Flagships always attract attention. Still, it’s the crown achievement of any company, and it invested maximum effort and technology. However, if you compare the “circulation” high-end devices and ordinary devices, it turns out that most of the company’s profit is obtained from the latter. Sony Xperia M2 Dual just one of those – inexpensive, with the support of two “simok” and recognizable design. What else is attached to these, and whether the application requests it for his money – in this review.
Options – Sony Xperia M2 Dual
The device comes in a pretty white box, inside which neatly stacked smartphone, a wired headset (to our taste was not hit), cable, micro-USB <=> USB and AC adapter. In a separate pocket is the whole package instructions.
Appearance – Sony Xperia M2 Dual
Sony Xperia M2 Dual is available in three colors – white, black and bright purple. Smartphone is a fairly large (139.65 x 71.14 x 8.64) and not too light (148 grams) of monoblock. The device looks neat but elegant, in the style of other models of Sony Xperia M2 Dual.
The front part devaysa completely hidden under the glass. Frames pretty big. Sensory or physical keys are missing. Above the display is the logo of Sony Xperia M2 Dual, made with silver paint. Next – a relatively small earpiece, left – bright LED, virtually invisible when switched off. Also at the top of the smartphone can see a small front camera lens. Light sensor and proximity is, however, difficult to see them.
On the left side is a connector microUSB. Just below – cap, under which is hidden slot microSD.
In the middle of the right end is a large, painted by the metal key lock / unlock. Under it – a small plastic volume rocker. More below – a thin elongated button quick launch camera.
Also on the right side is a small notch. Prying it with a fingernail, you can remove a large, but almost invisible plug. Beneath it hides the slots for two microSIM.
At the top end we find a 3.5mm headphone jack. All the lower end placed under elongated speaker. The right of it – the microphone hole.
The back cover is made of plastic smartphone. In the upper part exactly in the middle is a large main camera lens in an elegant metal casing. Right – LED flash and an optional microphone.
Almost in the center is the logo Sony. Over it – a small icon indicating the presence of NFC-module. In the lower part of the body can be discerned dimly inscription Sony Xperia M2 Dual.
Ergonomics – Sony Xperia M2 Dual
Despite its size, the device is in your hand perfectly: fits perfectly in the palm, they can be fully operated with one hand. Unlock button exactly falls under the thumb. All the keys have an impressive power reserve, pressed with a nice click.
If you rotate the device in landscape position, the camera button is just to place the camera shutter key.
Build an excellent: nothing do not play and does not creak even when twisting, monolithic device. Perhaps the only thing that did not like – smooth and slippery plastic back cover: if the hand is wet, it will slip.
Screen – Sony Xperia M2 Dual
The Sony Xperia M2 Dual has a 4.8-inch display with a matrix TFT IPS. Resolution in this case is by no means a record – 960×540 pixels. Accordingly, the pixel density is 235 dpi.
Oleophobic coating, it seems, does not exist or is not too high quality. The display is covered with fingerprints quite easily. The capacitive sensor is triggered precisely and responsive. The smartphone is able to process up to 10 keystrokes.
Light sensor also works flawlessly – the screen is always perfectly adjusted to the surroundings, exposing the most comfortable brightness.
Technology One Glass Solution, apparently, is not used. The air gap between the cover glass and the matrix is visible, as they say, to the naked eye. The individual points on the display can be seen easily, but the perception of information that does not stop.
The display itself is a few, it lacks the richness, but fairly accurate color rendition, without significant deviations. The viewing angles are very wide, the screen can be viewed from any angle. But with flares cover glass handles not too well in bright light they periodically inconvenience. Under the bright sun the screen fades significantly, but the information remains legible, you can work.
In short, the model for middle-class quality of the screen is sufficient. Most routine operations will not cause any difficulties in terms of display.
Interface – Sony Xperia M2 Dual
The Sony Xperia M2 Dual is powered by Android 4.3 (before the publication of this review, the software has been updated to version 4.4.2). The shell is made in the corporate style – with concise interface, minimum waste applications and graphical tinsel. Perhaps it is grace that interface is not the most powerful “iron” is running smoothly without any slowdown, which are not uncommon, for example, more powerful devaysakh other manufacturers, where workers sacrificed quality visual effects.
Icons in standard applications are rounded. By default, the user sees the screen are four shortcuts. They handed badges and widgets. You use the keyboard on-screen, while when it is not needed, it disappears, clearing the screen. By default, the dark design theme, but if you want others available – light, bright, multi-colored.
Particularly suitable for Sony Xperia M2 Dual organized screen applications. Swipe from the left side opens a special menu, where you can search for programs by name, sort them according to the lists, quick access to frequently used applications. This really saves time and simplifies operation.
Very high quality and elaborated curtain notifications. It is clear, beautiful, and not overloaded with unnecessary information. From here you can quickly turn on / off the sound, activate the Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, mobile data, adjust the brightness, activate GPS, auto-rotation – or quickly go to the basic settings.
Standard keyboard is convenient and concise. Autocorrect works perfectly, there is a special button to select emoticons. Not enough unless the opportunity to make a separate line with the numbers – it would speed up the work.
Very clearly planned and settings. In addition to the standard items, there is a separate menu for managing the work of two SIM-cards. “Simcoe”, you can specify the names, choose which one to use for the Internet, activate call forwarding from one card to another.
In the menu item “Connections Xperia” You can customize the output images from the screen of the smartphone to a TV via a wireless connection, set up the exchange of multimedia over Wi-Fi and connect to your phone from the controller Playstation Dualshock.
In the “call parameters” you can set the hearing aid support, enable noise reduction microphone, adjust the equalizer.
The audio settings include the suggested mode Clear Phase – it is very well optimize the sound in the earpiece to help clearly and legibly hear the other party. You can also set the ringing tone for the first and the second SIM.
Present modes Stamina and “Energy Saving”. They will allow to extend the active autonomous use of the device. Particularly pleased with the Stamina – it cuts off all active applications and connect to the web, when the screen is off. Opportunity to receive calls and SMS, however, remains. And the lack of push-notifications from social networks can be perceived even as a plus. Battery life seriously increases. Mode “Energy Saving” – it is more likely for emergency situations when you must at all costs to preserve the remainder of the charge. Works the same way as similar regimes in other smartphones.
Of the eight gigabytes of internal memory available to the user five. Given the relatively small amount of internal memory, the manufacturer does not become too zealous with preset software. However, media player, Walkman, gave a great sound quality, has not been forgotten. He looks beautiful and very high quality worked out in the details – most users do not want to change it to a third-party solution.
Convenient and staffing application “Album”. It allows you to sort your photos and images in folders, automatically selects pictures from the party, can load photos from social networks.
Per-view video meets the standard application “Movies.” It also will appreciate a pleasant design, good job with the subtitles and the possibility of a background operation. In addition, the application can automatically load the information from the web about the films.
Also Sony has arranged client Facebook, antivirus McAfee, a program of photographic Pixlr Express, own analog Shazam from Sony called TrackID, convenient QR-Code Reader. Package is installed and Office Suite, as well as application-flashlight, a cross-platform notebook Evernote, a simple file manager File Comander and Services TV Sideview, turning smartphone into a TV remote control and prints additional information about the programs.
The device is in the Sony Xperia M2 Dual
Technical characteristics of the smartphone Sony Xperia M2 Dual is hardly outstanding. Before us is middling with quad ARM Cortex-A7 frequency of 1.2 GHz and a modest gigabyte of RAM. However, the Sony decided not to chase the HD-resolution screen, so on a modest hardware machine running smoothly and without brakes.
Interface scrolls quickly and evenly, applications also run in the blink of an eye. Page in the browser loaded fast. Problems did not arise when scaling or while opening multiple tabs heavy.
Gadget copes with 3D-graphics accelerator Adreno 305. through C test Ice Storm benchmark 3D Mark smartphone scored 5,719 points.
Very worthy novelty proved directly in the games. Do not like it just that the back cover of the smartphone really heats up in the 3D-titles. Some people may harass. In the games do not have to constantly contemplate softkeys Android – they consistently hiding behind the screen, appearing on demand.
Three-dimensional zombie shooter Dead Trigger 2 works without any stuttering. Elinstvennoe that produces not the highest performance of the smartphone – too many load between levels.
Was able to play in a horror with quality graphics The Walking Dead. Here a slight twitching of the screen periodically happen, however, if you do not find fault with, this is not particularly notice.
But in Miniom Rush in stressful moments felt pretty decent podlagivanie. Play it does not interfere, but on your nerves.
Device copes with streaming video playback in HD-quality, stuttering was observed.
Sound built-in speakers are not very loud, but very clean. Being in a noisy environment, you can accidentally miss a call. However, this disadvantage is largely compensated by a strong vibration. Listen to music without headphones nice, but only in the quiet and not too large rooms. Voice speaker is beyond praise: the interlocutor can hear distinctly and clearly.
Luggage – Sony Xperia M2 Dual
The Sony Xperia M2 Dual has a decent camera. For its price range smartphone gives great pictures. Vosmimegapikselnaya sensor is equipped with a brisk, accurate autofocus and a bright flash, which will shoot in the shadows.
Photos smartphone Sony Xperia M2 Dual makes fast. In good light, you can easily get high-quality images. But for lack of it as a predictable decline. Sensitivity matrix, in principle, a good, but at dusk may not properly operate autofocus, popping noise and other artifacts.
Very pleased with color rendition – verified without noticeable distortions. Picture in the viewfinder no brakes and no jerks. The level of detail shots average. The camera proved to be excellent when shooting text.
The smartphone is able to shoot video in Full HD, and the quality of their very bad. Is that electronic stabilization does not seem very efficient. External microphone writes great sound and noise filters.
Kind words and deserves the camera interface. Sony made the home screen widget with separate icons fotoprilozheny. Standard screen laconic. Here you can take photos in automatic mode, switch the front and rear camera, video recording start and intensify the flash. In the setting of a face detection, self-timer, you can enable geotagging and selected as the default store the phone’s memory card or microSD.
Far greater interest is a separate menu with additional shooting modes. You can activate the manual adjustment of the camera settings. SocialLife mode allows live video streaming in Facebook, mode of Timeshift Burst – to make large batches of photos, keeping them from the only successful. It will be useful, for example, for moving subjects.
There is also a very clever panorama mode. Algorithms with little or no joints “gum up” the individual images in the 360-degree views. Desired face retouch blurs the skin to hide irregularities (although it is somewhat clumsily implemented, the application effect is immediately noticeable). Present and native integration with Evernote, which allows you to take pictures from the application directly to the notebook.
Of special note is cool “toy”, the built-in camera – the effects of augmented reality. Algorithms scan the image in the viewfinder and forced to walk on surfaces detailed 3D-models of dinosaurs, fish and other animals. You can rotate the camera, zoom in to see them in person. Useless, but extremely exciting.
Finally, there were the usual bunch of different photo filters and the like, “pampering”. As for the front of the module, despite the modest size of 0.3 megapixels, pictures with him quite decent. In daylight, the camera can be used not only for video, but also to create quite fit “selfi.” Although, of course, it should be noted that the color balance slightly shifted to the blue, the image in the finder just a little retarding, and with a little zoomed pictures becomes noticeable pixelation. However, this is more nitpicking.
Given a segment unit, the two cameras on the smartphone solid five points. Most serednyachkov such devices can not boast. The requirements of both the camera Sony Xperia M2 Dual suit with a vengeance.
Wireless interfaces – Sony Xperia M2 Dual
Wireless modules in the smartphone operating without the slightest criticism. The device connects to a stable Wi-Fi, the signal is not lost, even catches on low level. Bluetooth 4.0 allows you to connect any device to access devices, including fitness gadgets of the last generation. The review without any problems connected to the novelty Jawbone Up 24.
No problems when using NFC-module. Smartphone stable read out the Moscow metro tickets and flights.
A funny detail: according to the available menu, the smartphone supports LTE. But this is a case where you should not believe your eyes – LTE module in the device is not present. Most likely, it’s in the firmware: it universal, and wrote her a few The DVR. Specifically in this case simply forgot or did not have time to clean out the excess option.
The smartphone supports GPS and GLONASS. Satellites detected quickly positioning accuracy is high.
Autonomy – Sony Xperia M2 Dual
Sony Xperia M2 Dual unexpectedly pleased duration of the battery. The manufacturer has added a smartphone capacious battery on 2300 mAh, but not uploaded it Full HD-display or high-powered processor.
In active use by the end of the day, the author usually had at least 20-25% of the battery charge. If periodically to rest themselves and the device, and even activate Stamina, smartphone easily stretch without power for several days.
The device is excellent and showed himself in the synthetic tests. A fully charged Sony Xperia M2 Dual reproduced HD-video at full brightness for seven hours. Also, the device is quite suitable for long-term enjoyment of 3D-games. Hour game Asphalt 8 “Bitten” at only 13% of the battery charge.
Results of Sony Xperia M2 Dual
Before us is a well thought out “workhorse” for those who appreciate in smartphones is not the number of megapixels and gigahertz, and smooth operation. Sony Xperia M2 Dual stands in local stores about 11 thousand rubles. For the money you get a smartphone with elaborated software, excellent assembly and a very decent camera.
Of course, in the most productive 3D-games to achieve smooth operation is unlikely to succeed, but the Sony Xperia M2 Dual – not gaming device. But for a long time smartphone running on battery power, it is convenient to speak and just a pleasure to hold.
In short, Sony Xperia M2 Dual- great gadget for those who think that a good user experience is more important than the number of “parrots”.
Pros Sony Xperia M2 Dual:
- long battery life;
- good camera.
Cons Sony Xperia M2 Dual:
- appreciable heating of the case at high loads the processor;
- lack of oleophobic and anti-reflective coatings.
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