical specifications are similar to other low-cost terminals. The terminal is still an interesting option for those who need a resistant terminal and are unwilling to economically speaking to acquire a high range.

On their technical specifications nothing stands out or positive or negatively, by what is a balanced terminal that It will meet the expectations of the demanding Android user. Perhaps it would have been more logical present this device before the summer of this year to thus exploit his aquatic aspect, since if it weren’t for this extra it would result in another range average more.

In favour

  • Resistance to water and dust
  • Good design
  • Autonomy

Against

  • Poor camera
  • Screen
  • Rather high price

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