Two of the best smartphones from 2013 have been adjudged to come from the stables of HTC and Sony.

Their HTC One and the Xperia Z2 were given this status by most of the smartphone lovers. However, they failed to beat the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5S in terms of sales. HTC and Sony appear to have stuck to their respective philosophies and have come out with the second-generation products, which promise to be even better. The HTC One M8 and the Sony Xperia Z2 offer more features than ever before.

Design

These two phones are also widely regarded as the best designed in the industry today. In comparison with the previous generation model, it is the HTC One M8 that makes most changes. The HTC One was widely praised for its build quality and the materials used. The company has gone to extreme lengths by using metal for most parts. The brushed aluminum look is one of the best in the industry today, while the Xperia Z2 is also on par.

In contrast with metal used on the HTC One M8, the Xperia Z2 relies upon glass. Even though both devices are prone to the little scratches that take away the polish after a while, there is little argument that they are extremely premium, to look at, when new.

Display

The HTC One M8 uses a 5 inch display, which comes with the same full HD resolution as before. The Xperia Z2 increases the screen size to 5.2 inches. Since it features the same 1080p resolution, there is a slight drop-in pixel density. However, this is unlikely to be noticed by the user. Both companies use different technologies to run the displays. Sony’s flagship triluminous display, along with the Bravia mobile engine, can be found in the Xperia Z2. It seems that the company has made these technologies even better by fine-tuning them, as the Xperia Z2’s picture quality is unmatched.

Viewing angles have also improved immensely compared to the previous generation, although, it still cannot come close to the HTC One M8 in this regard. The HTC model uses the Super LCD3 in order to enhance the pictures.

Camera

One of the finest aspects of the Xperia Z2 is its camera, which, at 20.7 megapixels can capture a lot of detail. In contrast, the HTC One M8 loses quite badly this regard due to its unique 4 ultrapixel camera. It is not that the HTC camera cannot capture high-quality photos, but it simply cannot compete with the megapixel count of the Xperia Z2. The pictures look sharp even when zoomed in and this is a credit to the camera division at Sony. However, they have restricted some of the features to within eight megapixels, which poses some questions about the need for 20.7 megapixels.

In terms of battery, it is the Xperia Z2 that leaps ahead due to its 3200 mAh battery.

After coming out only a few months ago, it is not surprising to see the Xperia Z2 and the HTC One M8 equally priced, at $650.

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