February 24th 2014 8:14 am

86

A big, powerful slab of a phone

86

The downer is that, personally, I wouldn't buy this phone. If I wanted the Z2's camera, coupled with its high-quality display and fast processor, I'd wait to buy it in a smaller version of the handset -- which hasn't been confirmed yet, but must surely be on the horizon given the level of interest in the Z1 Compact. If I wanted a phablet, I'd get a Galaxy Note 3 or hold out for a Note 4. And if I wanted a big, premium non-phablet, I'd probably go for the HTC One M8 -- it has a more enticing, more comfortable design, along with a nicer UI and better stock apps (especially in the camera department).

More objectively, though, I can see what Sony was trying to create with the Z2, and it has arguably succeeded in the areas that matter most. There'll be people out there who appreciate its gorgeous display, solid battery life and granite-like charm, and these attributes are inextricably linked to the phone's size. If you think that might be you, go ahead. This is a safe purchase, the best Sony phone that has ever been, and definitely among the top three Android phones currently on the market.

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Critic reviews

9.0
9 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    7.8
  • Display
    9.0
  • Battery life
    8.8
  • Camera
    8.7
  • Ease of use
    6.0
  • Design and form factor
    8.6
  • Portability (size / weight)
    6.9
  • Media support
    8.0
  • Durability
    8.5
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    8.0

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User reviews

9.4
16 reviews
9.0
Engadget Apr 18, 2014

The Xperia Z2 is a solid purchase and easily the most impressive Sony phone we've reviewed. It's strong in every major department, from the display through to the camera, battery life and waterproof build. ... you'll need to offer up some muscle-power of your own, because this handset is a whopper.

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9.0
CNET Apr 14, 2014

Its impressive performance rivals the Samsung Galaxy S5 for smartphone top dog, but the Z2's slick glass and metal design trumps the S5's plastic body. If you're looking for both style and substance from a phone, you've come to the right place.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Apr 17, 2014

Overall the Sony Xperia Z2 is a definite step forward for the series. It might be an incremental upgrade rather than a device overhaul, but it delivers in the areas that matter, making for a package that's highly desirable and ultra powerful.

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10
What Hi-Fi Apr 22, 2014

For Sony fans, in particular, this will not disappoint. Whether the Z2 can convert iPhone or other Android users is another matter.

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9.0
TechRadar Apr 11, 2014

Its premium design nudges it ahead of the Galaxy S5, while its highly capable camera beats the One M8 hands down. If you're looking for an all round top performer (4K video issues aside) the Xperia Z2 is a great jack of all trades.

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9.0
GSM Arena May 16, 2014

The Sony Xperia Z2 is an easy phone to love and want. And not necessarily by die-hard Sony fans either. Great looks matched by performance, the premium Xperia line has been earning the company both profit - and a loyal following.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Apr 15, 2014

The Xperia Z2 is a great phone in most respects. It has a very good camera and outlasts the competition without compromising the experience. However, it is a bit awkward to use at times and gets hotter than the other top phones when under strain.

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10
Stuff Apr 18, 2014

This is a true converged gadget that’s capable of taking brilliant photos and playing videos at cinephile quality, but also one where practicality has taken a backseat.

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9.0
PocketNow May 14, 2014

For a phone with these specs to be crammed into a water-resistant casing this attractive, with a camera and personal-media suite this capable … well, as the saying goes: you get what you pay for. And if you ask us, the Xperia Z2 is worth every penny.

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First Looks

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Laptop Magazine Feb 24, 2014

Like a true flagship, the waterproof Z2 runs on a faster processor and boasts a slightly larger display than its predecessor ...

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CNET Feb 23, 2014

Well, it has a slightly larger 5.2-inch display, slimmer bezels around the edge, a marginally faster 2.3GHz Qualcomm processor, the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat software and a camera capable of capturing 4K video.

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TechCrunch Feb 25, 2014

The Z2′s waterproof and dustproof special powers just feed into that function — allowing the user to be unafraid to take the Z2 out in a variety of environments to film and snap cool stuff.

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TechCrunch Apr 15, 2014

The Z2 has a screen that could challenge Samsung’s Galaxy S5 for best display on the smartphone market, thanks in part to special tech Sony has included from its television lineup that makes colors really pop.

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Pocket-Lint Feb 24, 2014

The Sony Xperia Z1 was a powerful device and the Xperia Z2 takes things up a mark, making this one of the most powerful Android handsets around.

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T3 Feb 24, 2014

We like the improved screen and we were also particularly impressed by the boosted video capabilities. The addition of 4K video capture, while it may not be that useful at the moment, is a statement of intent and also a neat piece of futureproofing from Sony.

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TrustedReviews Feb 24, 2014

You'd be mad to consider paying to upgrade to this phone from an Xperia Z1. However, its slight spec upgrades make it the slightly better phone.

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GSM Arena Feb 24, 2014

he display has 1080p resolution, despite all the rumors of QHD screens at the MWC. The sharpness is great though and Sony has used the same tech for the screen as it does for its TVs.

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ChipChick Feb 25, 2014

With the Sony Xperia Z2, Sony is doubling down on what they do best in the mobile market – waterproofing and camera technology.

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TechRadar Feb 25, 2014

Sony has made a very well thought out device that ticks nearly every box you can think of, and then some.

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phoneArena Feb 28, 2014

The Samsung Galaxy S5 might have been our favorite smartphone from MWC 2014, but it's impressive closely-matched it was by the Sony Xperia Z2. Indeed, Sony has crafted an incredible handset...

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The Verge Feb 24, 2014

When viewed in person, the Z2 does indeed have a very attractive display, with good contrast and color fidelity, immediately distinguishing it from the mediocre screen of the Z1.

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Android Central Feb 24, 2014

On the whole, the Z2 is more about component and software upgrades more than any exterior changes. The biggest and most noticeable improvement is the new IPS-based "Triluminos" display, which looks absolutely gorgeous.

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10
naos naos

I have my Z2 for a month now, I got it from Three on a contract. What I love about it: * screen - crisp, vivid, reproducing colours properly, BIG * speed - it is FAST, applications fly, scrolling is very smooth, games fly. * camera - fast, sharp photos, properly saturated colours, good light...

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9.0
everdark everdark

The battery power is greatly improved than its predecessor, Xperia Z. And the camera is both amazing and with quick response. Overall user experience is very good but to my opinion the size of the phone is a little bit too large to manage. :) About the industrial design, the black model is still...

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10
RajMok RajMok

Awesome product worth while getting things at single point of place. This is how phone should be. great feeling.

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9.0
easheer easheer

Overall an extremely solid, well designed phone that I'm very pleased with. I think this is Sony's best effort to date. I switch phones quite frequently and I have a feeling I'll be hanging on to this phone for a while. Highlights for me so far are the camera, display, and speed of the phone....

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10
cell989 cell989

Extremely awesome phone, took this phone to finally let go of ios7 and the iPhone. It truly is water proof tested at the swimming pool. It really does have the best phone camera in the market period. Slick and fast.

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9.0
rob87 rob87

device is really good under water and dust proof although the square design put me off. good phone to use though!

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10
FaisalWibowo FaisalWibowo

Design: so sexy, elegeant, and sleek. Plus it has IP58 waterproof certification and camera shutter button, which offer humongous advantage. Overall Specifications: It has IPS 1080p screen, Snapdragon 801, 3GB of RAM, 20.7MP camera, 3200mah battery.. Definitely top of the line specs Screen: I am...

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