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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1. Scarambay (Posts: 92; 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.
8. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)
As always, Samsung always ranks #1 in the camera department.
14. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Blind tests conclude Samsung ranked #1 THREE times in a row.
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.
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.
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.
141. shayan (Posts: 159; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)
Have to disagree with you. I have a Z2 and the camera is not good. It is very noisy! Specially if you shot in a low light environment. It is the best phone I ever had, and I don't want anything else but the camera is not good for a 2014 flagship.
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.
33. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)
34.11% vs 6.32% (this was the article you tried defending your hate to PA for Z2 ranking last)
Want me to find more?
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?
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.
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.
103. sachouba (Posts: 161; 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.
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.
55. neela_akaash (Posts: 1205; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)
Z2 deserves to be in the first place....
68. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Wtf? What about #9? "But I think it deserves #1."
75. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
That one has nothing to do with you saying Z2 deserves to be #1.
77. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4847; 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!
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.
72. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4847; 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!
130. tedkord (Posts: 11888; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Says the guy in the Apple filtering sunglasses.
122. nasznjoka (Posts: 402; 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
104. marcski07 (Posts: 598; 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?