Sony Xperia M4 Aqua Review, All The Right Stuff



Sony’s about to launch a very tempting handset for those of you who are seeking for a potent mid-range device that goes easy on your pockets and also sports a waterproof body. I’m talking about the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua, a capable handset that features, among others, a 5 inches display, dual-SIM support (optional), a Snapdragon 615 chipset, a 13 MP primary camera and a 5 MP secondary one, Android 5.0 Lollipop and more. Check it out by reading the following review and see if it’s what you’ve been looking for.

The Xperia M4 Aqua measures 145.5 x 72.6 x 7.3 mm and has a weight of 136 grams, being a thin and quite light device that will surely look and feel good in your hands. The body is made from a high-quality plastic which is surrounded by a polycarbonate frame that imitates metal. The back cover also tries to offer the impression of a glass surface, but it isn’t. Nevertheless, it’s quite eye-catching and stylish, but will attract fingerprints and smudges, unfortunately, unless you clean it more often than you would usually do. The build quality is excellent, as the smartphone seems to be very well put together, solid and reliable. And let’s not forget the most important thing about it, its IP68 certification for being dust and water proof for up to 1.5m and 30 minutes.

The frontal part of the Xperia M4 Aqua’s body is occupied by a 5 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen which offers a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, has a pixel density of 294 ppi and is protected by a scratch resistant glass. The screen offers vibrant colors, a good contrast and great viewing angles. The sunlight legibility is also very good, so you’ll be having no issues when using the handset on the outside.

When it comes to software support, the Xperia M4 Aqua comes loaded with Android 5.0 Lollipop and offers an almost pure Android experience, as Sony’s additions to the interface have been kept to a minimum.
When waking up the phone, you’ll be greeted by its lockscreen, which displays the date, time and shortcuts towards the dialer and camera. Beyond the lockscreen is the homescreen, which supports a maximum number of seven panes, wallpapers, widgets or shortcuts.
The notification area holds, besides your notifications, a settings tab, which is accessed by swiping with two fingers from the top or twice in a row. The quick toggles are also here and you can view a maximum of nine from 13 and customize them according to your wishes.
Your apps are held by the App drawer and can be sorted as you like.

Let’s see what’s cooking at the hardware department. The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset, having a quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 processor and a quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 405 GPU, 2 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage, which can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 32 GB. The handset won’t deliver a flagship-like experience, but will be more than enough for daily tasks if you’re not a power-user. The user experience is great for a device from its league that will pull less than €300 from your wallet.

When it comes to connectivity, the Xperia M4 Aqua comes packed with support for quad-band GSM, GPRS, EDGE, 3G, LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n with DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct and Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.1 with A2DP, NFC and microUSB 2.0.

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The Xperia M4 Aqua offers, for taking pictures, a 13 MP snapper with autofocus which takes stills with a maximum resolution of 4128 x 3096 pixels and is accompanied by a LED flash for low light conditions. The camera application offers support for HDR, Panorama, manual settings for adjusting the ISO, white balance, exposure compensation, metering and more. If you don’t want to access those, the Superior mode takes over for you and adjusts the settings automatically. The photos delivered by the handset are very decent, with accurate colors, good contrast and a good amount of resolved detail.
The video camera is also a capable fella and will produce some nice 1080p videos @30 fps.

Also on board is a front-facing 5 MP snapper.

Some other apps and features that come in the phone’s package and might be of interest for you are a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support, Google Maps for navigation, Google Chrome for offering a pleasant browsing experience, Google Now as your “personal assistant”, an FM Radio with RDS support, the Office Suite 8 for handling document files, some great media players for audio and video playback and more.


The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is juiced up by a 2,400 mAh battery and will endure around three days if you use it moderately.


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