Sony Xperia Z2 vs Samsung Galaxy S5
Ladies and gentlemen, we're now five months into the year, and we can declare the 2014 edition of the flagship derby in full swing. Arriving third on the scene is Sony's refresh of the Xperia Z1 in the Xperia Z2, and despite it being chock-full of promise, the competition is not about to let it have a field day.
Prime among the Z2's rivals is Samsung's equally solid new Galaxy S5. Truth be told, Samsung's new top shelfer has quite a bit going for it. Which is all the more reason to be impressed by the Z2, which seemingly has a leg up on it. At least on paper. Indeed, the flagship Xperia has the slightly more remarkable body and the slightly bigger screen, battery, and pixel count on its camera. Does that necessarily make the Xperia Z2 the slightly better device? Take them eyes off that specs chart and join us in order to find out.
The Z2's rectangular and clear-cut, glass-and-metal body looks nothing like the S5's more-ergonomic, rounded plastic.
Design-wise, Sony and Samsung have taken two differing approaches, and even a cursory glance reveals them. Rectangular in nature, the Xperia Z2 is the bulkier of the two, and is on the heavy side at 163 grams (5.75 oz). In comparison, the 145 gram (5.11 oz) Galaxy S5 is more lightweight, and its rounded form factor makes it the, hands down, more ergonomic device to hold. That said, the S5's all-plastic exterior appears modest next to the glass-and-metal Z2.
A choicer pick of materials may not have necessarily been on the mind of Samsung, but it did borrow a page off Sony's book: IP certification. More specifically, the IP67-rated S5 is now neck-and-neck with the IP58-certified Z2 in what is becoming an increasingly sought-after department. Put in layman's terms, the two otherwise cryptic abbreviations certify the two devices' ability to withstand dust or water ingress. It's worth pointing out that the S5 is completely dust-tight, while the Z2 is the slightly better swimmer. Of course, this back-and-forth didn’t stop there, and the port flaps-cluttered Z2 still is a bit of a sore sight for the eye, whereas the S5 sports the more simplistic, flaps-free frame (save for the microUSB port). The S5 also proves superior as far as navigating the power and volume buttons go – they’re clickier, and not as sticky as with the Z2 – though it does lack the dedicated, two-step shutter key of Sony’s flagship.
Lastly, while the Xperia Z2 opts for on-screen buttons, Samsung’s signature home button and capacitive keys leave the full 5.1-inches of the S5’s AMOLED screen for you to do with as you will. Speaking of displays…
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Sony is finally doing it: the Xperia Z2's IPS panel proves a step ahead of the AMOLED panel on the Galaxy S5.
Looking back, both Sony and Samsung have had a shaky record, at least as far as the quality of their displays is concerned. For its part, Sony kept insisting on using inferior TFT panels with poor viewing angles and washed out colors, while Samsung's bet with AMOLEDs has often been criticized for its inaccurate color reproduction and relatively low peak brightness. As almost every other thing in this industry, however, improvements have been made.
Starting with the 5.2-inch, 1080p screen on the Xperia Z2, we finally see Sony thaw and adopt IPS (In-Plane Switching) tech. The panel in question has a very good color temperature of 6909 K (so whites appear white), and peak brightness, at about 460 nits, is also up to speed and allows for outdoors use. At 2.59, gamma isn't as excellent, but that's far from a deal-breaker. Speaking of colors, those are over-saturated on the whole, but overall reproduction is acceptable.
In comparison, the 5.1-inch, 1080p AMOLED display on the S5 is, strictly speaking, a tad inferior. It's got a cold color temperature of 8183 K, and this leads to some notably bluish whites and messed up shades of gray. Peak brightness is also a notch lower, at 442 nits (but still enough for use outside), and gamma, at 2.25 is pretty spot on. As for color reproduction, Samsung's panel offers heavily-saturated and notably incorrect colors.
Display measurements and quality
|Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better||Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better||Contrast Higher is better||Color temperature (Kelvins)||Gamma||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Sony Xperia Z2||458
|Samsung Galaxy S5||442
The numbers below represent the amount of deviation in the respective property, observed when a display is viewed from a 45-degree angle as opposed to direct viewing.
|Maximum brightness Lower is better||Minimum brightness Lower is better||Contrast Lower is better||Color temperature Lower is better||Gamma Lower is better||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Samsung Galaxy S5||62.7%
|Sony Xperia Z2||90.4%
The CIE 1931 xy color gamut chart represents the set (area) of colors that a display can reproduce, with the sRGB colorspace (the highlighted triangle) serving as reference. The chart also provides a visual representation of a display's color accuracy. The small squares across the boundaries of the triangle are the reference points for the various colors, while the small dots are the actual measurements. Ideally, each dot should be positioned on top of its respective square. The 'x: CIE31' and 'y: CIE31' values in the table below the chart indicate the position of each measurement on the chart. 'Y' shows the luminance (in nits) of each measured color, while 'Target Y' is the desired luminance level for that color. Finally, 'ΔE 2000' is the Delta E value of the measured color. Delta E values of below 2 are ideal.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Color accuracy chart gives an idea of how close a display's measured colors are to their referential values. The first line holds the measured (actual) colors, while the second line holds the reference (target) colors. The closer the actual colors are to the target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Grayscale accuracy chart shows whether a display has a correct white balance (balance between red, green and blue) across different levels of grey (from dark to bright). The closer the Actual colors are to the Target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
59. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2337; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Head to head and cut to cut....
Nice article Chris.
95. cheetah2k (Posts: 768; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)
I have both Z2 and S5. I 100% disagree the IPS display is better than the S5's display. Not sure what crack Chris was smoking, but must have been good stuff
163. T.Law (Posts: 117; Member since: 10 May 2014)
I have the Z2 and most of my friends have the S5. I have to admit that I prefer the screen of the S5 and the colour reproduction is no where near inaccurate. But I'll never trade my Z2 for the S5 though.
18. sar44 (Posts: 144; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)
In movie and pro photo mode the temperature 6500K, also they have 106-107% SRGB, its better than 130% in Z2.
brightness at s5 in a auto mode is 698. also much better antiglare
130% SRGB. All image are designed for SRGB standard (99.9% of the colors in nature), and enhanced range is color distortion, oversaturation and red hues.
Lack of OIS
No isocell (isocell have better color, better dynamic range)
No oled (oled have ideal black color, ideal contrast, ideal viewing angle, ideal response speed, all much better than lcd)
Weak sound in headphones
Large energy consumption (3200 mah batery life less then 2800mah S5 and 2600 mah M8)
FBReader Video 3D Games
HTC M8 2600 mА·h 22 h. 10 m. 13 h. 20 m. 3 h. 20 m.
Galaxy S5 2800 mА·h 17 h. 20 m. 12 h. 30 m. 4 h 30 m.
Xperia z2 3200 мА·h 15 h. 20 m. 11 h. 00 m. 3 h. 30 m.
31. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2655; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
TL;DR version please and clickable links.
41. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2655; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
not allowed huh
91. Odiin (Posts: 209; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)
What is this? I didnt get anything.
115. buccob (Posts: 1307; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Read GSMArena battery score and cry...
Battery life is one of the best out there... way more than SGS5
145. The13thKing (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
what about the battery life test here on PA and other sites? #StopTheHate #iInsistSonyIsForOldPeople #DontStartPreaching
161. buccob (Posts: 1307; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
PA battery life test only involve 1 type of test...
GSMArena test 4 areas: Talk time, Web Browsing, Video Playback and Stand By... then they make an average out of them...
In my opinion GSMArena has a much more comprehensive and complete Battery life test...
and c'mon buddy... dont bring hashtags crap here... it doesn't make your post look good.
25. sar44 (Posts: 144; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)
I am not a fanboy, at S5 also has disadvantages
and lg (little camera sensor, no oled, no isocell, plastic body, no waterproof, bad sound at headphonres) and htc (thick bezels, little camera sensor, no oled, no isocell, no ois) and apple (thick bezels, little camera sensor, no oled, no isocell, no ois, little screen)
29. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2655; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
So no isocell has become a dealbreaker huh. Cool.
32. sar44 (Posts: 144; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)
Read about, watch video, isocell have better color and dynamic range.
and the others comparisons
63. refillable (Posts: 583; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)
Unnatural DR and oversaturated photos of the S5 cancel your argument very quickly. Also, please stop posting unclickable links! I have not seen the video tests though.
72. sar44 (Posts: 144; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)
You are true samsung hater. All on the contrary. No oversaturation, colors are maximally natural, unlike bsi
80. sar44 (Posts: 144; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)
At S5 DR better than bsi in smartphones, but not better then bsi in DSLR, because smaller sensor. Colors at S5 better then bsi in smartphones and bsi in DSLR. Less electrical crosstalk between pixels. The excess charge less spreads out in the wrong cell.
More photons exactly comes with microlenses and going in the right photodiode.
105. refillable (Posts: 583; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)
My Point is, A good DSLR Photo doesn't oversaturate things like the S5's camera does. Less electrical crosstalk means that colours will not be flexible, hence the result is some oversaturated pictures and unnatural colours.
84. josephnero (Posts: 278; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
Let them go bro.sammy fans are getting worse than apple and nokia
87. Ashoaib (Posts: 1213; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
Which phone has DSLR? Here people are talking about phone
107. refillable (Posts: 583; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)
A good DSLR can be a 'reference' to compare good smartphone cameras. There is nothing wrong with talking about DSLRs here.
112. sar44 (Posts: 144; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)
124. refillable (Posts: 583; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)
I don't wanna believe untrusted sites. How they showed the details that the Z2 captures baffles me.
126. Heddy87 (Posts: 28; Member since: 19 May 2014)
I own my z2 and taking photos they were never blurred in the background.. did they clean the lens from fingerprints... Total fake or old software. As also the kidding sharpness of sgs 5.. Tried them both in same occasion and place.. Z2 was not far worse than S5 but still a first class in compact cams, and hits perfectly clear macro scene, next time use a cam holder if you have shaky hands.
113. sar44 (Posts: 144; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)
128. refillable (Posts: 583; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)
I know that. What I'm talking about was how it produces more saturated pictures than BSI, which is not nice considering that saturation is oversaturated (at least for me). And I have many friends who agrees with me.
146. The13thKing (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
yes dear hater, yes. everything that makes a phone better and is missing becomes a dealbreaker. compilation of "missing" things in many flagship phones compared to the GS5 makes a helluva dealbreaker.
155. Heddy87 (Posts: 28; Member since: 19 May 2014)
The deal is noise cancelling, and having FM radio, more useable things than a heart rate sensor. Dont Like the oversaturation, turn off the xReality.. Done! Try to turn off the amoleds... Win in any class, just hard for sammy users to accept the facts
156. The13thKing (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
fm radio? lmaoooo living in the 90s? hey download tune in. grandpa uses sony fm radios, we're in 2014 ey? I don't know if you're actually speaking english, because the last 2 phrases are kinda weird. accept WHAT facts? that sony can't release a flagship? that sony screens are terrible? oh yes read about it and about viewing angles. that the GS5 ups it in camera even in a Samsung-hater website like this one? WHAT facts? that Zf@rts have half the features Samsungs have? just again ... FACTS? numbers dont lie sissyy, and it's clear what people want and what people hate, sony, like you said it. fm radio. grandpa. nursery home. go to h*ll no one cares about it
157. Heddy87 (Posts: 28; Member since: 19 May 2014)
yeah, you're right, having all the money for Z2 makes me bout 50's old, cause no child is going to afford one. Internet radio is not a case, specially when no internet range is available, you win again. At least my 20 yo plastic playboy babe can use it as mirror. XD
158. Heddy87 (Posts: 28; Member since: 19 May 2014)
Real life, no benchmark bul sht, 4 weeks use, android fully calibrated.
S5 - daily heavy use - 11 h 38 min (100 - 15%)
Z2 - heavy use - 13 h 45 min (100 - 15%)
door to door with friend test.
did i break your concentration? LoL
159. Heddy87 (Posts: 28; Member since: 19 May 2014)
RR3 racing - 2h
FB texting - approx 5:30 h
Thor dark world 1080p playback - screens 100% forced no to dimm.
Out door photos - led used (2h both devices)
02:00 AM sammy out
04:07 AM Z2 out for charge.
160. The13thKing (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
hummm, so I'm going to believe what an old hater wrote. your place is in the nursery home, with all other sony/nokia lovers. no one cares about your z2 as it is really designed for old people. that old classic rectangular look. while the GS5 looks as fresh as a smartphone can be. about affording one, well both cost the same amount of money. but h*ll the difference is huge, so are the features, the services and the sales numbers.
26. akki20892 (Posts: 3252; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
Z2 for us
S5 for PapaSmurf, maherk, and The13thKing
38. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2259; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
He lives in world of marshmallows mountains, rainbow rivers and ponies (the LSD world). No phones needed there
147. The13thKing (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
lmaooo you live in the nursery home, sony and nokias are needed there
50. FaisalWibowo11 (Posts: 90; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)
I pre ordered Z2 plus I will get all of its free goodies such as digital noise cancelling headset and magnetic charging dock and will get it this saturday :)
82. FaisalWibowo11 (Posts: 90; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)
I live in indonesia.. The pre orders are closed last monday, and on saturday may 17th, I will get my z2
120. zunaidahmed (Posts: 41; Member since: 24 Dec 2011)
I order on ebay, got to my home at states on 6th may. Paied $785, got all the goodies. Considering the goodies, I think it is a reasonable price.
150. The13thKing (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
you is not seem from states. you is seem from country Wagaraga. speaka inglish here. the site is in english
86. maherk (Posts: 786; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Too bad for you I would also pick the Z2. What a pathetic comment
148. The13thKing (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
z2 for you and the old people. S5 for the young and the rest of the world. lmaooo your picture.
166. Heddy87 (Posts: 28; Member since: 19 May 2014)
Agree... And what war is BSI anyway, saying Z2 is nothing to samsung cam? Well hurting truth is BSI is nothing more than Sony's Exmor technology. Sony was first to innovate more light in small lens, starting from cyber-shot series in 2007 and giving away Exmor for mobile in Xperia S, a looong before galaxy s3. Some haters just won't change, and I'm sorry for them... rotfl all the room.
Plastic is good for recycle though, so you can just throw the S5 to correctly signed trash after use. XD Will it melt in hot sun on the beach, anyone tested? XD
117. RuiBacelar (Posts: 105; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)
Check out these battery comparison:http://www.gsmarena.com/batter
151. The13thKing (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
lmaooooooo still no one wants good Z2 :(
167. Heddy87 (Posts: 28; Member since: 19 May 2014)
And sony seld more Z2 items than samsung did S5 over past 3 months.. huehuehuehue...