Posts tagged with: Xperia Z2
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    If we had to compare today's Sony Xperia offerings with what Sony-Ericsson offered years ago, I'm sure we can all agree that this is a far better company. The Japanese giant has become much more aggressive about its smartphone line-up both in hardware and in software, and even though it continues to be slow in the US market, its Asian offerings are great. Those of you that were wondering what's so hot about the Sony Xperia Z2a that was announced a couple of days ago, the answer is a lot as back then we only had reports, and the official launch didn't make the specs official. Even though ...

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    Sony is quite famous lately for its Xperia line-up, and specially the Sony Xperia Z2 that we just reviewed. The company has done a marvelous job in improving on all the things we missed on the Z1 with this new smartphone, though not all is fun and games. The fact that you can't really buy this phone in the US unless you go for it unlocked is quite unfortunate, though Sony seems to be hard-at-work to change that. We've seen some leaked images lately that point to the Sony Xperia Z2 being launched in Verizon lately, though its hard to even call these leaks, as most of these have come ...

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    Ever since Sony posted a render of an Xperia Z2 with a Verizon Wireless logo, the hype has been intense for the device. While we still don't know if it's coming or not, images of the phone certainly have us thinking it's on the way. Today, we're getting a lot more information about the device, including the model number, codename, and release timeframe. The reason for the delay of the Verizon model compared to the regular GSM one is allegedly due to the fact that an LTE-Advanced model must make its way through testing, and then the Verizon certification process (something that is infamous ...

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    The Sony Xperia Z2a will most probably see the light of day next month in Taiwan, according to reports, but there is still no information on whether we'll see a wider, maybe even global roll-out of the device. When compared spec-to-spec with the flagship Xperia Z2, the Xperia Z2a has a lot in common with its bigger brother, but, at the same time, it's also different in some aspects. What the Xperia Z2a and the Z2 have in common are the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, the 20.7MP camera with the Exmor RS sensor, and, of course, the water and ...

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    In terms of smartphone offerings, this year is shaping up to be one of the most impressive ever. Not only are manufacturers managing to pull together some of the most advanced specifications into a single device, they are also (finally) focusing on things like user experience, software optimization, and sheer performance. And to top it all off, some are giving design and hardware more attention than in past years. The end result is stellar smartphones, all of which run well, look gorgeous, and offer a horde of useful features. Don't get me wrong. While these phones are more well-rounded ...

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    The 2014 Sony flagship is the phone that, according to our findings, is worth every penny. However, despite goodies like a water and dust resistant build, one of the negative items on some future possible owners' lists was the lack of wireless charging support. Sony has thought of that, apparently, and equipped the phone with a viable accessory solution. The Xperia Z2 wireless charging cover is QI compatible. It also helps prop the device, acting as a kickstand, while offering an extra layer of protection. The Sony Xperia Z2 wireless charging plate is what fuels the charging cover, with a ...

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    They're not just summoned from whole cloth, and not everyone can afford the Vienna Boys Choir, so where do ringtones come from? A great many artists and musicians, actually, and we talk to a particularly talented one on today's podcast. Ali Spagnola joins us in the feature segment to share tales of music making, drinking games, and just how one gets banned from Michigan – and on the way we learn exactly how a pair of ringtones called "Radiation" and "Robots for Everyone" found themselves on millions of smartphones the world over. Before that, Adam Z. Lein stops by to tell us all about ...

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    Last month, I reviewed the Verizon HTC One M8. Like my colleague Michael Fisher, I gave it one of our highest review scores ever … and rightly so. The design is phenomenal, the software is surprisingly great, and the user experience is off the charts. The camera, of course, could stand to be better, but the One M8 is still one of the most impressive handsets I've ever used. A few days after publishing my review, however, I started to miss the One M8 … for several reasons. Most importantly, the M8 ships with dual-front-facing BoomSound speakers. Like last year, these front-firing ...

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    When we reviewed the Nokia Lumia Icon earlier this year, I called it the "best Windows Phone yet." Michael thought I was being dramatic … until he had a go with the phone himself, in which he called it "Verizon's first great Windows Phone." Last week, Michael published our review of the Xperia Z2 from Sony and said it's "worth every penny." That's a tall claim in a world where several of what many consider the best Android phones around can be had for around half the price. No less, we thought it would be fitting to compare what we've found to be two of the most high-end, well-rounded, ...

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    What exactly qualifies as a "remix?" How deluded do you have to be to believe in all these "Prime" rumors? Why are we so transfixed by the notion of lasers on smartphones, and so easily taken in by a smartphone commercial, if it's shot like a trailer for Inception? We tackle these questions, and the biggest announcement section in the history of the podcast, in episode 096 of the Pocketnow Weekly. No, that's not bragging – it's just an unavoidable symptom of a month packed with unboxings, hands-ons, product launches, and reviews (both forthcoming and already-published). But even in the ...

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    At first glance, you could be forgiven for mistaking Sony's new flagship smartphone for its old flagship smartphone. That's partly because of the company's pronounced design aesthetic, and partially thanks to its tendency to fire out new products at a faster pace than its competition. But for all the resemblance the new Xperia bears to its forerunner, there's a world of difference beneath the toughened glass. The Z2's vibrant display puts the elder model's to shame, its innards throb with the power of the best hardware around, and its high-resolution camera is finally a Sony shooter to be ...

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    Back around the start of the month our attention was called to a very unexpected image, as Sony published a picture that appeared to be its flagship Xperia Z2 adorned with a Verizon logo. Considering how Sony's generally taking an arm's length approach to the US smartphone market, a Verizon partnership sounded quite odd, and it wasn't long before Sony was denouncing the pic as a mistakenly posted “mock-up image.” Why was it even created in the first place, though? Today the mystery deepens as a second Verizon Z2 shot turns up. This time the pic stems from Sony's South Korean site, and ...

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    When two smartphone manufacturers vie for the attention of the same buyer segment, things can get pretty interesting – especially when they take the same broad path to do it. This isn't like our Xperia Z2 vs Galaxy S5 comparison, where huge design differences meant the Sony product was the only one actively trying for a "high end" look and feel. In the case of today's face-off, both the One M8 and the Xperia Z2 have been designed specifically to appeal to those in the market for a "premium" smartphone – but HTC and Sony have taken completely different routes to achieve that luxury fit ...

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    You know those weeks where you're like, "hey - what if we didn't have a weekly podcast eating up half a day in production time? Can you imagine the kind of boost our review coverage could get from that time?" Yeah, us either. Because this is the Pocketnow Weekly, and we're not breaking our perfect streak a month before our hundredth episode. This is podcasting, Jack. Serious business. We've even got us an EXPLICIT tag to prove it. We ain't playin' around.  In this week's installment of the world's most meandering tech podcast, hot news! HTC dodges a big bass-boosted bullet with their ...

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    What's cooler than a Snapdragon 801-powered, 5-inch-plus, waterproof smartphone? Another Snapdragon 801-powered, 5-inch-plus, waterproof smartphone. That's a poem by noted smartphone researcher Eesee Oveur Eyenot, and while it tells part of the Samsung/Sony drama of 2014, it sure doesn't come close to painting the whole picture. The Xperia Z2 vs Galaxy S5 rivalry is a story of similar specs, yes – but it's also a tale of dueling casings, design approaches, and even lifestyles. One device comes to the ring courtesy of a once-unstoppable juggernaut that's recently let off on the gas ...

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    The Sony Xperia Z2. We got our hands on it back at MWC 2014 for an initial impressions video and a comparison or two, but things have been awful quiet since those heady days in Barcelona. That's because we're primarily an American news outlet, and the Xperia Z2 won’t be coming to the United States until summer (when it will likely fly the flag of Verizon Wireless). But thanks to the fine folks at GSM Nation, we were able to get our hands on one just the same! The retailer is one of the first in the US to carry the Xperia Z2, and the team there was kind enough to loan us one of their ...

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    Last week Sony teased smartphone fans across the US with the publication of an image seeming to reveal its flagship Xperia Z2 with Verizon branding. Was the Android really going to see carrier support in the States? The official word came down that the posting was a mistake, but it sure did manage to pique our interest. Even if Verizon never does warm to Sony's offerings, smartphone users in the US will still get a chance to pick up the Xperia Z2 from Sony directly in a couple months – look for those unlocked sales to kick-off this summer. But if even that sounds too far away, retailers ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the One-day Moto X sale that's happening right before the company's event. Then let's talk about the HTC One M8 mini, which will apparently have an even more ridiculous name. Hulu follows the news as the company plans to make its mobile services free for some. Google then gives us a couple of updates to its apps for Android, and within, Google Now does it best with parking support. We end today's show talking about Sony and a leaked Verizon Xperia Z2. All this and more after the break. Stories: - One-day Moto X sale underway right now - ...

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    Delivering a smartphone with great hardware and a refined software experience isn't always enough to win over shoppers anymore, and in a market chock full of competition, some OEMs have really been trying to go that extra mile to win the favor of consumers. Back in March we told you about Samsung's Galaxy Gifts, a collection of software and premium service subscriptions designed to sweeten the pot a little. Today we learn of a similar offer from Sony, this one intended to draw attention to its new Xperia Z2. While this promotion is focused on the Z2, a fair deal of it is available to Z1 ...

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    Just a few days back we were talking to you about Sony's plans for the Xperia Z2 when it came to North America, and specifically when shoppers in the US might get a shot at the hardware. The story didn't sound too optimistic, with the phone not arriving until summer at the earliest, and without any word of carrier interest, meaning anyone with their heart set on the Z2 would probably be buying it from Sony directly. Disappointing, maybe, but not really surprising, given Sony's focus on other markets abroad. But then today this pic up top turns up, posted by Sony itself, and appearing to ...

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    April's almost ready to start wrapping up, so it's only fitting that we revisit a story that helped kick-off the month. Back then, we were wondering about Sony's plans for sales of the new Xperia Z2, and specifically what the situation would look like in North America. We got a little update about the phone's arrival up north in Canada, but were left hanging when it came to the US. This week we finally get an answer, but it's not great news. While Canada will see the Z2 arrive in May, the US won't have a crack at the phone until sometime this summer, likely putting the release in July or ...

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    Sony is not having the best luck when it comes to really nailing the quality control for its smartphones. A couple months back we shared with you an issue cropping up with the Xperia Z1 Compact, where light was apparently bleeding through the phone's body from its flash to the camera sensor, washing out pics in the process. Sony's latest and greatest Xperia model is the new Z2, and once again new owners are sharing their dissatisfaction with unexpected hardware problems. First up, we have another build quality issue. Some owners report the presence of gaps between the edge of the phone's ...

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    April is here, and that means that the Sony Xperia Z2, announced back at MWC 2014 in February, is getting ready to go up for sale. Much of our coverage of this phone lately has focused on rumors of delays and shortages, and while Sony has since confirmed that demand for the Z2 is indeed likely to exceed supply, the phone will still be available this month, even if in limited numbers. At least, that's to be the case in the UK; what can we expect from the Z2 over on this side of the pond? That story is slowly coming together, as North American carriers begin preparing to welcome the Xperia ...

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    Every year, we wait for the major players to release their aboslute best smartphone possible. Some bring the heavy artillery to CES in Las Vegas every January. Some wait for the mobile-specific show in Barcelona, Spain, Mobile World Congress. And others, like HTC this year, choose to go it alone. Either way, the first few months of the year are, consistently, when we can expect some of the biggest smartphone announcements of the year. Not every company adheres to that schedule, though. Apple announces and releases its flagship in the last half of every year, typically September. Samsung ...

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    Will there be an Xperia Z2 delay or not? Earlier this month, we heard rumors claiming that Sony was running into problems putting the Z2 together in the sort of quantities it would like, and as a result, some markets would get the phone later than others. But then despite those warnings, retailers maintained steadfastly that sales were still slated to begin in early April, leaving us unsure what to expect. Now those rumors of delays have resurfaced, and we finally get an official statement from Sony. UK retailers have apparently been notifying shoppers that Sony has informed them of stock ...

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