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Sony Xperia Z2

from  $399+
86
Engadget
Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
86

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Engadget Summary

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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Scores

Engadget

86
 

User Reviews

90
everdark
The battery power is greatly improved than its predecessor, Xperia Z. And the...read more
90
salvattorio
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
70
DigitalS22
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
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91
Average Critic Score

Reception and call quality

73
 

Display

90
 

Battery life

87
 

Camera

89
 

Ease of use

60
 

Design and form factor

89
 

Portability (size / weight)

68
 

Media support

80
 

Durability

80
 

Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)

80
 

How It Stacks Up

88

Engadget

88
 

Critic

81
 

User

93
 
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80
 

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80
 

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Engadget

84
 

Critic

81
 

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79
 
87

Engadget

87
 

Critic

83
 

User

90
 
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