At first look, the Sony Xperia Z2 may just seem as a mere Z1 upgrade. With the latest Android KitKat and a few other minor enhancements, is it any better than the Z1, and more importantly, the rest of the competition?
Build and Design
Built on a glass front and back with aluminum edges just like its predecessor, the Xperia Z2 is a stunner. Compared to one of its top rivals today, the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Z2 looks and feels sturdier and more premium than the latter’s plastic body.
The screen is a slightly larger 5.2-inches which carries the same 1,920 x 1,080 resolution as the Z1, resulting in a lower pixel density 423ppi, a little lower than Z1’s 440ppi. Still, the difference is barely noticeable, and the Z2’s screen is just as impressive.
Though the display has been from 5-inches, the phone’s body isn’t that much bigger, thanks to the slimmer bezel. Still, if you’re used to using phones within the 4-4.3inch range, it could be a bit of a stretch to hold the Z2. When compared to similarly large devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8, the Z2 may feel a little less comfortable to the hands because of the sharp edges.
Hardware and Storage
This huge machine demands a lot of power, and power does Sony bring. Inside is the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with a clock speed of 2.3GHz. To top it all off is a 3GB of RAM. But those weren’t just numbers, because the Z2 actually performed very well in benchmarks and every task is delivered without delay.
Just like the Z1, the Z2 has a decent battery life, thanks to the large 3,200mAh battery that lets you enjoy every bit of this device for hours on end. Though a powerful processor may tend to eat up on the battery quickly, this problem is addressed by the smart Stamina Mode, which was also found in Z2’s predecessor. Still, push your phone to the limits and you’ll drain the battery juice pretty quickly, as with any other smartphones.
The front camera is a 2.1-MP, while sitting at the Z2’s rear is the same 20.7-MP sensor from the Z1, one of the device’s selling points. In fact, many fell for this eye-catching number, except for those who are aware that quality shots do not rely on megapixels alone. The photos produced sometimes seem oversaturated, but while it may not be the best smartphone camera existing today, it gives great shots nonetheless.
- Wonderful display
- Powerful processor
- Water resistant
- Long battery life
- Beautiful design
- Very expensive
- Lots of bloatware
- Size not fit for everyone
In a nutshell, the Sony Xperia Z2 is remarkable in every aspect. It may lack in the gimmicky aspects, but it certainly delivers in the important qualities that a flagship phone must possess. With plenty of power housed in an elegant, water-resistant body, it can easily make up for that huge built that is often the issue with phones this size. But if you’re screen-hungry, then you’ll definitely enjoy the Z2’s massive and magnificent display.