Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Getting More from Sony Xperia M - Tips and Tricks !


         Sony’s Xperia M is getting a lot of attention since its launch. The device marks Sony’s foray into budget segment after launching slew of high-end devices in the year 2013. What makes Xperia M different is that some of its features actually match the offerings in the premium segment. But, Xperia M have several features hidden, which increases its usability many a times. Let’s take a look at them-

Brief Specifications

·       4 inch TFT screen with 854 x 480 pixels resolution (245 ppi)
·       1 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus Processor
·       Adreno 305 GPU
·       1 GB RAM
·   4 GB internal memory (1.5 GB user-accessible), expandable upto 32 GB via microSD card
·       5 MP rear camera with LED flash
·       VGA front-facing camera
·       Single SIM or Dual SIM variants for 2G/ 3G network
·       Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, GPS and NFC
·       1750 mAh Li-ion removable battery
·       Android 4.1 with Sony’s customizations

1)  Small Apps

Smartphones are said to be having multitasking capability, but what’s the point of it if a user first have to come out of an app and then open another app. True that the app is running in background, but the user is certainly deviated from the task and more importantly wastes time. Sony seems to have an answer for the same as it allows opening of few apps in a small avatar on top of any app that might be running on the device. This way user doesn’t have to come out of the app, they might be using. By default, users can use Calculator, Timer, Voice Recorder, etc. for this purpose, and find more apps from Play Store.
Find a Small App by Clicking Multitasking button and then opening required app present at the bottom of the screen.

2)  LED Notifications

Sony has gone a step ahead than other smartphones which simply offered LED light. Instead, it has a notification line at the bottom of the screen. Users can use various colors of light for different notification alerts like messages, calls, etc. There are other apps as well which makes use of this functionality like alarms and picture gallery, which changes the color of the light based upon the image’s color.
To activate the functionality, Go to Settings > Display > Light Effects > Select LED notifications

3)  STAMINA Mode

One of the biggest grouse users have from the modern day smartphones is that they offer very poor battery life. They hardly lasts a single day of usage, that too when they are used for basic tasks only. To address this problem, Sony has added a customized battery option called as STAMINA mode which enhances the battery life. What this mode does is that the battery sucking features like Mobile Data, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc. are automatically turned off when the phone is in sleep mode. However, this also means that during this period apps like Gmail, Facebook, etc. will not be updated in the background.
To enable the option, Go to Settings > Power Management > Select STAMINA Mode
If you’re not comfortable with this mode, then you may also select Low Power Management Mode, which closes the apps when the battery reaches the crucial level of 20%.

        Apart from these features, you can also use NFC for one touch sharing between NFC capable devices. All the other Android functionalities are also supported by the smartphone.

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