A couple weeks ago, I took a look at the crop of new Android smartphones hitting carriers this spring, including the HTC One, the LG Flex and the Samsung Galaxy S5. I’ve had some time now to test out Sony’s new Xperia Z2, so let’s add a new review to the pile.
Generally speaking, I quite like the Z2, which is coming to Canada in May. It’s exclusive to Bell for now, but it will also be sold unlocked in Sony stores to anyone who wants to shell out its full $699 price tag. It’s a big device, to be sure, with a 5.2-inch display, but it still feels good in your hand. That’s due to its solid construction, with an aluminum frame and a solid glass front and back that makes it feel sturdy. I wouldn’t want to drop it, even though it feels like it could survive the ordeal.
All told, the Z2 is about as big a phone as I’d like to handle, which is to say that I’d stop short of a phablet like the Galaxy Note 3. Indeed, after trying out so many bigger-screen devices, I have to agree with many of the pundits who are crying out for Apple to up the iPhone’s visual real-estate size. It now feels puny in comparison. Read the rest of this entry »