Xperia Z2 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/xperia-z2/all en-SG HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2: the weigh-in http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2-weigh/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Two of Android’s most powerful handsets go head-to-head in our spec-off </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-xperia-z2-vs-htc-one-m8.jpg?1397790885" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Yesterday saw the official launch of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-m8-finally-announced-here-are-10-things-you-need-know/news">HTC One (M8)</a>, and our pre-announcement suspicions were correct: it&rsquo;s a beast of a phone when it comes to specifications.</p> <p>But how does HTC&rsquo;s new range-topper measure up against another flagship Android smartphone, the soon-to-be-launched Sony Xperia Z2? Ladies and gents, join us as we take an in-depth look&hellip;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design: not quite the same One </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At first glance you could be forgiven for confusing both of these phones with their predecessors.</p> <p>The HTC One (M8) is fairly similar to the original One on the outside, the main differences being its dual lens rear camera, its dual LED flash and the on-screen buttons replacing hardware controls. As far as the body itself goes, there&#39;s more metal and less plastic, while the metal is slightly more burnished and its brushed effect more pronounced. The&nbsp;corners are also slightly more rounded. So its DNA is largely derived from the 2013 HTC One, and that&rsquo;s something everyone should be happy about, because the 2013 HTC One is simply one of the best-constructed smartphones around. That the 2014 One shares its beautifully engineered, rock-solid aluminium unibody is to its credit &ndash; and you can read more about that in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/stuff-cool-list-2013-how-htc-designed-world-s-most-desirable-phone/feature">our look at how the One was designed</a>. The One (M8) weighs 160g and is 9.4mm thick.</p> <p>The Sony Xperia Z2 has less in common with the Xperia Z1 than the One (M8) does with the One, but Sony&rsquo;s phones still bear a strong family resemblance: as with the HTC phone, the Z2 blends glass and metal near-seamlessly, and like its forebear it&rsquo;s fully sealed against water and dust &ndash; you can take the Z2 into the shower or bathtub with you for up to 30 minutes and it will not mind one little bit.</p> <p>Despite its slightly larger screen (5.2in to 5in), the Z2 is a fair bit skinnier than the HTC One (M8) at just 8.2mm in depth. It does weigh a tiny bit more however: 163g.</p> <p>Looks-wise, both phones are handsome in their own way. The One (M8) is a little brasher and bolder in its lines and use of brushed metal, and just as that might appeal to certain people, we can certainly imagine others preferring Sony&rsquo;s altogether more understated approach.</p> <p>Overall it&rsquo;s tough to call a winner before we&rsquo;ve had the chance to handle both phones on a longer-term basis. Both appear to be extremely solidly constructed (although the Sony&rsquo;s IP55/IP58 protection suggests it&rsquo;s the hardier handset) and each has its own unique appeal when it comes to design. Until we&rsquo;ve reviewed both phones fully, we&rsquo;re calling this round a draw.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> Undeclared for now</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/mwc-2014/video-sony-xperia-z2-hands-review/video">Sony Xperia Z2 hands-on video review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8)" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-back-front.jpg?1397790885" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z2" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-hands-on_0.jpg?1397790885" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen time </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Full HD has firmly established itself as the minimum standard display resolution for flagship smartphones, and both the Sony Xperia Z2 and HTC One (M8) offer screens with 1920 x 1080 pixels.</p> <p>The One (M8) has a 5in display, while the Xperia Z2 offers a 5.2in screen. That makes the (M8)&rsquo;s pixel density slightly higher, but you&rsquo;d have to have the eyes of a hawk to see any real difference in sharpness deriving from that. At the time of writing we&rsquo;ve yet to test the Z2, but the One (M8)&rsquo;s screen is sharp with &ldquo;satisfyingly vibrant&rdquo; colours and solid off-axis viewing angles.</p> <p>Based on specs and size along, this one&rsquo;s too close to call. We&rsquo;ll have to spend some time with both phones before we can judge which has the better screen.</p> <p><strong>Winner: </strong>Undeclared for now</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/4-reasons-youll-really-really-want-htc-one-m8/feature">4 reasons why you&#39;ll really, really want an HTC One (M8)</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z2" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-screen.jpg?1397790885" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8)" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-screen.jpg?1397790885" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera: a tale of two lenses </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony has made the Xperia Z2&rsquo;s camera one of its defining features. It uses a 20.7MP sensor that&rsquo;s physically large (1/2.3in in size) for more light-gathering capabilities. The camera features a Background Defocus mode, which takes two shots and merges them together to give the impression of a short depth of field. On the video front, it can record 4K footage (at a resolution of 3840 x 2160) or 120fps 720p footage for super slo-mo playback, and SteadyShot image stabilisation helps videos look rock solid even when your hands aren&rsquo;t.</p> <p>HTC has also put a lot of effort into the One (M8)&rsquo;s photo and video skills. As with the original One, the rear camera uses an UltraPixel sensor &ndash; in this case each pixel is 2 micrometres in size and the sensor itself is 1/3in. The number of actual megapixels is low though: just 4MP, like the original One. What it means is that low light images are less noisy and sharper, but also that you can&rsquo;t zoom in to crop your shots without them looking blocky. This time there&rsquo;s an iPhone 5s-style dual LED flash to help deliver more natural-looking skin tones and, most interestingly, a second rear camera that captures &ldquo;depth information&rdquo;; this essentially allows you to refocus shots after you&rsquo;ve taken them (a little like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lytro/review">Lytro</a> camera). On the video front, there&rsquo;s 1080p but no 4K.</p> <p>On the front-facing camera, er, front, the One (M8)&rsquo;s has a 5MP sensor and 1080p video capabilities, while the Xperia Z2&rsquo;s has a 2.2MP sensor, also compatible with 1080p. The One (M8), on paper at least, is the better selfie-taking tool.</p> <p>While we&rsquo;ll wait on our Sony Xperia Z2 full review results before making a final judgement, it seems like the two handsets each offer something slightly different: in bright conditions, the Z2&rsquo;s high megapixel count should mean excellent detail in shots, while the One (M8) may well offer the best low-light performance (plus the ability to &ldquo;save&rdquo; out-of-focus images thanks to the second rear lens). The Sony also offers better video capture, and we&rsquo;re just leaning towards it as our weigh-in winner.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> Sony Xperia Z2</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8)&#039;s dual lens rear camera" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-dual-cameras.jpg?1397790885" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z2 camera app" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-camera_1.jpg?1397790885" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both the Sony Xperia Z2 and HTC One (M8) feature a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 running at 2.3GHz, but Sony pairs it with 3GB of RAM while HTC has plumped for 2GB.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve yet to review the Xperia Z2 and run it through the usual benchmarks, but given that the HTC One (M8) scored 36,149 in AnTuTu we&rsquo;re expecting something a little higher. And the (M8) is the fastest phone we&rsquo;ve ever tested here at Stuff.</p> <p>HTC has created a beast of a smartphone which, during our hours with it, has ploughed through HD movies, graphics-heavy games, benchmarking tools and more with nary a stutter. And as long as Sony hasn&rsquo;t done something odd with the Z2, it should be even better than that.</p> <p>In terms of battery life, the HTC One (M8)&rsquo;s 2600mAh performed admirably in our review, matching the LG G2 in our normal battery rundown test (a drain of 6 per cent per hour with looped HD video at half brightness and all data turned on). We have yet to see how the Xperia Z2 copes with the same test, but its 3000mAh battery should, in theory, deliver slightly more life (even accounting for the larger screen size).</p> <p>The Z2 seems to hold a slight edge over the One (M8) thanks to its extra GB of RAM and larger capacity battery. We&rsquo;ll know for sure after we&rsquo;ve benchmarked and tested it.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> Sony Xperia Z2</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-sony-xperia-z2-weigh/feature">Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2: the weigh-in</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z2" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-elysium.jpg?1397790885" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8) showing AnTuTu" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 AnTuTu" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-antutu.jpg?1397790885" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> User interface and OS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both phones use Android 4.4 KitKat for their operating system, but each has its manufacturer&rsquo;s own touches applied.</p> <p>The HTC One (M8) has the new Sense 6.0 interface, which builds on previous versions by improving BlinkFeed, HTC&rsquo;s &ldquo;social reader&rdquo; which brings automatic updates from your favourite sources to the home screen. Previously sources were limited to official partners, but now you can add any site with an RSS feed and the software also learns which sites you like best and thus prioritises them. Other nice touches include the ability to turn on the screen by tapping it twice, or to swipe from various sides to go straight into BlinkFeed, your last-opened app or your home screen.</p> <p>Sony traditionally goes for a more hands-off approach when skinning Android, but it has made a few tweaks for the Z2.</p> <p>One of these is a Smart Backlight feature, which automatically turns off the screen when you&rsquo;re no longer looking at it - good news for battery life.&nbsp;You&#39;ll also be able to answer or reject calls via hand gestures, and as with the One (M8) you can wake the phone with a simple double-tap. Finally, there&#39;s&nbsp;support for Glove Mode &ndash; a boon in chilly weather.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> Draw</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/htc-one-m8-vs-iphone-5s/feature">Apple iPhone 5s vs HTC One (M8): the weigh-in</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Blinkfeed on the HTC One (M8)" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 Blinkfeed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-blinkfeed.jpg?1397790885" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While the HTC One (M8) is a wonderful phone that we&rsquo;ve actually been able to review, it seems that the Sony Xperia Z2 is better on paper &ndash; albeit marginally.</p> <p>Without fully testing the Z2 we can&rsquo;t say with 100 per cent certainty that&nbsp;it&rsquo;s the superior phone,&nbsp;but in a couple of areas &ndash; on paper, at least &ndash; it edges out the One (M8). But it&rsquo;s going to be a very close-run thing either way, and if you&rsquo;re in the market for a new Android phone we&rsquo;d suggest you wait until our full review before making your choice.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8) review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review">Sony Xperia Z2 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Both look so pretty, but there can be only one </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-vs-htc-one-m8.jpg?1397790885" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2-weigh/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2-weigh/feature#comments HTC One (M8) Smartphones Sony Xperia Z2 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 03:14:47 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1434389 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Two titans of tech - but which has made the better smartphone? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Samsung Galaxy S5 (left) and Sony Xperia Z2" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/s5-vs-z2-main.jpg?1397311197" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5</a>. The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z2-sirius/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z2</a>. Two new flagship smartphones, both running Android, both pulsing with quad-core power &ndash; and each claiming to be the handset that&rsquo;ll win your heart and steal your soul (for the duration of a 24-month contract, at least).</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design and build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A tough round. Let&rsquo;s start with build quality. Both the S5 and Z2 are built to withstand the caprices of the British climate, being fully waterproof (to IP67 standard in the case of the S5, IP55 for the Sony) &ndash; but there the similarities end.</p> <p>The Samsung Galaxy S5 has, like previous Galaxy S series phones, a removable rear panel (which lets you get to the swappable battery and additional storage), but despite this it feels solid enough. We say &ldquo;enough&rdquo; because, while there&rsquo;s not much flex or creakiness here, if you crank up the speaker loud enough you can hear this back panel vibrating like a frightened puppy in a snowstorm. Not what we&rsquo;d expect from a flagship phone ideally. And yet, despite the heavy reliance on plastic (sorry, polycarbonate), the S5 is the most solidly made phone Samsung has ever produced.</p> <p>The build quality of the Sony Xperia Z2 allows for no such bad vibrations. Glass and metal seemingly fuse together into a seamless block. This is more like it, you might think, but there&rsquo;s something that feels a bit wrong here, and it&rsquo;s not the solidity &ndash; it&rsquo;s the size and shape, with the big old blockiness of the Z2 making it uncomfortable to hold in one hand compared to the S5.</p> <p>In terms of looks, the Sony walks all over the Samsung. No surprises there: despite steadily improving the appearance of the Galaxy S series, Samsung is forever struggling to design a truly desirable phone. There&rsquo;s nothing cool about the dimpled plastic back of the S5; in fact it&rsquo;s all a bit <em>TOWIE</em>. The Z2, on the other hand, is tasteful and understated &ndash; almost as ravishing as an iPhone 5s.</p> <p>That said, we&rsquo;re going to give this round to the S5 &ndash; just. While the Z2 has the beating of it in aesthetics and solidity, its size and shape are just too much to get past, especially considering the similarity in screen sizes.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Samsung Galaxy S5</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-galaxy-s4-eight-reasons-upgrade/feature" target="_blank">8 reasons to upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy S5</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Blue dimples versus sleek glass" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/build_0.jpg?1397311197" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The two handsets are similarly kitted-out when it comes to displays. The Galaxy S5 boasts a 5.1in 1080p Super AMOLED screen (that&rsquo;s 432ppi, pixel density fans), while the Sony Z2 offers a 5.2in 1080p LCD screen (424ppi) with Sony&rsquo;s proprietary Live Colour LED tech.</p> <p>The Samsung&rsquo;s screen delivers brilliant brightness (making it easy to read outdoors) and vivid colours, while the Sony is adept at punchy contrast and fine detail, and has remedied the poor viewing angles of the Z1 to ensure images retain their impact even with off-axis viewing. It&rsquo;s a little less bright than the Samsung, though, which makes outdoor viewing less of a strength.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re calling this one a tie. While the screens don&rsquo;t offer the same picture, both produce lovely images in their own right &ndash; and we can&rsquo;t say with any certainty that one is better than the other overall.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/sony-xperia-z2-tablet/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Both phones feature 1080p wonder-screens" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/screen_0.jpg?1397311197" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Samsung S5&rsquo;s 16MP camera is ideal for everyday shooting. It has a remarkably swift autofocus &ndash; quite possibly the quickest we&rsquo;ve seen on a phone in fact&nbsp;&ndash; and in good lighting it produces shots with accurate colour, punchy contrast and fine detail. It also comes with an effective new HDR mode that helps to deliver good results where there&rsquo;s both bright and dark areas to shoot. In low light, however, it&rsquo;s merely acceptable, with more grain than a couple of jars of French mustard creeping in.</p> <p>The Sony Z2&rsquo;s 20.7MP camera is in another league altogether, however. It&rsquo;s probably, in fact, the best camera ever seen on a smartphone, focusing accurately and at speed and producing stills with more detail, more accurate exposure and punchier contrast than the S5. It also works better in dim conditions, although not quite as effectively as the HTC One (M8). You may have to wrestle a little with its manual controls to get the best possible shots, but put in the work and you&rsquo;ll end up with images no other phone can match (with the possible exception of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lumia-1020/nokia-lumia-1020/review" target="_blank">Nokia Lumia 1020</a>).</p> <p>Both phones can shoot 4K and 1080p video. The Z2 has an alarming tendency to heat up during 4K filming and abruptly stop after a couple of minutes, but Sony is working on a fix for this; the Samsung suffers no such problems.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Sony Xperia Z2</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review" target="_blank">Samsung Gear 2 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Sony Z2 is probably better at taking photos than your compact camera" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/camera_0.jpg?1397311197" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both smartphones boast the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor (the Z2&rsquo;s clocked at 2.3GHz, the S5&rsquo;s at 2.5GHz), while the Z2 rocks 3GB of RAM to the S5&rsquo;s 2GB.</p> <p>Benchmark-wise, the Samsung scored 29,730 in AnTuTu, while the Sony achieved 32,504; on Geekbench 3 the Samsung edges it with 2551 to the Sony&rsquo;s 2489. In real-world performance, both are blazingly quick phones that tear through the trickiest of tasks with barely a stutter. Neither is without its minor issues, however. The Sony Z2 gets disconcertingly warm very quickly, while the Samsung S5 exhibits the occasional bit of lag.</p> <p>On the storage front, the Sony comes with 16GB of storage, while Samsung offers a choice between 16GB and 32GB; Both support microSD cards, allowing you to add up to 128GB of extra space.</p> <p>All told, we&rsquo;re inclined to call this one a dead heat again. The Sony is a mite less laggy, while the Samsung offers the most storage and less unwanted toastiness.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/10-best-apps-sony-xperia-z1-compact/feature" target="_blank">The 10 best apps for the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Sony&#039;s 4K mode tends to turn the heat up" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-camera-features_0.png?1397311197" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung has maintained its removable battery stance with the S5, so you can buy extra 2800mAh cells to ensure long trips don&rsquo;t leave you phone-less. A single battery charge will last you a full day with normal use, and the helpful Ultra Power Saving Mode will ditch unnecessary apps and services and even turn the screen to grayscale in order to eke out the last dregs of a fading battery.</p> <p>The Z2&rsquo;s non-removable battery has a 3200mAh capacity but doesn&rsquo;t deliver noticeable longer life than the S5. It also offers Sony&rsquo;s own Stamina mode to preserve use.</p> <p>This round is neck-and-neck when it comes to how the phone deals with a single battery, but due to the fact you can swap the S5&rsquo;s dead cells for a fresh one, we&rsquo;ve got to hand the points to Samsung.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Samsung Galaxy S5</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5-long-term-test/feature" target="_blank">Galaxy S5? You&#39;ll never tempt me away from my Nexus 5</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Look! A removeable battery" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-s5-battery.jpg?1397311197" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UI </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both phones run the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system with a few of their manufacturer&rsquo;s tweaks on top.</p> <p>The S5 comes with the latest version of Samsung&rsquo;s TouchWiz UI, and it&rsquo;s the best yet, doing away with most of the bloatware and sporting a much cleaner look. It can be a little overwhelming at times, however, with over-populated menus leading to some confusion.</p> <p>Sony has kept things simpler with the Z2. It&rsquo;s almost the &#39;pure&#39; Android 4.4 that you&rsquo;d see on one of Google&rsquo;s own Nexus devices, and to be honest most people will prefer that to Samsung&rsquo;s TouchWiz meddlings, however much it might have improved &ndash; it&rsquo;s cleaner, neater and less confusing.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Sony Xperia Z2</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/g2/htc-one-m8-vs-lg-g2/feature" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) vs LG G2</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Sony goes for a cleaner Android experience" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-Android_0.png?1397311197" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Xperia Z2 doesn&rsquo;t have much in the way of &#39;marquee&#39; or unusual features, with Sony seemingly content to rely on its design, performance and key stuff such as the camera and waterproofing to attract attention. The one standout we would highlight? The front-facing stereo speakers, which mean impressive audio without the need for headphones.</p> <p>The Galaxy S5, on the other hand, comes packed to the gills with bells and whistles: as well as all the eye- and gesture-tracking tech that debuted with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S4</a>, there are new additions including the fingerprint scanner (not as slick as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5s</a>&rsquo;, but still handy both for screen unlocking and approving mobile payments) and the health-based features. With a heart-rate monitor built into the S5, it&rsquo;s easy to become addicted to seeing how your activity affects your pulse &ndash; and that&rsquo;s a handy way to make yourself fitter.</p> <p>No doubt about this round: the S5 walks it.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Samsung Galaxy S5</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/htc-one-m8-vs-iphone-5s/feature" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) vs Apple iPhone 5s</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The S5&#039;s heart-rate monitor in action" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-s5-heart-monitor.jpg?1397311197" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While both the Sony and Samsung are fantastic examples of flagship smartphones and neither will let you down, we feel that the Samsung edges out its rival by a small but noticeable margin. The Xperia Z2 might be prettier, more solidly put together and capable of capturing better photos, but most people will find the Galaxy S5 an easier phone to live with day-to-day, thanks to its hand-friendlier design, features and extras such as a replaceable battery.</p> <p>But don&rsquo;t forget that there are other new phones out there to consider too. Before making any buying decisions, you&#39;ll want to find out how the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8/feature" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 fares against the HTC One (M8)</a>, and to check out our list of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">top 10 smartphones in the world</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8/feature" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 best smartphones in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/galaxy-s5-vs-xperia-z2-1_1.jpg?1397311197" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature#comments Galaxy S5 Samsung Smartphones Sony Xperia Z2 Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:27:04 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1435330 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony Xperia Z2 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z2-sirius/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Quality is king for Sony’s latest slab of Xperia smartphone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="940" height="705" title="Sony Xperia Z2 review" alt="Sony Xperia Z2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/z2_0.jpg?1397266270" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Smartphones are all about compromises. Squeezing a hi-res screen, compact-level camera and huge battery into something the size of a Kit-Kat isn&rsquo;t easy. Usually, something has to give.</p> <p>Unless, it seems, you&rsquo;re Sony. The Xperia Z2 makes almost zero compromises - on screen, sound, camera or battery life. So it&rsquo;s perfect, right? Well, it&rsquo;s close. It turns out this 5.2in slab of metal and glass won&rsquo;t even compromise its stunning design for something as important as the size and shape of human hands.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> S$998.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Premium design </div> <div class="field-item even"> Gorgeous screen that’s perfect for movies </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Waterproof </div> <div class="field-item even"> Smartphone camera worthy of the Sony name </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Premium price </div> <div class="field-item even"> Big, uncompromising build gets awkward </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Bits of bloatware </div> <div class="field-item even"> Only 16GB of storage built in </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Why so soon? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/honami/sony-xperia-honami-z1/review" target="_blank">Xperia Z1</a>&nbsp;just six months old, this new Sony flagship could be accused of making only incremental upgrades. However, the Z2 is more than just a rejigged Z1, thanks to a new 5.2in screen which Sony has cleverly engineered into a thinner and lighter body. The 20.7MP sensor in the camera is also slightly bigger, capable of shooting 4K video and comes with new features.</p> <p>The Z2 also arrives with KitKat out of the box too - the Z1&rsquo;s still waiting for its own upgrade. But it&rsquo;s in its screen and camera smarts that the Sony really shines...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3252295021001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3252295021001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A Screen to lock yourself away with </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Z1&rsquo;s 1080p screen was big, colourful and pin-sharp, but it suffered from one major problem - poor viewing angles. Watched off axis, colours would fade away horribly and text would become tricky to make out.</p> <p>Not so the Z2, which has improved things immeasurably. Viewing angles on the new 5.2in IPS display may not be quite perfect, but it&rsquo;s no longer a critical flaw.</p> <p>And it&rsquo;s not the only way the Z2 improves on the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/honami/sony-xperia-honami-z1/review" target="_blank">Z1&rsquo;s screen</a>. Colours - which were already eye-popping - are now even more vivid thanks to Sony&rsquo;s new Live Colour LED tech. Stick on a full HD video and you&rsquo;ll also notice that contrast is awesome and detail plentiful. Apps, emails and webpages look crisp and clean and you can even geek out and tweak the white balance. The viewing experience is further enhanced by the clear and loud stereo speakers, which Sony has moved to the front of phone and which rival the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)&rsquo;s</a>&nbsp;for quality, if not volume.</p> <p>For settling down at home or giving Planet Earth another viewing on the train, the Sony&rsquo;s screen is simply superb. Living with it, there are a couple of niggles to consider. Firstly, the black, featureless front of the Z2 is a fiend for reflecting light and seems to delight in showing up both fingerprints and specks of dust. Secondly, it&rsquo;s not quite as bright as the likes of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5</a>, making its rival a better bet for outdoor use.</p> <p>Then there&rsquo;s Sony&rsquo;s X-Reality engine - a feature which supposedly enhances the picture, but which in our time with it seemed to overdo things. It might be switched on as default, but turning it off is one of the first things we&rsquo;d do. And finally, as beautiful as 1080p movies look in Sony&rsquo;s own app, in every other video player app the picture looks dim even cranked up to full brightness. Which is a shame.</p> <p>So it&rsquo;s not perfect, then, but none of these flaws are major, and in almost every way the Z2&rsquo;s screen is a stunner.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8/feature" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 versus HTC One (M8)&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Eye-caressing 1080p screen " alt="Eye-caressing 1080p screen " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-screen-1_0.png?1397266270" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Movies Unlimited is one of Sony&#039;s excellent media services " alt="Movies Unlimited is one of Sony&#039;s excellent media services " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-movies-unlimited_0.png?1397266270" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A Camera that&#039;ll trounce your compact </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For a smartphone camera, the Z2 is capable of taking downright incredible photos.&nbsp;</p> <p>That&rsquo;s no surprise considering it&rsquo;s packing a 1/2.5in, 20.7MP Exmor RS sensor with an f/2.0 lens. Stills are punchy, well exposed and have tons of detail to crop into across all the resolution options - 8MP, 15.5MP, 20.7MP. Framing and autofocus are seriously speedy, too. Point the Z2 at your subject and, combined with its processing power and brilliant screen, it&rsquo;s like you&rsquo;re looking straight through the smartphone. And instantly too. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>As well as including tons of fun features (try background defocus for wow factor), Sony&rsquo;s kept its excellent manual controls. EV, ISO, white balance, focus modes and more are on hand for the times when you want to tinker with your shots. And getting to know them all is a good idea, because you won&rsquo;t always get the best shots from the Z2&rsquo;s Superior Auto mode.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&rsquo;s generally very good, switching to its excellent macro or night modes quickly and flawlessly. But at other times, it seems to struggle. Point it into direct sunlight, for instance, and it won&rsquo;t do such a good job with exposure. It doesn&rsquo;t always have the night vision of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">One (M8)</a> in very low light, either, but then again it&rsquo;s better at snapping faces without the need for the flash indoors - a much more useful talent, in our book.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" mozallowfullscreen="" msallowfullscreen="" oallowfullscreen="" src="https://www.flickr.com/photos/99712217@N05/13779359504/in/set-72157643800388303/player/" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Video can be shot in 1080p and 4K and in both instances footage is seriously smooth, even when walking about, thanks to Sony&rsquo;s SteadyShot stabilisation. A warning for 4K fans though: after a couple of minutes the Z2 can get too hot, flash up a warning, then abruptly stop shooting - we hope Sony&rsquo;s working on fixing this, as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S5</a> handles it just fine.&nbsp;</p> <p>All in all, the Z2 does require a bit of work to get great photos and footage, meaning that it&rsquo;s not the most practical phone to go out snapping with: it&rsquo;s a bit unwieldy compared to lighter or curvier phones and the rear camera is right in the top corner of the device. Hello, giant blurry fingerprint.&nbsp;</p> <p>Still, for many it&rsquo;ll be worth the effort. We&rsquo;re yet to pit it against <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lumia-1020/nokia-lumia-1020/review" target="_blank">Nokia&rsquo;s 1020</a> but there&rsquo;s no question the Z2 is one of the best smartphone cameras we&rsquo;ve come across, if you can use it to its full potential.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="We won&#039;t say no to this 20.7MP camera - and no hideous bump either " alt="We won&#039;t say no to this 20.7MP camera - and no hideous bump either " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-camera_0.png?1397266270" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Easy to access Xperia camera features " alt="Easy to access Xperia camera features " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-camera-features_1.png?1397266270" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A Gallery-worthy design but your hands might not like it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If the HTC One and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">One (M8)</a>&nbsp;were taken out of the equation, the Z2 would comfortably be the classiest Android phone on the market - a real object of desire. It&rsquo;s so beautifully finished, with smoothly rounded corners, an all-glass back and machined aluminium edges, that we&rsquo;re tempted to install a rotating plinth for it in our living room.</p> <p>Next to the Z1, it fits more screen into a lighter body too and with all the port flaps closed it has the same water resistance rating - IP55/58 - as its predecessor, meaning it&rsquo;s safe from splashes and can even take underwater swimming pool pics. (We haven&rsquo;t dunked this unit yet but we&rsquo;ll update the review when we have.)</p> <p>However, a gorgeous design isn&rsquo;t the same as a thoughtful design, and it&rsquo;s here that the Z2 falls down a little. Although on the heavier side of the smartphone scales at 163g, it&rsquo;s less a question of weight than the fact the inflexible toughened glass build would work better scaled down. When you get to 5.2in, ergonomics really count. Z2 Compact, anyone?</p> <p>Even the massive&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 3</a>&nbsp;can feel easier to manage than the Z2, and our love for its brilliant camera and screen have definitely been dampened by practicality problems; just picking it up from a flat desk can be awkward. If you&rsquo;ve got on well with past Xperias, you you&rsquo;ll still love this device. It&rsquo;s refreshing how different the boldly designed Xperias look compared to the legions of identikit Androids out there, but Sony needs to put a little more thought into how people actually use their phones. There&rsquo;s a middle ground between form and function and the Z2 isn&rsquo;t quite the one to find it. Put simply, this is a phone you need to pick up before you pre-order. Once you&rsquo;re happy with it, you can get back to appreciating everything it does brilliantly.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="An early example of Sony&#039;s Blue Period" alt="An early example of Sony&#039;s Blue Period" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-lockscreen_0.png?1397266270" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Play find the microSD card slot " alt="Play find the microSD card slot " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-power-button_0.png?1397266270" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An Android skin that&#039;s (mainly) clutter-free </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony&rsquo;s Android skin does a much better job at compromising in the right places. Now layered on top of the latest version of the OS - Andoid 4.4, KitKat - it&rsquo;s one of the smartest and cleanest you can get, up there with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC&rsquo;s grown-up, uncluttered Sense 6.0</a>.</p> <p>Sony hasn&rsquo;t messed around too much with the standard Android menus, contacts, email or messages and its Walkman, Movies and Music Unlimited apps are equally as user-friendly, whether you&rsquo;re loading your own files or looking for an impulse media buy. It can even run small windowed apps (including widgets) on top of the main action, thus getting good use out of that spacious 5.2in screen.</p> <p>Sony is far from a gimmicky brand but it&rsquo;s also picked up on the best gesture-based tricks of its rivals and quietly added them to the Z2. That includes raising the phone to answer a call and tapping the screen to wake it up. One great time-saver is better than five half-baked features, and the Z2 knows it.</p> <p>Just one thing, Sony. You&rsquo;re now on the slippery bloatware slope that Samsung is managing to crawl back up. The additions don&rsquo;t take up too much space now but turn around while you still can. When we swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access Google Now, we&rsquo;re not looking for your What&rsquo;s New suggestions, already present as a elsewhere as a standalone homescreen widget. Ditto most of your pre-installed apps.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A familiar Sony homescreen " alt="A familiar Sony homescreen " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-Android_1.png?1397266270" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Now has a new buddy when you swipe up the screen " alt="Google Now has a new buddy when you swipe up the screen " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-what%27s-new_0.png?1397266270" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Small apps like calendar run on top of what you&#039;re doing " alt="Small apps like calendar run on top of what you&#039;re doing " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-small-apps_0.png?1397266270" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Xperia Z2 Tech Specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <ul> <li><strong>Screen</strong>: 5.2in 1920x1080 Triluminous display (424ppi)<br />&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Processor</strong>: 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801<br />&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>RAM</strong>: 3 GB&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>OS</strong>: Android 4.4 (KitKat)<br />&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Camera</strong>: 20.7MP, 4K video rear, 2.2MP front, 1080p video&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Storage</strong>: 16GB (microSD up to 64GB)&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Battery</strong>: 3200mAh&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Connectivity</strong>: Wi-Fi, 3G/4G, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2mm&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Weight</strong>: 163g</li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Plenty of Power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Sony flies in use, thanks to a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 processor and 3GB of RAM. The relatively vanilla Android experience probably helps too.</p> <p>In fact, the only stutters we&rsquo;ve encountered in days of putting the Z2 through its multi-tasking, gaming and downloading paces are the occasional bit of lag when scrolling through the calendar or browser running as small apps. Once or twice. That&rsquo;s it.</p> <p>The benchmarks agree. AnTuTu gives our Z2 a score of 32,504, which is slightly below the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">One (M8)&nbsp;</a>but which still puts it in the upper echelons of high-performing 2014 smartphones. Then there&rsquo;s Geekbench 3, which gives 2489 to the Sony, with the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S5</a>&nbsp;scoring 2551.</p> <p>As with the Z1, the only worry here is that whenever the Z2&rsquo;s Snapdragon is overworked - shooting 4K video or heavy gaming - the handset heats up and as we mentioned, with 4K video the Z2 will actually stop shooting if it gets too hot.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong>&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A Stamina mode to save the day </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If there&rsquo;s one thing super-powered smartphones compromise on, it&rsquo;s battery life - if you want the best handset, you usually end up with a microUSB cable next to your pillow. The Z2&rsquo;s battery isn&rsquo;t game-changingly good but it is reliably excellent and will always last the day.</p> <p>With a 5.2in screen to power, that reliable battery life is partly down to it having a bigger 3200mAh battery than the Z1&rsquo;s 3000mAh unit and also due to its Stamina mode. We&rsquo;ve been fans of the feature for a while and it really does a cracking job of conserving juice by killing data when the screen is off.</p> <p>If the brightness is cranked up (and you&rsquo;ll need it to be when you&rsquo;re outdoors), battery does suffer and on our 1 hour 15 minute commute of hammering the Xperia hard, it dropped 29%. So it&rsquo;s no better or worse than most rivals (LG&rsquo;s freakishly good G2 aside), but that Stamina mode is one of the better examples.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="That 64% will last longer than you think" alt="That 64% will last longer than you think" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-photos-screen_0.png?1397266270" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Xperia Z2 Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Of the 2014 flagships we&rsquo;ve seen so far, the Xperia Z2 is the connoisseur&rsquo;s choice. This is a true converged gadget that&rsquo;s capable of taking truly brilliant photos and playing videos at cinephile quality, but one where practicality has taken a backseat. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>So, while it might not be for the Reddit-obsessed, constantly connected, live-to-social-network geek, it&rsquo;s ideal for the person for whom quality is the only measure that counts. If you have the time and inclination to show this Sony some love, it will return it in spades. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>One thing&rsquo;s for certain - if Sony can stay true to its &lsquo;better not bigger&rsquo; tagline, the rumoured Z2 Compact is going to be one seriously impressive smartphone.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong>&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">Stuff&#39;s top ten of the best smartphones in the world</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z1-compact/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Clever and classy but difficult to live with " alt="Clever and classy but difficult to live with " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-homescreen_0.png?1397266270" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Classy, clever and with talent in spades, if the Z2 was easier to live with it would be unstoppable</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Xperia Z2 details </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Faster and better with 4K video recording </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-range_0_0.jpg?1397266270" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z2-sirius/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z2-sirius/review#comments MWC 2014 Smartphones Sony Xperia Z2 Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:43:43 +0000 Elissa Loi 1431539 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet coming to Singapore in March http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z2-and-z2-tablet-coming-singapore-march/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Time to prep your wallets: Sony&#039;s new waterproof phone and tablet hits our shores at the end of the month </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet" alt="Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Z2%20tablet.jpg?1394096291" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Rejoice, ye multitudes. Fresh from their reveal in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/mwc-2014" target="_blank">MWC 2014</a> and a recent regional event in Jakarta, Sony have announced the price and general availability of the Sony <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z2-sirius/review" target="_blank">Xperia Z2</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/mwc-2014/hands-review-sony-xperia-z2-tablet/news" target="_blank">Z2 tablet</a>, and we just can&#39;t wait to take them into the shower with us. Wait, that came out wrong...</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/nigel-yap-0" title="View user profile.">Nigel Yap</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you missed our massive MWC coverage, here&rsquo;s a quick recap. The Xperia Z2 comes with a 20.7-megapixel Exmor camera, is 5.2-inches with a Full HD Triluminos display, and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor. Like it&rsquo;s predecessor, it is also waterproof.</p> <p>Similarly, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/mwc-2014/hands-review-sony-xperia-z2-tablet/news" target="_blank">Xperia Z2 Tablet</a>&nbsp;is powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor, but comes with a 10.1-inch Triluminos display. It&#39;ll be available in both Wi-Fi and LTE/4G models.</p> <p>Both devices will be hitting Singapore end March, and they&rsquo;ll be priced at S$998 for the Z2 smartphone, S$888 for the LTE/4G Z2 Tablet, and S$688 for the Wi-Fi only Z2 Tablet.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re wondering just how well they&rsquo;ll perform, we already did a hands-on for both the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/hands-review-sony-xperia-z2/news" target="_blank">Z2 smartphone</a> and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/mwc-2014/hands-review-sony-xperia-z2-tablet/news" target="_blank">Z2 tablet</a>.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Sony Xperia Z2" alt="Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/xperia%20z2.jpg?1394096291" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More Xperia Z2 goodness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Want to know more about the Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet?&nbsp;</p> <p>Click these for more info:</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z2-10-things-you-need-know/news" target="_blank">10 things you need to know about the Xperia Z2</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/hands-review-sony-xperia-z2/news" target="_blank">Hands on review for the Xperia Z2</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/mwc-2014/hands-review-sony-xperia-z2-tablet/news" target="_blank">Hands on review for the Xperia Z2 tablet</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-sony-xperia-z2-weigh/feature" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-note-101/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-vs-ipad-air-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-101-2014/feature" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z2 tablet vs iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z2-sirius/review" target="_blank">Everything we know about the Sony Xperia Z2</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z2-and-z2-tablet-coming-singapore-march/news#comments Smartphones Sony Tablets Xperia Z2 Xperia Z2 Tablet Thu, 06 Mar 2014 08:42:52 +0000 Nigel Yap 1433337 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2: the weigh-in http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-sony-xperia-z2-weigh/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The two most powerful phones on the planet go head-to-head </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2: the weigh-in" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/galaxy-s5-vs-xperia-z2-1.jpg?1393807839" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Now that Sony and Samsung have unleashed their high-powered next generation of flagship phone, it&rsquo;s high time to compare them across the board: design, specs, features and value.</p> <p>Which of these Android range-toppers should you opt for? Let&rsquo;s take a detailed look&hellip;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/hands-review-sony-xperia-z2/news">Hands-on review: Sony Xperia Z2</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/mwc-2014/samsung-galaxy-s5-hands-review/feature">Hands-on review: Samsung Galaxy S5</a></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Plastic vs metal </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s no doubt about it: Samsung Galaxy S5 is the best built of the S series yet. Its dimpled matte backside (initially available in four colours) is easy on the eyes and comfy in your hand, and a welcome change from the ill-advised fake stitched leather look of recent Galaxy Note models. It&rsquo;s a solidly put together phone despite its light weight (145g) and boasts IP67 protection to keep out dust and water. The signs are there that Samsung&rsquo;s engineers are definitely getting their act together.</p> <p>And yet, it&rsquo;s still a phone with a plastic back. The Sony Xperia Z2 on the other hand is a gloriously seamless fusion of metal and glass. True, it&rsquo;s a little heavier than the S5 (163g) but grasp it in your mitt and its cool weight screams &ldquo;Yes, I&rsquo;m a premium phone&rdquo;. Samsung still hasn&rsquo;t got there yet. The Z2 has IP67 protection and like the S5 can survive a rainstorm or a dunk in the bath totally unscathed.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> Sony Xperia Z2</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Plastic vs metal " alt="Plastic vs metal " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/build.jpg?1393807839" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Display case </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On the surface there&rsquo;s very little difference between the two phones&rsquo; screens. The Galaxy S5 sports a 5.1in 1920 x 1080 Super AMOLED display while the Z2 rocks a 5.2in 1920 x 1080 Triluminos IPS screen.</p> <p>Without having compared them directly yet, we&rsquo;re loath to call this one. The size difference and pixel density difference are negligible so the real battlegrounds here are colour reproduction, contrast and viewing angles.</p> <p>AMOLED typically excels in all three areas, but Sony&rsquo;s smartphone displays are always a treat for the eyes and the Z2&rsquo;s new Live Colour LED tech, which uses custom filters and phosphors to produce a more even backlight and deeper colours, should make this the best yet. IPS also offers stellar viewing angles.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s just too close to call at the moment. This is an area we&rsquo;ll have to revisit after our Z2 and S5 review samples arrive.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> Undeclared for now</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Display case" alt="Display case" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/screen.jpg?1393807839" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera capabilities </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both the S5 and Z2 have significantly improved cameras in comparison to their predecessors.</p> <p>The Galaxy S5 has a 16MP rear camera with the fastest autofocus on a phone (as little as 0.3 seconds), an improved High Dynamic Range mode that shows you the effects of HDR in real time, and Selective Focus, which allows you to blur the background while keeping a subject in sharp focus (it&rsquo;s not true shallow depth-of-field, but rather a piece of trickery in which two shots are merged). On the video front, it can shoot in 120fps for smooth slow motion playback. There&rsquo;s also a 2.1MP front-facing camera.</p> <p>Like the Xperia Z1, the Z2 boasts a 20.7MP rear camera &ndash; but the sensor in the Z2 is physically bigger (1/2.3in) which should mean better light-gathering abilities and thus cleaner, sharper photos. On the camera app front, it offers Background Defocus (similar to the S5&rsquo;s Selective Focus). It also comes with SteadyShot image stabilisation, which smooths motion and panning when capturing video. Oh, and speaking of video, the Z2 can record it in 4K quality (3840 x 2160 pixels), not to mention 120fps for 720p slo-mo playback.</p> <p>The specs clearly suggest that Sony is the winner here, but we&rsquo;ll find out for certain when we get our hands on both phones.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> Sony Xperia Z2</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/camera.jpg?1393807839" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Power: two beefy bros </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>These two are just about the most powerful smartphones on the planet right now, and there&rsquo;s very little between them.</p> <p>The Sony Xperia Z2 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz, plus 3GB of RAM. The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a slightly faster Snapdragon 805 quad-core chip running at 2.5GHz, but 2GB of RAM. Neither is 64-bit compatible.</p> <p>We haven&rsquo;t had the chance to benchmark or real-world test them yet, but our gut feeling is that (a) the Z2 might be a bit better at multitasking (b) the S5 might be slightly quicker overall and (c) both handsets are going to be blazingly fast and capable of handling anything you might care to throw at them.</p> <p>The S5 sports one speed-related feature we really like the sound of: Download Booster, which uses 4G and Wi-Fi simultaneously to help files download much faster.</p> <p>The Z2 features a 3000mAh battery delivering (according to Sony) 19 hours of talk time, up to 880 hours of standby and up to 10 hours of video playback. Samsung claims the S5&rsquo;s 2800mAh battery provides up to 21 hours of talk time and 390 hours standby time.</p> <p>Both phones have the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system with their own UI embellishments laid on top. Both of which have their own merits and equally irritating bloatware to deal with.</p> <p>This one is just too close to call until we get a chance to use both phones extensively and run benchmark tests. For now, we&rsquo;ll have to call this one a dead heat.</p> <p><strong>Winner: </strong>Undeclared for now</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fingers and ears </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On the feature front, the S5 seems a length ahead of its Sony rival. It&rsquo;s the first phone to come with a heart rate monitor (which integrates into the phone&rsquo;s new S Health 3.0 app) and also features a fingerprint scanner for screen unlocking, document protection and even friction-free PayPal payments. You also get hold-overs from the S4 like Siri competitor S Voice and air gestures, which allow to you to swiftly scroll through images without even touching the screen.</p> <p>Sony doesn&rsquo;t really offer anything in that vein on the Z2, but music fans will find its bundled noise-cancelling headset very handy on crowded public transport, not to mention the stereo speakers on the handset itself.</p> <p>Still, we think the S5 has this round comfortably sewn up.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> Samsung Galaxy S5</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Fingers and ears" alt="Fingers and ears" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/verdict.jpg?1393807839" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On paper, there&rsquo;s little to no daylight between the Xperia Z2 and the Galaxy S5. The former looks better equipped in certain areas (camera, build quality), the latter in others (features) and in many areas, they look pretty much the same.</p> <p>Both, it&rsquo;s clear, are likely to be killer smartphones with more than enough power to deal with anything you throw at them. Any differences in capabilities will almost certainly be minuscule &ndash; but when we get our hands on them properly in the coming weeks, we&rsquo;ll be able to give you the definitive answer on which is the best. For now, it&rsquo;s a tense standoff.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 preview</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z2-sirius/review">Sony Xperia Z2 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung versus Sony </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> When Androids clash, only one smartphone will win </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/galaxy-s5-vs-xperia-z2-1.jpg?1393807737" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-sony-xperia-z2-weigh/feature#comments Galaxy S5 Samsung Smartphones Sony Xperia Z2 Wed, 26 Feb 2014 19:26:03 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1432962 at http://www.stuff.tv Video: Sony Xperia Z2 hands-on review http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/mwc-2014/video-sony-xperia-z2-hands-review/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It may look the same as before, but it’s what’s on the inside that counts when it comes to this water-resistant powerhouse </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Video: Sony Xperia Z2 hands-on review " alt="Video: Sony Xperia Z2 hands-on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20Shot%202014-02-25%20at%2006.41.48.png?1393316332" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3252295021001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3252295021001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/mwc-2014/video-sony-xperia-z2-hands-review/video#comments Android MWC 2014 Smartphones Sony Xperia Z2 Tue, 25 Feb 2014 06:41:45 +0000 Elissa Loi 1432861 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony Xperia Z2: 10 things you need to know about the most powerful phone in the world http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z2-10-things-you-need-know/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Here&#039;s the skinny on Sony&#039;s new flagship smartphone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z2: 9 things you need to know" alt="Sony Xperia Z2: 9 things you need to know" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-xperia-z2-range.jpg?1394635502" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Sony Xperia Z2 has been unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2014 &ndash; and we&#39;ve got the skinny on it.</p> <p>Here are the 10 key things you need to know.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. It&#039;s (a bit) bigger </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact hasn&#39;t started a trend towards downsizing &ndash; the Xperia Z2 is 0.2in larger than its predecessor the Xperia Z1, albeit a touch lighter and thinner (8.2mm) with it. </p><p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z1-compact/review">Sony Z1 Compact review</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. It shoots 4K video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Xperia Z2 packs a 20.7MP camera that can shoot 4K video footage &ndash; the actual resolution is a whopping 3840 x 2160. You can also shoot slo-mo footage at 120fps using the Timeshift mode. And as if that wasn&#39;t enough, it&#39;ll also let you zoom in on video footage during playback. Don&#39;t worry about shaky hands, either &ndash; Sony&#39;s camcorder division has added its SteadyShot image stabilisation tech to the Z2&#39;s snapper.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z2 camera" alt="Sony Xperia Z2 camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-camera.jpg?1394635502" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. It turns you into Spider-Man </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ever wanted to don a Spider-Man costume and do battle with evil-doers? The Z2 is here to help &ndash; on the first count, at least. It can add AR effects to video, so you can do battle with a T-Rex or become Spidey. It can&#39;t make you do whatever a spider can, though.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. The bundled headphones aren&#039;t rubbish </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Too long have we suffered from inferior bundled headphones with our smartphones. Sony has declared, &quot;enough is enough!&quot; &ndash; the Xperia Z2 will come bundled with Sony&#39;s &pound;60 MDR-NC31EM headphones &ndash; and as a further inducement to use them, the phone incorporates additional noise-cancelling smarts that&#39;ll only work with the bundled in-ears; they&#39;re powered by the phone, through a special five-ring 3.5mm audio jack, meaning that you can get full noise-cancelling in-ears without having to cart a battery pack around with you.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. It&#039;s packing plenty of power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Z2 comes with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU running at 2.3GHz and 3GB of RAM, plus a 3200mAh battery. While we need to test it properly to gauge performance, on paper that&#39;s a pretty impressive haul of specs.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z2 side view" alt="Sony Xperia Z2 side view" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-side.jpg?1394635502" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6. It might offer the best sound recording of any phone ever </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>4K video quality is all well and good, but if the accompanying audio is muddier than the front of the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2005 you&rsquo;re left with a pretty disappointing result. Keen to help you avoid this, Sony has created an STM10 stereo microphone accessory for the Z2 (it&rsquo;ll also work with the Z2 Tablet). It uses the five-ring audio jack and is small enough to slip into your pocket when not in use.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7. It&#039;ll play nice with your PS3 controller </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Like the Xperia Z1, the Z2 will feature out-of-the-box compatibility with the PlayStation 3&#39;s DualShock 3 controller. Next-gen PS4 gamers are out of luck, though &ndash; the Z2 doesn&#39;t feature DualShock 4 compatibility (yet).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8. It&#039;s got a super screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As mentioned above, the screen is 0.2in bigger than the Z1&rsquo;s: 5.2in in all. But the larger size isn&rsquo;t its only improvement: the Z2&rsquo;s 1920 x 1080 Triluminos display features IPS for wider viewing angles as well as Sony&rsquo;s Live Colour LED technology, which uses red and green phosphor with blue LEDs and a custom colour filter. Sony claims that produces a brighter, more uniform backlight that results in richer colours. We&rsquo;re looking forward to putting that claim to the test in our upcoming review.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9. It’s just as waterproof as ever </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Xperia Z2 offers Sony&rsquo;s highest degree of dust- and waterproofing, with its build rated at IP55 and IP58. That&rsquo;s the same as the Xperia Z1, and means you can dunk the phone in up to 1.5m of water for as long as 30 minutes.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It’s just as waterproof as ever" alt="It’s just as waterproof as ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-water.jpg?1394635502" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10. It’s out next month </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony hasn&rsquo;t given a price or specific UK release date for the Xperia Z2 yet, but says it will ship globally from March 2014. So at most you&rsquo;ll have a few weeks to wait until it&rsquo;s in the shops.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 stand-out features of the Sony Xperia Z2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> These are the 10 things you need to know about Sony&#039;s new flagship </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-range%20%281%29.jpg?1393394951" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z2-10-things-you-need-know/news#comments Smartphones Sony Xperia Z2 Mon, 24 Feb 2014 09:44:41 +0000 Nigel Yap 1432781 at http://www.stuff.tv Hands on review: Sony Xperia Z2 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/hands-review-sony-xperia-z2/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our first impressions of Sony&#039;s new 4K-recording, water-resisting flagship phone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Hands on review: Sony Xperia Z2" alt="Hands on review: Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-xperia-z2-hands-on-main.jpg?1394188897" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A new iteration of a flagship smartphone is always exciting, and never more so than when you get early access to it before its official launch. And when you know that behind it is a dreamy spec-list of &lsquo;world&rsquo;s most powerful&rsquo; this, and &lsquo;latest version of&rsquo; that. And then you get handed it for the first time, and all you can think is that it looks and feels a lot like the previous version. Fortunately, in the case of the Xperia Z2, that&rsquo;s no bad thing&hellip;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/fraser-macdonald" title="View user profile.">Fraser Macdonald</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design &amp; Build: Sony’s OmniBalance philosophy remains omniawesome </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s no doubt about it, Sony&rsquo;s Xperia Z finish, with metal sides and seamless glass panels front and rear, is up there with the iPhones of this world. It makes you wonder how Samsung engineers sleep at night. For the new Z2, the edges are a little rounder, and the seams a little less obvious. </p><p>It feels the same in your hand as the Z1, despite having a slightly larger screen, and it&rsquo;s still as waterproof as ever. The central position of the power button has a few detractors but many fans, and we would put ourselves in the latter camp. We were shown versions in black, white, dark silver and a fetching shade of Cadbury-esque purple. Which of these will be available in the UK, and from which networks, is yet to be announced, but we wouldn&rsquo;t kick any of them out of bed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="717" title="Sony Xperia Z2 hands on" alt="Sony Xperia Z2 hands on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-hands-on-2.jpg?1394188897" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen: One small increase for a screen; giant leaps for screen kind </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A 0.2in increase in screen size (that&rsquo;s about 5mm, metric monkeys) isn&rsquo;t going to cause your eye squidge to spontaneously boil, but it&rsquo;s all bragging rights down at the pub, isn&rsquo;t it? Well, no, it&rsquo;s more than that. It&rsquo;s an entirely new panel, with new Live Colour LED tech. Here&rsquo;s the science: apparently it uses red and green phosphor with blue LEDs and customised colour filters to produce a richer and more uniform light. We were shown a Z2 and a Z1 side-by-side showing the same still image and blow us down if the Z2 image didn&rsquo;t look notably better! </p><p>Later, having convinced the Sony staff to go and take a break, we tried to ascertain the screen&rsquo;s real improvement over its predecessor, but this was tricky under the harsh fluorescent light of Sony&rsquo;s offices. True reckoning will have to wait until we get one into the dingy, unforgiving Stuff labs. In the meantime, expectedly enough, the screen looks vibrant and colourful, and having a wee bit more space with a chassis no bigger nor heavier than the Z1 can only be a win.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="Sony Xperia Z2 screen" alt="Sony Xperia Z2 screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-hands-on-3.jpg?1394188897" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera: every little thing’s going to be 4K </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Scrabbling around the Z2&rsquo;s files looking for something to test the screen reminded us of another headline spec that needed checking: the 4K video capability. Again, difficult to test constructively in a short hands-on but it seems to fire up and record pretty snappily. The ability crop into videos post-capture is pretty compelling &ndash; you can get a quick ranging shot by pinch-and-zooming into playback on the phone&rsquo;s screen. Sony showed us a broad cityscape that looked to be a still until they tech guy zoomed in and showed the cars and boats moving. </p><p>In other stolen-from-the-Sony-camcorder-department news, the Z2 has SteadyShot tech. A Sony engineer duly produced an electro-wobble-board and, indeed, the Z2 with the feature turned on displayed a steadier picture. The best way to capture decent sound to go with your fancy, steadyish, video will be the new stereo microphone attachment, the STM10. It plugs into the headphone socket, but uses a special jack that means it&rsquo;ll only work with the Z2 and Z2 Tablet. Sony, there, showing it hasn&rsquo;t lost its love of proprietary technologies.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Audio: now you hear me, now you don’t </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And the best way to listen to the stereo sound that you took with your 4K video that you want to watch on your Live Colour LED screen? Well, that would be using the world&rsquo;s first digital noise-cancelling smartphone set-up. For that you need Sony&rsquo;s MDR-NC31EM earphones but, good news, in the UK, they&rsquo;ll come bundled with your Z2. Microphones in the earpieces measure the ambient noise, which is then cancelled out by the tech producing an anti-noise &ndash; you know all this stuff. What&rsquo;s unique is that the earphones don&rsquo;t need power or charging because the phone does the graft. Hooray! What&rsquo;s unique about that is that the noise-cancelling tech won&rsquo;t work with any other headphones except the MDR-NC31EM. Booray.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Power: there be Snapdragon in them there mobiles </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Telephone Top Trumpers will be excited to hear that the Z2 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor &ndash; that&rsquo;s one louder than the 800 in the Z2 &ndash; and an Adreno 330 GPU. Fortunately it has a 3200mAh battery to keep this whirling dervish trucking &lsquo;til teatime. In terms of this &lsquo;hands-on&rsquo; review, however, these specs are largely unquantifiable. In the 20 minutes we had, the Z2 did not run out of battery and &ndash; no doubt due to it having nothing but the standard slew of Sonyware installed &ndash; ran pretty slickly. </p><p>If you really want to test the battery, then the best way would be firing up a GPU testing game, which you play by wirelessly connecting a Playstation DualShock 3 pad. This only really works if you then output the phone&rsquo;s video via the MHL jack; otherwise you&rsquo;re holding the pad near your face where the phone would normally be, and balancing the phone behind that. It all starts to get a bit ridiculous.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z2" alt="Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-hands-on.jpg?1394188897" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Initial Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>People rarely do what they ought to - but the Z2 is shaping up to be the Android phone you ought to buy. It&#39;s as classily made as ever, with new powerfuller innards and that same waterproofness that makes it just that bit more lifestyle friendly than other flagships. It&rsquo;s probably the bee&rsquo;s knees for video watching and video capture, and it&rsquo;s got some high-tech &ndash; albeit Sony specific &ndash; accessories. And it comes in purple. Watch out for the full review in March.</p> <p>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/mwc-2014/mwc-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">Mobile World Congress 2014 &ndash; the biggest MWC smartphone news so far</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/hands-review-sony-xperia-z2/news#comments Smartphones Sony Xperia Z2 Mon, 24 Feb 2014 09:41:46 +0000 Nigel Yap 1432786 at http://www.stuff.tv