The new Sony Xperia Z2 is a high end smartphone with almost as much glass fronting it as a modernist office block.
It’s a slab of super smart tech wrapped in a minimalist, buttoned-down, waterproof and dustproof housing.
The sheer glass panels on the front and back scream out several things including “quality”, “premium” and “expensive”.
Interestingly, the screen – the massive 5.2 inch screen – is not this phone’s main selling point. Instead Sony describes the Z2 as the world’s best camera and camcorder in the body of a smartphone. By saying that, they are drawing your attention to the 20.7 megapixel camera which can capture video in full 4k resolution, four times greater than the 1080p HD of the Xperia Z1.
The Z2 is looking to compete in the rarefied atmosphere at the high end market and it needs that imaging advantage to differentiate itself from the iPhone 5s, Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8.
I’m not a fan of the term phablet (a cross between a phone and a tablet) but that may well be the best term to describe the Z2. Its 5.2 inch screen is large for a phone and it is knocking on the door of tablet territory. Despite its size, it’s not actually that heavy, which is just as well because no one likes a phone that makes their suit pockets sag.
For my money, the standout feature is the HD IPS LCD screen. Photos are awesomely sharp and detailed and the colours are eye popping. It’s a big improvement on the previous TFT screen from the Xperia Z1.
The proposition: “The Xperia Z2 combines the best of Sony’s waterproof design, display, sound, camera and camcorder experience and a growing ecosystem of companion products.”
The verdict: If you’re in the market for a high end phone with superior audio and video smarts, the Z2 demands your attention.
Hardware and Software Features:
- Android 4.4 (Kit Kat) operating system.
- 5.78 inch tall with a 5.2 inch display.
- Water and dust resistant (ip78).
- IPS LCD 1080 x 1920 resolution display.
- Faster processor.
- 16 GB built in storage.
- Micro SD card slot.
- NFC capable.
- Magnetic recharging with optional extra charging stand.
- Noise cancellation (with compatible headphones).
The Xperia Z2 is available in black and in white through Vodafone stores nationwide from Monday 19 May. RRP $1049 or $0 on Vodafone Red 129 – includes 2.5GB data, plus unlimited talk and TXT to standard New Zealand and Australia numbers.
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The Z2 – requires adult sized hands to hold it, but just look at those lovely colours.
Fun effects: The AR effect allows you to superimpose scenes over your chosen victim/photo subject.
Youtube Clips Explaining the main features of the phone:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sl02KinSr8&list=PL7CrlqRu8QgSE1oB-nXvAXp8RYTX8sD2A – Xperia Z2 Overview.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYsuFWBIf3g&list=PL7CrlqRu8QgRGoKpUrIHsliuYQ9Yd9QdX – Waterproofing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbW-4Ui0z6U&list=PL7CrlqRu8QgSE1oB-nXvAXp8RYTX8sD2A – 4k recording capabilities
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56HvMdYoc7c&list=PL7CrlqRu8QgSE1oB-nXvAXp8RYTX8sD2A – Creative effects with the Xperia Z2