Xperia M

Sony Xperia M C1904 Review – Performance & Features

There’s been a lot of different alphabets used already by the company, and now they come up with the M series, with the Sony Xperia M being launched by Sony, and we’ve got the device for review. Read below for the review of the Sony Xperia M which comes with a 4-inch capacitive touchscreen and some other decent specs.

Sony Xperia M

Design, Display & Form Factor

Nothing much would look different from the Xperia Z series when you talk of the side buttons, with the aluminum power button on the side along with the volume rocker keys, and the dedicated camera shutter button adds to the functionality which we have been missing on the Samsung android phones. There’s a thin band on each side that runs around on the side panel, and that is based on the color of the device – silver banding on white device, black banding on black device.

Sony Xperia M Left Sony Xperia M Right Side

The front side has got the 4-inch display, an illuminating zone and the sensors apart from the front camera above the display. The back shows the rear camera with the flash on the top, the microphone and speaker grill towards the bottom. Another good thing for me as I had mentioned on the earlier reviews too, is the removable back cover which has got the Sony logo and branding to it.

Sony Xperia M Back Panel

Within the back cover, there’s a 1750 mAh battery, and the access to the Micro SIM card slot as well as the slot to insert the Micro SD card. The top middle part has got the 3.5mm headset jack. Although one might feel that the 9.3mm of thickness for the Xperia M is a bit high, you won’t complain when you have the device in hands actually because the comfort in hands is contributed well by the shape and thickness.

Sony Xperia M Battery Sony Xperia M Top

The display gives a screen resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, and that is what disappoints us a bit, because one would have expected more than the 480p screen here, that too from a brand which is known to provide a beautiful interface but the display, might not be able to put out what we actually expect from it. The viewing angles are not that great, and under the bright sunlight you might have to change the holding angle to avoid the sunlight or else the viewing becomes harder.

On one side, you would feel bad about the display and the resolution, but it’s an advantage on the other side because the low resolution displays consume lesser battery than the higher resolution ones. And expecting a lot from a device that doesn’t count itself even in the mid-range category, would be our mistake.

Interface, Internal Powering, Storage and Battery

The 1 GHz Dual core processor does a neat job of keeping the performance good enough, but you shouldn’t expect it to take any load you put on it, and not to forget, you will find it hard to play the high-graphics games such as the Asphalt 7 or the Grand Theft Auto, not only because the processor and RAM won’t be able to take it, but another reason being for that – internal memory won’t be able to take so many such games.

Talk about the general usage, it does that pretty well with the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and the Sony’s interface doing a nice job of integrating several widgets on the home screens. There’s 1GB of RAM that does a good job in handling the multiple apps together, but the internal storage although provided is 4GB, the user gets to use only 2GB from it, and out of the box, the device has already eaten up around 500 MB for the several pre-installed apps and data.

Sony Xperia M OS

Sony has provided the MicroSD card slot for someone who is looking to have a good external storage backup, and the maximum one can take it to, is 32GB. We did try to download a couple heavy games, and the internal storage was all used up and it was prompting us to either delete the data or send it to SD card selectively to free up some space. The fact that it was just the first day of the usage and we getting such errors and notices, would be disappointing. At least a fixed storage of 8 GB or 16 GB with no storage expansion would have been better.

Sony Xperia M Apps Memory Sony Xperia M Home Screen Sony Xperia M Settings Sony Xperia M Storage

The pre-installed apps easily make this one an Indian version of the device, with apps such as OLX, Sony Liv, BigFlix, Cricbuzz and Paytm, and we are sure one would easily take advantage of at least couple of those apps, apart from the standard Sony apps which include Sony Music, Smart Connect, Xperia Link, X-Alert for Xperia etc. But as we mentioned above, these apps contributed to around 350 MB of internal storage already, reducing the available storage further.

The apps can be well sorted based on the alphabetical order, most used ones, the date of installation or the standard way Sony arranges the apps in the interface. Some utilities open up as a folder, and the apps can be searched from any app page.

Sony Xperia M Apps Options

Sony Xperia M Pre-installed Apps

Battery management is where one can learn from Sony, because there’s loads of options provided by the company directly in the Xperia devices, and you don’t need to worry about the various things to do when there is a low battery warning shown to you. It’s all setup-once stuff that would do most of the things by itself after the setup is done. There’s a neat 1750 mAh Li-ion battery included, and it’s a removable one lying under the back panel. At around 30% of battery left, the power management tool showed that the Xperia M could survive around 13 hours on this battery on standby.

Check out the Benchmark tests done by us to see how good the processor of the device is.

Camera capture quality, Gallery & Video Recording

Sony Xperia M Camera

The 5-megapixel shooter doesn’t do any appreciable job, and to be frank with the comparison, the 3-year back announced Galaxy S from Samsung too does a better capturing with the same 5-megapixel camera. The LED flash assistance just adjacent to it throws the light at a small radius, again making the capturing no good. The lens glass is embedded a little inside, making it safer from scratching though.

The sample pictures captured with the camera are as below, with the actual size being 2592 x 1944 pixels scaled down and even the HDR mode didn’t show much of a difference.

Sony Xperia M Camera Capture Sony Xperia M Camera Capture Flash

The gallery arranges the photos, screenshots all at a single place which could be a problem for people to browse through them, but it looks good with the arrangement based on the date and time. Also, Sony has done quite a good job with the options to share the photos, loads of options available apart from the standard Gmail, Bluetooth, Social apps etc.

Sony Xperia M Gallery

The front camera does what a standard VGA camera does for the video calling. Expecting more than that would not make sense, and Sony takes the load quite well in running the Skype app with video calling with front camera for quite some time without the device heating up too.

Final Verdict

The Xperia M is priced at Rs. 12990, which for me is a decent pricing set by the company, because you would see quite some alternatives but the Sony’s branding always carries a trust factor along with it. Talking about some similar devices, there’s a lot from the Indian brands but one really good competition mainly for the camera which also is a 5MP one, but does a better capturing. But if you are looking for some really good interface and don’t care much about the camera and need something on the low 5-digit pricing in India, the Xperia M is good choice. Shell out some more amount and you could get a better device from Sony itself, the Xperia L.



  1. Rouf

    May 29, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Hi Chetan
    I’m confused bw Core and Xperia M dual. I’m satisfied with the specs of both. What worries me is battery life. Could you provide inksight into the battery backups of both phones ??

  2. Murtaza Saifee

    April 20, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Awesome phone if camera is not very important for u. when u take xperia m in your hand you feel the brand quality of sony. and black colour gives premium look.

  3. Sagar

    October 16, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    GL to SD apk root cannot privilege.

    Plz help me friends,I can’t play the games ……


    October 12, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    I want a dual sim phone with best call recording output. I can install the apps. But result often varies in each phone.
    I am stuck between Galaxy Core and Xperia M. I am in marketing job and customers often twist what has been discussed and agreed over phone. Thus my tie breaker will be call recording quality. Which one of these two record better calls? Whether the voice of the person on the other side is clear? Whether the person on the other side of the call comes to know of the recording… i mean.. is there any beep sound? Any recording issue with Xperia M Dual ? Need help. Pls suggest.

  5. epi

    October 8, 2013 at 8:32 am

    hi sir..
    i’m confused between acer liquid e2 and sony xperia m?
    which one is better…

    • Chetan Bhawani

      October 9, 2013 at 12:12 pm

      The two devices quite a lot different, but with the specifications the Acer Liquid E2 holds, I would go with it but again the pricing is a point to consider, and the after sales service of Sony has always been known to be better. If you wanted to have a decent smartphone with no excess, and don’t have a lot to think about the processor, then Xperia M isn’t anything bad. Haven’t you given a thought about the Xperia L?

  6. lobsang

    September 27, 2013 at 7:43 am

    I m using sony xyperia m since last month. This set is not a good set, I m facing lots of problems like hang, set getting hot after using a while. My advice to those who r planning to buy this set, dnt go with this set. Better to go with Nokia or Samsung handsets.

  7. Tulai Paul

    September 25, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Excellent article with vivid description of features which may lead to an accurate decision making process for the buyers. I just want to know whether it supports the galaxy of mobile apps and game offered by admob, revmob, chartboost, appnext and others.

  8. Yaso

    September 23, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Hii chetan, thanks for the great information,
    Your article is more specific in the features,

  9. Ravin

    September 21, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Hi, I’m planning to get a phone for around 12-14k… I’m sick with Samsung’s design. So i narrowed down to Xperia M. Can you please give me a feedback on the call quality? I love all other things about the phone, and I’m not much bothered about the camera and display either. I won’t chose anything but Android. Is there any other alternative of the same specs with a great call quality and battery life.

  10. Prasun

    September 16, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Hi Chetan,
    Nicely written article. I personally prefer Windows Phone 8 over Android, yet being an insta-addict I got myself a mid budget Lenovo A800. I somehow am satisfied with camera quality and 2000mAH battery, but Now it’s about 6 months, the phone has started showing some terrible lags despite having a 1.2 gigs dual core cortex A9 (i guess maybe 512mb ram is the culprit).

    However, I’m planning to upgrade to the Xperia M or the soon launching dual sim version. All I want is an advice, that is Xperia M a worthy upgrade? Or can it show some memory issues for apps (even if sdcard is in)


    • Chetan Bhawani

      September 16, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      Hey Prasun, thanks for the comment. The Xperia M is a good choice if you are looking for a good interface and if the memory issue doesn’t bother you much (only if you are not installing several heavy apps), but for a good camera, you should look for something else, like the Xperia L which has a better camera, or even the Galaxy Core (I compared the clicks between the Xperia M and Galaxy Core) as you shouldn’t be expecting much from the 5MP lens of Xperia M.

      • Prasun

        September 16, 2013 at 12:48 pm

        I’m not a gaming freak of an app monger. App requirements are average or below average. For the camera issues, yes I am okay with a 5mpx because for good pics, obviously there’s my SLR 🙂

        I don’t like the plasticky appearance of samsung (common from Galaxy Y through S4)

        Yes I did look forward to Xperia L, but again, my one preference is going for a dual sim as I carry three numbers at a time 😀 Xperia M dual is in news so looking forward to it.

        Thanks a lot for your advice
        Keep Rocking

  11. KEN XTRA

    September 6, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    I currently have SE lww and was looking to upgrade but am torn between XL and XM.what bugs me about L is lack of USB OTG i wonder if rooting can solve this or its a question of hardware?am in love wit XM how does its processor compare wit XM?which is faster?thanx

  12. Reeba Sara Koshy

    August 31, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    I am looking at camera quality. Which is better? Lumia 520 or xperia M. Please please help

    • Rajeev

      March 20, 2014 at 11:44 am

      Hello Reeba,

      I will suggest you to go with Lumia 520, incase you are looking for a better camera.

  13. Arjun

    August 28, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Nice review !! I’m confused between Xperia M and Huawei Ascend P1.Can you help me choose the one with better specs ? Please do a review of Ascend P1 if possible. Thanks in Advance !! 🙂


    August 28, 2013 at 11:04 am

    just 2 days back i have purchase this phone but while i am playing the games the phone will be overheated so please guide me there any chances to effect on my processor.

  15. Gopu N

    August 25, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    I noticed phone is getting heated (not too much) (at the top of the phone) while using the phone for more than 5 minutes… , is that normal ?

    • lokanath

      August 27, 2013 at 1:09 pm

      Yehh me also facing the same issue but while playing games

  16. diptesh

    August 24, 2013 at 6:42 am

    do it support 1080p vid

  17. Rahul

    August 24, 2013 at 2:18 am

    Only disappointment seems to me is the memory department.

    Rest all is fine. The author forgets to take into account the fact that similarly priced better featured handsets do not necessarily perform a better job of taking pictures. Is there any other phone at this price point or even below it that clicks better pics ?

    The Xperia M may not be good at this aspect but it clearly offers much more than the fakey showy Samsung brigade of Galaxy.

    • Chetan Bhawani

      August 27, 2013 at 3:10 pm

      Rahul, if you notice my other reviews you will be noticing that I’m no where a Samsung fanboy and always criticize them for the design repetition, but here the Galaxy Core does a real better job in capturing the pictures when compared to the Xperia M, thus said so. Check out the comparison we did between the two devices, you will notice how we rated the design of the Sony devices and the interface too, better than that of the Samsung ones.

  18. Preetham

    August 24, 2013 at 12:34 am

    I need to know about call conference function. Is Samsung Core having call conference functionality…

  19. /Jozef

    August 21, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    have a request to you. Could you test call quality and GSM/3G Signal? What do you think about screen(colors, viewing angles, visibility in the sun). Is if the screen gets dirty quickly -fingerprints

    ps.On the screen is factory film like in Xperia L/Z? Do you test screen scratch resistance?

  20. raghavendra

    August 20, 2013 at 12:22 am

    what about gaming , can it play most wanted and can it play 720p or 1080p video with default player ??

  21. Ano

    August 19, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    You cant expect more on this price point, no other branded phone offering till date.

  22. DEX

    August 19, 2013 at 8:06 am

    what about call quality and volume?

    • Amit Bhawani

      August 19, 2013 at 7:34 pm

      Its pretty decent in that case.

    • Gopu N

      August 25, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      Call quality and Loud speaker quality is awesome !

      • lokanath

        August 27, 2013 at 1:11 pm

        music over headphone is very low 🙁

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