Sony Xperia Z2

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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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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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Model

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
5.2 inches

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
yes

Power

Standby time (max)
740 hours
Battery type
Li-ion (3200 capacity mAh)

Camera

Camera
yes (20.7 megapixels) (Records video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Flash, Contact pictures) (yes)

Location

Location support
yes (GPS, Cellular location, WiFi location)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB
Memory card
microSD

Connectivity

WiFi
yes (802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2) (yes)
Bluetooth
4.0 (HSP [headset], HFP [hands-free], A2DP [stereo audio], AVRCP [media control], DUN [network sharing], OPP / FTP [file transfer])

Media

Media playback
yes (AAC, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA) (AVI, DivX, h.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, XviD) (Streaming / internet) (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG)

Messaging

SMS
yes
MMS
yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript)
Email
yes (POP3, IMAP, Push email)

Sync

Sync PIM data
yes (OTA sync)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, IM, Maps, Notes, Stocks, Stopwatch, Tasks / to-dos, Voice recorder, Weather
Java
Other

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
yes (Polyphonic, MP3 / audio, Contact ringtones)
Vibrate mode
yes
Sound profiles
yes

Carriers

Regions offered
Europe

Radio type

Comm standard
GSM, LTE (GSM, GPRS, EDGE) (UMTS / WCDMA, HSDPA, HSUPA) (yes)

Display

Screen size
5.2 inches
Screen resolution
1920 x 1080
Pixel density
424 PPI
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
no

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (yes) (no)
Voice dial
Yes

Hardware

CPU
2.3 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
3 GB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer (motion), Ambient light, Gyroscope, Proximity

Other features

Flight mode
yes
Kickstand
no
NFC or RFID payment
yes
Ruggedized
no
TV-out
yes (MHL / HDMI (micro-USB))
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