Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G2
Interface and Functionality
The outer style of the Z2 is complemented by the clean and sleek Xperia UI, while the Optimus skin on the G2 is a bit too cartoony.
The Sony Xperia Z2 arrives with the latest version of Android, 4.4.2 KitKat, with Sony’s Xperia custom user interface on top. The LG G2, on the other hand, is being updated to KitKat in some markets, but unfortunately our unit is still running on the dated Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
The actual difference in the looks of the interface, however, comes mostly from the different skins that the two phones use. Sony’s Xperia UI is clean and light, with little clutter and a pleasingly uniform design language with modern iconography and snappy animations, all combined leaving a distinct feeling of a Sony Android experience. LG’s Optimus UI, on the other hand, has this cartoonish visual style that is uniform in itself, but comes in dissonance with the vastly different looks of pure Google aesthetic within some apps, and lacks that flow and refinement.
The Z2 is not all that rich in terms of added apps and tweaks and tricks, but this also means that its also more gimmick-free. The G2, on the other hand, is just stuffed with little features and settings, some of which are good, but others seem over the top.
Most basic operations on the two phones are different in looks, but similar in functionality. The phonebook app is rich and detailed on both, and it conveniently supports swiping between tabs (we also love little details in LG’s Optimus skin like the capability to call a contact directly without accessing its file).
The virtual keyboards on the two phones have a different style, but the typing experience is good on both as buttons are well spaced, and typing is fast and easy on the big, 5.2” displays. The Z2, however, with its larger size, is less comfortable for single-handed typing, an issue that is not all that apparent on the G2.
Processor and Memory
The Snapdragon 801 system chip aboard the Z2 along with 3GB of RAM gives it an advantage in the spec race, but the G2’s Snapdragon 800 is a great performer as well.
The recent arrival of Sony’s Xperia Z2 gives it the advantage of being equipped with the latest and most powerful Snapdragon 801 system chip, but while the LG G2 has yesteryear’s Snapdragon 800, the difference between the performance power of the two is not immense. In fact, for common daily tasks, both feel very zippy, and it’s a rarity to have something stutter.
It’s also true, however, that the Xperia Z2 is the more future-proof phone, with its latest internals. The Z2 sports the quad-core Snapdragon 801 chip running at 2.3GHz and features a plentiful 3GB of RAM. The LG G2 has its Snapdragon 800 run at 2.3GHz as well, but has a lower amount of RAM - 2GB.
For gaming, you have the Adreno 330 GPU on both handsets, and both are capable of running the latest and most graphically intense titles in admirable detail and with smooth framerates.
Internal storage is 16GB on the most basic model of the Xperia Z2, while the G2 has double that allowance, with 32 gigs on board. You can, however, expand the memory via a microSD card on the Xperia Z2, while you cannot do this on the LG G2.
Quadrant Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z2 18584
LG G2 20654
AnTuTu Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z2 34088
LG G2 35376
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z2 1177
LG G2 1229
Vellamo HTML 5 Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z2 1584
LG G2 2951
Sunspider Lower is better
Sony Xperia Z2 925.4
LG G2 932.8
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z2 1207
LG G2 772
Internet and Connectivity
Both feature 4G LTE connectivity and other essentials, but the G2 has got an IR blaster, which is a nice extra.
Sony has taken the sensible decision to go with just one built-in browser (Chrome) on the Xperia Z2. This comes in contrast with the LG G2 and many other phone manufacturers who bundle-in two browsers. In the case of the G2 we have a custom LG browser and Chrome, that you have to pick between. The browsing experience itself is excellent on both devices - pages load and render swiftly, and scrolling around and zooming in and out is free of slowdowns and stutters.
In terms of connectivity, the Xperia Z2 and G2 are similarly well packed with 4G LTE on board, but the Xperia Z2 has just a slight edge as its 4G LTE modem supports higher download speeds (up to 150Mbps on the Z2 vs up to 100Mbps on the G2). Other connectivity options include dual-channel Wi-Fi, GPS, and NFC on board of both.
The LG G2 also has an infra-red (IR) blaster baked-in, and you can use it as a remote control for your TV, or other electronics. It’s a great addition for the times when you just can’t find the TV remote. The Xperia Z2 does not have such an option.
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