Conclusion: The phone that opened the season of flagship debuts and the one that makes it a full circle. If done right, a full circle in this business is a level up on an ascending spiral. It looks like LG did it right, to find themselves perched at the top in terms of screen resolution. Then again, Sony of course will tell you that a QHD screen can't buy you love. It's not who you trust. It's what you want in a phone.
Summary: It is no doubt that Sony has close to perfected the Xperia Z2, both in the design and hardware aspects. It is definitely gorgeous, plays well with other connected devices especially that of Sony, with a camera to be really proud of and the hardware performance to boot.
Excerpt: This is Sony’s latest go at producing a high-spec Android flagship model, with the Xperia Z2 ticking every one of 2014′s must-have tech bullet points. It has a large 5.2-inch 1080p display. It has the hot new Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset inside. It has a massive 3GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage. It’s [...
Summary: If you’re currently toting an Xperia Z1, there’s not much point in shelling out for Sony’s latest Z2, but it’s easily worth a look to see what you’re not missing out on. For anyone else though, the Z2 offers a slick, no-nonsense design, solid performance, an incredible camera and the extra boon of waterproof powers.
Summary: The second generation. That was fast. We just reviewed the Sony Xperia Z1 seven months ago – and we already have the successor in our editorial office: the Xperia Z2. Why an update for users of the predecessor does not make much sense, and why Sony still offers a great smartphone, is revealed in our review.
Pros: Very nice design, High-quality materials, Waterproof and dust resistant, High performance reserves, Good battery runtimes, Useful additions for the OS, High-quality headset, Free movies and music, Navigation software, Very good camera, 4K video recording and playback, Completely smooth operation, Excellent voice quality, That Sony improved the predecessor.
Cons: All in all small changes compared to the predecessor, More potential in regard of gaming (PlayStation), Stability of the case could be better, GPS not always reliable, High power consumption, Speakers just average, Interesting accessories, Comparatively high temperature development, SIM card slot hard to access, Some developments are just compromises, for example the speakers.
Conclusion: Since it’s not yet available from a national carrier here in the States, grabbing an unlocked Xperia Z2 is guaranteed to take a hefty bite out of your wallet. But if you have the means (including the added cost of a protective case made of something more sturdy than glass), we think this product delivers excellent value.
Pros: The Xperia Z2 is available across Europe either through wireless carriers or directly from Sony. Direct US availability is expected this summer, possibly , on Verizon Wireless, (though this has yet to see official confirmation). US residents interested in preordering can do so , , or they can order an unlocked D6503 (the model number of our review unit) from GSM Nation
Cons: The Xperia Z2 is available across Europe either through wireless carriers or directly from Sony. Direct US availability is expected this summer, possibly , on Verizon Wireless, (though this has yet to see official confirmation). US residents interested in preordering can do so , , or they can order an unlocked D6503 (the model number of our review unit) from GSM Nation
Conclusion: 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. It's just not as straightforward for a portion of the latter. Xperia Z1 owners will probably see little point upgrading. There is no need to sugarcoat this fact. If you take Sony's word, the Xperia Z2 isn't meant to replace the Xperia Z1.
Pros: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support; 3G with 42Mbps HSPA; 150Mbps LTE, 5.2" 16M-color 1080p IPS capacitive touchscreen Triluminos display (424ppi pixel density); X-Reality engine, Android OS v4.4.2 KitKat with custom UI, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset: quad-core 2.3GHz Krait 400 CPU, 3 GB of RAM, Adreno 330 GPU, 20.7MP autofocus camera with a 1/2.3" Exmor RS sensor and F/2.0 Sony G Lens; Info-eye, AR effects, 2160p video recording @ 30fps, 1080p@ 60fps, 720p@ 120fps, con...
Cons: Non-user-replaceable battery, No proper video playback decoders (XviD, DivX) out of the box, Wireless charging support only with an optional back cover
Conclusion: In the end, the Sony Xperia Z2 managed to meet the great expectations we had for it. It's supposed to be Sony's no-compromise flagship Android smartphone, and more often than not, it proves it deserves that title. The design? Well, we would be lying if we don't say that we'd have liked it more if it was a bit smaller and lighter, but oh well, we guess it's not too big the way it is.
Pros: Solid and eye-pleasing design, Large and vibrant display, Streamlined and polished user experience, Quality camera
Cons: A bit bulky, Slightly oversaturated screen, Average speakers
Summary: Sony got most things right with the Xperia Z2, a modest upgrade over the six month-old Z1. An larger, more vibrant screen and smaller bezels mean less wasted space on a chassis that still feels too boxy at times. It has great battery life and an unobtrusive software layer on top of Android 4.4.