Sony pulls out the red pen and makes the top model Xperia Z3 an affordable smartphone with LTE and 5-inch display. A feature carries the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua behalf: it is waterproof. The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is a solid mid-range smartphone with a large display and sufficient resolution. Given the price the facilities are remarkable: high resolution camera, LTE data Turbo and a sleek, waterproof housing. This should be the new Sony smartphone? That's an Xperia Z3? It should nevertheless actually be no new Xperia Z-model? There is not. Sony has based the design of the device just at Z3. The result is the chic middle-class smartphone Sony Xperia with Android M4 Aqua Lollipop. As it is reflected in everyday life?
The resemblance to the Xperia Z3 is so great that your counterpart in the railway probably recognizes no difference to Sony's top model at first glance. But the touch betrays the affordable Brother: Instead of the aluminum M4 Aqua has to make do with a plastic frame. The material also dominates the rear. The Z3 may be present, however, under glass. Slippery both - I do not like anybody. A detail spoils the otherwise ordinary housing impression on the M4: The plastic back protrudes slightly out and concludes with an unpleasantly sharp edge off - exactly in the region that always touches the hand. However, the following applies: What excites one, noticed the next not. Cut can not be with the Aqua M4 anyway and some users who are blessed with fat fingers might like, even the smooth surfaces.
Colors: Black has a good grip
The color versions also differ in the surface finish on the edge: The frame of the black device is roughened and feels better grip than the smooth plastic of white and red M4, the marketing, the name "Coral" missed. And that it hits pretty well.
Waterproof, without cover
Practical: The USB port is now waterproof even without cover. An innovation this is not, however, because that already has the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini. The SIM and microSD card protects a waterproof cover. In freshwater, the M4 Aqua to remain resistant to a depth of 1.5 meters. It is water and dust proof to IP65 and IP68.
Depending on the benchmark and compare the Xperia devices M4 Aqua playing time forward with - and sometimes back. Apart from the material selection, the M4 Aqua would have played more relaxed at the tips devices recently: The octa-core CPU from Qualcomm (Snapdragon 615) with 4x1.5 gigahertz (GHz), and 4x1 GHz, the Adreno-405- graphics unit and and 2 gigabytes (GB) of RAM ensure good pace. The Xperia uses the 64-bit technology. In benchmarks, the M4 Aqua positioned near Samsung Galaxy S4 and Nexus 5. For the current top models, the power is not enough. The Antutu Benchmark v5.7.1 nevertheless gives the impression that one was dealing with an upper class device: The M4 Aqua is therefore faster than 95 percent of mobile phones on the market, and while playing at least 80 percent faster than. In fact, the Aqua runs smoothly in daily life. With the screen resolution of "only" 1280x720 pixels the computer center has an easy time even in games.
On paper, the HD resolution though seems a bit lean in a 5-inch screen, but in practice does the screen tidy his cause. Contrast, viewing angle and color give rise to neither cheers nor to complain. Sony provides even more the proof that 1280x720 pixels rich with a diagonal of 5 inches for a sharp image. In direct sunlight, it is with the Aqua as most smartphones: The screen is not easily visible and annoying reflections. But the M4 Aqua is after all no sun but a rain specialist. The display is sharp enough, but difficult to read in direct sunlight.
Per camera button the M4 Aqua is ready to shoot well from the standby afloat. The volume keys to take over the digital zoom, but let the connoisseurs prefer untouched - existing image information expects the device Only high. This method is always at the expense of image quality. The main camera has a resolution of 13 megapixels. When trying out the images showed little noise and sufficient details. Sony calls its automatic cocky "superior automatic". In fact, she does her job well. The test photos the M4 Aqua ensured an appropriate exposure and ordinary colors. Even in blazing sunshine, the sky was blue and not white and lying in the shade dark areas were well illuminated. Almost every picture looks like an HDR photo. Sample photos in original size can be found as links below the article. Even the front camera does its job better than the video telephony emergency snapping many other phones. With 5 megapixels the Aqua is one of the phones with good front camera. Settings banished into Sony Profile "Manual Mode". That's a bit confusing. If you like to adjust anything and will just press on little buttons, achieved with the automatic but has made gratifying achievements.
Storage and equipment
Of the 8 GB memory remains less the Android system only half of your data and apps. A memory card (microSD) is therefore urgently needed - which gives you up to 32 additional gigabytes. The RAM is sized properly with nearly 2 GB. In addition to LTE are also NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA and even an FM radio on board.
The M4Aqua the battery has a capacity of 2,400 mAh. In practice test the energy storage while surfing with full screen brightness in about five hours was empty. In video playback, the battery more than seven and when listening to music holding 13 hours. Who uses the M4 as well as not, about five days is to make ends meet. But then you need probably not a smartphone. Note: The times from the practice test are not transferable to the battery lab test that the M4 Aqua has not completed without further notice. By Michael Huch