Posts tagged with: Xperia Z2
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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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    Even though some call the Sony Xperia Z2 a minor iteration to last year's flagship, let's remember that the Xperia Z1 has only been in the market for a couple of months. The Xperia Z2 has come to solve a ton of the complaints we found on the Xperia Z1, and add some additional features to sweeten the pot for those customers interested. One of those features is the ability to record video in 4K resolution, which is currently limited to only a few smartphones, and according to some recent statements, you should expect the Xperia Z2 to shine in this department. Kichiro Kurozumi from Sony's ...

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    The All New HTC One won't grace us with its presence until the end of the month, and at this point we're beginning to wonder if HTC will have anything left to reveal at the announcement. From a sales guide to promotional materials to yet another undercover hands-on video, the leaks surrounding one of the year's most anticipated Android handsets refuse to let up – and we're here to talk about them in our latest pre-#ANHO podcast! Before that, of course, we've got the usual news of the week, including a duo of Samsung tablet reviews, rampant speculation about a brick-and-mortar Google ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the OnePlus One, and its plans to bring us voice commands from sleep just like the Moto X. Then we talk about Samsung and how its new ISOCELL technology plans to revolutionize low-light photography. Then we talk about the All New HTC One, more leaked photos now in retail packaging and even an eBay listing. Sony follows the news as we go through some possible delays of the Sony Xperia Z2. We end today's show talking about Pioneer's plans to bring CarPlay to other vehicles, and also the sad news that Apple is reducing its return policy for ...

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    Sony's Xperia Z2 was one of the sleeper hits of MWC 2014. While not real flashy and headline grabbing in the way the Galaxy S5 is, the phone has been steadily growing on us, as we learn more and more about what makes it so superior to previous Xperia flagships. With our interest sufficiently piqued, when will start seeing the Z2 become available to the public? Back when the phone was introduced, we were told to expect sales to begin this month, but now a new rumor suggests that Sony's plans may have hit a snag. The theory pops up in an Esato discussion forum, where one user claims to have ...

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    Giving the two phones a casual look-over, it can be easy to miss some of the differences between the Sony Xperia Z1 and the new Z2. On a spec sheet, the changes seem subtle, like an SoC bump, extra RAM, and and a slightly larger display. As time goes on, though, we've been getting a greater appreciation for just what the Xperia Z2 offers, like how that bigger screen also brings with it much superior color reproduction, or how the phone's video-out supports the new MHL 3.0 standard. Now we're turning our attention to the Z2's camera, and what improvements it delivers. Just like the Z1, the ...

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    Just like its predecessor (the Sony Xperia Z1), the Xperia Z2 also has contacts on its left side that allow the phone to be easily docked. While the Xperia Z1 was using the official DK31 magnetic dock, Xperia Z2 owners will need the new DK36 magnetic dock for their phones. While the device itself will not reach retailer shelves until the beginning of April, the dock can be now ordered in the UK. The Sony Xperia Z2 DK36 magnetic dock goes for £29.16 (£34.99, including VAT), which translates to roughly $50, and allows you to not only charge the phone in a convenient way, but also prop it ...

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    When it comes to getting content from our phones onto our TVs, we have plenty of options. Maybe your phone has a physical HDMI output (though those seem to be getting increasingly rare). Maybe you do things wirelessly, using Miracast or an accessory like Chromecast. A lot of smartphone users connect to their televisions using MHL though their phones' micro USB port, which not only carries the video signal, but helps power your phone while it's acting as a video source. As it turns out, among all the product launches we got to see last week at MWC 2014, the first couple devices supporting ...

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    Sony makes some very attractive smartphones; there's no denying it has a recognizable design language, resulting in some very sleek, smart-looking hardware. Its flagship Xperia models have delivered top-notch specs, and all the pieces have seemed like they've been in place for Sony to be a really strong competitor in the market... but then there are those screens. Perhaps the most recurring complaints we hear about Sony smartphones have targeted disappointing display performance. Luckily, it appears that Sony has finally taken all that criticism to heart, and analysis of the Xperia Z2's ...

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    Anton D. Nagy chasing a taxi on foot. Jaime Rivera almost burning down a building with a power strip. A Honduran drinking palinca and a Romanian doing a Mexican accent. The tales from our leather-clad Barcelona duo are intense - but their intensity is matched by the hot mobile news that burst forth from this week's Mobile World Congress, the most epic in recent memory. To wit, that news includes an MWC 2014 Samsung Unpacked event that gave the world the latest Galaxy; a Sony unveiling of similar proportions that built on the Xperia legacy; a press conference that saw the world's first ...

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