Sony Xperia Z2 vs Samsung Galaxy S5
Say hello to Messrs Mediocre and Mediocre.
In terms of call quality, we found that both handsets perform alright, but definitely leave something to be desired. Both units offer just about enough volume (though the Z2 is a tad louder), and average call quality – the Z2 is devoid of lower frequencies, whereas the S5 offers flat and slightly muffled voices
The situation on the other side isn't rosy, either. The microphone on the Z2 does funnel a richer voice, but noise, along with traces of digitization, are both present. The S5 is no better – the other side complained of overly loud frequencies on the higher spectrum.
We're getting there! The proverbial one day battery life threshold can be easily exceeded with either of the two.
Both flagships come packing larger-than-average juicers – a 3200 mAh cell with the Xperia Z2, and a 2800 mAh unit with the Galaxy S5. In other words, and from our experience, either of these handsets will last you through a full, 24-hour day without the threat of going dark looming over. In fact, moderate users will be able to squeeze up to 2 days of usage unless they game religiously – the Adreno GPU is power-hungry.
As for official stats, the Xperia Z2 is rated good for up to 19 hours of continuous 3G talk time and almost 31 days of standby time. In comparison, the Galaxy S5 can achieve the remarkable 21 hours of 3G talk time, but just over 16 days in standby mode.
We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.
It's often hard to produce a decisive winner in match-ups like this one. Simply put, both the Sony Xperia Z2 and Samsung Galaxy S5 offer true, no-compromise flagship experience. But they have their caveats and nuances.
The Sony Xperia Z2 is arguably the more attractive device of the two, with a premium, glass-and-metal build, yet the Samsung Galaxy S5 is lighter, slightly thinner, and just more compact overall. The 5.2-inch IPS display on the Z2 does render a more life-like image, but we are sure that the S5's AMOLED panel will likely entice many with its punchier, more lively colors.
This back-and-forth certainly didn't end there. For example, while both devices offer some mind-numbing processing muscle, the Xperia Z2 does boast an extra gig of RAM over the S5, which, in turn, sports the slightly more powerful version of the Snapdragon 801. Unfortunately for Samsung, its TouchWiz skin still proves heavier than the Xperia theme on the Z2. That may be warranted, considering the functional edge it provides over its competitor – after all, a fingerprint sensor is nothing to sneeze at.
As for imaging, we generally find the 16-megapixel snapper on the S5 to be superior to the 20.7-megapixel unit on the Z2. It is the slightly more reliable shooter of the two, and it does churn out the slightly more attractive stills overall. On the whole, however, the difference is really, really small.
In all, picking either of the two really boils down to what you're looking for in a device, and you'll need to do some serious soul-searching before you're able to diffuse the stalemate between the Sony Xperia Z2 and Samsung Galaxy S5.
Sony Xperia Z2 vs Samsung Galaxy S5 - Call Quality, Battery and Conclusion