Sony Xperia Z2 vs HTC One (M8)
Android 4.4.2, which is the latest version of the platform available right now, comes loaded on the Sony Xperia Z2 and the HTC One (M8) out of the box. Don't expect seeing any stock Android UI elements on either of them, however. Sony has treated the system's interface to a thorough overhaul, adding both visual and functional improvements to the OS. Similarly, HTC has loaded Sense 6.0 onto the (M8) – a well-polished and consistent Android UI with a clean and modern look.
If you've ever used an Android device, then you should have no troubles adapting to Sony's custom interface as it is organized much like the stock one – with several home screens for apps and widgets and an app drawer listing all your installed applications. We must note that folders can be placed in the drawer, which is a welcome option since that lets us get all rarely used apps out of the way. In addition to this, there's a side panel in the app drawer for sorting and searching through installed applications. This panel hasn't been designed optimally, however, as we tend to toggle it on by accident every once in a while.
Sony has spiced things up a bit by adding theme support and a handful of its own live wallpapers, thus giving users more personalization flexibility. Toggle buttons in the notification panel are also present, to no surprise. Another handy feature are the so-called Small Apps – tools that run in their own window hovering above the UI. You only get a handful of these pre-loaded, including a voice recorder and a notes app, but the Play store contains dozens of these for you to try.
Sense 6.0 running on the HTC One (M8) is a bit more radical departure from stock Android, although you can make it feel a lot more stock-ish with a few tweaks. One of the UI's highlights is BlinkFeed – a home screen dedicated to aggregating your social networking news feeds with articles from online news outlets, thus bringing relevant information at the user's fingertips, available at a swipe's distance. You might like this feature if you're a heavy SN user, but in case you're not, you're totally free to turn BlinkFeed off.
The Sense 6.0 experience is complemented by various gestures used to accomplish a variety of tasks. A double tap on the screen when the handset is in stand-by, for example, will turn its display on, as if its power button has been pressed. Then a swipe up can be used to unlock the device, while a swipe to the right or left will bring us to BlinkFeed or our standard home screen respectively. It is also neat that the camera can be launched by placing the phone horizontally and pressing any of its volume buttons.
We tested Sony's on-screen keyboard, which comes loaded on the Xperia Z2, and we ended up feeling quite pleased. It has been developed with focus on personalization as it can be easily tailored to the user's preferences – it can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be. A wizard helps you configure options like auto-correction and word prediction. Accuracy is top notch.
The virtual keyboard on the HTC One (M8) is also a pretty good one, with plenty of options to configure and languages to select from. Personally, we find the one on the Z2 a little bit more accurate, but at the end of the day, using an on-screen keyboard efficiently is often a matter of how used your thumbs are to it.
Higher is better
HTC One (M8) 19139
Sony Xperia Z2 18584
Higher is better
HTC One (M8) 31075
Sony Xperia Z2 34088
Higher is better
HTC One (M8) 1171
Sony Xperia Z2 1177
Vellamo HTML 5
Higher is better
HTC One (M8) 1673
Sony Xperia Z2 1584
Lower is better
HTC One (M8) 693.1
Sony Xperia Z2 925.4
GFXBench Manhattan on-screen
Higher is better
HTC One (M8) 11
Sony Xperia Z2 12.4
Processor and memory
On paper, the Sony Xperia Z2 and the HTC One (M8) share a lot of hardware similarities. The same Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 ticks inside both of them – model number MSM8974-AB – with a quad-core Krait 400 CPU that can run at up to 2.3GHz and Adreno 330 GPU. On a side note, this particular chip is slightly less powerful than the Snapdragon 801 model MSM8974-AC, which powers the Galaxy S5, but it is still one of the fastest around.
If you're assuming that the two phones perform equally well in real life, however, then you won't be entirely correct. The Sony Xperia Z2 tends to lag if its home screens are too crowded. Some UI choppiness can be seen as well. Keeping your home screen clean and tidy will take care of the slowdowns, but at the same time, we were expecting more from Sony's flagship in terms of UI smoothness. Nevertheless, even heavy 3D games run perfectly fine on the Z2.
We did not experience any performance issues with the HTC One (M8) during testing. Compared to the Z2, it feels snappier while browsing back and forth through home screens. Unsurprisingly, demanding video games run without hiccups on HTC's flagship as well.
Sony has equipped the Xperia Z2 with a whopping 3GB of RAM, which is an advantage that only a few other handsets can brag with. The HTC One (M8), on the other hand, has 2GB of RAM, which is still good and definitely enough to ensure the smooth switching between applications. We aren't entirely sure just how big of an advantage is that extra gig for the Xperia Z2, but we can confidently regard it as more future-proof than the M8.
Both smartphones come with 16GB of on-board storage, and both have about a third of that reserved for system files. What's left is approximately 10 gigs, more or less, of user-available storage, which many might find insufficient. Thankfully, a microSD card slot is present on the two devices and can boost their storage space by up to 128GB extra.
Higher is better
HTC One (M8) 19139
Sony Xperia Z2 18584
Higher is better
HTC One (M8) 31075
Sony Xperia Z2 34088
Internet browser and connectivity
Chrome is the web browser pre-loaded onto the Sony Xperia Z2. It is fast, responsive, and comfortable to use as it inflates text in paragraphs, thus making it easier to read. Those who use Google's browser on their other devices will enjoy its option to sync bookmarks and tabs between them.
On the HTC One (M8) we find a browser that's simply labeled as Internet, along with Chrome, which also comes pre-loaded. The former handles even the heaviest of web pages without breaking a sweat. It won't inflate text for you, however, and we're not fans of its tab switching interface. Of course, you're free to use Chrome instead, or an alternative third-party browserfrom the Google Play store.
LTE Cat4 (up to 150Mbps down) is supported by the Sony Xperia Z2 across 10 different bands, which is a perk that few other smartphones boast. When no LTE is available, you can still rely on good old HSPA+ at rates of up to 42Mpbs down. The phone's set of connectivity features also includes the latest flavors of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA, MHL, A-GPS with Glonass compatibility, and NFC.
The list of LTE bands supported by the HTC One (M8) is a bit shorter, with only four different frequencies on it (may vary for carrier-specific models). Nevertheless, HSPA+ at up to 42Mbps is always at your disposal, along with Bluetooth 4.0, the newest Wi-Fi standards, DLNA, MHL, GPS with Glonass compatibility, and NFC.
17. Sauce (unregistered)
Z2 looks pretty cheap and not classy. The white trim ruins it.
21. emadshiny (Posts: 1142; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
Are you drunk or what??
I think your profile pic exactly fits you!
22. Sauce (unregistered)
Glad to know my opinion deeply hurts your poor feelings LOL.
I think my profile pic exactly fits what I'm doing right now to you.
23. emadshiny (Posts: 1142; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
You need sth to sooth your burning bro.
24. Sauce (unregistered)
34. hari120 (Posts: 21; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
@emadshiny as longs as everyone has eyes no one give a damn **** to his comments
36. marcski07 (Posts: 560; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)
have you ever seen one in personal? :) xperia z I agree it's not classy, but not looking so cheap also, but hell, ugly. It looks like a brick and u can bitch slap anybody using that phone, but z1 and z2, really looks premium, and eye catcher... i love z1 compact, because i have small hands, and i don't want to use 2 hands for a phone, for multi-tasking purposes. plastic yes, but it doesn't look cheap, it's beautifully crafted really well made, and very comfortable to grip and browse with your thumb only... :)
2. Birds (Posts: 1028; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
Ultimately it comes down to aesthetics for me because both phones are truly beasts at what they do. I'd prefer thee HTC One simply because I'm a huge HTC One fanboy. The Sony Phone is utter perfection though. I just wish the back had like this shattered look to it so when you drop it and it actually shatters, you can't tell.
3. giani (Posts: 269; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
So, as per yr conclusions general score is 4-1 in favor of m8. But the z2 has a higher rating in the individual review. Hah ?!
8. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3617; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
hah 8.8 is pretty high for ultragimmickpixel camera.
11. pwnarena (Posts: 975; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)
that's what you call cosolation or a balancing act. no ad-subsisting site or blogwould want to offend fans. there should be some redeeming factor somewhere.
15. giani (Posts: 269; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
Straight edgeNexus, if you dont get my point, please don't TROLL.
I was only trying to make Nick T confess. It is very clear from the comparison that he prefers the M8.
16. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3617; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Sorry didnt get the point till the edit time passed out. :-)
4. FaisalWibowo11 (Posts: 143; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)
HTC one M8 is a near perfect phone, great design, great specs overall, but only let down by its camera. But had it has a 1/2.3" 8MP ultrapixel sensor, then it is perfect..
18. MichaelA (Posts: 18; Member since: 14 May 2014)
It's not all about MP's, but don't even think about printing a photo from the M8 to anything like a 4x6 or 5x8 because it's going to look terrible. I rarely ever do this, but when I do I want a alright pic, not crap. If I had to choose I would go with the Sony, but why not just wait for the LG G3 instead?
5. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2010; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)
M8 since it offers more internal memory, and up to 128GB ?
10. pwnarena (Posts: 975; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)
at least all flagships released this year can use sandisk's 128GB sd card. that's been tested and proved on some youtube video.
6. cyborg009 (Posts: 93; Member since: 17 Sep 2011)
Sony has good UI but it should be smooth not laggy... they should focus on optimizing it. I'm using Sony phones from old SE times and though I'm entirely in love with Z2's display I'm thinking of either getting a lumia 930 or oneplus one as my next phone.
7. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3617; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Ergonomics- Htc One(curved back)
display-Tie i guess
UI-One Sense more beautiful and functional
Camera-LOL no comments
conclusion- Z2 due to all rounder IMO
29. BattleBrat (Posts: 1175; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
Id give the M8 the edge in multimedia, boomsound+ higher output headphone jack+ ir blaster.
31. FCB-Eto (Posts: 29; Member since: 17 Aug 2013)
Battery life the Z2 kills the M8 and S5 those two respectively do 71hrs and 72 but the Z2 manages 89hrs it's on Gsmarena, but get this that's without any power saving enabled.
12. papss (unregistered)
I love both actually. I prefer the looks and design of the z2 (I like square phones with sharp corners) but like the UI of the m8...
13. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3617; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Yeah i love sense 6, 5 days on and i have no tempt to flash ROMs, unlike s5 touchwiz when i was dying to flash CM.
20. sanyamjain75 (Posts: 14; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)
I wish they both join hands and design a piece of perfection..
Strength and the weaknesses of others can be helped by both Sony And Htc as they both are not in a good condition..
25. Totse2k15 (Posts: 276; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)
Z2 overall win for me. I'd buy Z2 over M8.
26. GoBears (Posts: 384; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
I think it's pretty awesome that both these fantastic devices run Android and we have choices like this. I like the M8 myself. I wish the M8 had the Z2's camera but the M8 camera isn't near as bad as people make it out to be and I'm really loving the fact that it has s-off and bootloader unlocked. Running CleanROM with xposed gives me tons of options on an already awesome phone. Android FTW!
27. therons (Posts: 7; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)
Both is monster. if HTC put better camera and waterproof thing, i will go with HTC.
but overall Z2 is best choice.
anyway i love HTC M8....is a design masterpiece..
30. techperson211 (Posts: 710; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)
Z2 anytime of the day. Waitin for z2compact and z3 before upgrading my z1 compact.
32. tiara6918 (Posts: 1532; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
I can't believe the m8 won even though the z2 got a higher rating at pa's review
37. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1256; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)
4mp on m8,not even close to the Z2.ILL GO WITH Z2..
38. ogee4life (Posts: 12; Member since: 12 Apr 2014)
PA are completely confused, ui lag? First I ve not seen any site or reviewer complain bout lag even with cramped or heavy loaded home screens. The only thing I may accept the htc beats the Sony over is the quality of the speakers. But from tests I have seen on you tube and elsewhere it's marginal and remember the Sony is water proof will take that any day over a bit louder or clearer sound. The multimedia apps on Sony kills anything htc has to offer, htc multimedia apps very boring in design and visualisations nothing compared to the Sony that I know for sure for eg the walkman player the camera ui and movies ui plus effects available.
40. Phoneboy123 (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 May 2014)
Sony's interface is kinda bad :o ( no BlinkFeed etc , just a basic launcher )The additional it has over M8 is kinda useless since M8 doesn't lags at all while Z2 does sometimes. Moreover the movies UI plus effects is purely software addon , and sadly it lags on the Z2 too. Personally I'll prefer M8 haha.
43. FCB-Eto (Posts: 29; Member since: 17 Aug 2013)
In your dreams blinkfeed and Zoe are cool add ons but don't come and talk about lag on Z2 you're lying. Sony's interface is good and none of the soft key ui comes close expecially with the theme engine Sony introduced in jellybean 4.3, with a simple change of a theme softkeys on the navbar and icons on the status bar are changed not to mention the background in various menus across the system. When you bash Sony you should say in your opinion.
45. Branson28 (Posts: 17; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)
I have the Z2 and have never experienced lag, even when under a lot of pressure. Hell the phone doesn't even heat up at all when working intensive processes like other phones do. I personally like how unobtrusive the UI on Sony is. Honestly when I had a Samsung Galaxy S4 I deleted all the extra crap that touchwiz adds. Some people prefer a more basic approach, and we don't use/need all that extra stuff :)
42. steedsofwar (Posts: 288; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)
better battery life,
Better physical size (grip width),
greater internal storage,
The Sony slightly edges it and takes the trophy me thinks. I own an LG G2 so I am torn between the 2014 flagships.
46. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
If it weren't for the camera, I'd chose the M8 over the Z2 with my eyes closed.
47. mark_ray (banned) (Posts: 35; Member since: 26 May 2013)
In my openion the HTC One M8 is the best phone in 2014. The only contendor now is LG G3 which will be released in couple of days, to let's wait and see
48. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
nope, it isn't ... the terrible camera .. the huge bezels with no ip67 certification to make up for it .. these are bad things for a flagship in 2014.. but it's okay though
49. theo14461 (Posts: 172; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Has anybody wondered why Phonearena picked these two models, for a comparison? Okay, so the Sony has a kick-ass camera, I'd still rather have the M8.
50. Altair (Posts: 340; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)
There is one major difference between these two devices here. One is a copycat and another is a true original design, that others follow.
HTC - Silently stealing
53. yudevil (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Jun 2014)
Can someone tell me what is that m8's wallpaper i can not find it :(
54. arturg7 (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Jan 2014)
JUST A REMINDER,, SONY HAD TO COMPRESS THEIR HARDWARE AND MAKE A GREAT DESIGN TO HAVE THE (WATER-PROOF CAPABILITY).
REASON FOR SOUND PROBLEMS
56. skywalker (Posts: 5; Member since: 05 Jul 2014)
Tested both countless times...HTC is just a much more solid phone so far. Reviews lean on HTC's software is more smooth and responsive than Sony is. When you actually compare them both directly, you'll instantly know what that means. just seems to me that Sony just doesn't know how to make best use of Android and... even the top-notch hardware it tends to include（ie. the 20.7MP camera） its apparent that Sony relies almost solely on hardware to compete with HTC and other flagship devices, yet Sony doesn't make enough use of it (and its so expensive because of this).
Even the camera... ppl keep saying how Sony beats HTC in this dept hands down. How so? Just by larger MP? Lets not mention that Sony only actually offer 8MP for the most extensively used smart scene mode(or whatever it's called,I used Chinese version so...), HTC BEATS Sony hands down when it comes to capture speed, camera loading speed, and camera stability..... (and trust me, these are just what most people need on a day to day basis, imagine trying to capture a fast moving penguin in the aquarium....), these are much more important than a few more MP.... okay, lets talk zooming in... when you zoom in with HTC, it gets blurry faster, but it blurs beautifully, cleanly. In contrast, when you zoom in with Sony, its all grains and noise along with blurs. when you take pictures with Sony anywhere other than day time scenery(including low light, it captures at a much slower speed than already is, and less quality and MP, much more noisy... doesn't even feel like 8MP anymore.
Now lets talk typing on touch keyboard... HTC, with its own keyboard, just feels much more smarter and responsive and more accurate than sony is, Chinese AND English, actually, Sony's Experia keyboard is just...totally unusable for me, I had to go get Google keyboard to sub for it, HTC's own keyboard beats Google's keyboard by far as well in my opinion.
Overall, HTC phone is just... better.... its true it lacks MP in the camera dept... this is probably its only flaw if you like, but it still beats Sony's in many practical ways. Also, seems to me that HTC knows this themselves, so they are just downing their camera just so that they won't have to give it their all to beat other flagahips; they beat others in every other way. this way HTC still leaves space for improvent and at the same time still beat Sony...
57. skywalker (Posts: 5; Member since: 05 Jul 2014)
And lets not forget how much better HTC sounds both in and outside calls...and how much better it looks for more people, and lack of problems.
Sony with its camera overheat problems and the build problems(top right side)....... actually, heating problem isn't limited to camera usage for Sony; it heats up so easily doing anything, and also camera lags or force closes from time to time.
for the water proof gimmick from Sony, they state that the water cannot be hot, cold, or impure in any way(swimming pool water and ocean water are unacceptable.) okay, in what way is water proof feature useful? what's the use of putting the phone in a glass of room temp drinkInc water?
also, placement of ports is better for HTC as well, having both 3.5km headphone Jack and micro USB 9n the same short side. I hate that Sony has micro usb port on the top left side, good thing they also have a magnetic charging feature...
For Sony's exclusive dedicated camera shutter button feature, it's hard to use, I find myself leaning towards using the on screen shutter button. what's a really good camera shutter button? check out the old HTC evolution 3d...
also, for the record, I typed thsee long comments with a Sony, it's a pain in the rear end if you ask me... have to keep correcting. HTC was just better by experience.
58. skywalker (Posts: 5; Member since: 05 Jul 2014)
forgot to mention... if the water proof feature is useful in any way, it is to resist unavoidable splashes from say rain-water, but HTC does this just as well. And I didn't mention before that Sony does not guarantee water-proof with dust at cover-edges.... this is like... impossible... basically this says that if Sony is ever damaged by water, it's gonna 100% be OUR OWN fault..... DON'T dip Sony Z2 in water; treat it like HTC to be safe...
I meant to type 3.5mm in my previous post, not km.... excuse me for this (Sony typing....)
Sony's Stamina mode is really useful, but ONLY limited to off-screen. When you use it, the battery would drain, but I have not compared the usage time between those... from various reviews, however, they seem similar. But think, HTC's 2600mAh vs Sony's 3200mAh... In my experience, I have to charge both of them on average maybe every 1.5 days.
I know I forgot to mention SOMETHING more about Sony's disadvantage... I just can't remember on the top of my head now... but I hope these are helpful for people who are having a hard time choosing between the two devices... all these said, Sony Z2 is still a way-above-average phone, and one of the best-looking phone for sure.
Waiting for HTC's next year flagship!!