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Sony Xperia Z2
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- 91AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE9 ReviewsEngadget90Sony Xperia Z2 review: a big, powerful slab of a pThe 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.TechCrunchNot RatedHands On With The Xperia Z2 Smartphone And Z2 TablThe 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.CNET90Sleek luxury meets lightning performanceIts 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.TechCrunchNot RatedHands On With The Xperia Z2, Sonyâ€™s Multimedia-LThe 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.Laptop MagazineNot RatedSony Xperia Z2 Hands On: Elegant Waterproof DesignLike a true flagship, the waterproof Z2 runs on a faster processor and boasts a slightly larger display than its predecessor ...CNETNot RatedSony Xperia Z2 puts KitKat and 4K video into a watWell, 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.Pocket-Lint90Sony Xperia Z2 reviewOverall 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.Pocket-LintNot RatedHands-on: Sony Xperia Z2 reviewThe 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.GSM Arena90Sony Xperia Z2 review: Action packThe 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.What Hi-Fi100Sony Xperia Z2For Sony fans, in particular, this will not disappoint. Whether the Z2 can convert iPhone or other Android users is another matter.TechRadar90Sony Xperia Z2 review The jack of all trades flagsIts 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.phoneArenaNot RatedSony Xperia Z2 in-depth video hands-onThe 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...TechRadarNot RatedHands on: Sony Xperia Z2 reviewSony has made a very well thought out device that ticks nearly every box you can think of, and then some.ChipChickNot RatedSony Xperia Z2 Smartphone Records 4K Video [Video]With the Sony Xperia Z2, Sony is doubling down on what they do best in the mobile market – waterproofing and camera technology.Android CentralNot RatedSony Xperia Z2 hands-onOn 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.The VergeNot RatedSony's Xperia Z2 introduces a brilliant new displaWhen 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.GSM ArenaNot RatedMWC 2014: Sony Xperia Z2, Tablet Z2, M2 hands-onhe 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.T3Not RatedSony Xperia Z2 review: Hands-onWe 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.Stuff100Sony Xperia Z2 reviewThis 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.TrustedReviews80Sony Xperia Z2 reviewThe 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.TrustedReviewsNot RatedSony Xperia Z2You'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.PocketNow90Sony Xperia Z2 review: worth every pennyFor 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.
- 95AVERAGE USER SCORE20 ReviewsEngadget Reader100May 22, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader100March 23, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetMakiz100January 8, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader100December 22, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Perfect even after 7 months, best feature is for the battery which is still like new, and with smooth operating functions.Engadget Reader100October 6, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The Sony Xperia Z2 is an overall excellent phone. It's battery life is outstanding, it's display is great for gaming and videos, the camera works quite well, it's a great size, and it's lightning-quick. This feels like a premium device. I'd recommend it to anyone.Engadget Reader90October 2, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!device is really good under water and dust proof although the square design put me off.good phone to use though!Engadget Reader90September 24, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100September 18, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Awesome product worth while getting things at single point of place. This is how phone should be. great feeling.Rameson90September 16, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100July 28, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader100July 12, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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.Engadget Reader90June 27, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100June 8, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader100June 4, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 metering* video recording - very effective software image stabilisation, sharp* battery - a monster, lasts for 2 days, gives freedom* design - premium and classy look and feel, nice in touch* UI - minimalistic, close to vanilla AndroidWhat could be better:* optical image stabilisation would be nice* max audio output volume could be bit higherIN DETAILS* CameraGood:I own Canon 40D DSLR with excellent 17-55 2.8 lens and I'm a bit intophotography. Over years I've made a lot of photos with my 40D. I can tellyou the camera in Xperia Z2 is excellent, it's probably the best one ina smartphone at the moment. It makes very well color and exposurebalanced photos.White balance is especially good, I sometimes think it is better than myfew years old Canon 40D in that aspect. Whites are white grays are grayand human skin looks very natural, you can count on it. Saturation is also very nice balanced,it produces natural looking photos like DSLR cameras tend to do. Some pointand shoot cameras make oversaturated photos, which I personally dislike, but not Z2.Noise is kept at low levels and details are very well reproduced. Autofocus is fast andreliable. I expected this camera to be good, but it really blown my mind, it's fantastic.You can sell all your point and shoot'ers right now.Could be better:- It doesn't have optical image stabilisation, which is always welcomed.- The lens gets soft at corners.* Video recordingVideo recording is great thanks to effective software image stabilisation.Autofocus works well in video mode too, videos are sharp and detailed.Timeshift works great, you can record in 120fps in 720p and after recording is doneyou can easily select which parts of the video should be slow motioned.* ScreenSony used IPS screen in Z2 which is noticeable from the first look. Colours arebeautiful, vivid and precise and viewing angles are excellent. I like how the screenis calibrated to reproduce natural colours, instead of oversaturating. Brightnessis at very good levels too, I compared it with my friend's iphone 5S next to eachother outdoors and they both looked very similar in terms of reflections and brightness.I turned off X-Reality setting which enhances contrast of photos and videos, as I preferphotos to look like they should, without artificial saturation/contrast boost. Theyalready look beautiful without X-Reality thanks to outstanding IPS screen.* BatteryThe 3200mah battery is a beast, it lasts easily for one and a half to two days. Withoutusing the phone too much it seems it can keep going for a few days. The STAMINAmode got a new option, which is turned on by default, to queue and send background dataat set intervals.* BodyGood:It has premium and very classy feeling. Well, this is subjective butthere is something really cool about phone being so thin and flat.It is stiff and well-built. The back panel is made from glass, but don't worry that itwill get scratched easily as there is a minimal, barely noticeable bezel around so when youput a phone on a flat surface it rests on the bezel not the glass panel.I moved from phone with 4.3" screen and I found typing on the 5.2" screen much fasterand precise, using two hands, I can now type with less errors and faster in general. Sonykeyboard is also ergonomic and well designed.Could be better:The first Xperia Z had 5" screen and nice, small bezels. With Z2 Sony went for 5.2", I would prefer it to stay at 5".* Noice cancellingI tried noise cancelling on my way work in London tube and on train. It works pretty good,it removed all continuos, low frequency noise, with higher frequency noise still left, butthis is how most of NC will work. The headphones included with the phone, are all right but theycan't compete with my B&W P5, so I won't probably use noise cancelling too much as P5 aremy main mobile headphones and NC in Xperia Z2 currently works only with included headphones.* User interfaceSony ships its phones with its own Android skin, I find Sony skin very close to vanilla Android.If you compare it to HTC or Samsung skins, Sony is much less modified and closer to Googlevision of the Android UI.The UI is designed with taste and doesn't feel bloated or inconsistent. It is minimalistic and doesn'ttry to get in your way. It also feels very fast.There are some useful additions compared to stock Android:- left menu in app launcher with: search app by name, most used apps, alphabetical order, etc.- STAMINA mode - of course, this is known already and it works greatThe dialer and contacts apps are excellent, minimalistic, simple, good looking and fast.In the end comparing Sony latest UI to Samsung TouchWiz, I would say it is day and night.* High-res USB AudioMost reviews you will find won't mention that Z2 has native support for high resolution, digitalaudio output via micro USB port. For music lovers and audiophiles this is a nice add-on. Thanksto that you can connect high fidelity USB DAC to the Z2 and experience the best music qualitypossible. There are DACs available that are very mobile and of very high quality like MeridianExplorer or Audioquest DragonFly.Regarding other reviews here:- There is one saying you can't write to SD card with this phone. It is not true, the thingis that with Android 4.4 KitKat Google changed the way applications can access data on theSD card. Before, simply any appliation could read and write to any other's applicationdata which was insecure. That has been made more secure and now application can only write datato its own folders. This is also the case for Samsung and HTC, it's just how Android now worksand it is good thing.Hints:* I use DashClock Widget for lockscreen, looks great with Xperia lockscreen and provides useful info like number of new emails, weather, currency rates, etc.* First I did was to swap default email and browser applications for Gmail and Google ChromeEngadget Reader100June 2, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 specsScreen: I am generally very pleased with the 5.2" IPS TRILUMINOS screen as it has wide colour gamut, pleasantly saturated colours, and excellent viewing angles. But the screen struggles a bit in direct sunlight, but nothing drastic.Processing power: with snapdragon 801 which is currently the fastest chipset on the market and 3GB of RAM, the overall performance is lag free and buttery smooth even if intensive apps and games are runningUI: user interface is very elegant, simplistic, simple, and very close to stock android interface. And addition of user friendly features such as double tap to wake, bring to ear to answer calls, glove mode, pencil stylus, etc input are great and very much appreciated.Camera: The image quality is one of my most important aspects in terms of reviewing a phone. And thankfully, I am very astounded with the image quality. It has plenty of detail, even in low light. Great spot on exposure, accurate colours, great dynamic range, and very good noise levels with no chroma noise and only finely grained luminance noise. In comparison, The camera of Xperia Z2 is able to totally obliterate the best 13MP cameras such as galaxy S4 and note 3. And it is on par with the galaxy s5 in daylight and beats it in indoors, night, and low light shots. However I would very much love RAW image support and settings for shutter speed and manual focus in manual mode, hopefully sony adds those in future updates.For sample photos from Xperia Z2, check my photostream on flickrhttps://www.flickr.com/photos/125751132@N08/4K video recording: Very great. Astonishing details, accurate colours, and very good stabilization.Multimedia experience: PERFECT. The dual stereo speaker quality is greater than any smartphone out there and second only to HTC One M8. Understandable though because Z2 has waterproofing which has some effect to speaker loudness & quality.And I am fortunate enough to get the digital noise cancelling headset. The quality really is awesome, I tested it in the noisiest of all environments such as streets where a lot of cars & motorcycle go by and I can't hear them, the only thing I heard is the music I listened to.Walkman app is polished, eyecatching and user friendly as it has the functionality to edit music info & album arts, and to comfortably arrange a playlist.Video watching app is great as well. Very good cinema like looking.Album app is great, good looking, and offers very good functionality. But I would like the ISO and Shutter speed to be displayed when I look into the details of the images captured by the camera so I can improvise manual camera shooting in tricky conditions.Battery life: OUTSTANDING! Xperia Z2 is also easily the best when it comes to battery life. The endurance rating is much better than galaxy s5, HTC M8, galaxy note 3, and even LG G2. No matter how heavy I use my Z2, the battery can never drain in a day. That kind of battery endurance is simply unheard of in smartphones these days, very outstanding indeed.That is it for my review. And here is my general scoring plus my pros and cons of the Xperia Z2.Design: 100Specs: 100User Friendliness: 93Processing Performance: 100Screen Quality: 98Image & Video Quality: 96Battery Life: 97Audio & Multimedia Quality: 100Value for Money: 70Overall Rating: 95Pros:- Great, sleek, waterproof design with a camera shutter button- The best chipset available with 3GB of RAM- Great display- Camera class image quality.- Great camcorder capabilities- Rich and excellent multimedia experience- Outstanding battery life- Elegant and simplistic UI with a lot of user friendly featuresCons:- No option for 32GB internal storage- Noise cancelling headset and magnetic charging dock is not available on all retail units- A bit big for a people with small handsEngadget Reader100May 12, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!AMAZING phone, i think it's too big, but the specs blow your mind.Engadget Reader90May 10, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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. Also the Stamina mode battery feature is fantastic for extended battery life. There are no gimmicks on this phone that you see with other OEMs such as Samsung and HTC. As a competitor to the S5 and M8, which both have their strengths, I feel that the Z2 sits right in the middle of the two as an all around well balanced option between the three. You won't find features like a fingerprint sensor, heart rate monitor, or a duo-camera, but you'll find a phone that implements the majority of its features very well. I'd recommend this phone to anyone.Engadget Reader70May 8, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90May 7, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90April 20, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 the classic one and the side look of the body is exceptionally beautiful. But the black model still suffers from having too many easily identifiable fingerprints compared to the white model. And that is exactly why I decided to choose white this time. (I once had a Xperia Z in black.)
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