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Meet the most impressive smartphones we have reviewed in 2014 so far

0. phoneArena 02 Dec 2014, 03:20 posted on

Boy, does time fly! It feels like it has been ages since we reviewed the amazing Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, all the way back in January. A ton of other devices have gone through our hands since then, and we thought it's time we gave the best ones yet another nod of approval, in case you somehow missed them...

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posted on 15 Aug 2014, 07:52 7

1. Scarambay (Posts: 94; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


I would love to pick Xperia Z2 over all others any day.. if, and that's a big IF, its camera was as awesome as it was touted to be. Galaxy S5 wins the camera round.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 08:02 33

8. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


As always, Samsung always ranks #1 in the camera department.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 08:04 13

11. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


No. Apparently, it ties with Sony.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 08:05 23

14. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Blind tests conclude Samsung ranked #1 THREE times in a row.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 08:13 15

22. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Blind camera tests aren't professional, it's just like a guessing game without prizes. In the camera comparisons, Xperia Z2 and Galaxy S5 are mostly a tie or comes close to one another, so both are good if you ask me.

But also, I need to correct you a bit, the one who always rank #1 in the camera department in smartphones is Nokia, not Samsung.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 08:13 6

23. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Pa testings in almost any department are known to be pretty bad. Especially the blind comparisons. They are very limited and don't even have any reference shots.

And besides DxO mark gave more points to Z2 in photos. S5 won in video. And that 4:3 sensor is a absolute must for me.

Not saying the S5 camera is worse. It's amazing. But for me the Z2's camera is the better option.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 08:19 14

26. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Seems like someone's mad they voted for the S5 instead of the Z2 three times in a row. Face it, Samsung does a hell better job than Sony in the camera department. Nokia? Well... Yeah that's no competition.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 08:25 12

30. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Yeah, yeah, yeah, I'm mad for stating a fact, that makes perfect sense. Sony and Samsung are both good in the camera department, software issues that made Sony phones camera bad is in the past, the Z2 has improved a lot and now it's one of the flagships with the best camera you can buy right now.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 08:30 8

33. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Comment #82

http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Camera-comparison-Sony-Xperia-Z2-vs-Samsung-Galaxy-S5-LG-G2-HTC-One-M8-iPhone-5s_id3708/page/7

34.11% vs 6.32% (this was the article you tried defending your hate to PA for Z2 ranking last)

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsung-Galaxy-S5-tops-our-blind-camera-comparison-for-the-third-time-in-a-row-LG-G3-close-second_id57178

Want me to find more?

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 08:38 8

39. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


No need. But I don't get your point. And in fact I don't really even want to get it.

But it's kinda funny how you trust PA in camera tests but not in display measurements, isn't it?

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 08:41 2

41. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


See the thing is, YOU voted for the best smartphone camera. PA took the shots, and YOU picked which phone did the best. Kinda funny how that works, right?

PA's method for testing screen brightness and accuracy is probably the worst I've ever seen. Let's not even go there.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 08:50 7

54. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


So you don't even want to discuss about it. Fine. I'll shut up too.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 08:51 7

55. neela_akaash (Posts: 1217; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


Z2 deserves to be in the first place....

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 09:01

66. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Idk about that...

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 09:04 2

68. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Wtf? What about #9? "But I think it deserves #1."

????

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 09:07

71. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Comment #37.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 09:07 3

72. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I have to agree, the Samsung phones ALWAYS have the BEST camera's hands down. Nokia has better but the bulk they add on the phones makes brings down the awesome level.

Samsung #1 always in the camera department!

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 09:13 2

75. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


That one has nothing to do with you saying Z2 deserves to be #1.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 09:16 4

76. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 15404; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


He's blinded by Samsung.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 09:17 3

77. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Overall the Sony Xperia Z2 is a better phone than the Samsung Galaxy S5. It looks better, it has a better display, it has a better IP rating. The only thing the GS5 has over the Z2 is camera.

Don't get me wrong the Z2's camera is not inferior, it's just that the GS5's is slightly better. I will put it this way. The Z2 is a 92 & the GS5 is a 95 in the camera only.

In overall phone comparison the GS5 is a 92 & the Z2 is a 95. Meaning both phones are EPIC!

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 09:25 1

82. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Agree.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 09:29 1

83. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


And the feel and touch and the heavy weight, Dragontrail glass. When you hold it, it feels and screams quality and prestige.

The oppo7 is the same. Quality, with Carbon fibre.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 10:04 3

92. power_x (Posts: 264; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


NOKIA RULES THE CAMERA

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 11:18 1

102. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


PureView

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 11:24

103. sachouba (Posts: 186; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)


Why do you love 4:3 photos ? It looks absolutely horrible on my phone, my TV, my tablet and my laptop screen. And I prefer taking 16Mpx photos in Auto mode instead of the 8Mpx of the Z2.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 11:25

104. marcski07 (Posts: 600; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


come one just accept it, sony is the best smartphone, the display & camera, are just for OC's who are really have professional eyes, for an average joe, z2 is the best pick. I've seen z2, and also s5, yes, the diplay of s5 are more vibrant than z2, but i couldn't see any difference about camera, they are both good. and the screen display of z2 is okay with me, so what it makes me choose z2 than s5 is the design, and camera features of z2, and many more! what i like tho with s5 is removable battery, so if, only if, the design of s5 are not ugly and samsung galaxy looks all the same that make them look generic and cheap, I will pick samsung. design is big deal for me. How would you like your soon-to-be-wife, is smart, fast & reliable, but looks ugly and generic looking face?

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 11:41

105. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Because 4:3 gives you a LOT bigger field of view. I mean a LOT. Why would I choose to see less when I can see more? Almost anytime I take photos I just couldn't fit everything I want in the photo in 16:9. 4:3 is a must.

If you love megapixels you can take 20mpx images on the Z2 lol. But yeah the superior auto mode uses oversampling (like Lumia 1020 in 5mpx images) so it's not just a normal 8mpx image.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 21:22

108. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


A non biased article by Chris P

No mentioning of 3gb Ram on the Z2
+1

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 23:23 2

120. Genza (Posts: 548; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)


I don't know why you think that the S5 has better camera than the Z2, sure the S5 is able to take lovely pictures and videos in good light and stable conditions.

But the S5 has crappy low light performance and the phase detection auto focus also pretty much useless in low light.
The video also will looks like an earthquake when you try record a video in unstable conditions like when you walking around.

In my point of view camera should be like a swiss army knife (capable and good enough to use in any situation) and because of that the Z2 is better than the S5.
Because the Z2 can take great pictures not only in good light condition but also in low light like this one.
https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/60305679@N04/

The Z2 video stabilization also can only be match by 3 axis OIS in Lumia Pureview phones like 925.

I only agree with you if, and that's a really..really big IF, its camera was able to perform much better than the Z2.

The S5 can little bit better than Z2 in good light, but the Z2 crush the S5 in low light and the Z2 also destroy the S5 when it comes to video stabilization so overall the Z2 is better than S5.

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 05:20

122. nasznjoka (Posts: 403; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


They don't they just put 41mpx on a phone that's not quality, its quantity. Quality is use the like others and beat them

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