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Sony Xperia Z2 vs Samsung Galaxy S5

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Sony Xperia Z2 vs Samsung Galaxy S5
Sony Xperia Z2 vs Samsung Galaxy S5
Call quality

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.

Battery

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.

Battery life

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.

hours
Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z2
8h 10 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S5
7h 38 min (Good)
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Charging time

minutes
Lower is better
Sony Xperia Z2
212
Samsung Galaxy S5
122
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Conclusion


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.


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posted on 15 May 2014, 07:18 11

1. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Clash of the Titans.

posted on 15 May 2014, 07:47 3

14. hmd74 (Posts: 481; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


Clash of clans :D

posted on 15 May 2014, 09:23

59. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Head to head and cut to cut....

Nice article Chris.

posted on 15 May 2014, 17:18 7

95. cheetah2k (Posts: 1594; 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

posted on 25 May 2014, 03:35

144. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


lmaoooooo you have nothing

posted on 27 May 2014, 04:55 1

163. T.Law (Posts: 415; 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.

posted on 15 May 2014, 07:54 8

18. sar44 (Posts: 278; 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.
forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=52446659​​#post52446659
brightness at s5 in a auto mode is 698. also much better antiglare
At Z2
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.

posted on 15 May 2014, 08:13 1

31. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


TL;DR version please and clickable links.

posted on 15 May 2014, 08:17

33. sar44 (Posts: 278; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


are not allowed

posted on 15 May 2014, 08:44

41. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


http://www.xda-developers.com/
not allowed huh

posted on 15 May 2014, 14:18

91. Odiin (Posts: 342; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


What is this? I didnt get anything.
Downright confusing.

posted on 16 May 2014, 10:14 6

115. buccob (Posts: 2578; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Read GSMArena battery score and cry...

http://www.gsmarena.com/sony_xperia_z2-review-1078p3.php

Battery life is one of the best out there... way more than SGS5

posted on 25 May 2014, 03:36

145. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


what about the battery life test here on PA and other sites? #StopTheHate #iInsistSonyIsForOldPeople #DontStartPreaching

posted on 26 May 2014, 08:27 1

161. buccob (Posts: 2578; 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.

posted on 15 May 2014, 08:03 3

25. sar44 (Posts: 278; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


I am not a fanboy, at S5 also has disadvantages
forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2746925
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)

posted on 15 May 2014, 08:09 12

29. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


So no isocell has become a dealbreaker huh. Cool.

posted on 15 May 2014, 08:16 3

32. sar44 (Posts: 278; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


Read about, watch video, isocell have better color and dynamic range.
phonearena.com/reviews/Camera-comparison-Huawei-As​cend-P7-and-Oppo-Find-7a-vs-Samsung-Galaxy-S5-LG-G​2-iPhone-5s-HTC-One-M8-Sony-Xperia-Z1_id3694
eprice.com.tw/mobile/talk/124/4899661/1/rv/sony-xp​eria-z2-review/
eprice.com.tw/mobile/talk/124/4899662/1/rv/sony-xp​eria-z2-review/
4pda.ru/forum/index.php?showtopic=515584&view=find​post&p=3043522 6
and the others comparisons

posted on 15 May 2014, 09:30 8

63. refillable (Posts: 1047; 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.

posted on 15 May 2014, 09:40 8

72. sar44 (Posts: 278; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


You are true samsung hater. All on the contrary. No oversaturation, colors are maximally natural, unlike bsi

posted on 15 May 2014, 09:46 7

75. refillable (Posts: 1047; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


You never handle DSLRs, do you?

posted on 15 May 2014, 09:59 4

80. sar44 (Posts: 278; 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.

posted on 16 May 2014, 05:28 4

105. refillable (Posts: 1047; 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.

posted on 15 May 2014, 11:12 3

84. josephnero (Posts: 558; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


Let them go bro.sammy fans are getting worse than apple and nokia

posted on 15 May 2014, 13:09 3

87. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Which phone has DSLR? Here people are talking about phone

posted on 16 May 2014, 05:29 1

107. refillable (Posts: 1047; 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.

posted on 16 May 2014, 07:06

112. sar44 (Posts: 278; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


http://4pda.ru/forum/index.php?showtopic=515584&st=860#entry30435226

posted on 18 May 2014, 02:21 1

124. refillable (Posts: 1047; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


I don't wanna believe untrusted sites. How they showed the details that the Z2 captures baffles me.

posted on 19 May 2014, 09:28

126. Heddy87 (Posts: 28; Member since: 19 May 2014)


hahaha... really?
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.

posted on 16 May 2014, 07:10 1

113. sar44 (Posts: 278; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


http://www.androidauthority.com/isocell-how-it-works-344628/

posted on 19 May 2014, 23:56 1

128. refillable (Posts: 1047; 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.

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