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Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G2: first look


The Sony Xperia Z2 is the new kid on the block when it comes to top shelf smartphones, as Sony switches to a 6-month release cycles and iterates on the Xperia Z1 with an improved display, a faster quad-core Snapdragon 801 system chip, and other new features. Shopping for a smartphone, though, you’d inevitably face the choice between the Xperia Z2 and one other recently released device - the LG G2. The G2 comes with a 5.2-inch 1080p display, just like the Xperia Z2, but it’s much more compact, and it also rocks out solid silicon muscle.

Which one of the two is the better? We take a first look of these two hot devices to find out.

Design


Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G2: first look
Sony’s OmniBalance design is one of our favorites - with a sleek glass body, clean rectangular shape, monotone colors, the Xperia Z2 is really well refined. In addition, it’s also water and dust resistant.

The LG G2 does not have the glass finish - instead it’s made out of plastic that would have been okay if it didn’t feel a bit too hollow on the back. The G2 is not ruggedized like the Xperia Z2, but one thing we love about LG’s handset is its compactness - it’s much smaller than the otherwise equal in size Z2.

Display


Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G2: first look
Sony has improved the display in the Xperia Z2 hugely in comparison to the slightly washed out screen on the Xperia Z1 that suffered from poor viewing angles. It’s the same Triluminous Quantum dot tech used in earlier Sony devices, but this time with excellent viewing angles, and Sony actually claims it has managed to ship one of the best screens on the market right now.

Both devices feature 5.2-inch displays with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, and both are of the IPS LCD kind. The LG G2, however, features a bit overblown colors. It’s too early to say the colors on it are worse than those on the Xperia Z2, though, as we’re yet to look in more detail at the color accuracy of the Xperia Z2.

Interface


The Xperia Z2 rakes in the benefits of launching months after the LG G2, and it ships with the newest version of Android currently available - 4.4 KitKat, while the LG G2 is yet to be updated to the latest sweet treat by Google.

Both devices come with custom skins on top of Android. Sony’s Xperia Z2 has the Timescape UI with clean, modern looks and plentiful animations, while the G2 sports the Optimus user interface with its cartoony looks, but also rich functionality. Picking one over the other is a matter of personal preference.

Processor and memory


Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G2: first look
The Xperia Z2 stocks the Snapdragon 801 chip, a slightly improved version of the Snapdragon 800 found in the LG G2. Both are quad-core chips, but the one in the Z2 features higher clock speeds that should make some difference when you play demanding video games and in some image applications, but in little else apart from that.

The Z2 features the MSM8974ab in particular, while the G2 runs on the MSM8974 Qualcomm chip. The Z2 sports higher CPU and ISP clocks, and that’s the biggest difference between the two.

Internal storage is 32GB on the LG G2 and 16 gigs on the Sony Xperia Z2, but Sony’s smartphone supports expandable storage, which the G2 does not have.

Camera


Camera is where the battle between the Sony Xperia Z2 and LG G2 really heats up. The two devices feature some of the best cameras out there. The Xperia Z2 sports the higher resolution and image sensor with a 20-megapixel shooter with a G lens and 1/2.3” sensor, but the G2’s 13-megapixel camera features optical image stabilization that the Z2 does not have.

The G2 was the first phone to come with 60fps 1080p video recording, and the Xperia Z2 now catches up with that, and it even adds neat features like 120fps slow motion 720p video recording and 4K video capture.

We can only guess that the Z2 features a camera similar to the one in the Z1, which in our opinion is just a bit better than the one on the G2 for capturing stills, but we’re yet to explore the camera performance in depth.

Expectations


All in all, it’s clear that the Sony Xperia Z2 and LG G2 are both stunning high-end Android smartphones. They are on par for the most part, but the Xperia Z2 has the slight edge with a slightly better display (on first sight), a zippier processor, and a slightly better camera. Plus, we have a soft spot for its design and water and dust protection. The G2, however, can now be found at lower prices and that makes it a good value for the money. In summary, if you want the absolute latest - get the Xperia Z2, for a slightly better deal - we’d pick the LG G2.


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posted on 24 Feb 2014, 09:59 2

1. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2511; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Two awesome phones! Only drawback in the G2 IMHO is the glossy plastic back. From the front it's beautiful though! I think the LG skin is also a bit too heavy but it can be changed easily!

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:03 1

3. _Bone_ (Posts: 2109; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Don't forget about the G-lag, I played around with the G2 the other day, quite laggy interface, but it really goes bad upon screen rotation, multitasking, keyboard pop-up and knock-on feature. The Z2 certainly looks nice, although PhoneArena already pointed out slight stutters. How come my 2012 Nexus 4 is smooth as a baby a** and these phones aren't?

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:06

4. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2511; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Well as I said the LG skin is very heavy. Sony shouldn't have any problems of that kind though.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:14 2

5. E.S.1 (Posts: 289; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


I own a G2 and there is no lag at all.
Way better than my S4 or HTC One.
After the update ( I know I know LG actually updated the phone which wasn't needed) to Kit Kat last night its even a little faster.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:19

7. _Bone_ (Posts: 2109; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


You should give ART runtime a try brah, I can't guarantee all apps will run so there's a risk, but MA LAWD the Nexus 4 flies on it, without issues. You can find it once you enabled developer options. Recharge your phone beforehand cause it'll take time to recompile app data.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:15

6. E.S.1 (Posts: 289; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


True but most of us use cases for their phones so you will never see the back....

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:01

2. jcdz89 (Posts: 62; Member since: 01 Mar 2013)


Both great devices..but one is sexy & other is ugly

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:21

8. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3078; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


The G2 is not necessarily ugly its great looking with slim bezels, just the back is kinda cheap feeling. But turn the display on the interface is ugly as hell.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 11:44

11. Jishnusur (Posts: 68; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)


See nobody cares? :P hehe ..

No Sony made improvements, but frankly there is no one in the market who can beat LG in LCD displays..

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:24 1

9. Omarc07 (Posts: 238; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Iknow what my next phone will be xperia z2! Was gonna get galaxy 5 but ehh too ugly..

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:56

10. Kishin (Posts: 587; Member since: 30 May 2013)


This is for Sony...

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 12:33

12. Nabil2511 (Posts: 148; Member since: 27 Jan 2014)


ouh wow the G2 looks like a 'mini' phone compared to the Z2

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 17:58

13. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 942; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


above pics says "Sony Xperia Z2 vs Galaxy note 3:first look" DONT see no note 3 here...victor give it a rest MWC 2014 was great,...:)

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 05:49

14. steedsofwar (Posts: 258; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)


The G2 is much smaller than the Z2 even with the same screen size! LG did awesome work in reducing overall bezel. The battery life of the G2 is still the undefeated champion of all smartphones the same size and some that are bigger too. Like the Note series and the Z series.

It comes in the 32gb configuration and the camera is superb in bright light. Especially 60fps recording. Not forgetting the built in fm radio and infra red remote.

Lastly, that display on the G2! Just breath-taking... If only viewing angles were better like on HTC or AMOLED.

I love the Z2 for the design of the phone but hate how large and tall it is. Width is also a problem. I love their waterproofing and the fact it has 3gb RAM. The UI is better designed also. I would pick it up if it were smaller and if the battery life lasted like the G2.

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