Xperia Z2 Review.
It’s been three years since Sony parted ways with their former partners Ericsson, they made a wealth of popular handsets, from the Walkman series to the Cyber-shot series. Many wondered just how well Sony could hold up on their own, would they be able to make iconic devices, like they have countless times in the past. The Xperia Z2 is testimony to Sony still being able to design and build great technology.
The Xperia Z2 comes packing a bigger, better screen a more powerful engine and a more compacted and sturdy feeling design. The Z2 goes head to head with some incredibly tough competition this year from the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and the LG G3.
The Z2 packs a big, bright 5.2 inch display into a chassis not much larger than that of the Z1’s of last year. The Z2’s screen has more vivid colours and better viewing angles when compared to its predecessor and that’s partly down to Sony’s Live Colour LED technology which, renders beautiful, life-like colours and heaps plenty of detail in photos and videos.
Watching a 1080p video on the Z2 is really eye catching, whether it’s one you’ve shot yourself or a HD film you’ve downloaded, you will be blown away by the detail. Watching back 4K video that you’ve recorded, you may struggle to believe that the Z2’s display is only 1080p.
If you’re not that big on videos then Sony still have you covered, text really jumps off the screen, making webpages and ebooks a joy to read.
Trying to use the Xperia Z2’s display in direct sunlight can be a different experience all together to the one I’ve just described, the glass front is incredibly good at reflecting light and getting a glare, also fingerprints become pretty obvious once exposed to outside light and you may find yourself giving the X2 a wipe once in a while to try and remove them.
The Sony Xperia Z2 is blisteringly fast, even when compared to the current cream of the Android crop, switching between apps was a pleasant and smooth affair, graphic intense games ran without a glitch and video looked excellent.
The Z2’s fantastic performance is mostly down to its top notch specs, it comes packing a Snapdragon 801 processor and an incredibly healthy serving of 3GB of RAM, which also puts it ahead of some of its rivals, like the M8. Sony’s Xperia skin is also very uncluttered which I presume also adds to the Z2’s rapid speed. Throughout my time using the Z2 I rarely encountered any lag, dropped frames or any other instances of the device struggling.
As well as putting the phone through its paces, with games, apps, downloading and multi-tasking I also ran some benchmarking tests, to see if they backed up my analysis. First up, I ran AnTuTu’s benchmarking app which gave me a score of 33,305 which although a high score, didn’t quite beat that of the HTC One M8, but still put its up there with some of the other big performers of 2014.
Next up I used Quadrant, a lesser known benchmarking app, which gave me a score of 17886 placing the Z2 at the very top of the list of devices, although that list didn’t include any other 2014 heavy-weights like AnTuTu did.
Although the performance rarely waned, the Xperia Z2 did become incredibly hot from time to time, either when the phone was on charge and in use or on the occasions when I shot 4k video, there have also been reports from other users that the device will either stop filming once it gets too hot or the screen will actually become cracked.
Something that has been at the Top of Smartphone users wish-lists ever since they became common-place is improved battery life, every year manufacturers improve upon their performance, displays and cameras but one feature that always seems to be below par is how much juice you can get out of your device. I’d love to be able to tell you that Sony’s solved all that with the Xperia Z2, but they haven’t, this may not be the Holy Grail of smartphone batteries, but it’s definitely a huge improvement and will last you a full day of heavy use.