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Sony Xperia Z2 review

Sony's latest flagship smartphone impresses, but doesn't offer much compared to last year's model
Wed May 07 2014, 08:17

Product Sony Xperia Z2
Website http://www.sonymobile.com/gb/products/phones/xperia-z2/
Specifications 5.2in 1080x1920 resolution 423ppi IPS LCD display, quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB RAM, 16GB internal storage with microSD card expansion up to 64GB, 20.7MP rear camera with 4K video recording, 2.2MP front camera, GSM/3G/4G, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, DLNA, Android 4.4.2 Kitkat mobile operating system, IP58 certified water and dust resistant, 147x73x8.2mm, 163g
Price From £550


THE SONY XPERIA Z2 is Sony's latest entry into the flagship smartphone race, and the firm is hoping it will tear buyers away from the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and the iPhone 5S.

The Sony Xperia Z2 doesn't have many improvements over last year's Xperia Z1, with the main difference being that the handset has increased in size - good news for those in the market for a large-screen smartphone.

Design
The Xperia Z2 is similar in look and feel to its Sony Xperia Z1 predecessor. While this means there's not much new on offer, this is not necessarily a bad thing, as we were fans of the Xperia Z1 design, which feels robust and expensive in hand.

Sony Xperia Z2 is 8.2mm thick and comes IP58 certified

The Sony Xperia Z2 has been slimmed down slightly, though, with the handset measuring 8.2mm, compared to 8.5mm, and tipping the scales at 163g, compared to 169g. However, as we noted with last year's model, the Xperia Z2 isn't particularly comfortable to hold, and it feels somewhat bulky when compared to the iPhone 5S. Its angular shape means its awkward to use one-handed, but if you're more about style than functionality, this won't be an issue.

Like its predecessor, and now the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Sony Xperia Z2 boasts resistance against dust and water. It comes with IP58 certification, which means it can withstand 30 minutes in one metre of water and some fairly substantial battering. We put this to the test, and the Xperia Z2 emerged unscathed.

Screen
The Sony Xperia Z2 has a 5.2in 1080x1920 resolution IPS LCD touchscreen display, larger than the 5in display found on last year's model.

While the display isn't much bigger than that of the Xperia Z1, we did find it made the handset somewhat awkward to use, as mentioned in the design section, and we'd have preferred it if the firm had stuck with last year's screen size.

Sony Xperia Z2 has a 5.2in 1080p HD LCD IPS touchscreen

In terms of quality, the Sony Xperia Z2's display is one of the best on the market, offering crisp text and colourful images. However, as is often the case with Sony handsets, we found the touchscreen somewhat lacking when it came to vibrancy, with the display appearing dull compared to that on the Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8, for example. It can be difficult to use in direct sunlight too, with the display proving very reflective.

Next: Performance, operating system.

 

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