Sony Xperia M2 Aqua
Average of 7 scores (from 7 reviews)
Reviews for the Sony Xperia M2 Aqua
Sealed. Sony expands its M product line by another model. The M2 Aqua is technically on par with its sister model but is additionally dust and waterproof. The Android version has also been updated and is thus compatible with all Sony wearables.
Source: Gadgetspeak Archive.org version
Continuing my look at mobile devices available from Vodafone, it is the turn of the Sony Xperia M2 Aqua offering. The Xperia M2 Aqua is a member of the Sony family of smartphones. This handset is available in a choice of purple, white or black with the latter being the colour of my review sample kindly provided by Vodafone.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/30/2015
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 60% performance: 60%
Source: Cool Smartphone Archive.org version
I have read in other reviews that the flaps were “awkward”. Now, whilst this may need a bit of getting used to if you’re regularly using the 3.5mm audio port, it wasn’t a great problem for me just to slip my nail under the flap and charge it each night. I don’t think it was a massive issue really, and you’ll soon get used to it. It’s simply the pay off for having a waterproof phone.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/18/2015
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 85% performance: 82% workmanship: 90%
Source: Techradar Archive.org version
The Sony Xperia M2 Aqua adds water resistance to the solid Xperia M2. It's a great idea but the execution is clumsy. Waterproofing is great, but having to make sure your seals are in place isn't. What if you are unexpectedly thrown into a swimming pool? Or leave a seal slightly open in a heavy downpour? Until waterproofing comes without the seals it'll be far from the perfect solution. There are a few other lingering problems on the phone. The camera, for instance, struggles if it isn't given the perfect lighting conditions (although it can be used underwater which is a nice touch) and for around this price you can get a phone with a better screen.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/17/2014
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 70% features: 80% workmanship: 70%
Source: IT Pro Portal Archive.org version
It's key to stress that this is in no way a new smartphone in its own right. The Sony Xperia M2 Aqua is just that: a slightly upgraded, waterproofed version of the original M2. Still, while it's by no means going to make headlines, the handset is sure to make waves in the midrange market as a decent waterproof option. Before now water-proofing was a selling point of the flagship, but the M2 Aqua has cracked open a new market for H20 repelling handsets.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/08/2014
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: GSM Arena Archive.org version
A waterproofed version of one of their mass-market models is hardly the biggest thing to come out of Sony's labs this season. There's a new super-mini to look forward to and the next flagship generation, plus a couple of wearables just broke cover ahead of the IFA show. Yet, the one thing all these have in common is waterproofing, no less. A fact the Sony Xperia M2 Aqua will be keen to use to its advantage.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/01/2014
Source: Recombu Archive.org version
With water resistance and Android KitKat on board, plus no downsides compared with the original phone, there's no reason to pick up the plain ol' vanilla Xperia M2 any more. If you want a mid-range mobile with a solid camera and a good-sized screen, the Xperia M2 Aqua is a damn good choice.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/22/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Smartphone Magazin - Heft 3/2015
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 05/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 85%
There is no worry of rainy weather and wet device with the Sony Xperia M2 Aqua. The IP65 and IP68 waterproof rated smartphone will keep on working under 1.5 m water submersion while looking good doing so. The dust proof design is sleek, elegant and durable with its metal chassis while sporting the iconic aluminium power button.
Color options are black, white and copper allowing for a selection to match the user's personality. Display on the Sony Xperia M2 Aqua is a 4.8 inch qHD IPS display and it oozes quality and definition. At the core of the smartphone is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, 1 GB RAM, and an Adreno 305 GPU. Internal storage is a meagre 8 GB for today's modern standards, but users have the option to increase it with an additional 32 GB using MicroSD.
The Android 4.4 KitKat device comes with an 8 MP camera with auto-focus. The image capture quality is superb with the Sony Exmor RS image sensor and included is a 1.1 MP front facing camera. Other features on the Sony Xperia M2 Aqua include Bluetooth 4.0, aGPS and NFC. Battery life is good with the 2330 mAh rated cell that provides up to 11 hours 23 minutes talk time.
Qualcomm Adreno 305: Integrated mid-range graphics card in the Snapdragon 400 and S4 Plus SoCs that supports OpenGL ES 3.0 and features unified shaders.
These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.
400 MSM8926: ARM Cortex-A7 Quad-Core clocked at up to 1.2 GHz, manufactured in 28nm. Supports LTE.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This display is tiny. You will probably see very little on the screen and be able to use mini-resolutions.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
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73.71%: This rating is poor. More than three quarters of the models are rated better. That is rather not a purchase recommendation. Even if verbal ratings in this area do not sound that bad ("sufficient" or "satisfactory"), they are usually euphemisms that disguise a classification as a below-average laptop.
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