Interface

With extra gestures and features, the Xperia UI on the Z2 has an edge over the software on the Z1.

The phones carry Sony's newest Xperia interface overlay, coated over Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Compared to previous Xperia UI iterations, the status bar, and its Quick Settings, have been reworked to become clearer, and more intuitive. Also, the new launch animation and the live wallpaper have been borrowed from thePlayStation 4, but you also have Sony's Xperia Themes with downloadable UI packs from Sony Select that let you customize up to 280 items from the Xperia Android interface in a variety of styles.

Furthermore, Sony's native Android apps, such as Messaging, MyXperia, Smart Connect, Small apps, TrackID, TrackID TV, Sony Select, Smart Social Camera have received updates as well, while the Media apps (Walkman, Album, and Movies) are now integrated with Sony Entertainment Network and PlayMemories. There is also a "What's new" app with its own homescreen widget, that serves as a recommendation engine for apps, media and feeds.



The Z2 interface overlay, however, offers a few more functionality improvements than the Z1, like DoubleTap to Wake, and a Smart Call function that lets you answer calls with gestures, as well as new extras in the camera interface, which we will list below. With the Xperia Z2 you are finally able to answer a call by just bringing the phone to your ear. The feature is enabled from the Smart call handling setting on the Z2, and has been present on phones from other manufacturers for a while now, just as the double-tap-to-wake option, so Sony is just bringing its flagship up to speed here.

Processor and memory

When it comes to 3D gaming and multitasking, the Z2 takes the helm in processing power, but still you won't be disappointed from both Sony phones' performance.

The screen is not the only thing that's better in the Z2, compared to the Z1. Sony's finest comes with a 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 chipset with LTE support, paired with the fair 3 GB of RAM, while in the Z1 we have 2 GB. In comparison with the 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 in the Z1, the 801 chip comes with 14% faster Krait 400 processor cores, and 28% faster Adreno 330 graphics. Even more important - we have dedicated image signal processors with it, for a 45% improvement in camera sensor processing speed, allowing Sony some new image and video capture trickery that the Z1 doesn't have.

When it comes to the interface and apps, both handsets perform well, without noticeable lag or hiccups, though the Z2 appears slightly more fluid in everyday interaction. Its graphics performance scores much higher on the standard benchmarks, though, while heavy 3D games like Aspahalt 8 also seem to load faster, and run with richer graphics. Sony starts you off with 16 GB of storage on the handsets (12 GB user-available), but offer a microSD slot for memory expansion, too.

Quadrant Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z2 18584
Sony Xperia Z1 20277
AnTuTu Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z2 34088
Sony Xperia Z1 30838
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z2 1177
Sony Xperia Z1 1115
Vellamo HTML 5 Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z2 1584
Sony Xperia Z1 2889
Sunspider Lower is better
Sony Xperia Z2 925.4
Sony Xperia Z1 746.2
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z2 12.4
Sony Xperia Z1 9.57

Internet and connectivity

The Z2 sports more LTE bands than the Z1, including the ones for US carriers.

Sony uses Android's default Chrome browser on the Z1 and Z2, whose performance is seamless when it comes to panning, scrolling or zooming on both handsets. Granted, we have a slightly lower pixel density on the Z2, but it can't be noticed while reading small text in the browser, for instance, as 424ppi is still plenty enough for any purpose.

The phones offer up to 42 Mbps HSPA+ download speeds with pentaband support, which includes the 1700 MHz spectrum of T-Mobile in the US as well. They also have 4G LTE modems, which in the case of the Z1 is octa-band, while the Z2 throws in two extra bands for US carrier support from the get-go. The handsets also offer a rich set of other wireless connectivity options, too, such as Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, and Miracast connectivity, plus NFC. Wired connectivity is supplied via the MHL port at the left side of the handsets for TV-out purposes.

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15 Comments

1. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

The five month separation period between the devices really bothers me. LMAO.

4. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Z2 is the thing what Z1 should have been at first place.

5. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Exactly my thoughts Sir +1

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7363; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I might still get the Z2. It looks very Good. I should have waited on the S5, although I got a Gear Neo with it for only $49 extra. Its easy to change lauchers on Android. I am getting tired of Samsung's S apps. I think I need a change. Don't get me wrong there is nothing wrong with my S5, and it runs smooth. I just need a change and I think Sony has my next number.

13. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

I wonder what we're they thinking using outdated specs

2. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

COME ON now who needs this comparison PA, compare it to current flagships.

3. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

is there a need for this comparison? please proceed to the s5, m8, p7, oppo find 7, ip5s, and one plus one.

6. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

I'm so glad they finally listened! I hope SONY buries their home-brewed Triluminous / TFT for good. And NO!, even on mid-low end devices. Please, do yourselves a favor Sony........... An old screen tech just don't have a place on modern day smartphones Maybe it would be great if they start releasing phones with Amoled or even Super LCD 3 displays as well. It doesn't really hurt to experiment sometimes,

7. district11

Posts: 126; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

Why is camera on Z1 better ??

8. jb4674

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Sony can KMA. After waiting and waiting for this stupid phone (the Z2) to be released in the US, I gave up and bought an iPhone 5s because my phone died. Sony's marketing strategy for the US needs to be examined and their priorities need to be changed. You cannot compete with Apple and Samsung without launching your products in the US first.

9. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

BEZEL....BEZEL...OF THE PHONE!! WHY YOU'RE SO HUGE AND SO WIDE!! lol!

11. koko1

Posts: 103; Member since: Dec 03, 2013

there is no change in the camera !!! WTF ??

12. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Slight tweaks to the software make the Z2 slightly better. So many people actually think the Z2 camera is miles ahead of the Z1 which is not true at all. They're almost identical lol

14. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

And both Z2 and Z1 cameras are on par with Galaxy S5 camera... so I do not know what your "lol" is about... Also Battery life was greatly improved... check GSMArena scores against others...http://www.gsmarena.com/sony_xperia_z2-review-1078p3.php

15. pr890123

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

Guys don't purchase any sony phone, quality standards are very low and sony service center facility is worst in comparison to all other mobile vendors.

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