Living with the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

This week, we asked one of The Lowdown’s trusted reviewers to hand over their smartphone and see what it’s like to live with the new Sony Xperia M4 Aqua for five days.
Living with the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

Day 1 - the waterproof truth

Sony is renowned for its waterproofing tech that has been present in its Xperia line for a few years now. However it’s normally reserved for top of the line smartphones, like the Xperia Z1, Z2 and current flagship, the Z3.

In this instance however, the Japanese company has introduced the extra protection to a mid-level phone, the Xperia M4 Aqua. And, they haven’t exactly been coy about it either – it’s in the name.

The first thing I noticed was that the USB cover doesn’t have a cap on it, proving that the waterproofing has taken another step in its evolution. The rest of the flaps are still present however, but this only compliments the overall, streamlined design further.

After all this talk of waterproof-ness, I couldn’t help but dunk it in the sink. Of course, it was totally fine, but the novelty was still there. I quickly dried it off, and by the end of the day, I had quickly become very familiar with the new handset. It fits well in my hand, and is doing everything I need it to do, so far.

Day 2 – fun with photography

Superior Auto Mode is always on hand if you need a basic point and shoot job done without any fuss, and if you’re feeling a bit more confident, Manual Mode gives you even more leverage.

Sony’s suite of photography apps isn’t just for immortalising a picturesque sunset, however. It’s also able to introduce a unique element of creativity to your images and videos.

AR fun and AR effect are both perfect for this, allowing you to host a variety of weird and wonderful things in your images. Ever thought, ‘this scene needs more dinosaurs’? Of course you have, and with AR effect, you can bring a live T-Rex to life. I had a good laugh with this on my own, but introduce it to a few friends, and it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Check it out:

It’s also worth mentioning that if you’re a selfie fan, the M4 has a 5MP shooter on the front, which matches Sony’s purpose-built selfie smartphone, the Xperia C3, and puts the current flagship to shame.

Day 3 – the Xperia experience

I’ve used plenty of Sony smartphones in the past, from the top of the line to the phone’s you’d be happy to take away to a festival, and I can happily report that the M4 Aqua is doing much more than I expected.

It looks very similar to the Xperia Z3 – it’s just a little lighter and has a slightly smaller screen. To the untrained eye, the M4 could easily be mistaken for its big brother. This is by no way a mistake however, Sony has clearly produced this phone purposely to attract those who want the flagship experience without the flagship price tag. Smart move, Sony.

Day 4 – feeling like a VIP with Xperia Lounge

As Sony has its fingers in a lot of pies (like a record label and a movie franchise) getting access to some of the best films and music is that little bit easier. It’s like having a well-to-do mate who knows loads of people.

Xperia Lounge gives you access to loads of stuff from the hottest new blockbusters, albums, exclusive interviews with celebs and competitions you wouldn’t otherwise be able to enter. But that’s not all.

It’s also jam-packed with tips and videos to help you make the most of Sony. You can get more information about Xperia Lounge right here.

Day 5 – it's what’s inside that counts

Finally, it’s time to talk about the M4 Aqua secret weapon. Something that you wouldn’t spot at first glance, and only something I’m really beginning to appreciate after a week with the phone. With some mid-range smartphones, their fall down is speed. I’m talking about if you’re running a few apps at once; they have a tendency to suddenly grind to a halt because the processor can’t handle it.

With the M4 however, this isn’t the case. Without getting too technical, it has two processors, which work together to make sure everything keeps going. One looks after smaller apps like messaging, while the other looks after the big guns, like games and films. I have no qualms with admitting this phone is seriously impressive for the price.

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