Introducing the Sony Xperia Z2: It seems as if Sony has decided that the best way forward is to reduce their phone-refresh cycle to levels that most others would consider to be crazy. The Xperia Z2 is their latest offering, following close on the heels of the Xperia Z1 and being faced with the daunting task of having a lot to prove. Moreover, it has been classified as the flagship phone of the manufacturers Sony and pitted to compete against some of the other big names such as iPhone 5S, LG G3, HTC One M8 and the Samsung Galaxy S5, thus raising expectations among enthusiasts. The release price for this phone has been pegged at $570.
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Features and specifications: It seems as if there is an unwritten rule that in order to qualify as a flagship phone in 2014, a Snapdragon 801 or equivalent processor is essential! Sony has decided to go ahead with the trend although the one featured in the Z2 is a fraction slower than usual, clocking 2.3 GHz frequency rather than 2.5 GHz. However, the processor memory is 3GB which makes up for the loss of processor speed.
Sony offers memory expansion in its Z2 upto a massive 128GB though the built-in storage stands at an impressive 16GB. It is rare and pretty expensive to purchase MicroSD cards of that magnitude but to know that at some point in future they can be utilised is a good thing. The Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-fi wireless connectivity features are standard elements. Infrared Remote Control is a notable feature missing in the Sony Xperia Z2, something many of its competitors have taken care to include.
The Xperia Z2 features full-HD display on its large 5.2-inch screen which offers a significantly sharp image. While not the most vivid or brightest in its class, it still makes for a fantastic screen on which you can play games or watch movies. The manufacturers have paid an equal amount of attention to the sound with twin front-firing speakers providing a much needed dimension to the experience of watching movies or playing games. Consumer opinion suggests that this would be a welcome addition on all smartphones.
The 20.7MP camera is another feature that Sony have been proud to market with. They claim that the camera features a sensor that is 30% larger than standard cameras, making it comparable with the quality of Sony’s compact digital cameras. Lack of noise, improved detail, colour accuracy and depth, clarity, contrast and low-light performance have been regarded as qualities to watch out for in this phone. And of course, there is the 4K video recording to watch out for that would have been an exclusive feature but for Samsung beating Sony to its launch in the market.
– Excellent high definition and waterproof screen
– Features a powerful camera for shooting
– Impressive battery life
– Noise cancelling is a built-in feature
– The phone is made up of premium materials
– The ports have extremely fiddly ports
– The wide footprint of the phone makes it extremely difficult for the phone to be held with one hand
– It is significantly heavier compared to some of its competitors in the flagship phones’ market
Conclusion: The new Xperia Z2 from Sony may be regarded as a model that features largely iterative upgrades while a number of issues exist with its hardware and design. However, a solid camera, strong screen and great battery life makes it an ideal choice for those who are either with very deep pockets or are on top-end contracts.