Sony Xperia Z2 Quick Review: Much Better Than the Z1, Especially the Camera

When my HTC One M7 smartphone ended up as roadkill off my motorcycle, more than a few cars passed over it. I decided to get a Sony Xperia Z1 for a few months before the Z2 came out. Now that it has, I can give you the full details between both models, and how well it performs against the competition.

sony xperia z2 alone 620x413magnify

The Sony Xperia Z2 looks almost exactly like the Z1 on the outside. It’s a bit bigger, a bit more polished, but overall, it’s hard to tell them apart, if you don’t know what you are looking for. Basically, the Z2 is also a better device than the Z1, it’s better in almost every way, which comes as a surprise. I expected the Z2 to be just a bit better, but in my opinion it’s a lot more refined.

If you love taking photos, than the Z2 is a good option. The 20.7 MP sensor has one of the highest megapixel counts, but that doesn’t mean much. I’ve found that the Z2 performs so much better than the Z1, in a variety of situations, from low-light to the new background defocus option, which reminds me of what a bokeh lens can do on a DSLR. The Z2 can also capture 4K videos, but I honestly haven’t used this feature much.

On board storage is 16GB, which is not a lot, but considering that the microSD slot can take up to 128GB cards, it doesn’t matter much. Currently, I have a 64GB card in and will get a 128GB when this one fills up.

sony xperia z2 620x413magnify

The display isn’t the best on the market, but it’s a good improvement over the Z1. The Samsung S5 is brighter, but the device doesn’t feel as polished. The Android implementation on Samsung is also filled with bloatware, which are somewhat less prevalent on the Z2. The Sony Android implementation is one of the better ones in my opinion. I prefer Sony’s over what HTC has done, because it’s a lot more elegant. The few Sony apps which are included work well, and I haven’t been forced to removed any. What I did find surprising is the lack of the Notes app, which I liked on the Z1. I am using Google Keep instead, which is similar to the old Notes app, but I would have liked an included app. I see no reason to discontinue it. I did like the fact that you could glance at all of your recent notes without opening them up. It was a neat feature.

sony xperia z2 4k video 620x465magnify

Text prediction on the Z2 is pretty decent. Sony will trawl through your emails, Facebook posts and tweets to get the best prediction possible. I’ve found it quite accurate, and I get the right suggestions after typing only a few letters, in multiple languages. The Sony default implementation can track multiple languages at once, which is awesome when you are trilingual.

My Z1 was a bit finicky. It overheated many times and shut down from this. The screen cracked from a 1 foot drop, which was completely ridiculous. The phone wasn’t as rugged as expected (compared to iPhones or HTC Ones), and was extremely slippery. A week after I changed for a Z2, the Z1 was bricked. All I get now is a blinking red light. I have tried to restore it, but it looks like it’s completed unresponsive. I hope Sony will give me a replacement unit, maybe even another Z2.

While the Z2 remains as slippery as the Z1, it hasn’t overheated yet. It hasn’t shut down yet, and it’s been performing quite well. I have no plans to drop-test it though, for fear of breaking its screen.

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Review: Spectacular Android Smartphone

Sony debuted the Xperia Z1 Compact at CES, noting that the consumer who prefers to have a smaller device does not want fewer features. Could Sony take the experience in their flagship smartphone and...

Sony Xperia Z1 review: a high-spec cameraphone without the hump

Sony Xperia Z1 review 20 megapixels and no humps

It's time to set the record straight: the original Xperia Z, launched back in February, was a decent phone. A solid phone. It was as if Sony had suddenly paused its chaotic schedule of handset releases in order to take stock of what Android users actually want: things like 1080p, microSD and a premium look and feel. And yet, the Xperia Z failed to be compelling. It wasn't just its subpar battery life that held it back. It was also the lack of a standout feature, which caused the phone to be buried amidst all the news of the GS4 and the HTC One -- and also by the announcement of the Lumia 1020 Windows Phone, whose camera suddenly made Sony's pokey, 13-megapixel module look like old technology.

That's why today, just seven months later, we're looking at a new flagship: the Xperia Z1 (codenamed Honami, and not to be confused with the Xperia ZL), with a far more boast-worthy camera and some other subtle-but-important enhancements. Buyers of the Xperia Z may understandably be displeased at being left behind so soon, but -- as much as we feel for them -- we'd hazard a guess that they don't constitute an especially large population anyway. In contrast, the Xperia Z1 should have much greater mainstream appeal. Read on to discover why.%Gallery-slideshow84026%

Filed under: , ,


iFixit tears open an HP Z1, finds it impossibly easy to repair

iFixit tears open an HP Z1

Those guys and gals at iFixit love nothing more than destroying something beautiful and, in the process, finding out exactly what makes it tick. The latest victim of their reckless deconstructive tendencies is HP's Z1. The all-in-one turns out to be just as beautiful on the inside as it is outside. The components aren't haphazardly tossed inside the tight enclosure or soldered in place. The impressively repairable and replaceable parts all slide out easily, with at most the turn of a few screws. Only the LCD and glass pane posed an obstacle, but even that turned out to be relatively simple to remove. For more photos of the tiny workstation torn asunder, check out the source link.

iFixit tears open an HP Z1, finds it impossibly easy to repair originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 26 Apr 2012 18:05:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink   |  sourceiFixit  | Email this | Comments

HP ships 27-inch Z1 all-in-one workstation, touts ‘power without the tower’


We'll hand it to HP -- "power without the tower" is pretty fab. And so is that drop-dead gorgeous 27-inch IPS panel dominating the front of its Z1 workstation. Designed to handle stresses normally thrown exclusively at floor-sitting wind tunnels, the Z1 offers up Intel Core i3 or Xeon server-class CPUs, NVIDIA Quadro graphics, USB 3.0 sockets, a slot-loading Blu-ray writer, SSD / RAID options, support for over a billion colors and a seductive starting tag of just $1,899. Intrigued? Hit the source link to get your order in.

Continue reading HP ships 27-inch Z1 all-in-one workstation, touts 'power without the tower'

HP ships 27-inch Z1 all-in-one workstation, touts 'power without the tower' originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 17 Apr 2012 06:40:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink   |   | Email this | Comments