Wednesday 17 January 2018

Sony Xperia Z2 is powerful but there are some niggles

Sony Xperia Z2
Sony Xperia Z2
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

Sony Xperia Z2 Price: from free on operator contract; €650 unlocked Rating: Four stars

Cameras on phones are important to me. Most of the high-end models do a good job, from Samsung's S5, Note 3 and S4 to Apple's 5S to HTC's M8. But I've always found an edge to Sony Xperia handsets when it comes to absolute photo quality. Its newest Xperia Z2 hasn't added much to the (predecessor) Z1's 21-megapixel camera quality, but it's still the best on the market, thanks to its superior sensor under the hood.

What it has done is to add 4K video recording (which, although technically impressive, is pretty superfluous) and greater editing prowess for effects such as slow-motion video capture.

Otherwise, the Xperia Z2 is a solid, powerful handset that most people will probably like and which comes with a slightly better battery experience than the last Xperia handset.

Small niggles include an overly angular form factor with too much wasted space on the edges (although it has a 5.2-inch screen, the handset is similarly sized to Samsung's 5.7-inch Note 3 because of thick verges) and a poorly designed native typing keyboard (the space bar is far too small, leading to constant typos).

Irish Independent

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