Sony Xperia Z2 vs HTC One (M8)
Phone calls made with the HTC One (M8), on the other hand, sound excellent on both sides. The earpiece is loud and produces no crackling even at the highest volume setting. Its microphones capture audio clearly without much background noise disturbing the conversation.
Don't let the slim profile of the Sony Xperia Z2 fool you. Inside it is tucked a beefy, 3200 mAh battery rated at 19 hours of talk time on 3G or 30.8 days on stand-by. Music and video playback times are said to be 120 hours and 10 hours respectively, according to data provided by the manufacturer. Of course, the actual time between charges depends heavily on what the phone is being used for and your mileage may vary from these figures. But if used with moderation, the Xperia Z2 should have no problems lasting a couple of days on a single charge. We must mention that Sony has baked its Stamina mode into the phone's software. When enabled, it may significantly extend the handset's stand-by time by turning unused radios and features off when they aren't needed.
The HTC One (M8) has been equipped with a smaller, 2600 mAh battery, although the difference in capacity shouldn't worry you much. According to the manufacturer, that should suffice for up to 20 hours of 3G talk time, and stand-by time is quoted as 20.7 days. In addition, running our custom battery benchmark on the handset produced a result of 7 hours and 12 minutes, which is excellent for the M8's class. Having this in mind, we're confident that if you're not pushing it too much, you'll squeeze a couple of days' worth of usage out of the HTC One (M8) without reaching for a charger. And let's not forget to mention the handset's extreme power saving mode. Turning it on will shut down all of the phone's non-essential features, but may extend its usage time dramatically.
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.
Price-wise, the Sony Xperia Z2 and the HTC One (M8) rank among the most expensive smartphones money can buy right now, right along with other flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the iPhone 5s. But they're worth their price, given all the great features that both have to offer. Which one of the two you should pick, however, depends on your needs and taste.
Both phones excel in the design department – you'll be drawing the eyes of people nearby upon taking either out of your pocket. We'd say that the HTC One (M8) fits a bit better in the palm, but the Z2 is still okay as large as it is, not to mention that it compensates for its size with a slightly larger screen and a water-resistant construction. And speaking of screens, the 5-incher on the HTC One (M8) is indeed an eye-pleasing one, and with more accurately represented colors compared to the 5.2-inch panel on the Z2. The latter has the advantage of being a tad larger and with better-represented whites, but its pumped up colors aren't as accurate.
Then there's the performance of the two phones. Even though both pack the same silicon under their hoods, the HTC One (M8) feels slightly snappier, and we're guessing that the light-weight Sense UI has something to do with that. The Sony Xperia Z2 might feel slightly laggy if its home screens are too packed, but when it comes to, let's say, playing heavy games, Sony's flagship is in the same premier league together with the One (M8).
As for their UIs, Sense 6.0 on the HTC One (M8) is well-polished and very consistent. It is, without a doubt, one of the best custom interfaces that you might come across on an Android device. Plus, heavy social network users would probably be happy with BlinkFeed combining all their feeds in one single stream. Sony's user interface, on the other hand, isn't as radically different from stock Android, but it does add a number of handy modifications, including its Small Apps and its various options for personalization.
And when it comes to taking photos and videos, the Sony Xperia Z2 is the phone that has the upper hand thanks to its splendid 20.7MP camera. The Duo 4MP UltraPixel camera on the HTC One (M8) isn't bad, but it doesn't meet the expectations one would have for a top-of-the-line smartphone.
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