- Android 4.1
- 4.0 “touch screen, 480 x 854 pixels
- WLAN, UMTS, HSPA +
- 1.2GHz dual-core processor
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dual The Xperia M Sony builds its dual SIM mobile repertoire further. Meanwhile, dual SIM models are an integral part of the Xperia series: For Sony fans so a good opportunity to their mobile phone for 2 SIM cards available from the usual brand. But what about all the others? Why dual for the Xperia M what about it? Our test takes it under the microscope.
4.0 “display and typical Xperia optics
One thing first: The M is a dual midrange model. This starts with the display: About the size of 4.0 “inches you do not need to discuss, it is in times of ever larger displays even good standard (as with the iPhone 5s).
The resolution is standard, but no HD: With 854 × 480 it is nevertheless slightly better than that of the popular Samsung Galaxy S Duos (Test) , which also provides smooth 4-inch display size.
The screen embeds the M dual in a now familiar, angular Xperia housing. The frame falls slightly wider than it is trend today, but the back is slightly curved, which in turn gives the form a little more elegance and is handy when holding.
Also typical for Xperia models, the idea is to work in the middle of housing with transparent materials. So an information strip lighting is for example at the bottom of the phone attached, the different lights depending on the message, such as missed calls. In addition, the now frequently mentioned quality side on / off button is present.
Android OS: Version 4.1
The Android operating system is 4.1 in everyday life continues to be well suited and has seamlessly expanded to include the commands for controlling the 2 SIM cards. Anyone who has ever been a single-SIM Android phone uses, feels at home immediately as usual.
However, one wonders, why not at least Android 4.2 has been partly filled, which is now standard in most providers. Although the practice differences are not significant, one would have expected the latest version of a manufacturer like Sony alone for reasons of prestige.
Problems with the slightly earlier version but it does not: The mobile phone is always up to date on the software side and we tested apps, games, movies, and especially the connection to Google Play functioned smoothly.
Speed: A small weak point of the Xperia M dual
For everyday wear, the speed is sufficient anyway. Surfing, post, use Whatsapp or retrieve the weather, listen to music and write alongside a mail – this is easy possible. Basically everything runs smoothly.
When Appwechsel or commands that require more processing power, but the system is compared to models such as the Huawei Ascend G700 (test) ,Acer Liquid E2 (test) or a Allview V1 Viper simple carrier.
The graphics processing, eg within games is hand dual pleasantly fast the Xperia M. But who else puts great emphasis on speed, should look again the reviews of the competing models just mentioned, for example, offer a higher clock frequency or more processor cores.
In one you have in this price and class processor unfortunately forego anyway: 3D gaming and compute-intensive apps such as 3D device programs are too challenging and not fun. Schön in turn, the mobile Internet very quickly runs: with HSPA + provides the mobile phone one of the fastest transmission standard among mobile phones for 2 SIM cards in this country.
The five megapixel camera makes for this megapixel class good and especially nice sharp images. The colors sometimes something rustle. For helping the HDR function that you will be compensated even under difficult lighting conditions over- or under-exposure and the colors come out well.
It is nice in practice, that the camera has a special release button. The Quick Start function means that goes to photo only about 1 second between standby. For quick shots and postings that was good enough. Videos are available in HD, but not in full HD, but with 720p.
With 2 GB of internal storage space is limited for those who use a lot or very memory intensive apps. Because you can save in this phone no apps on the SD card, to save it from there. All other data can be there of course, make it can use memory cards up to 32GB.
As we are used to from Sony, the processing is also true in this model. The materials are of high quality – the on / off button we had already discussed above, the slightly curved shape of the back gives the smartphone a touch of elegance and is also comfortable.
Unlike the high-end models Xperia family, such as the Z1, the Xperia M is incidentally not waterproof. There is as its larger siblings in the now customary Xperia colors black, white and purple available.
NFC is part of it – for the dual SIM models anything for granted. This allows a so-called Sony “One Touch” operation. Here, the M transmits dual as music (or various other desired data) to other NFC-enabled devices – such as other phones, PCs or multimedia devices.
For a quick overview, the above already mentioned multi-color LED in the light bar is very useful that signals directly depending on the color, if you missed a message, calls, e-mail or anything else. Kind: the LED can also be individually configured, which is not part of the standard even in single-SIM smartphones.
Sony also from other devices may already be known: the Stamina function. It provides extended battery runtime by the phone function are reduced so that the 1750 mAh battery much later running out of steam. A similar principle now offer other manufacturers – but the Xperia M is dual clearly a pioneer of this idea.
For Sony fans currently the best dual SIM cell phone tip. It beats the older models Xperia E dual and especially the tipo dual significantly. Its price (the time of testing about 220 €), however, is not a bargain. As offered in dual SIM mobile testmainly the Acer Liquid E2 (with 4.5 “screen, quad-core processor and 8-megapixel camera) significantly more, and for less money. For much more favorable about 130 € you also can similarly rated us Huawei Ascend G510 purchase. However, if an established mobile brand value sets and is willing to pay the extra cost as for the pleasing design, has certainly also dual with the Xperia M his joy.