It seems Sony is so desperate to be in the competition always, in such a way that the difference in release periods between flagships is very small. Sony launched Xperia Z1 in September 2013 and just after few months it launched Xperia Z2 in April 2014. This could be due to the never ending and always increasing competition. Anyhow the Xperia Z2 seems like an incremental upgrade looking at the specs. So how does it perform in the real world and is it really an incremental upgrade? Let us find out. Sony Xperia Z2 Price in India Today is Rs.34999/-. This is the Best available Online Price as of now.
The device follows similar design patterns of Xperia series. Obviously it is infact beautiful with a more refined look when compared to Z1. The device is mostly made of aluminium and covered by the shatter proof glass which gives it a premium feel. The phone is quite thinner at 8.2mm and weighs 163gms. The build quality is once again solid enough and it gives a pleasant feel when held in hand. The phone sports a 5.2 inch 1080p display with 424 ppi. This is based on the same Triluminos and X-Reality tech. Viewing angles are improved and colors look vibrant. The screen however is reflective spoiling the view in sunlight.
The device comes with Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Sony’s own UI on top of it. Similarly like the earlier versions, the UI feels lighter. There some good number of themes which can be applied and it changes the wallpaper and icon colors accordingly. The notification panel is a tabbed interface allowing notification on one tab and toggle switches on quick settings tab. We do get Small Apps to where we can open an app in a resizable window which can float around the screen. Sony has also loaded a bunch of apps. Overall the UI feels lighter and we didn’t observe any hiccups during general usage.
Camera & Audio:
The device is equipped with a 20.7MP camera with autofocus and LED flash at the back. The front cam is of 2.2MP which can capture 1080p video at 30fps. The camera interface is very neat and looks almost similar to what we have seen in Z1. There are a bunch of scene modes, tweaks and various options you can try to experiment on the picture. Once again, Superior Auto mode, though produces excellent pictures, captures only in 8MP and doesn’t produce full 20MP pictures. The camera managed to produce excellent images with great detail in the images. No noticeable noise in the images and colors look very natural and vibrant. Sony has greatly improved the camera performance when it comes to Xperia lineup and this one impressed us well. But still this is not the best in the lot and note that the rivals like LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy S5 produce slightly better images in different situations and we don’t consider the Lumia 1020 here which would be too much to compare with any of these. Audio quality is excellent but loudness levels are still not that great. But plugin a good headphones and you can enjoy the experience it gives.
Connectivity & Additional Features:
The device comes in single sim version; supports one micro sim. Network reception is good and no issues with it. Call quality is excellent with sufficient amounts of loudness during call but the loudspeaker quality and loudness levels could have been better. The phone also supports Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, 3G, FM Radio and A-GPS. Internal memory is of 16GB and the device also supports micro SD cards upto 64GB. The phone boasts of IP58 certification having dust and water resistant capabilities. So you will have a sweet time shooting pictures in the rain or underwater.
Performance & Battery:
The phone runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset with Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 processor. It also has an ample 3GB of RAM and Adreno 330 GPU. General operation around the UI is pretty smooth and fast. Some of the games like Asphalt 8, Real Racing 3 played very well and we didn’t observe any lag or frame rate drops during this time. The phone was able to score well in benchmark tests, scoring around 33k in Antutu and around 18k in Quadrant. The battery capacity is of 3200mAh which is quite great and you would easily get it for two full days under moderate usage – gaming aside. The only downside is, the battery is non removable which could make things tedious if you have to replace it.
Beautiful design and good build quality
Dust and water proof
Great battery life
Loudspeaker could have been louder
Non user replaceable battery
Not water proof but only water resistant
So far, its been quite evident, the Z2 is not just an incremental upgrade but brings few improvements in design and camera departments. The performance is one of the best in the segment and you have enough battery power to run it all the day. Even if you don’t care about the cons, there is a reasonable fear and downside which might entice you. It’s the problem with Sony and not the phone – Sony has been releasing these flagships without a proper difference in release periods. We could imagine the plight of most Z1 users who bought the device and within 6 months they see the Z1 which creates a kind of sadness and makes them feel as if their device is one generation older. We know Sony is desperate to be in the fight, but it could end up making people think that they can always fight for few months to have a better successor. Except for that feeling, the Z2 is a great device and we highly recommend it.
Sony Xperia Z2 Rivals:
Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
HTC One M8
HTC One E8
Oppo Find 7
Sony Xperia Z3