Conclusion: The Sony Xperia M is a phone with good looks, streamlined user interface that we actually like, and a powerful chip for its class. Not a bad combination, is it? It has its downsides - we wish the screen was a bit better, but our biggest complaint right now is price.
Pros: It’s a looker - compact and stylish, Above average performance for its class, 1GB of RAM, Good 1750mAh battery
Cons: Average display - dim and with poor viewing angles, Only 2GB of user available storage, Disappointing call quality
Summary: Pocket-sized Samurai. Sony's latest member of the Xperia series features a relatively small screen of only 4-inches. The low-clocked dual-core processor is supported by a strong graphics unit. Is that enough to gain a foothold in the entry-level sector?
Pros: Quality build, Available in four colors, Comparatively strong GPU, NFC, Multi-colored message LED, The build of the Xperia M is high-quality. It is pleasant to hold and feels good. Besides that, a device with this size easily fits in every pocket.
Cons: Weak CPU, Middling screen, Small flash memory, Unusable webcam, 4 GB of internal storage is still standard in the entry-level sector but nevertheless too little since the user only has 1.3 GB available.
Excerpt: Sony has been successful before in putting out a cheap entry-level device which has got good specs for its price; namely the Xperia U which was the cheapest phone with a dual core processor. And now there is a replacement by Sony called the Xperia M.
Conclusion: Sony has had some very strong contenders at the entry level: the Xperia U was the cheapest dual-core you can get for a long time and the M is its spiritual successor. Most phones in this price range have Cortex-A5/A7 chipsets and can't shoot 720p video.
Pros: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dual or quad-band HSPA support, Also available in a dual-SIM variant, called Xperia M dual, 21 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA, 4" 16M-color TFT capacitive touchscreen of FWVGA resolution (480 x 854 pixels) at 245ppi, Android OS v4.1.2 Jelly Bean, Dual-core 1 GHz Krait ...
Cons: Still and video camera quality not great, No Mobile BRAVIA engine for the screen, Screen has sub-par viewing angles, Poor video codec support out of the box, Limited internal storage for installing apps
Excerpt: The Sony Xperia M was released in 2013, bringing distinctive Sony design to a mid-range handset. It's still available today on various contracts for around £10, but considering how far the smartphone sector has moved in the last year, is it still a phone you can live with for a two-year contract?
Summary: We can't see why you'd choose the Xperia M over its rivals
Pros: Affordable & lightweight, Dedicated camera button, Expandable storage, Loud speaker, It's oddly refreshing to have an 'iPhone-sized' 4-inch smartphone running the Android OS, and the Sony Xperia M is a lot lighter and more compact than most of its peers. The Xperia M is a solidly built phone with...
Cons: Cramped screen & keyboard, Old Jelly Bean OS, Mediocre camera, Very low internal storage, The Sony Xperia M would probably have felt like reasonably good value had it been launched at the end of 2012, though even back then its specs would have been underwhelming. With the staggeringly good value ...