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Sony Xperia Z2 vs HTC One (M8): preliminary comparison

0. phoneArena 25 Mar 2014, 11:12 posted on

The Xperia Z2 is Sony's greatest smartphone yet. It is sleek, powerful, and equipped with a very capable camera. But could it be better than the new HTC One (M8)? Perhaps this preliminary comparison will aid us in finding the answer...

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posted on 20 Mar 2014, 18:08 7

67. TMach (Posts: 387; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Personally, having owned both the HTC One and Z1 and based on first hand experience of handling both, I much prefer the Z1 and that trend won't change with the Z2! There are some real stupid debates going on here and seriously the choice is down to each person's personal preference and taste so objectively, it is impossible to get a thin piece of paper between the two. My one pet hate with my HTC One is Sense, hated it so much that I traded it and got the HTC One Google Play Edition. Sony's UI is the closest thing to pure vanilla android and for me it is streets ahead of LG's UI and Touchwiz both of which are garish and cartoonish!

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 06:46

184. RuiBacelar (Posts: 146; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)


Sir, those are my exact thoughts....finnaly =)

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 18:28 3

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


Sony loses major points for not having widespread availability in the US

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 17:54 2

127. TMach (Posts: 387; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Gate keepers in the US are the carriers and not Sony! Pretty darn sure Sony would want to sell as many units as possible......anywhere!

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 11:43 1

144. lee480 (Posts: 178; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


It's interesting Sony manages to sell more phones than HTC even if their market presence in the USA is close to zero.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 13:42

153. Odiin (Posts: 303; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


Yes completely agree,
Stubborn Sony!

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 19:05 4

75. Federated (Posts: 252; Member since: 06 Mar 2010)


Z2 all day. Both are sexy but Im gonna go with Z2 here. Better UI in my opinion.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 19:24 3

76. anleoflippy (Posts: 320; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


Both are great phones. But at the end of the day, for now I choose the Z2.
I like the simple UI . Yes, I like the UI that people here consider it to be boring, crap and terrible. I like it, I as in myself. Everyone has what they like.
I'll wait for reviews for both of these devices.
Also, delusional ignorant fanboys everywhere. No wonder sometimes I don't bother reading the comments.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 19:59 3

81. apple4never (Posts: 974; Member since: 08 May 2013)


to me the M8 looks weird from the sides and front whereas i like sony's omni balance design.
id go for the Z2 because its waterproof, 3gb ram, 20mp camera and noise cancelling plus the design
id go for the M8 for its dual cameras, boom sound
i dont like the old sense because it was too heavy and took time to get used to maybe sense (what is it 6 now?) is supposed to be better, I like sony's ui because theres many useful features plus im a photographer and it gives me more options to take better photos in the stock camera plus the options for underwater shots or even rain effects and shots

but thats just me

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 20:09 2

82. Taters (Posts: 3601; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Both are super bricks and extremely overrated at phonearena. Most people I know and speak to would gladly give up front facing speakers, a useless second camera module, and water proofing for a more compact screen to size ratio and more compact overall footprint.

They are both going to tank hard, no doubts about it.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 21:12 2

99. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3618; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Dude you nailed it

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 21:24 2

102. Genza (Posts: 279; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)


Then G2 and G Pro 2 is the best phone for them (Most people you know and speak to).

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 13:44 1

154. Odiin (Posts: 303; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


Yes dude then what about your S5? Out of this world right?

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 20:15

83. cai4651 (Posts: 26; Member since: 09 Mar 2014)


This time i will wait for the review and real comparison to choose between s5, one and z2 . I think s5 is going to be the winner . I bet it will have the best camera , display and battery life of 3.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 21:39 5

103. techperson211 (Posts: 711; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


I must say htc one is one heck of a device. But Sony z2 is a killer phone this year . Haters wil be haters especially iFans here. Before z2 you mock Sony of viewing angles who the f*ck watched video sideways? Now they're freakin fix viewing angle . Now you see huge bezel? Well ifruit Sammy htc has big bezel too but are thy water proof shatter proof? No. Lg is the only one who has small bezel phones here. In terms of innovation from the beginning of Sony from TV Walkman play station DVD blue ray speakers home theater laptop headset earphones camera etc. they REALLY INNOVATE THINGS NOT COPY AND SAYS ITS THEIR DESIGN.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 02:06 5

110. Rexperia (Posts: 100; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)


MAMASmurf really hate SONY so much... Maybe he has bad experience in life with SONY, that's why he kept posting negative and bad things about SONY.. Grow up man!!! Don't be so narrow minded like that!

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 19:49 1

128. anleoflippy (Posts: 320; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


He's just posting facts and opinions. Nothing wrong with that, right?

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 13:47 4

155. Odiin (Posts: 303; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


According to him, Sony UI is ugly as a hell n Samsung touchwiz is beautiful? What kinda fact is this? Its blind fanboyism towards Aamsung n hatred towards Sony,

Sony has its own flaws, if he dont like Sony UI we can understand, but his comments proves him otheways,

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 06:49

185. RuiBacelar (Posts: 146; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)


Man, it's personal taste, you can's bash someone for liking one thing over another, personally I think Touchwiz had it's day's, I like the simplicity of Sony UI and I dont bash others for not liking it...

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 02:30 1

112. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3618; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


New Htc one gonna fail miserably just like htc doing from last 4 years. Xperia z sold more than htc one even though it was inferior. This year z2 is way superior so this year the One's got absolutely no chance

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 05:59 2

115. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2010; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


I would choose Sony over HTC, any day....

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 04:04

189. morijoon (Posts: 25; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)


and i choose htc over any other phone all the time

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 08:13 2

117. mojtaba_mn (Posts: 200; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)


Only HTC make phone other make crap

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 10:52

118. GhettoNanny (Posts: 3; Member since: 21 Mar 2014)


The 3 gigs of Ram does it for me. Looks mean nothing when it is going in a case. I don't care how nice it looks, it is of no use broken.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 12:17 1

119. Dieche (Posts: 3; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


Japan kicked ass this year, get over yourselves. Htc hardly brought anything except for what they happened to do last year... Everything else kind of seems like a gimmick.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 13:14

125. neartx (banned) (Posts: 86; Member since: 15 Mar 2014)


htc make better phone all time than sony full bag
now if sony have 3 gig ram and have more grasp what the point ?

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 05:32 3

134. Roeshak (Posts: 13; Member since: 17 Apr 2013)


All the HTC insane fanboys having a go at the z2 bezels are just jokers. The HTC is about the same size as the z2 yet it has a smaller display, smaller battery, smaller camera, not water or dust proof plus the Sony also has stereo speakers. The z2 kills the HTC period! Jokers

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 08:48 1

135. ToxiD (Posts: 41; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Don't forget Z2 is wider than HTC, that's why it has 0.2 inch bigger display. About the battery, we will see how it will perform, it is not only about the capacity. There are no leaks how good / bad the new One makes photos so you don't know what is better.

Love this comparison even the HTC was not announced yet lol. No one knows how it will perform.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 10:46 1

138. adrian1998 (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Mar 2014)


Samsung had did a great job in making nice phones
-it is creative and innovative as samsung flagships are always attractive of its new function
-popularity is high so the market value is high
-s-amoled screen is great as no one cares about the oversaturated colours
-quality is not that good because it needs mass production
-boring desigh,feels cheap among its competitor

Sony always cares about details
-designs are great
-premium build quality
-marketing skills are relatively poor bt improves alot
-wash out screen bt improves a lot in z2
-top notch camera quality
Better quality among its competitors

Htc is always the one who impress us
-design are innovative,we can see different designs everytime
-quality is a minor problems
-marketing skill is getting worse
-s-lcd is a good display bt it seldom impress us with any stand out performance, etc samsung have eye candy s-amoled ,sony have image engines that make the display worl better,apple retina display produce the best colour that humaneye can regconize
-beats audio doesnt stand out bt it really did better than its competitiors

Apple ....is always an apple in our eyes
-best quality ,feels premium anyway
-graphics are impressive
Retina display is gorgeous
-most expensive ,remain expensive even the model is old
Camera is great

Sorry for my bad grammar===

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 10:47

139. adrian1998 (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Mar 2014)


Samsung had did a great job in making nice phones
-it is creative and innovative as samsung flagships are always attractive of its new function
-popularity is high so the market value is high
-s-amoled screen is great as no one cares about the oversaturated colours
-quality is not that good because it needs mass production
-boring desigh,feels cheap among its competitor

Sony always cares about details
-designs are great
-premium build quality
-marketing skills are relatively poor bt improves alot
-wash out screen bt improves a lot in z2
-top notch camera quality
Better quality among its competitors

Htc is always the one who impress us
-design are innovative,we can see different designs everytime
-quality is a minor problems
-marketing skill is getting worse
-s-lcd is a good display bt it seldom impress us with any stand out performance, etc samsung have eye candy s-amoled ,sony have image engines that make the display worl better,apple retina display produce the best colour that humaneye can regconize
-beats audio doesnt stand out bt it really did better than its competitiors

Apple ....is always an apple in our eyes
-best quality ,feels premium anyway
-graphics are impressive
Retina display is gorgeous
-most expensive ,remain expensive even the model is old
Camera is great

Sorry for my bad grammar===

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 12:02 2

146. josephnero (Posts: 325; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


loving Z2

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 04:06

190. morijoon (Posts: 25; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)


loving htc m8

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 12:05 3

147. Scomii (Posts: 25; Member since: 22 Nov 2013)


If any one is truly honest, the choice would be simple: The Z2.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 04:06

191. morijoon (Posts: 25; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)


m8 is much better
z2 ? nooo ugly and same any other sony in market

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 15:10

157. Gdrye (Posts: 109; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


i just one to get one thing out the way first, while the sony Z2 might have better sound quality from the front speakers than the old one, the new one may be better, but lets not forget that the sony phone is water proof, so they have to be somewhat covered...

BESIDES that point, this is what i wanted, a Sony HTC match up, sorry but Samsung has lost it and are making crap phones, they will sell more but this is what the competition is all about when it comes to android, both these phones are so much more compelling than what samsung is bringing, but i hope that pushes them to create more greatness in the future, but all i can say is for the first half of 2014 it is these two right here no matter what one you like more

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 18:58 2

169. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1256; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


i think xperia is more better so z2 for me..just need those pixels...

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 18:59 2

170. Federated (Posts: 252; Member since: 06 Mar 2010)


Z2 over M8 for me. Better UI, better camera, better design, waterproof and Dustproof, Better screen, bigger Screen, more Ram, more elegant design, has noice cancellation, bigger capacity battery (not necessarily longer).

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 19:43

171. garyII (Posts: 160; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


Sense UI definitely better looking....!

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 20:32 2

172. therons (Posts: 7; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)


Sony Z2 definitely rules.
HTC bezel is ugly. 2 gb RAM, hell 4mp dual camera (read camera compare..worst)
it is just downgrade from beauty HTC One last year.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 02:06 1

173. DONUT (Posts: 307; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


i think PA forgot to mention that the Z2 has the "double tap to wake screen" feature as well. Sony has also included their version of SmartStay onto the Z2. which the article (and probably all Z2 articles here) has missed out. I read about these on GSMArena.

back to these 2 phones, personally i would choose the Z2 over the One because of the camera. i have to agree with smurf, the camera on the One is a MAJOR LETDOWN. everything else on both phones are tied to me. sure the HTC uses a more "premium" material for their phone, but the Z2 looks a lot sleeker to me.

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 06:52

186. RuiBacelar (Posts: 146; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)


One thing that I really want to know is the battery tests, in the past Sony let me down a bit...really hope Z2 3200mha lasts longer that the 2600mha of M8 or I'll be mad at SONNY

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 04:00

188. morijoon (Posts: 25; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)


better quality and design and more beauty
better speakers sony just copy it like the widget inside copy of htc widget
better screen for htc sony,s screen always crap this time maby better but not much htc super lcd 3
htc is more premium and style
very great battery result htc did score 71 and 21 hr talk time z1 by 3000 m can,t reach even 50
sony z1 i see not a handle phone and drop from hand easy and i don,t like it
the inter face i like htc sense and sony must change really bad hi have sony
the camera z2 is better def and i hope next year htc did better in camera

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 04:07

192. morijoon (Posts: 25; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)


really if you buy z2 who can see ? any one think it is another sony phone all is same
z1=z2 copy=new z2

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 17:27

193. GBPN15 (Posts: 6; Member since: 01 Apr 2014)


I will try to be as fair and impartial as I possibly can be, being a Xperia supporter.

I own an Xperia Z1, and althought it has some major flaws, I still love it. I've used the last One (traded it a week to a friend who wanted to try mine. Both of us were happy with our initial choice ;)), tried an S4 and Note3, LG G2, Moto X, Lenovo and Nexus 5.

To me it's obvious that the fight for the crown will be disputed by HTC and Sony. Samsung represents, in my view, the mass prodution, cheapness, plastic overuse. But I like its screen. Hate Touchwizz, it has lots of functions useless for the most of the people, it's not tidy. It is as overrated as Apple, (even thought that Apple is overpriced too). LG grew up to my eyes, they have the best screen on market actually. But its UI... I also don't like it. In spite of not being ugly as S4 (at my eyes) it's not very attractive too. Nexus 5 lacks of the premium feel of the others, and its functionalities, but i recognize it's the best for those who priorize the updates.

Let's exclude all the others, and just "compare" M8 to Z2

They're tied at:

SD card

Design
They both are great, HTc remembers me of hipster way of living, being funky getting fun. Z2 brings sobriety, strenght, reliability a classic look. (I'm very of an hipster)

UI
Very different, but both very stable, customisable. There isn't much more to say.

HTC wins:

Screen
(small win, just because Z1 screen had some flaws it will have to wait in order to confirm this)

Speakers
(same as before)

Updates
(think HTC updates come out faster and less bugged, but let's just remember they dont have to care with the huge variety of devices that sony has)

Storage
Big win here. It is 11gb or 26gb vs 11gb (free storage, f course) I had to erase asphalt 8 :(

Sony wins:

Camera
It completely overclasses the other. Detailed, full of color, rich images. 4K Video, multiple choices to effects. HTC sucks here. It wins at frontal.

Battery (I also have the dock. Its awesome :)

Resistance
Sony has always made very robust devices, It's waterproof. (I have a Case mate dual. It is covered against dangers all wide) U feel a stone on your hands. ure tempted to throw it just to test if it's as resistent as it feels. HTC is great too, but i think Z2 will take this one.

Performance
Just a small win. Same processor, the extra DDR3 RAM of Z2 isn't that much of an advantage.

Phones
Noise cancelation is great.

I think they're both great. The choice is a matter of taste. They will both serve you well. Personally I prefer Sony, but shame the 16 gb, they've corrected the screen and speakers. HTC lacks of camera. But, althought the sony is the most complete, HTC is the best for entertainment purposes.

PS: SONY Z2 FTW

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 17:36

194. GBPN15 (Posts: 6; Member since: 01 Apr 2014)


PPS: Hate bezels discution. Hate blind and vicious fanboys discutions. Mainly from Samstream. If u want to discuss smartphones, u have to try to be as impartial as u can.
PPPS: Stop shaming Z1 screen. It's not awesome. But it's very good. It'd wiser to shame the speaker.

GBPN15

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