Sony Xperia Z2 Review
Into the fiercely competitive smartphone waters Sony has sent its latest smartphone, the Xperia Z2.
It is perceived to be an improvement on the Z1 which was released last year.
But one can argue that the Z2 is much more than an improved Z1. It has been designed to give such high end models as the HTC One M8 and Samsung’s Galaxy S5 a bloody nose.
And it has a good many features that its rivals will find difficult to match.
Sony has long been a leader in the phone camera game but the Z2 takes the game to a different level with its 20.7MP camera.
The detail on the images you’ll be able to capture with this camera is unbelievable.
This is thanks to the 20.7MP sensor, f/2.0 lens and other great features this camera comes with. Shutterbugs will be delighted at the range of manual settings they can play around with to create superb stills that you otherwise can’t get on auto mode.
Viewing your photos will be a joy on the clear 5.2 inch screen which makes colours come to life. The 1080p screen and Sony’s Live Colour LED technology combine to give you the ultimate viewing experience whether you’re watching a movie or typing a text.
The enhanced screen deals with the iffy viewing angles of the Z1 as well.
One of the criticisms levelled against Sony’s latest smartphone is its design. At just 8.2mm, the Xperia Z2 is one of the slimmest phones in the market. Unfortunately, this is offset by the angular shape of the phone that makes it quite awkward to pick up, operate and carry. The boxy shape and the huge screen make this model less wieldy than its HTC and Samsung rivals.
While the Samsung Galaxy S5 has been castigated for its cheap looks, its more curvy shape, slightly smaller screen and grooved casing make it more friendly on the hands.
Like other smartphones in this range the Z2 is waterproof; able to survive underwater and resist jets of water sprayed at it.
The water resistance becomes a design flaw, and a headache for owners of the phone when they have to remove and reseal the port flaps every time they need to juice up their Z2.
Another perceived weakness of this phone is its speaker system. Juxtaposed against the HTC one M8, the Xperia Z2’s output sounds flimsy and disjointed. However, the sound is clear and is definitely better than what the Samsung Galaxy S5 offers.
Top 5 Benefits of The Sony Experia Z2
Sony’s latest smartphone, released in February, has dived into the heat of the fierce battle for the fingers and ears of the ever-growing mobile phone market. For competitors it has the Samsung Galaxy S5, Nokia’s Lumia 930 and the sleek, metallic HTC One M8. And we haven’t even mentioned the iPhone 5S and its soon-to-be-unveiled successor, the flagship iPhone 6S.
But the Z2 wields a strong arsenal of features that competing brands will have to match and has nicked some of the features from its rivals. Here are some of the reasons you should consider breaking your piggy bank for the £545 you need to order this device:
If you don’t watch movies on your handset you just might be tempted to start doing so by the huge 5.2 inch, full HD display. And with a 1080×1920 pixel resolution and such clear vivid colours thanks to Sony’s Live Colour LED technology, putting this gadget away might be a real challenge. To activate the phone, you just need to tap it twice on the screen, a feature which both the M8 and the LG G3 boast.
Sony has never been a slouch when it comes to cameras and the Z2 dazzles with its 20.7MP camera. This device with its accompanying LED flash will reawaken the amateur photographer in you and you will have that gorgeous screen to ogle your shots over and over.
The video quality is equally fantastic.
The hardware under the sleek glass-and-metal casing does pack a powerful punch. A 2.3GHz quad-core processor and 3GB of RAM are nothing to be sneezed at. It is quite a leap from the 1.5HGz CPU and 2GB RAM under the hood of the Z1.
You can confidently spill water on the Z2 without any worry of ruining your costly investment. You can even take it underwater and try taking some underwater shots. And the device can fend of jets of water without coming off the worse.
And like its predecessor, the Z2 is also dustproof. Yes, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is also water resistant but it doesn’t come with the cool glass back cover.
You will struggle to find the grills of the front-facing speakers on this device, which adds to the sophisticated look of the phone.
The sound they emit is not too loud but it’s crisp. For a mind-blowing sound experience simply plug in the MDR-NC31EM buds that come with the Z2. The stereo quality and noise-blocking capabilities of these earphones are amazing.