Xperia M2 - £240
Why this smartphone is built for you
The Xperia M2
The Xperia M2 is a top-end smartphone that runs on Android Jelly Bean. It competes with the likes of the Huawei Ascend G6, the Nokia Lumia 1320 and the HTC Desire 601. The Xperia M2 is intended for the occasional user who requires some of the additional utility offered by a smartphone, but at an affordable price.
This phone has a 4.8 inch touchscreen that displays in 229PPI (Pixels Per Inch). The average PPI for a modern smartphone is 255.
The Xperia M2 has an 8MP camera, can record video in up to 1080p and has a 0.3MP front facing camera for taking selfies and making video calls.
Performance is provided by a 1.2GHz quad core processor and 1GB RAM. Based upon its processor speed and memory, this phone receives an unmudlr performance rating of 70 out of 100.
The Xperia M2 has an estimated battery life of around 14 hours. The average smartphone battery life is around 10 hours. It has a battery capacity of 2300mAh (MilliAmp hours). The average battery capacity is 1950mAh. The battery on this phone is removable.
1GB (Gigabyte) is equal to roughly 500 pictures or 250 songs. The Xperia M2 comes with 8GB internal storage and an expandable memory card slot which makes it possible for you to add a further 32GB external storage. It also comes with Google Drive installed which gives you an additional 15GB of free cloud storage.
The Xperia M2 comes 4G ready so can take advantage of high speed mobile Internet in locations where it is available. It has Bluetooth which enables it to communicate with other Bluetooth devices (such as a Bluetooth handsfree kit). It has Wi-Fi which means that it can connect to your home network or public Wi-Fi hotspots such as those available in many coffee shops, cafes or hotels. The Xperia M2 is able to connect to HDMI enabled TV's or projectors (this requires a separate microUSB to HDMI adapter). This phone has NFC which enables you to make contactless payments and share files with your friends. It is also able to connect to DLNA enabled devices (such as a laptop or smart TV) meaning that you can stream content both to and from this phone wirelessly.
This phone comes in a dual SIM version (called the Xperia M2 Dual) that enables you to pop in two SIM cards at once and choose the one you want to use. This comes in handy if you are planning to use your phone abroad extensively or want to keep your business and personal calls separate.
The Xperia M2 has an FM radio and an MP3 player. It is able to integrate with social media via designated Facebook and Twitter Apps and comes preloaded with Google Maps, Gmail, Chrome, Google+ and YouTube. Other apps, such as Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat and Spotify are available to download from the Google Play Store, along with the latest music, films, TV shows and games..
The Xperia M2 is a good choice for anyone looking for the utility of a smartphone at an affordable price. At around £240, this phone offers a good compromise between functionality and cost.