Sony Xperia XZ2 Unlocked Smarphone - Dual SIM - 5.7" Screen - 64GB - Ash Pink (US Warranty)
|Wireless Carrier||T-Mobile, Cricket, Straight Talk, MetroPCS, AT&T|
|Memory Storage Capacity||64 GB|
|Operating System||Android 8.0|
|Screen Size||5.7 Inches|
|Other camera features||19.0|
|Item Weight||6.88 Ounces|
About this item
- 5.7-Inch, extended 18: 9 Aspect ratio HDR full HD+ display with new “ambient flow” design. Automatic up-conversion of SDR streaming and downloaded video into hdr-quality experiences. Gorilla glass 5.
- 19MP motion Eye Main Camera system with 1080P full HD super slow-motion video capture at 960 fps. 5MP front Camera with new selfie 3D capture. 4K HDR video recording.
- New Sony dynamic vibration system. S-force front Surround sound speakers. Hi-res audio.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. Dual SIM slots. 4GB memory/64GB storage, up to 400GB Micro sdxc card support. PS4 remote play support.
- Unlocked and compatible with carriers such as AT&T, T-Mobile, Straight Talk, MetroPCS, Cricket wireless, simple mobile, and others
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From the manufacturer
Play It Like You're There
All-new Dynamic Vibration System gives you more immersive audio, video and game experiences.
The Power To Immerse You
Powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor. Always-on fingerprint sensor and Qi wireless charging.
Sony takes a bold step forward with Xperia XZ2, which introduces immersive innovations for optimizing mobile entertainment experiences and creativity and houses them in a strikingly sleek and rounded new body design. Xperia XZ2 features an all-new “ambient flow” approach that leverages Xperia’s renowned IP68 water-resistant seamless glass look and evolves it with premium materials, so the dynamic curves and arches flow naturally and emphasize both style and functionality. An Advanced X-Reality engine optimizes your viewing experience by up-converting standard dynamic range (SDR) downloaded or streaming videos to HDR quality. Audio advancements include improved stereo S-Force Front Surround Sound speakers and the all-new Sony Dynamic Vibration System, which creates a synchronized visual-sound vibration that makes you feel what you see and hear. The upgraded 19MP Motion Eye camera system now records Super Slow-Motion in either 1080p Full HD or HD mode and captures video in spectacular 4K HDR, while the 3D Creator has also been enhanced, adding the capability to create “selfie” 3D scans and post scanned images on Facebook. Combining innovative camera, audio, visual, and now haptic technology, Xperia XZ2 is the ultimate smartphone for captivating your senses with superior entertainment capability and pushing the boundaries in content creation.
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So if you just want the quick exec' summary review impression: "there's no reason at all not to own an XZ2 regardless of the reviews you've read". Moreover, Sony pretty much provides a superior "phone experience" which offers unexpected and under-appreciated-by-reviewers benefits to Sony phone owners over the long run. I "appreciate" Sony in the same way I "appreciated" Nokia back in the pre-Microsoft-purchase days.
I purchased an XZ1 compact (my first Sony) in Nov 2017 - close to when they were released - after Microsoft confirmed they were ending support for Windows Mobile, and I felt forced to move back to Android. I'd tried using an iPhone (5s) for a couple of months... but the UI was just so dated (compared to Windows Mobile), I couldn't get past the step back in time (both the iPhone and 'Droid UI were so dated by comparison, it was like having to step back in time to Windows 3.1 lol). But I did like having a smaller form factor of the iPhone 5s, so I looked for a 'Droid equivalent, and the XZ1 compact was the only one even close with spec's that I could accept.
Fast forward to 2019. My wife had *never* liked the mid-range Huawei 8 plus she bought in 2016 (her previous phone was a Nokia 1020). But she really didn't want to pay for a "flagship level" device. I'd already been kicking around the notion that I needed a bigger display (swyping on a small display is prone to constant errors). So. I offered to give her my XZ1 if she'd pay half of my $300 (or less) budget for an equivalent used Sony (XZ1, XZ2, or XZ3) with larger display. No-brainer for her (and which she's been entirely happy about as she's used the XZ1c), and "opportunity" for me to slightly upgrade (and try out a larger display).
After having spent almost two years with a Sony, I'm a brand fan-boy. I like the timely and constant updates (the XZ1c came with 'Droid 8 and was upgraded to 'Droid 9 in a timely fashion, with numerous security patches intervening... and I expect will be version updated to 'Droid 10 during my wife's tenure). The minimal issues (none I can recall). The obvious quality of engineering and manufacturing control. And Sony's ongoing customer support via their "features updates" (they constantly have free offers, and low-price offers). Actually, pretty much every-d@mn-thing about the brand; Sony spoils you lol. Reviewers simply miss how important those things are when you keep a phone for a few years... so even though I read the reviews, I have my own opinions and experience which tempers the reviewers.
I'm not going to delve into the usual specs. At this point (June 2018) the XZ2 is already a year past phone release (April 2018) as I write this, so the phone's general specs are available all over the Internet. So my review will only address my impressions of some of the features that had me a bit worried from the many reviews I read prior to purchase.
1. Slipperyness. It really truly is. Slippery, I mean. It couldn't be any more slippery if it was live and wiggling (and when it buzzes, it DOES wiggle lol). But... how does that matter when the first thing you're going to do after buying it is putting it in a case? And how exactly, is that a distraction by comparison with every other glass back phone out there lol? Ding ding ding.
Note: if you aren't going to put it in a case 1) the curvature is lovely in your hand (the feel in use is superb), and 2) for gawd's sake be careful when you're holding it, and 3) be mindful that it *wiggles* even on a flat surface. That curve and that glass are definitely "gravity sensitive"; it will find minor slopes you would've sworn couldn't exist.
2. The fingerprint scanner location... which I was concerned with (from the countless reviews I read)... just isn't that big a deal. In my case (I have smaller hands), the mid-longitudinal-axis location is a *plus* (and not the "poor location" practically every user complained about). How you hold your phone in hand, and how you "slide" your finger onto the scanner, and how large your paws are... which quite obviously varies user-to-user... means that you can (and probably should) just ignore every reviewer's complaint about the Sony engineers' placement of the fingerprint scanner mid-phone on the longitudinal access.
I. Like. Where. The. Scanner. Is. Period. LOL.
... because my index finger naturally reaches there (small hand: large phone: two hand w/ LH top hold and bottom RH quadrant scan reach... I hold the phone in use in my left hand).
And seriously, if you're reaching from a side-quadrant hold (i.e., across the narrow width of the phone) to scan your fingertip, you have to scrunch your finger at the joints anyways, right? And aren't there *always* slight variations in scanner location phone-to-phone, brand-to-brand anyways?
Whatever. You'll get used to the mid-phone location... and might find you prefer it. I did. (And the first few times you use it, you may end up wondering what the particular fuss was all about.)
Full disclosure: the Sony XZ1 I came from used the *excellent* finger scanner located on the side on/off button. And EVERY other scanner location on EVERY other phone is sub-standard compared to that side-button location.
Well, "IMHO" lol.
3. Smoothness. The XZ1 came with a Snapdragon 835. The XZ2's Snapdragon 845 is superior. Call the qualitative difference "smoothness". The XZ1 was never laggy... but the XZ2 just seems "smoother" doing the same things; there's not a noticeable "performance" difference in day-to-day use, but there's a "something-something" difference in feel and impressions. (Or maybe it's just me, and maybe it's just the increase screen size. Dunno.)
4. Features. There's no difference between the XZ1 and XZ2 in daily use. Sony doesn't load up their UI with worthless crap, and they do a minimal app pre-install, period. No complaints.
5. Microsoft Launcher, Your Phone, and W10... offer almost perfect integration on the XZ2 (and the XZ1 before it) with Android (the integration improved with the release if Android 9 over Android 8). As a business focused tech user, I've long since grown accustomed to - and indeed, need - my phone to seamlessly connect to all my devices (which are almost all W10 centric at this point), and the XZ2 does this brilliantly.
Note: And kudos to Microsoft for fully supporting Android connectivity, after making the decision to abandon Window Mobile. At this point, the only thing lacking in Android is the UI; features-wise, its finally holding its own. (Yeah, I know about Squares and such... but skinning Android with tiny squares isn't fooling anyone that the UI doesn't suck-by-comparison with the finer touches in the old Windows Mobile OS.)
6. Updates... deserving of another mention. Sony update policy isn't specific to the XZ2 in particular, but still may be THE reason to buy any Sony phone, by preference... especially for sophisticated business oriented techies. There's nothing you won't find you prefer about Sony's continued and prompt update policies. Much appreciated.
7. T-Mobile. Although the XZ2 doesn't support VoLTE (like the XZ1 compact did), I haven't noticed the lack thereof... which I kind of expected. (We don't have a great signal at our location, but we do have a CellSpot LTE.) That might be due to the larger antenna's in the larger phone? Or to the glass back? Or "who knows". Anyways, they're fine on TMob'.
8. Listening. The XZ-series Sony have dual, screen facing speakers. Worthy of notice and mention: they provide actual stereo separation at ample volume for in-close listening.
9. Earbuds. I don't use 'em, so as far as I'm concerned not having an audio jack on the XZ2 just means one less lint trap lol. But my wife does use 'em, and she appreciates the audio jack on the XZ1. If I used 'em, I'd likely prefer blue tooth anyways.
10. Accessory: screen protector. Both the XZ1 and the XZ2 have this slightly concave (i.e., they aren't perfectly flat) screen surface which isn't condusive to tempered glass screen protection. Use film instead (if you must) for best fitment. (All tempered glass review averages are three stars or less... it's just Sony has concave screens.)
That said, these "fit" (and I use the term "fit" in the widest possible interpretation) as well as you can probably hope for until they have bendable glass, and includes two glass screens: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FNZ3WPP/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
11. Accessory: case 1. I like ultra-thin design cases, and so, for now, I'm using the Anccer case available on Amazon for $12, here https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BD5R6H6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1.
12. Accessory: case 2. In general, my experience is that Ringke smartphone cases simply offer the best protection in a sub-Otter-box-protection design. Depending upon how I feel about the Ancerr after a while in daily use, I also bought an XZ2 Ringke case from Amazon for $11, here https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BYTLYQD/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Final thoughts... I bought my listed-as, "used-very good", XZ2 from an Amazon vendor for slightly less than three benjamins delivered. A screamin' deal for a one generation old flagship.
In use, I've already found I actually *do* prefer the larger screen.
I was pleasantly surprised to find the fingerprint scanner - whose location I was prepped to not like - was almost perfect for my hands.
And I unconditionally recommend Sony in general, and the XZ2 in particular.
I should add, I am coming from the Xperia XZ Premium, and the Xperia XA1 before it, so I must have been in the fanboy camp, to some degree. Before that, I was a Nokia devotee on Windows Phone.
DESIGN AND BUILD QUALITY
The Xperia XZ2 represents a change of course to some degree for Sony. They stuck with 16:9 LCD screens, headphone jacks, and relatively large top and bottom bezels for several years after other manufacturers had made their premium phones 18:9 with OLED. This time around, Sony has dropped the jack and trimmed the bezels significantly and adopted an 18:9 ratio, all of which definitely has the phone looking more "on trend." Thankfully, there is no "notch." The screen remains an LCD, but frankly it's not a great loss. The contrast ratio and brightness are excellent, and there are no concerns of burn-in, which is a very real issue on phone screens with static navigation icons. Overall, I like the change, as it allows for more information to be displayed on an app like Facebook, NYT, or Google. The LCD panel is 1080x2160 resolution, with HDR support. It has a pixel density of 424 pixels per inch, and no pixels are visible on text or images. It's solidly nice.
The fingerprint sensor has been moved from the side power button (which was a fantastically useful placement) to almost the very center of the rear of the phone. Now, I will say, the sensor works great. I have not yet gotten a read error from any angle, and I've added four fingers total to the phone's memory. But the placement is not good. It's quite low, which makes it awkward, and the sensor is both close to and exactly the same size and shape as the camera. I purchased a case (Ringke Onyx Brushed Metal Design TPU) which mitigates this, as it has a sort of groove to guide your finger to the sensor only. But if you rock this phone naked, it is almost certain that you will finger the camera accidentally.
SHOULD you rock this phone naked? That's a hard no. The phone is a "glass sandwich" ringed by an aluminum bumper, with Gorilla Glass 5 offering scratch protection. Predictably, it's an absolute fingerprint magnet, even with a solid oleophobic coating. The rear of the phone is curved, which combined with glass, makes this phone incredibly slippery. It will not sit still on a table on its rear. I miss the flat designs of prior Xperias, as well as metal/polycarbonate backs. The glass back does allow for Qi wireless charging, which works well.
The rear camera has been moved from the top corner to the upper middle of the phone. I think this is kind of a "six of one, half a dozen of the other" sort of change. It's true that corner placement does result in some "finger" shots in landscape. Those are gone. But in their place are... finger shots in portrait. Sigh. They should have placed this higher along the middle of the phone if they were intent on moving it from the corner.
Stereo speakers still grace the front of the phone, though the bottom speaker is now at the bottom edge, due to reduced bezel size. They are loud and high quality, great for videos and music. I would say that Sony's speakers are in the top two or three phones on the market, possibly even the best of the pack.
SD card and Micro SIM are accessed on the top with a slide out panel - fingernail only, no need for a key. The phone will accept cards up to 400gb.
Aesthetically, the phone is a looker. Sony has always excelled at industrial design, and the fit and finish are exceptional. I just think that the XZ1 and XZ Premium were better looking phones, for my tastes. It's got a bit of a fat backside, and it is heavy. But these are not dealbreakers for me. I like a bit of heft in something that costs this much. The phone is extremely durable and rigid, as indicated by "Jerry Rig Everything" testing on YouTube.
Sony's Android skin has not changed from previous iterations. It is very light, only really changing the App Drawer from up-down scrolling to left-right scrolling. Sony allows you to replace the launcher, which I did immediately, to Square Home 2 (I like my tiles, folks!). The home screen is completely customizable, with options for animations, swiping actions, icon size, icon packs, and the like.
Sony includes a few of their own apps which duplicate stock android apps, such as Music and Album (for photos). I ended up choosing them over the stock apps because I find they work very well, with nice graphics (the pinch zooming of your camera roll in the Album app is really cool).
Sony has included an "Xperia Assist" app, which gives a chat interface for tips and tricks, with an AI respondent. Thankfully, it does nothing more. OK Google is fine, and it works well here.
With a Snapdragon 845 and 4gb of RAM, this phone screams through everyday tasks. There are no lags whatsoever on any task, and app switching is instantaneous. Regular use does not create much in the way of warmth, though of course fast charging or wireless charging does heat things up (as does recording video in 4K HDR).
Sony's reputation for excellent battery life is safe with the XZ2. A full day of heavy use is easy to achieve, and 1.5 days with moderate use is also easy.
Sony's Stamina mode and Adaptive charging modes are still present, as well. Stamina mode usually gives you extra few hours of juice by limiting background functions, while the adaptive charging learns your routine (e.g. bed time and wakeup) and slow-charges your phone to 90%, only topping off at the very end, to reduce time at full charge, which can be stressful for a battery. Having used the XZ Premium for a year, I am confident in asserting that these technologies will have you feeling like your phone battery is just as fresh a year in as on the day you got it.
Yet again, a new generation of Sony phones brings a new generation of Sony hype for their camera tech. And while most years, this proves to be underwhelming, I have to say this year the hype is deserved.
Sony claims its "Bionz" processing and high-ISO shooting significantly improves low-light performance. My testing has borne this out as true. The attached snap of my cat was taken at night, indoors, with only a dim lamp for light. The detail level is exceptional, and improves on my XZ Premium.
Daylight snaps also show excellent detail, with significantly better post processing than Sony's prior efforts, by which I mean less noise and sharpening upon close "pixel peeping" inspection.
Sony's superb burst modes and predictive capture are also present, which make this an exceptionally good choice for users with young kids (it's hard to get those little buggers to sit still!).
Video has seen an upgrade to 4k HDR recording (1080p and 4k non-HDR are still options, of course). Super Slow-Motion at 960fps is available now in both 720p and 1080p (1080p being a first for smartphones). Unfortunately, predictive capture is not available on slow-mo, as it is on the Samsung S9. So you get better image quality but still a finicky trigger which makes it hard to slow down just the right moment.
At this price, I think this is a 4 star device. Sony keeps cranking out phones every six months, and the prices often drop precipitously within 3 months of release. So I would recommend waiting until this one is at or below 650.
With that said, this is probably the best phone Sony has released in a long time. The camera is finally competitive with the very top tier of flagships, and the performance overall is superb.