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 proud of.
Whether that smorgasbord of seductive specs makes the Z2 the phone for you is a question we’ll do our best to answer in the review below. If afterward you find yourself with a powerful thirst for an Xperia Z2 of your very own, do what we did: visit GSM Nation, one of the first US retailers to stock the device.
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Xperia Z2 Review Video
Since it’s not yet available from a national carrier here in the States, grabbing an unlocked Xperia Z2 is guaranteed to take a hefty bite out of your wallet. But if you have the means (including the added cost of a protective case made of something more sturdy than glass), we think this product delivers excellent value.
It may only be a small step forward in design over the Z1, its software is definitely in need of some trimming, and if you’re in the US you might want to wait until summer to see if a national carrier can help bring down that price tag with a contract subsidy. But for a phone with these specs to be crammed into a water-resistant casing this attractive, with a camera and personal-media suite this capable … well, as the saying goes: you get what you pay for. And if you ask us, the Xperia Z2 is worth every penny.