With all of us yapping on about the latest flagship smartphone releases, it’s quite easy for us to forget about some of the other smartphones that are flying under the radar.
The Sony Xperia M2 is one such smartphone, and despite its modest price and specs, it serves up an absolute feast of connectivity functions for us to drool over.
But what do all of these fancy features actually do? Are they worth the cash you’re paying? Let’s take a look.
NFC on the Xperia M2
NFC, or near field communications, is a contactless technology that has been utilised by smartphone manufacturers like Sony to help us pay for things.
Whilst plenty of high-end devices offer this feature, very few as cheap as the M2 do, making this mid-range smartphone stand out.
NFC allows users to send small pieces of data across simply by tapping the phone onto another compatible device.,
Whilst it isn’t widely available here in the UK, it’s constantly growing, and should be more and more common heading into next year.
The Xperia M2 uses NFC for a number of other connectivity features as well, making it one of the best connected devices on the market at the moment.
One Touch Sharing
A brilliant way of sharing your pictures or links from your handset to another, One Touch Sharing allows M2 users to share data by simply tapping it against another compatible handset.
Sporting an 8 megapixel camera, the Xperia M2 is capable of taking some really beautiful pictures, and One Touch Sharing lets you show those snaps off faster than ever.
All you have to do is have NFC activated on both handsets and you can send pictures between both devices with a simple tap.
It’s far faster than sending an email or MMS, and doesn’t require an internet or mobile connection either.
One Touch Listening
With an expandable memory of up to 40GB, the Xperia M2 is also perfect for holding all of your music, and One Touch Listening offers a great way to share your tunes.
By pairing your M2 with a pair of compatible speakers, you can stream your music straight to the speaker, getting the party started faster than ever.
No longer will you have to worry about wires getting in the way with this simple and easy to use feature more commonly seen on much more expensive smartphones.
One Touch Mirroring
Ever wanted to show off your latest video masterpiece without passing your phone around the room?
One Touch Mirroring solves that problem, letting you transmit the video on your Xperia M2 straight onto your TV.
Share anything from your smartphone onto the big screen; pictures, video, all controlled by the responsive Sony user interface.
One Touch Back-up
Accidents happen, but Sony has come up with a way to help you save your data if the worst occurs to your Xperia M2, by using One Touch Back-up.
You need to pick up an NFC enabled storage device first, and once you’ve done that, quickly tapping your phone with it will keep all of your personal information and pictures backed up.
It’s perfect if you have too much data for your phone, and even better if you find yourself deleting files by accident.
Other Xperia M2 Connectivity Features
It’s not all about NFC with the Xperia M2 either. There are plenty of other wireless features available to get more from your connected world experience.
Similar to Apple’s AirPlay feature for the iPhone and iPad, Miracast offers another way of transmitting your Xperia M2’s display on to your TV if you don’t fancy using One Touch Mirroring.
You can even pick up a USB dongle to make your TV compatible with the handset, meaning you won’t have to shell out on a brand new box to get this feature going.
Standing for Digital Living Network Alliance, this feature isn’t as well-known as NFC or Miracast but does allow your Xperia M2 to connect with anything from stereo systems to printers.
You can stream music to speakers, video to TVs or even print web pages completely wirelessly, but requires a specific connection between both devices.
Mobile High-Definition Link
This non-wireless option is better suited to users who don’t have a wireless set of devices at home.
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) is another way of displaying your phone’s display on a TV, and is ideal if you want to watch a film or even play a game on a far larger screen than the Xperia M2’s 4.8” effort.
All you have to do is pick up an MHL cable and you’re set!
You’re Fully Connected!
So, those are just a handful of the great features based on Sony’s latest mid-range offering.
If you don’t fancy shelling out for one of the most expensive smartphones going, and want to be able to have all of your kit running in sync, maybe you should take a look at the Xperia M2.
Of course, if you do fancy splashing the cash, you could always pick up the more powerful Xperia Z2 handset instead…