The Sony Xperia Z2 is the new kid on the flagship block: a device of cutting-edge style and top-notch internals, it will end up on store shelves along with the rest of the flagship smartphones, and today we compare it with one such phone - the LG G2.

The Xperia Z2 has got time on its side - as the newest device it has the newest of everything, but most notable is its Snapdragon 801 engine running alongside 3GB of RAM. The LG G2, on the other hand, has just the slightly slower, yesteryear Snapdragon 800, but it has aged nicely as LG has cut the price of the G2 hugely.

In terms of design, the difference between the two is huge: the glass body of the Z2 gives it a decidedly premium appearance, while the G2 looks much more utilitarian with its glossy plastic shell.

Despite all these differences, though, the two handsets share a similarly sized window to the world: a 5.2-inch 1080p IPS LCD display is on both. You might be wondering: are the differences between the two worth the big price difference? We’re here to answer that, so read on.


The Xperia Z2 features a stylish design with a body made out of glass, while the G2’s plastic build is much less inspiring. The Z2 has also got protection from elements on its side.

The Sony Xperia Z2 features an elegant evergreen design with glass on both the back and front, and it’s all constructed admirably well, while the LG G2 is made out of utilitarian glossy plastic, and it just does not feel well put together with that occasional creaking sound from the back of the phone.

In terms of size, the Xperia Z2 is noticeably taller and also slightly wider than the G2. This is due to the larger bezels surrounding the 5.2” display on the Sony handset. Neither is super slim: the Xperia Z2 measures 0.32 inches thick, while the G2 is a bit thicker at 0.35 inches.

Even though the Xperia Z2 impresses more with its stylish appearance, the LG G2 also has one eye-catchy element that is truly unique. This element is the peculiar positioning of all its physical buttons on the back, in a place where your fingers naturally lie when you hold the phone in portrait orientation. Right below the main camera, LG has positioned a power/lock key, gracefully encircled by an LED light that blinks in different colors to notify you about missed notification. The volume buttons are located around the lock key, but while clicky, they also feel wobbly and overall not particularly well made.

The Xperia Z2, on the other hand, can brag with its meticulous attention to detail as it sports beautifully crafted metal buttons. The round lock key on the right is particularly eye-catchy, but it can also be just a bit too small and shallow. The other buttons are also on the right: there’s a volume rocker with a curved shape (but it also has a muted response), and a dedicated two-way camera shutter key that is actually nice to press.

It’s also worth mentioning that Sony introduces stereo speakers in the Z2. They are located inconspicuously on the front in the form of tiny strips right next to the top and bottom borders. The top one hides a colorful secret - an LED notification strip that will blink in different colors whenever you get a new message or an update. The G2, in contrast, has just a single speaker on the bottom.

Moreover, the Z2 has one clear advantage over the G2, and that is its resistance to the elements. The Z2 is protected from dust and water (IP58-certified), and it can withstand submersion in up to 5-feet (1.5-meter) deep fresh water for up to 30 minutes.

Sony Xperia Z2

Sony Xperia Z2


5.78 x 2.89 x 0.32 inches

146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm


5.75 oz (163 g)




5.45 x 2.79 x 0.35 inches

138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm


5.04 oz (143 g)

Sony Xperia Z2

Sony Xperia Z2


5.78 x 2.89 x 0.32 inches

146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm


5.75 oz (163 g)




5.45 x 2.79 x 0.35 inches

138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm


5.04 oz (143 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page


Xperia Z2 and G2 both feature 5.2” 1080p displays that have vivid colors. Neither is perfectly color-accurate, but the Z2 is a bit more likable with its better balanced and less cold tones.

Both the Sony Xperia Z2 and LG G2 feature 5.2-inch displays with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, and both use IPS LCD technology. The two are very sharp with pixel density of 424ppi on both, enough to not notice any pixelization and read even tinier fonts with ease.

Despite all the similarity in screen size and sharpness, there’s also one thing that differs on the two and it’s the colors. Sony’s IPS LCD display boasts vivid colors with whites that do not look too cold, but it’s also true that the Z2 has a much wider color gamut than standard, and this makes colors a bit unnatural. LG’s G2 colors also look rather overblown, but on the other hand it has a very noticeable blueish tint.

We ought to say that this new Xperia Z2 display is a huge step up for Sony on its own, as the company has had sub-par displays in its last couple of its top-shelf offerings, and now finally offers a display that has good viewing angles. The Z2 is also the first Sony smartphone to come with the new Live Color LED tech, that is all about having red and green phosphor lights in addition to the traditional blue LEDs on the screen. These lights along with custom color filters are what makes possible to have a brighter display with more uniform light. Outdoors, both do a decent job as they get sufficiently bright and reflections are reduced, so it’s possible to use them under the bright sun with too huge of an effort.

The Xperia Z2 has also gotten two new display options: you can now choose to enable or disable glove mode, as well as adjust the color temperature to your liking. The G2 does not allow you such fine control over the colors.



1. Amir1 unregistered

G2 just got owned.

14. jellmoo

Posts: 2660; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I can't believe I'm going to defend an LG device, but... Did we read the same article? Sure, the Z2 has the benefit of being the newer device, but "owned"? If anything the Z2 looks like it comes out short considering the tech it advantage it should have, but doesn't quite capitalize on.

18. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I want to believe you have porr comprehension skill.

23. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

G2 is still a great phone at its price! ONE OF THE BEST CAMERAPHONE, GREAT BATTERY AND GREAT SPECS AND PERFORMANCE! Z2 will not win against G3!

27. JakeH

Posts: 89; Member since: May 01, 2014

also the G2 is older than the z2 and i'm sure the G3 will crush the z2 in many aspects

2. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Z2 for sure, We must wait for G3 which can be the most powerful competitor to the best smart phone of the date, AKA Z2.

4. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

by then the z3 will have been announced.

12. pitzy

Posts: 42; Member since: May 15, 2014

Z2 the best smartphone of the date? except the design wich is nice but the phone is to heavy and bulky and thick bezels (not to speak about the ugly so last decade icons like in the old Sony Ericsson K500i), it doesn't beat the S5 at nothing. So the best smartphone title is a little bit forced. My rankings are: Htc M8 - the best looking and speakers S5 - the most powerful (camera, processor, sensors, IPXX certification, software except a little bit lagy Touchwiz) G2 - best value-for-the-money

16. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

My Z2 rocks but I kinda miss my Note 3. Even with dating specs, I still think that it's the best smartphone money can buy right now.

3. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

No doubt, I choice Sony Xperia Z2.

5. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

i really though the lg g2 was so great. must be the comparison with the awful z1.

6. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Got my Z2 with SmartBand today! AMAZIIIING :D :D

8. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Finally! Tell me moar about smartband, whats is it.

9. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I can test it more later today when I go play badminton. But it's supposed to calculate your steps, calories, how much walking, running or cycling you have done. Also it tells you how much you have listened to music or using social media. But the feature I'm the most interested in is the sleep time calculation and "smart wake up" lol. It should vibrate on your wrist and thus wake you up. I hate the sound of an alarm clock so I'll be really waiting for my wake up tomorrow!

31. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

User reviews tells me It's something pretty good.

10. KillerKeyboard

Posts: 372; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

Gratz! Have fun with it. :)

11. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Thanks! I will :)

7. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Too excited for the Z2 vs. G3 comparison. A true clash of the underdog titans.

21. Bioload25

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Not underdogs anymore with these beasts..

13. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The G2 wins because the Z2 is ridiculous large while the G2 isn't.

15. youdug

Posts: 27; Member since: Jul 19, 2013

you can get a g2 on swappa for less than $300. z2 is a great phone, unfortunately their software is even uglier than touchwiz and the phone is hideous, imo. also, not that it makes much of a difference, but why is the g2 still on 4.2.2?

17. euklidis

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Amazing... cpu gets hot on z2, throttling lowers the CPU, lower scores, lower porformance on apps and games, and you are telling me Z2 is better? it costs twice as the G2! Paid Versus?

19. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Big deal if it gets hot. I've got my Z2 yesterday and I've already Rooted it to 2.7Ghz and a raise in Gpu up by 150mhz My Z2 gets even hotter reaching 47+celcuis. I'm not complaining What do you have baby hands that you must touch that section where Cpu Gpu gets hot. Why touch that section You must be. A female might I assume

22. roobs

Posts: 96; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

Why did you overclock, is the processing power not enough? lol

28. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

It's not enough for me I'm a power user don't like smooth power

20. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Its amazing how mobile phone camera is evolving, I mean last year G2 was in the top in android devices and in this comparison the Z2 just beats the G2. I like this competition, which eventually will end up in a near DSLR like capabilities and imaging..!

24. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

G2 is the best smartphone "BRANDED " for its price tag! G3 is the next KING!

25. foreverjin08

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

I just cannot believe the appreciation of beauty of this website. The appearance of G2 just looks fancier from everywhere than the Z2. At least it doesn't look like old or something.

26. foreverjin08

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

As I see, no matter the Z2 or GS5, their cameras are just a little bit better than that of G2.

29. craigy72

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Great article. Just ordered the LG G2 from - got such a good deal. £489.83 total cost (24 month contract) with Unlimted Texts and Unlimited Data. Hmmm - I call that a steal! Apparently its arriving tomorrow!! HASHTAG - Excited.

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