Sony Xperia M5 Review, Midrange Spirit at its Best

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If regular smartphones just don’t do it for you anymore and you want something a little more “daring” when it comes to water and dust resistance, I happen to know about a very nice smartphone that might suit your needs and will be released soon, by the end of the month. I’m talking about the Sony Xperia M5, a device from the upper-midrange area that aims to offer you a solid user experience anyplace, anytime – at the beach, in the shower, you name it. Among other tempting features, this fellow brings a 5 inches FullHD display, an octa-core processor, 3 GB of RAM, a 21.5 MP primary camera and a 13 MP secondary one, optional dual-SIM support and more. If I caught your attention and you’re interested in what it has to offer, keep reading and find out more!

Let’s take a good look at it. If the M5 isn’t the first Xperia that you had to deal with, its design will look pretty familiar, as it resembles with some of its siblings’ (the Z-series, for example, not to mention the other M’s). The handset measures 145 x 72 x 7.6 mm and has a weight of 142.5 grams, which is reasonable, considering that we’re dealing with a 5-incher. Sony used a high quality plastic for designing the device, which has an excellent build quality and is very well put together. One of the M5’s main selling points is its IP68 certification for being dust proof and water resistant for 30 minutes under 1.5 meters, which means that you can use it in the tub, at the beach, swimming pool and wherever you want, as long as it doesn’t reach the aforementioned limits.

The Xperia M5 comes packed with a 5 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen which has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, a pixel density of 441 ppi and is protected by a scratch resistant glass. The Triluminous display uses Sony’s Bravia engine for improving the image quality, which is very pleasant to the eye, with accurate and punchy colors, good contrast and very wide viewing angles. The sunlight legibility is pretty decent too.

Let’s see what’s cooking at the software department. The Sony Xperia M5 comes loaded with Android 5.0 Lollipop, which has been slightly customized here and there for enhancing the overall user experience. The lockscreen shows the time, date and two shortcuts for the dialer and camera. Beyond the lockscreen are five homescreen panes from the maximum number of seven that you can have. They can be customized with widgets, folders, shortcuts, wallpapers and themes.
The notification area holds reveals your notifications, a Quick Settings shortcut, a brightness slider and some toggles. Your applications are gathered inside the App Drawer.
Browsing through the M5 is a pleasure, as the user friendly interface runs smooth and works like a charm.

The previous statement takes us to the hardware features, which have an important role in offering a pleasant user experience. The Xperia M5 is powered by a Mediatek MT6795 Helio X10 chipset, having an octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, PowerVR G6200 GPU, 3 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory, which can be extended with a microSD card of up to 200 GB. The handset will handle daily tasks with ease and is also fit for playing casual games.

Another important feature that comes on board the Xperia M5 is its camera. The handset is packed with a 21.5 MP snapper with phase detection autofocus that captures stills with a maximum resolution of 5312 x 3984 pixels and is helped by a LED flash in low light conditions. The camera application offers support for several manual settings for adjusting the white balance, ISO, metering, exposure compensation and more, but I’ll advice you to stick with the Superior Auto mode, as it does a really good job. The camera is very capable and will produce some pleasant photos that reveal accurate colors, good contrast and a good amount of resolved detail.
The video camera is an excellent performer and will deliver some smooth 4K videos.
For ensuring that you take some great selfies, Sony has equipped the Xperia M5 with a powerful 13 MP front-facing camera.

Some other handy features that might interest you from the Xperia M5’s package are a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support, Google Maps and Navigation for getting around, an FM Radio with RDS support, two great media players for listening to music or watching movies, the Office Suite 8 for managing document files, Google Now as a personal assistant, Google Chrome for surfing the web and more.

The Sony Xperia M5 is powered by a 2,600 mAh battery and will endure almost two days under a single charge if used moderately.

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