The world might be waiting for the Xperia Z3, but Sony is doing interesting things in the mid-range too. Take the Xperia M2 and the Xperia T3 for example, two phones with mid-range specs and mid-range prices that are both well worth a look if you can’t justify a flagship.
But while they’re both Xperia’s and both mid-range they’re not the same. So read on to find out just how they compare.
The Sony Xperia M2 and Xperia T3 have a similar design. Both are rectangular slabs, with the angular OmniBalance design that Sony has become known for in recent years and both have a distinctive metal power button on the right edge, but there are some notable differences.
Other than the power button the Xperia M2 has a plastic construction and comes in at 139.7 x 71.1 x 8.6mm and 148g, while the Sony Xperia T3 has a stainless steel frame, though the back is still plastic, and comes in at a slimmer 150.7 x 77 x 7mm and 148g. So with its metal edging and slim build the Sony Xperia T3 is the substantially better looking of the two.
Sony Xperia T3 Pictured Above
The Sony Xperia M2 has a 4.8 inch 540 x 960 TFT display with a pixel density of 229 pixels per inch, while the Sony Xperia T3 has a 5.3 inch 720 x 1280 IPS LCD display with a pixel density of 277 pixels per inch.
So the Xperia T3 not only has a larger screen, but it’s higher resolution, has a greater pixel density and uses a superior display technology for richer images. Neither phone has a top tier screen as neither is full HD, but while the Xperia M2’s display is merely adequate the Xperia T3’s is actually quite good.
Sony Xperia M2 pictured above
There’s little difference in the power of these two phones. The Sony Xperia M2 has a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor and 1GB of RAM, while the Sony Xperia T3 has a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor and 1GB of RAM. So in other words the Sony Xperia T3 is clocked ever so slightly faster but otherwise they’re the same.
However while both phones deliver reasonable performance with little to choose between the two in that sense, neither one if particularly great for the money. The Sony Xperia M2 is identically specced to the Motorola Moto G and the EE Kestrel for example, both of which are cheaper.
There’s even less difference when it comes to the camera. Both the Sony Xperia M2 and the Sony Xperia T3 have 8 megapixel snappers on the back, complete with an LED flash and a number of modes, such as HDR and panorama. They can also both shoot 1080p video at 30fps however while they fare well in good lighting, both phones struggle with darker scenes.
The only major difference between the two when it comes to photography is the front facing camera. As while the Xperia T3 has a not particularly impressive 1.1 megapixel camera on the front, the Xperia M2 is stuck with just VGA, so neither of these phones are a good fit for fans of selfies or video calls.
The Sony Xperia M2 has a 2300 mAh battery which Sony claims can last for up to 633 hours of standby time or 14 hours and 36 minutes of talk time which is pretty impressive and in active use it more or less lives up to those figures, easily lasting a day and feasibly stretching to two.
The Sony Xperia T3 has a slightly larger 2500 mAh juice pack rated for up to 688 hours of standby time or 14 hours and 47 minutes of talk time. So in theory it should be slightly better. In practice it’s not really, but it’s similarly good.
There’s no difference in memory between the two phones, with both offering 8GB of built in storage along with a microSD card slot which supports cards of up to 32GB. So neither handset offers a huge amount of storage space.
There’s no real difference in connectivity options either. Both the Sony Xperia M2 and the Xperia T3 allow for Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC connections.
The Sony Xperia M2 and the Sony Xperia T3 are both solid mid-range handsets but as you can see there are quite a few differences between them.
The Sony Xperia T3 has a far more premium build, a bigger, better screen, slightly more power and a superior front facing camera to the Xperia M2. While the two phones are roughly matched for battery life, connectivity options, the quality of the main camera and storage space.
All of which leaves the Xperia T3 as clearly the better of the two overall. But it’s also the more expensive of the two, as while the Sony Xperia M2 starts at around £180 SIM free, the Sony Xperia T3 starts at around £240, so there’s roughly a £60 difference in price. Then there’s the fact that the larger screen of the Xperia T3 may not be a good fit for everyone.
So it’s better, but it’s not necessarily better value. With quad-core processors, attractive designs, 8 megapixel cameras, 4G connectivity and good battery life though both of these phones are good mid-range choices.
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