One thing you have to hand over to Sony, that they make beautiful smartphones. And this is not something that we say based on the current Xperia line of devices but from using devices like Xperia Arc S, Xperia Z and likes of the Walkmann range. They have not always matched their hardware prowess with a fitting software, which has been their achilles heel. But that complaint seems to be a thing of distant past as Sony has improved by leaps and bounds especially in the last year or so.
When we got our Xperia Z2 review unit, we knew all about the phone given it has been in the market for a while. The device is cut from the same cloth when it comes to design as the Xperia Z1, with a metallic construction sandwiched between the glass layers. However, if you look at the device carefully and compare it with the Z1, you will notice subtle changes that Sony has made which make the Z2 our outright favourite Sony phone. We have a black unit for review, so will be able to speak from that perspective.
To start with, the Xperia Z2 has slightly more curvier edges than the Z1 which makes it comfortable to hold in the hand. The metallic strip between the glass sandwich has done away with rubber contact with the glass like in the Z1 and is completely metallic. The metallic strip in itself is tri-toned. You have majority of the portion in silver colour but flanking that you have a deep violet colour and then black on both the sides to match the black accent on the front and back of the device. It is difficult to describe, but the combination is actually really interesting and gives the device a very unique look especially when in a well-lit indoor spot.
You also have a dual front speaker configuration on the Xperia Z2 unlike the Z1 and while largely this is unnoticeable, they really come in handy when you watch a movie or a video or even play songs on your device. At the back, you have the 20.7 MP Camera with Sony’s Exmor sensor capable of recording videos in 4K and a single LED flash. The front of the device is dominated by a full HD 5.2 inch display with capacitive buttons, stereo speakers and a 2 MP front facing camera. You have a bunch of sensors towards the left of Sony branding, including the ambient sensor, proximity sensor etc.
The right side of the device features the power button in the middle with a door to house your Micro SD card and the volume keys. You have a two stage camera shutter button below the volume controls. The left side of the device has a similar door that houses your Micro SIM as well as Micro USB slot and a dock port. These door slots are important to keep the phone water and dust proof. We must comment that Sony has done a fine job with these doors on the Z2. We have never been a fan of them as they always end up falling off, totally killing the looks of the device, but the Z2 does fill you with some confidence that the doors will last. The camera key has a terrific feedback and so much better than the Z1 where, you could really had to throw your weight to make sure the phone took a photo. The lower end of the device has what looks like a microphone and slot for a lanyard charm. The secondary microphone for noise cancellation is located at the top of the device with the 3.5 mm headset jack.
We reiterate, what we said at the beginning of the post that the device is perhaps the second most beautiful Android smartphone in the world after the HTC M8, but you really need to be careful with it. It does pick up scratches, smudges and dents very easily. Our review unit has been in the hands of about 3 or 4 people and it definitely has taken some beating. Our detailed photo gallery of the device is attached just above.