Sony Xperia Z2 vs Sony Xperia Z1

Call quality

We can call these two the “average performers,” as neither their earpieces, nor the mics can muster anything extraordinary.

The handsets muster just an average call quality, both in the earpiece, and through the microphones. The Z2's earpiece is strong enough, but the voices are coming in a tad grating and unnatural. The Z1's earpiece loudness is just enough at the high volumes, and you can easily recognize the caller's timbre. The two noise-canceling mics of the Z2 are able to weed out the ambient noise, but relayed our voice to the other end hollow and flat, though with an adequate volume. There is a second mic on the Z1, too, which is used for noise-cancellation, so your callers can make out what you're saying even if you happen to be in a noisy environment. On the other side of the line, callers are mostly pleased by what they hear from the Z1, getting our voice in a strong and fairly clean manner.


Sony managed to sneak a large, 3200 mAh battery, in the 8.2mm chassis of the Z2, compared to the 3000 mAh piece in the Z1. This capacity is more akin to a phablet, and Sony promises "outstanding, class-leading battery performance," citing the Z2 juicer as good for 19 hours of talk time in 3G mode, against 15 hours for the Z1.

The screen-on times we measured with the Z1 in our battery test were unimpressive, at less than five hours. The 5.2" IPS-LCD display on the Z2 is made with a more modern technology than the power-hungry TN-LCD unit of the Z1, however, which translates to better endurance. Sony cites 6-7 hours of HD video watching on a charge, so the Z2 won't break any battery life records, as this is just an average screen-on duration for an Android flagship. We will update this section when our battery life test with the Z2 is done and dusted.

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)
Sony Xperia Z1
4h 43 min (Poor)


With a larger, better display, faster processor, longer battery life, stereo speakers, and 4K video recording, the Z2 looks like an obvious pick before the Z1, especially considering that it is housed in the same footprint. Do these enhancements warrant the 150-200 USD or EUR price difference, though? Based on our thorough rundown with the two phones, we'd have to say yes.

The main reasons to upgrade to, or pick the Xperia Z2 before the Z1, are the better battery life, and the much improved display, which are now in line with the flagship category of the handset, instead of lagging behind the competition. Even if you don't really care about 4K video recording and real-time effects, the camera of the Z2 sports zippier performance that produces a tad better photos in some conditions than the Z1, despite that it uses the same sensor.

Overall, if you can afford the Xperia Z2, get it, but if you'd like to save a Benjamin or two, there will be better alternatives at that price point than the Z1. If you already own a Z1, and are considering an upgrade, the move to the Z2 will be worth the price difference, as you will be getting more in every aspect, and the most glaring omissions of the Z1 now stand corrected with the Z2.



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: 7382; 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


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...

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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