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Sony Xperia Z2 Unboxing and First Impressions

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The Sony Xperia Z2 is finally in our possession. After being announced at MWC in February, Sony’s new flagship has been pretty hard to come by, thanks to shipping delays and the terrible news that the phone won’t arrive in the US until the summer as an unlocked model. And even though the Verizon model that was spotted last week was shot down as being nothing more than a mock-up, this phone has remained on our radar. So, like we always seem to, we made sure to pick one up because the readers of this site have made it clear that they want more of the Z2. 

I can’t say that I blame anyone for getting excited about the Xperia Z2. It was the first to feature a Snapdragon 801, carries 3GB RAM, 5.2-inch FHD Triluminos display, a 20.7MP camera, 16GB of on-board storage, a micro SD slot that supports up to 128GB cards, and a 3200mAh battery. It also runs Android 4.4.2. By all means, this is a flagship phone that belongs in the fight with the Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8).

To begin our coverage of the Xperia Z2, we thought we would first start off with a faux unboxing coupled with our first impressions. You will find all of that in the video below, plus a quick size comparison of the Z2 to the One (M8).

After you get done watching this clip, keep it locked, because we have more in-store for the Z2. And again, even if it won’t show up in the US for a couple of months, we want you to be prepared. Let’s do this.

  • Jamie Lobo

    Does any1 have a concrete idea as to which Earphones are bundled with the XZ2 in inda

  • JoshHenry

    Z2 VS M8 PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THERES LIKE ONLY ONE COMPARISON VIDEO UP AND NOT BY AN AMERICAN. GO IN DEPTH!

  • dtg

    I had a Z1 for a week. Had to trade it for a nexus. The screen was soooooo bad.

  • hoosiercub88

    I really hope this finds it’s way to Verizon, even late, just not next year late.

  • paul_cus

    Such a nice phone. It’s just too tall. A Z2 Compact would be perfect.

  • S.Ober

    This phone is already being sold in the US unlocked for 800 and the Verizon thing isn’t actually dead yet.

    • Derryank

      Verizon not dead….can you elaborate on this? I’d love to grab this device on the Big Red….

  • Ameshican

    I want it. Will be my first experience w/ a Sony device.

  • OF

    Damn! Shawty gots mad bezel!

  • Karan Shrof Karan Shrof

    I like it, waiting to be launch in India

  • abhele

    make this a GPE and im in!

  • yummy

    Damn. I thought yesterday was Friday, and went all Friday on people, now I wake up today, and its Friday. What to do. Sony, eh, eh? Put your bran muffim down, “LG gonna get my loot, cause you fogues are too slow. ”
    Thankyou, have another nice Friday

  • MK20051

    Unboxing?? That thing looks like it is still boxed. It reminds me of a larger Droid X.

  • James Vincent

    If I wasn’t 9months into my contract with my htc one, I’d consider the Z2 when it hits UK in June. But I feel it’s UI is a little bland. Like HTC has Sense, Samsung has Touchwiz. [Not that I’d have another Samsung] Or maybe I’m missing something that makes Sony’s UI & skin special???

  • http://cosimple.com/ Harshit Sharma

    Great competition. Sony again wondered.

  • ROR1997

    I like sony, but I would really have to spend time with one before actually make a 2 year commitment to it.

    • Sqube

      Assuming you’re American:
      – Dump your contract
      – Learn to love Swappa

      • Chris King

        Problem with swappa its really getting oversaturated so its harder and harder to sell on there.

        • BillySuede

          this. swappa’s not a secret anymore so the value of the phones plummet quickly.

      • ROR1997

        I’ve used swappa before with my old phones, i like it. Problem is, I’m 16 and on my Parents plan. Lol

  • Eddie Spageddie

    I’ve been keeping tabs on this phone for the past few weeks ever since my contract w/Verizon came up for renewal, but no waiting around once the G3 becomes available in 3 weeks!

  • mu

    That phablet looks too big for your hand. No handed use for you.

    • mu

      *one handed :(

  • Rod

    Lots of stutter. On a Snap 801-powered device.

    Untasteful

  • Suman Gandham

    You need to get your hands on the ZL2 Kellen… more suitable for non-giants!

    http://www.gsmarena.com/sony_announces_the_xperia_zl2_in_japan-news-8466.php

    • paul_cus

      The ZL was great. The display was the only downfall.

      • Suman Gandham

        Hopefully they sort that out in the ZL2!

  • Manbearpig

    Here’s hoping for some ps4 integration! Screen mirroring would be nice!

  • Matt Meredith

    I got my Xperia Z2 last week and have been loving it every day since!

  • Chris King

    I would give this a shot of any of the other ones. Growing tired of the same tired phones from the same manufacturers. Specs really don’t matter anymore as my old s4 can do anything as fast as my daughters g2. We’ve gotten to the point where ever thing is just a one up now.

    • Chris King

      I really want to check out the note 4 though. I still kick myself for trading my n2 for s4

  • http://simsogiare.vn/ nguyen van tot

    First Impression. “Throw it to the ground!!!!”

  • GL

    Last gen 801 processor, no thanks. 805s coming out next month.

    • maxx1987

      lol

    • Maxim∑

      sorry, snapdragon 810 coming this summer, 805 way out of date.

      • Jprime

        815 next year

      • joemama

        805 way out of date?…hmmm.

    • flosserelli

      If you always delay your purchases because of what is coming next month/quarter, then you will never buy anything.

    • cizzlen

      Same here. I’ll pass. I’m actually waiting on the 2020 version to come out :P

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    WOOOW!…. FINALLY. Never thought I’d see the day……:-)

    • The Narrator

      It’s quite sexy

  • Kenny Woodard

    This phone was on eBay deals today for almost $800.. *cough* ripoff *cough*

  • guest

    But the Z2 wont use the full camera power. Just like the Z1 it is hindered by software. Xposed has a mod to use the full camera of the Z1.

    • flosserelli

      I would expect a similar Xposed module for the Z2. No guarantee, of course.

  • samosa prince

    The XPERIA Z2 is actually a promising smartphone. My sister has one and the screen is insanely good. Sony is finally listening to it’s consumers and is taking action by fixing what they did wrong on the XPERIA Z1 to the Z2.

  • lasthought

    Z2 or G3!?!

    • Godzilla

      G3, not even a contest IMO

      • LiterofCola

        It’s an LG. Nope.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Well the G3 isn’t official.

  • Godzilla

    First Impression. “Throw it to the ground!!!!”

    • Ian

      Much to your benefit, Disqus did away with down votes.

  • Guest

    Z2 or G3?!?!

    • moew

      I think you meant Z2 or G2!!!! They are both at 5.2″, but IIRC the Z2 has a lot more chin and weight.

      Might a small tradeoff for the water-resistance-that-might-be-water-proof on the Z2.

      Next video might show the specs against the G2/droid_maxx/S5/, or the powerhouses with larger batteries… oh wait, remove the S5.

      • The Narrator

        It’s fully waterproof on the Z2.

        • moew

          Partially waterproof. Read the specs. Go down too deep, and poof, it’s done for.

          • M Scott

            Heh heh…you said go down. (Way ahead of you, I’m already punching myself)

          • The Narrator

            Okay let’s just say “More waterproof than any other phone out there”.

          • joemama

            It seems u plan to use it while scuba-diving do ya?

          • calculatorwatch

            Lol I was gonna say the same thing, as long as you can actually fully submerge it in water occasionally that’s the most I can imagine I’d ever need waterproofing for.

  • http://tommydaniel.com Tommy Thompson

    You should have an auto mode VS manual mode shoot out.

  • Colton

    I always want to like Sony phones so badly. Something just turns me off, but I can’t pinpoint it.

    • Carlos Lopez

      Software?

      • Colton

        I guess that might have to do with it, but even a Google Play Edition just doesn’t cut it for me.

    • crazed_z06

      Those icons are kinda ugly

      • Godzilla

        fugly

      • ronnypoo

        nova launcher says hi

    • Godzilla

      the bezel, the UI, the updates, etc etc etc

      • Colton

        hahaha TOUCHÉ

      • Laissez-Faire Rothbardian

        I personally hate the UI. They should just stick to vanilla android, seriously.

      • The Narrator

        Waterproof, one of the best cameras, 3gb ram, 3200 mAh, SD slot, front speakers, better than HTC/Samsung

        • Godzilla

          LOL, please.

          • The Narrator

            If somebody didn’t want a G3, it’s easily the 2nd best of 2014 so far

          • Chuggowitz

            It seems the best (perhaps, if you only look at tech specs), but it certainly isn’t a comfortable phone. I may hate the galaxy, but at least it feels decent in your hand.

          • The Narrator

            Most consumers don’t GAF about that, lol

          • MicroNix

            Sorry but by the time this hits the US it is going to be old news. If you can’t run with the big dogs and release it worldwide like Samsung, you’ve failed.

          • morteum

            I don’t think where and when they choose to release it makes it a bad phone. I’d buy one before I got a Galaxy S5. Probably over the HTC One as well.

        • Eric R.

          One of the worst displays.

          • The Narrator

            They fixed it after the Z1, if you bothered to read any impressions on it. This and the Tablet Z2 offer some of the best screens

        • michael arazan

          And the possibility that Verizon actually get’s a new phone.

          Hope K slaps a VZW sim in there to see if it works.

          Also the thing that makes it look odd is that its square design makes it look like a windows phone.

        • LiterofCola

          Exactly

      • http://androidintvfilm.tumblr.com/ wade_county

        I agree the bezel is quite large on Xperia devices. But Sony’s Omnibalance is gorgeous, the UI isn’t that bad and the updates is rather quick compared to others. Especially since they focus more than the flagship device of that year.

        • flosserelli

          All waterproof phones have larger bezels than nonwaterproof phones. It is a tradeoff. You can’t have a waterproof phone that has virtually no bezel.

      • Mark Mann

        I would rate sony’s ui as better than sense and tw, second only to moto

        • Wayne Peterkin

          Ha! I had the z1s and trust me, nothing but garbage. I don’t know what Sony did wrong but that thing also couldn’t multitask at all. I now have the M8 and everything is better save for the camera.

        • cizzlen

          As a One lover, I would agree. Too bad about it’s availability though.

      • Droid Ronin

        I actually like the Xperia UI. It’s not as overbearing and unintuitive as Touchwiz.

    • The Narrator

      Because they never make it to the US. That’s the only bad thing about them, everything else screams high end.

      • LiterofCola

        Everybody I show this phone to has said that they’d buy it in a heartbeat.

    • Mark Mann

      My only complaint with the xperia z, atrocious battery life

    • MKader17

      There lack of US support.

  • HowDoIShotWeb

    I just picked up a Z1, after a few days use the Z2 is easily my next phone.