Review Sony Xperia M4 Aqua: waterproof middle class

Review Sony Xperia M4 Aqua: waterproof middle class

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua: Introduction

After M2 Aqua last year, Sony now presents the second in the line of affordable waterproof smartphones, the M4 Aqua. At first glance the specifications look promising in any case, while the price at the time of writing, with an average of 270 euro is not very high. We have expanded started working with the Xperia M4 Aqua.

Appearances can be no misunderstanding that the M4 Aqua is a product of Sony. We see quite a come back some features of the Xperia Z line. The front and back are made of glass and mounted in a frame which surrounds the device. However, this frame is not made of aluminum, such as at the somewhat higher positioned models, but of plastic. It has acquired a more metallic look. One of the things that immediately struck us when we grabbed the phone out of the box, was that he is pleasant light. It weighs just over 130 grams. That’s pretty small for a 5-inch device.

Review Sony Xperia M4 Aqua: waterproof middle class

The buttons are well-known places for Sony. Just above the middle of the right side is the power button below the volume buttons. There is also incorporated the camera button. Both left and right have mounted a cover. There you can get a microSD card (left) and a nanosimkaartje (right) behind lost. The Micro USB connector is on the left at the top and no longer behind a cover, something we already saw with the Xperia Z3 +. Water resistance here, moreover, is not affected by it. The 3.5mm jack is provided on top.

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua: Snapdragon 615

Sony has chosen to equip the Xperia M4 Aqua with a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 as SoC. This is a chip with eight cores, all of the Cortex-A53 type. Four are clocked at 1.5 GHz and four at 1 GHz. It is thus a big.LITTLE configuration wherein the clock rate is the only distinction between the different types of cores. The GPU is the Adreno 405 and Sony 2 GB built-in memory.

The specifications are very charming for a mid-range device. We can unfortunately not say the internal storage. That is with 8 GB on the lean side, especially when you consider that here but around 3 GB of remains. With apps you might get this not so very quickly, or you have games like Asphalt of course install. Do many pictures and would you like to have your music available offline, you run probably quickly against the limits of the capacity. When purchasing the device also purchased a microSD card is not a luxury. Moreover, there is also a variant of this device with 16 GB (with model number E2306), but that is as far as we can see it reflected in the Netherlands.

Review Sony Xperia M4 Aqua: waterproof middle class

Looking at the wireless capabilities, then 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi (802.11ac), NFC, Bluetooth 4.1 and ANT + all present. Wireless charging is not the party, but that’s not crazy given the positioning of the device and also the lack thereof in the top models from Sony.

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua: Screen HD 5-inch

The panel in the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua’s one with a diagonal of 5 inches and a resolution of 1280×720 pixels. That provides one with the naked eye as sharp picture than 1920×1080 pixels the same size, but with a pixel density of 300 dpi, you can call almost certainly not the focus.

We have, as usual, by the panel measured with Spectracal Calman 5 in combination with an X-Rite i1 Display Pro colorimeter. This shows that we are dealing with a pretty decent screen. Although the colors are not quite exactly the right place in the sRGB color space, but the final color errors than expected. What is striking is that Sony incidentally lower positioned in this model is not going to over-saturation and color temperature are not so excessive bolt on. If we’re honest, we’ll find it actually fine. It ultimately produces a color reproduction on which is better to some degree than that of, for example, the much more expensive Xperia Z3 +. The range is something in lighter shades too high, resulting in a slightly darker view.

Review Sony Xperia M4 Aqua: waterproof middle class

The maximum brightness of the panel is 579 candela per square meter fine. There should be a fairly high black value, but the contrast is ultimately still on a decent 1034: 1.

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua: Camera

On paper, the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua also offers the necessary in the field of the cameras. Leading a 5MP rear-copy and one with a sensor resolution of 13MP. Optical image stabilization is not added. There is, moreover, be applied stabilization, but that happens only software. HDR can be used as well.

The performance of the camera head are reasonably good. In standard mode, he shoots pictures of MP 9 with a 16: 9 aspect ratio. For the full 13 MP will have to switch to 4: 3. The photos are by the relative sensor resolution quite sharp, but the device appears in the default settings to have some difficulty to reproduce the correct colors. Below you can see some pictures taken in succession. Air, road and greenery look at the number of photos very oversaturated out. It seems in any case, not determined by what we saw in real life. Once we get closer to the object to be photographed, such as the red with white picket fence, the picture looks a lot truer out.

Something we noticed while using the camera on the Xperia M4 Aqua was that the camera app is not particularly fast. That is something that applies to more business when operating this unit, something which we perhaps come back next page.

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua: Software

The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua we tested comes with Android 5.0, which is fairly minimal over the skin from Sony. Those changes actually just as slowly as the appearance of the devices in recent years, so basically hardly. It seems, moreover, however, that software and hardware are not overly well coordinated. If you press the power button, you should instance to wait significantly longer illuminates the screen than we are used to from other devices, for example also of the Xperia Z3 + we tested recently. Opening apps also regularly takes what on the long side. This is clearly less attention paid than in more expensive devices.

Sony has traditionally weather preinstalled the necessary apps, which keep their own Xperia Lounge for the informed actions where your example can win tickets to concerts or movies. Privilege app that we have encountered on the Z3 + is reserved for the high-end models and is not on here. Furthermore, it is also omitted the navigation app. A version of AVG is it just there, like File Commander, a file management application.

Below is a selection of screenshots of the interface of the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua.

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua: Conclusion

The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is definitely an interesting device. Outwardly he looks good in our opinion, it weighs nice little, 5-inch HD panel is of excellent quality and the battery life is very good. In addition, he is waterproof without you sitting priegelen each time with the cover which was on the Micro USB connector previous models. The Snapdragon 615 is no streaks tractor, we forgive the unit with an average price of around 270 euros with love. The camera itself can take on, but we honestly had just expected more. Another minus is the current concepts for very meager internal storage. In practice you have after the first start no more than a 3 GB available to you. So it is advisable to also immediately just to order a microSD card.

The biggest competition for this device will most probably come from the new Motorola Moto G. This device has very similar specifications, be it on paper at least something less potent SoC, is waterproof, comes with an almost stock version of Android and does not exceed 199 euros. We have now also this device are on the bench so that you can expect a review soon.

Review Sony Xperia M4 Aqua: waterproof middle class updated: August 9, 2015 author: Jonathan Davis