The smarts on a way to upgrade

BLAYNE SLABBERT
Last updated 05:00 19/07/2014
LONG LASTING: The Sony Xperia M2 has excellent battery life.

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Although there are many shiny, high-end smartphones to choose from, the more budget conscious may find it harder to find a device that fits their needs.

Thankfully, like all technology, innovations that set apart top phones just a few years ago eventually trickle down to lesser products.

The Sony Xperia M2 is one phone that has benefitted from the company's R and D and it offers several cool features, though unfortunately some are lagging.

One of its unseen but excellent features is the battery life. It claims to last 14 hours while talking, which is a lot higher that other phones in this category.

It looks very similar to it flashier stablemate, the Xperia Z2. It has a simple design with a nice heft, though those with small hands may want to try before buying as the 4.8-inch screen means it's quite big.

The screen is a bit disappointing and not as good as other phones in this category but for this price you can't expect a Super Amoled or Retina display.

Its camera is fine and it takes 8MP stills and 1080p videos, which is good for a phone at this price.

The M2 is powered by a Snapdragon 400 chipset that offers good performance. The Android OS works smoothly with little to no lag and games run just fine.

If you are upgrading from a basic smartphone, this will appear to be a great device. It's good in every category, but not great. For that, you'll need to find another $600 for a top-of-the line phone.

The Sony M2 costs $399 from Sony stockists.

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