Sony Xperia Z2 vs. HTC One (M8)

We are in full Sony Xperia Z2 review preparation mode after having the phone in hand through the weekend. For the moment, that means one thing – comparisons. In our first of two comparisons, we have put the HTC One (M8) up against Sony’s newest flagship, giving our own thoughts on the specs, hardware design, display quality, camera UIs, and more.

Both the Xperia Z2 and One (M8) carry very similar specs, but that is about the only similarity here. On a camera front, we all know that HTC went with a somewhat-risky 4MP sensor (plus a secondary depth sensor), whereas Sony is using a large 20.7MP shooter. The hardware couldn’t be more different, either. HTC has gone with an all-metal unibody exterior that is rounded to perfection to create smartphone luxury, while Sony went with a combo of glass, metal, and plastic to form a body that is quite square for a modern smartphone. If you look at their two takes on an Android skin, you will again see how different the design philosophies are. Finally, I have to say that battery life on the Xperia Z2 has been out-of-this-world good. I only had to charge the device once over the weekend, while working extra hard on day two to try and kill it.

After watching the comparison clip below, be sure to let us know what else you would like to see from the Xperia Z2. Finally, be on the lookout for a similar video featuring the Galaxy S5.  (more…)

Verizon Sony Xperia Z2 Shows Up on Official Sony Site, Again

The last time we saw the Verizon version of Sony Xperia Z2 show up in an official photo from Sony, the photo was brushed off as being nothing more than a “mock-up” that was mistakenly posted. I wonder what the excuse will be this time. Spotted by readers of ours on Sony’s own Xperia Z2 Korean product page, we once again have the 2014 flagship with a Verizon logo branding its body. Of course, since being spotted last night, Sony has removed the image in favor of a phone with only Sony branding, but again, it was there. The proof sits above you.  (more…)

Sony Xperia Z2 Unboxing and First Impressions

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.  (more…)

And Here is the Verizon Sony Xperia Z2 (Updated)

Over the weekend, a report quoted Sony as saying that the Xperia Z2 would not make its way to US shores any time soon and would instead only be available at some point as an unlocked device sold through Sony’s website. While that still may be the case, what the heck is the official Sony Xperia Google+ page doing, posting an image of the Sony Xperia Z2 with Verizon branding? See it? See that big ol’ “Verizon” logo at the top of the device in the spot where it would normally say “Sony?”  (more…)

Forget the Sony Xperia Z2, It’s not Coming to the US Any Time Soon

On the DL Show, we often talk about how irrelevant Sony is in the US smartphone race because they can’t seem to launch any of their phones over here in a timely manner. From the Xperia Z1 to their tablets to countless other phones in the past, many of the products they announce typically find their way to our shores when they are old enough in tech terms that there are much better options worth considering. It’s unfortunate, and was a trend we were hoping would be bucked when the company announced its new 2014 flagship, the Xperia Z2. Unfortunately, it looks like Sony has let us down again.  (more…)

Sony Xperia Z2 Camera Ranked Above Nokia 808 Pureview, Better Than All Other Smartphones Tested

If you have been looking for a great camera in a smartphone, Sony’s Xperia Z2 may be up to snuff. According to tests conducted by DxO Labs, the 20.7MP BSI CMOS sensor is no slouch whatsoever, taking the highest score ever for a mobile device in their camera benchmark.

The first phase of the test was shooting still images. The Xperia Z2 was able to secure the highest score in the DxOMark database for stills, and took pictures impressively. Colors were accurate, noise levels were generally low, and details were sharp.  (more…)