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2.0 out of 5 stars
Not a great phone but not bad, 17 Dec 2013
I purchased this to replace an Xperia Mini which I loved but there was a known problem with the keys overheating - Why Sony did not fix this with an update I have no idea but I ended up having to replace the phone.
The Xperia M was the smallest Sony android phone I could find, I don't like HTC's or Samsung's due to reliability problems (I have a Samsung Galaxy mini as my work phone and it has call problems and the screen continually resets).
Back to the Xperia M. It does more or less what it's supposed to, but there are some problems:
First and foremost - The on-screen 'back' and 'home' keys are a complete pain - why couldn't sony have just used off screen keys like everyone else. I am constantly hitting the home or back key when typing text messages, using the camera or using other apps. This makes the entire user experience a real pain - the home key is right next to the space bar for texting so you can imagine!!
The very first update applied to the phone messed up my configuration, deleted some active wall papers that I was using and deleted the Navigation app. Like many updates from Sony, this appeared to be a downgrade rather than an upgrade on the surface. Sony need to be more open about their updates with a clear list of what is included and what users should expect.
The 5MP camera is very low MP for a 2013 phone. They could have at least given it a slightly better camera.
The phone is too quiet when making calls, other phones I have used have a far clearer and superior phone call quality particularly in a loud environment where you can't hear the person on the other end.
There are a large number of 'pay per use' apps pre-installed that cannot be uninstalled that I am never going to use. You should at least have the ability to remove them.
The apps drawer cannot be re-ordered as far as I can make out. This means that all apps that you install and want to use frequently need to be dropped onto the desktop. It would be much easier if you could re-order the app drawer so you could get to them with one click - like on previous Sony skins.
On the plus side:
It's a light, slim line phone even though it's still too big to slot into your jeans pocket comfortably - most men don't carry hand bags so why aren't phone companies making smaller pocket phone options?
It seems to have a good screen and music player / speaker - it's quite a good phone if you listen to lots of music, particularly if you upgrade the memory card to 16GB.
Battery isn't as good as the Xperia mini but its pretty good if you use the economy power settings. I get a couple of days of light use from a full charge. It does take ages to charge up though.
Screen is good and can be very bright if you manually change it - I'm sure this would kill the battery though, so best to use in auto mode. I've not used it in the summer yet though and this is when you need a bright screen.
In summary - I was very happy with my Xperia Mini but forced to upgrade due to technical problems. This phone is definatley a basic handset and OK for a free upgrade but I wouldn't pay for it due to the issues.