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Sony Xperia Z2 review Q&A: your questions answered

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Sony Xperia Z2 review Q&A: your questions answered
You guys have probably seen that in our reviews, we try to go as in-depth as possible about all the features, specifics and details of hot smartphones like the Xperia Z2. Well, even though we tend to publish these notoriously lengthy reviews (the one of the Z2 is almost 30,000 characters!), there's always a little something that remains left unsaid.

That's why we gave you the opportunity to ask any questions that might still be lingering inside your heads in a Q&A post following the review. The time has now come for us to take a look at what bothers you and attempt to make things as clear as possible. Let's see if we can help...


jellmoo: When it comes to the camera, how does the speed compare to that of the Galaxy S5? From focus to capture, does it match the speed of the S5 and provide nice quality shots when doing so?

Answer: It's safe to say that the Xperia Z2 matches the Galaxy S5 in terms of camera speed. We've measured that the S5 is ever so slightly faster to take a picture (2.5 sec for S5 vs 3 sec for Z2), but overall, the Z2 shouldn't feel slower. Furthermore, the synthetic benchmark application, Camspeed, returns a better result for the Z2 (452 score for Z2 vs 300 score for S5), so yeah, it should be able to at least match it.


nudden: Im a z1 users for the period of 7 month, is it worth for me to upgrade to the z2?

Answer: We believe this question isn't really so simple to answer, which is why you'd be better off if you go and check out our in-depth comparison featuring the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z1! Getting to know the exact differences between the two will allow you to make a better decision.


Supraman21: Is the battery life comparable to the Lg G2?

Answer: The battery life with the Xperia Z2 should be even better than that of the G2, as suggested by our custom battery life test. In it, the Xperia Z2 has managed to last for the impressive 8h 10 min, while the LG G2 achieved the still-good, but not-quite-there 6h 48 min. That doesn't necessarily mean that the Z2 will last you longer than the G2, because that depends on a number of factors, but in general, yes, we expect Sony's flagship to exhibit better battery life.


QuadFace: I like to listen to music using headphones, please tell me your opinion about sound quality if compared with the HTC One M8.

Answer: There isn't such a great difference between the sound quality of the M8's pair of earphones and the one available with the Z2. Both sound quite good, with that of the  One (M8) being a bit more punchy, with slightly less mid frequencies. The earphones of the Xperia Z2 sound slightly fuller and flatter. You won't go wrong with either one.


GreekGeek: How's the default screen calibration, warm or cool?

Answer: The screen of the Xperia Z2 is more on the warmer side, considering the competition. The average screen temperature is about 6900 K, which means the Z2 will appear warmer than most high-end LCD screens currently on the market.


rsiders: In manual mode in the camera, do users get control over shutter speed?

Answer: Nope, you can't control shutter speed.


sebas104: Does it record Full HD video at 60 fps?

Answer: Sadly, no. The Xperia Z2 cannot record 1080p video at 60 fps out of the box. You can record 720p video at 120 fps though.

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posted on 21 May 2014, 09:35 15

1. NoFanboy (Posts: 241; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)


You answered the battery life question for the s5 not z2.. you should take a break

posted on 21 May 2014, 09:54 5

3. bananana (Posts: 34; Member since: 27 Oct 2013)


shows that phone arena fanboyism is too damn strong perhaps?

posted on 21 May 2014, 10:07 4

4. buccob (Posts: 1570; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Its hard to transition from their "Samsung" mode... samsung this, galaxy that, s5 here, and there....

posted on 21 May 2014, 10:42

11. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1469; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Saw that too. Wow... proofread your article before you post...

posted on 21 May 2014, 10:44

13. CoastCity (Posts: 140; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


We all do mistakes. Only the pope doesn't (or he thinks so)

posted on 21 May 2014, 10:46 1

15. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1469; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I guess you are right. It's like calling the wrong name during sex. It's just a mistake, but it's a big f*cked up. :P hehe

posted on 21 May 2014, 11:20

19. Aploine (Posts: 207; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


Speaking by experience?

posted on 21 May 2014, 15:18

29. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1469; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Thank god that hasn't happened to me yet. I'm smart enough to say any name during sex haha

posted on 21 May 2014, 10:55 2

16. MrTzr (Posts: 128; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)


That's not their only fault. It DOES record 1080P @ 60fps!

posted on 21 May 2014, 14:56

27. juppjupp (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 May 2014)


You are correct, but dont take my word for it. Amongst others gsmarena confirms this:
___.gsmarena.com/sony_xperia_z2-review-1078p9.php (replase ___ with w's)

"FullHD videos at 30 fps carry a bitrate of 17 Mbps - less than half of the UHD mode, but that's expected. Framerate was again a constraint 30 fps, while the audio bitrate was set at 154 Kbps. Smoother 1080p videos at 60 fps have a bitrate of 29 Mbps with almost the same audio bitrate at 153 Kbps. And finally, there is the 1080p HDR video, which has the same bitrate for video and audio as the regular FullHD videos."

Would be nice if PA check again and update... ;)

posted on 21 May 2014, 13:33 2

23. Nick_T (Posts: 154; Member since: 27 May 2011)


It has been fixed, thanks! Break time indeed.

posted on 21 May 2014, 14:12

25. jrod78414 (Posts: 102; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


HOLY CRAP HE FIXED HIS POST ONLY TOOK HIM 6 HOURS. That is funny . god bless RAY S.

posted on 21 May 2014, 15:39 1

30. PunyPoop (Posts: 741; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


That's Ray. S, anti Sony LOL

posted on 21 May 2014, 15:15

28. enzotarece (Posts: 24; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)


no he did not the z2 is 8h 10min and the s5 is 8h 20min

posted on 21 May 2014, 09:35 3

2. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 382; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


LOL@ the answer to the third question

posted on 21 May 2014, 10:20 2

5. KillerKeyboard (Posts: 307; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


Ray S. was drunk at that time.

posted on 21 May 2014, 10:21 1

6. shayan (Posts: 150; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Well that didn't answer my questions. And btw, why are you saying about S5 battery life when you should be telling Z2s battery life?

posted on 21 May 2014, 10:24

7. jrod78414 (Posts: 102; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


maybe a simple mistake on his part. But the people love to laught at it. Hope the author sees the Error. It was funny i ve got take picture of this screenshot. lol CHECK YOUR ANSWERS before you Publish.

posted on 21 May 2014, 10:26

8. jrod78414 (Posts: 102; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


next is going be yes YOure Iphone does have better earbuds. So you wont loose on Upgrade.lol

posted on 21 May 2014, 10:33 7

9. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3326; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Wrong PA wrong.... It CAN record 1080p video at 60fps out of the box... I have it and I just did so.. And talking about S5 in the 3rd one? This is why I don't trust PA in reviews...

posted on 21 May 2014, 10:42

12. KillerKeyboard (Posts: 307; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


Support to the theory @#5.

:D

posted on 21 May 2014, 10:45 1

14. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1469; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


You got your Z2!!!! :D WOOOOT

posted on 21 May 2014, 11:06 2

17. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3326; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Yeah, yesterday. And with the smartband! :) I absolutely love these!!

posted on 21 May 2014, 11:14 1

18. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1469; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I'm so glad you finally got your Z2 :D how do you like the smartband so far?

posted on 21 May 2014, 11:33 1

20. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3326; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


I'm glad too the wait was so long :)

I like it. It calculates your sleep very accurately. It shows how many minutes you were asleep, and how long of that time were you sleeping deeply and how long lightly. The calories and step calculations also seem to be quite accurate. I'm just waiting for a cycling mode to come into it. I guess one is coming. It sits very comfortably on your wrist. It's very light and the material is soft and not too slippery or sticky.

But I'm not sure if I would pay that full 99 euros for it. I mean it's nice and I'll definitely use it since I have it now, but 99 euros is still a bit too much for it IMO.

posted on 21 May 2014, 11:40

21. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1469; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


That's pretty cool. I would rather have that than noise canceling headphone and the dock XD

posted on 21 May 2014, 12:33 1

22. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3326; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Yeah. I will buy the headphones though. Luckily they are just 50 euros and not 99 :) I'm still not sure whether to get the charging dock or not. I would kinda like it because I have docks for all my portable devices it's so easy to charge them like that!

posted on 22 May 2014, 06:41

32. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1469; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Just got my magnetic charging cable and it's pretty awesome. It's cheap on eBay and very useful. It's doesn't stay on the phone very well if you are trying to use your phone when they are connected. But great alternative of the dock.

posted on 22 May 2014, 07:37

33. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3326; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Looks quite handy indeed. But I think I would still prefer the dock. Bu the way, does the dock have a separate cable to plug into wall or is it connected to the normal charger?

posted on 22 May 2014, 08:13

34. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1469; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


The one came with the phone is three parts:
Wall mount
USB calbe
Dock

posted on 22 May 2014, 08:25

35. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3326; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Okay. I hope the separate one will come with a longer cable.

posted on 21 May 2014, 10:34 2

10. jrod78414 (Posts: 102; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


man this guy is in on a roll today. I think hangover got the best of him. Just kidding. lol

posted on 21 May 2014, 13:43

24. rsiders (Posts: 313; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


Thank you PhoneArena for answering my question. Surprised to see you don't get the option to tinker with shutter speed as this option is available on the HTC One(M8) and my Lumia 920. That's an option I can't go without now on a phone made for photography.

posted on 21 May 2014, 14:14 1

26. jrod78414 (Posts: 102; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


now we cant make fun of RAY S. maybe just make fun of me. lol hahahahahahah. not going a lie the S5 thing was a kicker made my day. Needed a luagh

posted on 21 May 2014, 22:15

31. techloverNYC (Posts: 422; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


The music or question #4 was not answer fully or correct. I don't think the person was asking about the original or factory headphone quality that came with the phone. He was asking about the music output that comes out of the headphone. Some phones has factory mixers on sounds, so i think he was asking about that. Most of us ppl use third party headphones. The person who answer the question clearly didn't even bother to finishing reading the question or something. I don't know alot about techs but I get what he was asking.

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