When it comes to smartphones, there are a few companies that come to mind, with the biggest ones being Apple and Samsung. But there are a lot of other companies that make great smartphones such as Sony.

I’ve been testing out the Sony Xperia XZ2 for a few weeks and overall it’s a great device with a few small quirks.

Design & Hardware

The Sony Xperia XZ2 has a metal and glass design that looks great and feels premium but also makes it very slippery to hold. The phone has a 5.7-inch Full HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio which looks great.

The right side of the device is where you’ll find the volume buttons, power button and a camera shutter button. The left side has no buttons.

The Xperia XZ2 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage plus a microSD card slot. The phone is super quick and navigating is super smooth.

The phone is IP65/68 water and dust resistant with a fingerprint sensor on the back. I like having the fingerprint sensor on the back but it’s in the very center of the back and very close proximity to the camera.

The front-facing S-Force Surround Speakers sound good. There is also something called Dynamic Vibration which will vibrate the phone when you are playing a video or listening to music. You are able to adjust the intensity of Dynamic Vibration or you can turn it completely off.

There’s no headphone jack on the Xperia XZ2 but there is a USB-C port and a 3.5mm adapter included. The battery is 3,180 mAh with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, Wireless Charging and USB-PD (Power Delivery).

The Xperia XZ2 comes in one colour, Liquid Black. The Xperia XZ2 is available from Bell for $99 CAD on a 2-year Premium Plus plan with a $200 trade-in offer available until June 30th. Or $299 CAD on a 2-year Premium Plan. You can also purchase the phone outright from Bell for $1,099 CAD.

The device is also available from Freedom Mobile for as low as $0 on a My Tab $20 & $50 plan or $1,000 CAD outright.

Software

The Xperia XZ2 is running Android Oreo with Sony’s Xperia Home launcher on top. The launcher is fairly minimal and comes some similar aspects to Google’s Pixel Launcher.

With Android 8.0 (and previous versions), you can get access to the Google Assistant, so you can ask Google questions or control your smart home devices. There’s also improved battery, memory management and more.

The Xperia XZ2 also comes with Google Lens, which can be accessed via holding down the home button or via the camera app.

The phone also comes with some of Sony’s own apps such as the Xperia Lounge and the PlayStation app.

Camera

The Xperia XZ2 has a 19-megapixel Motion Eye lens with a 1/2.3″ Exmor RS sensor and capable of taking 960fps slow-motion video.

The phone is also capable of recording 4K HDR video. Photos look great on the Xperia XZ2, colours really pop and are vibrant. The camera sometimes struggles with low-light shots.

Videos also look good and I didn’t find myself using the Super Slow-Motion video all that often.

Final Thoughts

Overall, the Xperia XZ2 is a great device that’s beautiful to look at but hard to hold in your hands. The Xperia XZ2 is a great alternative to other flagship smartphones, even though it costs just as much and has similar specs.

Pros

  • Super quick performance
  • Premium feel
  • Near stock Android interface
  • Great speakers
  • The camera is good and can record 4K HDR video
  • Crisp display

Cons

  • Very slippery to hold
  • Dynamic Vibration is very gimmicky
  • Odd fingerprint sensor and camera placements

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