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Great value and very clever little phone
on 12 April 2014
I've only had this phone for a couple of days now, but here are my thoughts so far. This is a pretty detailed review but I've summarised in a list of pros and cons at the bottom.
I originally had a Huawei Ascend G300 which I had for almost a year and a half before I accidentally dropped it on concrete and the screen smashed. Now, the Huawei cost about £80 when I bought it. I got the Sony Xperia M for £100 - only £20 more. The differences between the two phones are immense.
The Sony is very stylish with a nice, responsive touch screen and several side buttons. I've not had a phone with a hold button on the side before but it hasn't taken me long to get used to it. It's a nice shape, quite large (but that's mostly because I've had little brick phones for years) but still compact. It doesn't feel particularly sturdy and is quite light in the hand, which concerns me in regards to its durability.
It's pretty easy to navigate around the phone. You can set up various buttons to appear at the bottom and organise your apps onto different pages which you can navigate by swiping left or right. I particularly like the set of options (such as wifi, volume, data, flight mode, screen brightness etc.) positioned in a small panel that you simply click to enlarge. You can easily turn different functions on and off which I think is a nice touch. There are three small touch screen buttons that are constantly alert at the bottom of the screen which include the 'home' button and a small button that when pressed brings up a list of your currently open apps and a few basic tools (such as calculator, timer etc.). This makes it easy to navigate several app screens at once as well as shutting down any running unnecessarily.
The keyboard is a little bit cramped but is similar to my old Huawei so I'm used to it. Someone with large fingers may struggle though! It's also got a 'swipe' texting function that allows you to sweep your finger from letter to letter without letting go of the screen. I've had a little go at this and it seems to work quite well - though I'll probably stick to the normal tapping method.
The speakers are very impressive - I've blasted a few tunes and the music comes out surprisingly loud for a small device, without losing quality. The earphones that were supplied with the phone were uncomfortable and distorted the quality of the music. I purchased a better quality Sony pair and they've allowed me to appreciate the sound quality of the phone.
The camera is pretty average. It takes standard photos and the flash seems to work quite well. It's what you would expect for a phone in this price range. I do rather like the dedicated camera button on the side - although I do find myself accidentally clicking the lock/hold button instead sometimes (though it's still early days and I'm still getting to know the phone.)
The internet seems to work well - I've used a number of different apps including the browser and it is all fast and smooth. It is certainly a huge improvement on my old phone which was extremely slow and used to crash more often than not.
The reception also seems to be on track. I live in an area with very little reception but the Sony Xperia M has coped very well so far considering the circumstances.
Lastly, the battery life seems pretty substantial. I've been online a lot today and have been fiddling about with various apps and it's not even lost 20% yet! I do, however, have an App Killer. However, as far as I can tell, the battery life is great for a smartphone.
- Nice design
- Easy to navigate
- Excellent speakers and sound quality
- Responsive screen
- Good battery life
- Internet smooth and quick
- Good reception
- Not very sturdy
- Camera is average, could be better
- The keyboard is a little bit cramped
Conclusions: I am very happy with this phone so far. I think is great value for money and would be a fantastic phone for someone who wants a reliable and responsive Smartphone without forking out a fortune.