Sony Xperia Z2 loses weight, looks stunning, runs on a fast processor and has one of the best cameras in the market. Is it perfect? Not quite, but its almost there.
Sony has been struggling to make a serious impression in the Indian mobile market and this is not because of its product quality but rather the customer’s mindset about the brand’s offerings. The Japanese electronics giant tried to boost its Xperia Z1 sales when they announced the brand ambassador would be Katrina Kaif. Unfortunately, there were only onlookers admiring the Bollywood heartthrob on the billboards rather than buying the phone. However, life must go on and now Sony has come out with – what is according to them – their smartest phone ever. So we, at autoX, find out whether it is just another tagline or the phone remains true to the company’s claims.
The Xperia Z2’s looks may come across as slightly boxy, but the combination of metal-and-glass design makes it one of the most attractive looking Android phones in the market. With an enormous 5.2-inch display, the Z2 needs to be operated with both hands but Sony has managed to keep the Z2 slim as its thickness, or should I rather say thinness, is just 8.2mm. The bottom line is that is looks like a high-end phone, as it should, unlike a certain South Korean company’s flagship mobile phone.
Traditionally, Sony’s displays, may it be TVs or mobiles, have always been more on the lines of better clarity and capturing natural colours. But ever since Samsung upped the ante with lively vibrant colours, the Japanese maker’s display started to look jaded, so thankfully now the Z2 gets a brand new 1080p panel with eye catching brightness and contrast.
The 20.7 megapixel camera fitted to the Z2 is borrowed from the Z1, which is a plus, because using its high resolution photos option, the image quality is the closest you can get to a point and shoot digital camera. The Z2’s camera app provides many features like quirky backgrounds, manual controls for white balance, ISO, EV etc. But you need to spend time with the phone to understand and get familiar with the controls.
This smart phone is armed with Android’s latest operating system, Kitkat. Though the OS is flawless and user friendly, Sony has customised the skin too much. As a result you are busy fending off the company’s different media and social widgets.
Hardware wise, the Z2 has one of the fastest processors, the 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM. It runs smoothly but tends to start stuttering when too many applications are running simultaneously, like video recording in 4k or games.
The Z2 is a good looking phone and will put its rivals to shame, apart from perhaps the HTC One M8. And apart from the much-improved display, above average battery life, it also comes with quite loud and audible speakers. It is quite a safe bet to go for the Z2 as far as the phone’s functioning and features are concerned, but if there’s one thing that might go against it is its large size. At a premium price of Rs. 45,890, the Z2 lives up to its best smartphone ever made by Sony tag but unfortunately it does not bring anything radically different from its rivals apart from being waterproof.