In a world at war where team Apple and team Android are fighting for supremacy, the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is more than just your average infantry. This mid-range device is a handy phone and boasts superiority in its water resistance and photo taking abilities. It’s also light-weight and has pretty much all of the functions you would need in a smart phone. We put the Xperia M4 Aqua to the test.First up, the phone does have an impressive display, large screen, better than average camera with F2.0 aperture (13MP back, 5MP front) and is super light at 136 grams. The waterproof feature does separate it from close rivals, but recommended only to be used in freshwater (no salt water or chlorinated pools). Taking photos under water required the use of the physical buttons as the touch screen does not work, but this is typical of all touch screen devices under water. The photo quality was good but not amazing.The battery life could be considered above average, it can last up to 2 days with light usage but only 1.5 days for moderate usage and 1 day for heavy usage. Although after a full day of heavy use you’ll still be able to flick through Tinder at night while lying in bed.
A glass front and back first appear to give the phone a sleek finish, but upon your first handle you’ll notice it collects fingerprints faster than a police station. The plastic frame isn’t consistent with the shiny screen and the buttons and inputs could’ve been positioned better to avoid accidental activations.Whenever I get a sony mobile device I always play with the augmented reality (AR) feature because it’s fun seeing dinosaurs running through my living room. Within a couple of minutes of using the AR feature the phone became very hot which wasn’t a good sign… so I stopped. I found that the phone lagged a bit on this function and also simple tasks like swiping between screens, typing and loading apps which made it less enjoyable to use.
I used the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua whilst travelling in Thailand, and as a second phone, it really shone. Being so light-weight made it less of a burden to carry around with other devices. Also, being able to tether meant that I could just insert a new sim card and use it as a hotspot. Whenever I felt like taking some photos in the pool or ocean, I grabbed the M4 Aqua knowing that I didn’t have to worry about water damage (I didn’t submerge it into the water deliberately but I knew it wouldn’t break with wet fingers or if I accidentally dropped it into the water for a few seconds). It should retail around the $500 AUD mark and for this price it’s definitely an awesome second phone for travelling.If you’re looking to save some dosh and don’t need top features, the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua will do the job, but as the price suggests it’s a mid-range phone for a mid-range price. Don’t buy it expecting it to function like something from Sony’s flagship range and nobody gets hurt.