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Sony Xperia M4 Aqua 16GB GSM/LTE Unlocked Cell Phone - Black (U.S. Warranty)
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- SIM unlocked means no contracts or commitment to a specific carrier. Compatible with GSM Networks including AT&T, T-Mobile and cellular network providers utilizing GSM network such as: Straight Talk, MetroPCS, Simple Mobile, Brightspot, Net10, h20 Wireless, and Cricket Wireless
- This device is not compatible with CDMA Networks such as: Verizon, Sprint, and US Cellular. Fits devices 15.2 x 1.2 x 10.5 in
- Works with nano sim. Waterproof design: Don’t let the mud, or a spill, or the wet weather slow you down
- Two excellent point-and-shoot cameras: Perfect photos for whenever or whatever you're shooting
- Up to two days of battery life: Stay out longer doing what you love without having to recharge
- Octa-core processor: Superior performance, easy multitasking, and faster downloads
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No contracts. No locked-in commitment to a specific carrier. The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua SIM unlocked smartphone gives you wireless freedom. With SIM unlocked, you have more choice when selecting a GSM service provider. The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua lets you capture memories anywhere with two excellent cameras, including a 13MP camera featuring Superior Auto technology, which recognizes 52 different scenes (including twilight and gourmet mode) and adjusts automatically for amazing photos. Xperia M4 Aqua’s waterproof design lets you use it where others cannot go – like when recording a video or taking photos at a concert in the rain. It also allows you to take your active lifestyle further thanks to a powerful battery that keeps your smartphone going for up to two days on a single charge.
Xperia M4 Aqua is compatible with GSM Networks, including AT&T, T-Mobile, and cellular network providers utilizing GSM network (such as Brightspot, Cricket Wireless, h20 Wireless, MetroPCS, Net10, Simple Mobile, Straight Talk and Walmart Family Mobile). Xperia M4 Aqua is not compatible with CDMA Networks such as Sprint, US Cellular and Verizon. It supports the following bands: GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), UMTS/HSPA+ (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz), and LTE (Bands 2, 4, 5, 7, 12, 13, 17).
Support for your device.Use the Support application called XPERIA CARE in your device to search a user guide, read troubleshooting guides, and find information about software updates and other product-related information. Make sure you have a working Internet connection, preferably over Wi-Fi, to limit data charges when using the support application.
Support ContactsXperia Care Online Chat support: Monday to Sunday: 8am - 11pm EST Phone: Monday to Sunday: 8am - 11pm EST +1 866-737-7733 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Support application in your device: SUPPORT app.
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Build quality/ hardware- the phone is 7.3 mm. It's pretty slim and feels sturdy in your hand. The power and volume buttons are weirdly placed at the right middle side of the phone. In my case, this proves to be a good thing because I have small-medium hands. There is one front facing speaker, SD card slot on the left, charging port on the left, micro simcard on the right, a headphone jack on the top, and a camera button on the bottom right( to take photos instead of touching the screen) . The back of the phone is plastic but looks like glass. The back and front of the phone are very vulnerable to scratches; I recommend buying a screen protector and cover. There are no physical home buttons. The phone is water proof, but you should wipe your screen after putting it in water as it tends to become unresponsive when you touch the screen.
Software- the phone is pre-installed with Android 5.0 and loaded with about 23 apps of which only around 7 are useful. After deleting apps and cache I had 12 gb left. The skin is very close to stock lollipop android. So far no apps have crashed. Something I found nice is the ability to record your screen when you long press the power button.
Camera- I'm not a selfie guy, but alot of people take photos of their duck lips and food so I included this part. The camera is pretty good, but not the best. There are lots of settings to enhance your photo experience. Something I found fun was that is has a virtual reality camera mode that allows you to talk photos/videos of dinosaurs, undersea,etc. A very big setback is its lack of flash. So if you live in a dark cave, too bad. You can zoom in too, but it gets blurry and hard to adjust. Something I found useful is that the camera recognises where you are, so if your driving and taking a video it makes the videos look not blurry.
Performance- Im a gamer, and performance is key in every product I purchase for gaming. The phone has 2 gigs of ram and a snapdragon 615. It tends to heat but not as much as lava on your hand. The heating problem is not a big deal. I have 21 games on my phone( no SD card) of which include modern combat 4, Nova, asphalt 8, minecraft, and terraria. These games played pretty well with occasional lag, although it's almost unnoticeable. The phone scored 25841on antutu, single core 527 on geekbench 3, and multicore 1905 on geekbench 3. Decent enough.
Conclusion: overall I am very pleased and satisfied with the experia m4 aqua. It has a low price but simply beats others of its price range due to ram,waterproof, snapdragon 615, and good slim build. I would recommend this phone to anyone.
At the time of ordering the M4 Aqua, it was $149. I didn't know anything about Android, but having been updated to the latest Android OS (Marshmallow), it seemed as if this price was a steal. In retrospect, I would have paid as much as $200 for this device.
Coming from iOS, Android OS is complete culture shock. Things don't "just work" like they do with Apple's offerings, and I often found myself needing to take three steps to do something that would have been one step on iOS. However, this wasn't supposed to be a replacement phone, so that being said it makes an excellent complimentary device. Actually, it is more than just a complimentary device. Despite its many failings when compared to iOS, I quickly fell in love with the ultra customizable nature, and all around gadget like feel of Android OS on the M4 Aqua. I have an IT background, and I like tweaking options and squeezing extra battery or performance out of my devices. It's like a fun little challenge to me. So I actually realized that I've been missing out. As much as I love the reliability and increased productivity that iOS gives me, I loved the ability to mess around with so many options. That's enough about my first time Android experience, let's talk about the device itself.
- The device feels great in my hand. It's plastic, and not glass like Sony's more elevated offerings. However, it still looks and feels like a premium phone.
- Obviously it's water resistant. I tested this multiple times. I made sure the SIM card and SD card slot were securely closed each time. The headphone jack and the usb port remain open during submersion though. As crazy as it sounds, it always works fine after a dunk. I would always wipe it off before using it again though. This is simply because it's impossible to use a wet phone screen well.
- The camera is downright terrible. I don't know if it's the sensor, or the software, but it's just awful compared to my iPhone 5, let alone my iPhone 6s Plus. Do not buy this device for the camera.
- This device lags a bit. Compared to iOS, but also compared to other Android devices, the Snapdragon in this thing just can't keep up all the time. That being said, the device is wonderfully useable in most casual scenarios. Things like web browsing, messaging, emails, and social media, give no problems at all.
- Games run terribly on the Aqua M4. Minecraft Pocket Edition has this constant choppiness regardless of how turned down the graphics settings are. I had this experience with almost any game I played. Oddly, Pokemon Go worked great. That being said, don't buy this device for playing games. Also, it's not capable of the Sony Remote Play for remote PS4 sessions, so don't buy it for that purpose either.
- Battery lasts a day with average use. I don't know where Sony gets their two day battery number from, but it would be almost impossible to use this phone normally and get 16 hours out of it let alone two days. That being said, I had no problem getting a whole day of battery out of the phone. I was pleased with this.
- Wifi is fast and snappy. I have a set of Eeros in my house, and this device had no problem connecting and offering great speed.
- The Micro SD card slot is helpful, and kind of necessary. 16GB is great for a casual user like me, but if you want to do anything above and beyond you're going to need some extra storage. Once I updated to Marshmallow, I had 8 gigs left of the 16 available.
- The included headset actually sounds pretty good. I was surprised by this. I use Apple Music on my Aqua M4 of course since I'm an iOS user primarily, and it always sounded terrific with the included headset.
- The speaker itself is horrible. I wouldn't expect too much out of this. Again, almost every iPhone speaker back to the 3G is superior to the speaker in this phone.
- Phone calls sounds great, and this is the one place where the speaker in the phone doesn't give you any trouble. Speaker phone usage on this guy is actually better than on my 6s Plus. This is both in terms of them hearing me, and me hearing them.
- The screen size is perfect. Somehow Apple really missed the boat on this one. This screen is slightly larger than an iPhone 6s, but smaller than an iPhone 6s Plus. I truly wish Apple made a single phone that was this size, instead of its current offerings. For a male with medium sized hands, this thing fit perfectly. I typed consistently better on it than my iPhone SE or iPhone 6s Plus when in vertical mode.
- I can't tell for sure, but I don't think this phone has an accelerometer. Pokemon Go can't find it for the purpose of augmented reality, and the auto rotation for phone orientation works terribly. So that would make sense.
- Apps are slow to start, but once you're in an app things seem to cruise along fairly smoothly.
- Having been an iPhone user, I find the vibration motor in this thing to be SUPER strong. It is loud, and would vibrate right off a table if I wasn't careful.
All in all, I love this phone for my purposes. It's sleek. It's thin. It's from my second favorite hardware company in the world, Sony. It's water resistant. It's dust proof. It's bright enough to use in the sun. It has enough battery to make it through the day. It really makes a perfect second phone. I really love this thing.
As a random side note, I thought I was getting a white phone and although the box had a white phone on it, my phone ended up being black. I didn't mind, but I was surprised.
It's a bit sluggish to recommend as a daily driver, but it would be a great gift for someone who needs a second phone that is water resistant, or someone who hasn't had a smart phone before.
Sony, great job for making a phone that still holds up almost two years later!