The Xperia Z2 is the latest flagship from Sony’s stable and one that will be taking on the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and several other high-end phones.
When price is not a consideration and the need for a small phone is paramount, one can also consider the Xperia Z1 Compact from Sony’s own offerings. This is the smaller version of the previous flagship of the company. With the Xperia Z2 yet to arrive in the market in a compact fashion, the Xperia Z1 Compact will be doing the job until then.
It is extremely easy to compare the two phones in terms of design and features because they are different in several regards. Firstly, the size of the Xperia Z2 is much larger than the Xperia Z1 Compact. This is primarily because of the 5.2 inch display, which is one of the largest for a mobile phone – if phablets like the Galaxy Note 3 are not taken into account. The Xperia Z1 Compact features a much more manageable 4.3 inch display.
This means that the dimensions of the phone are quite remarkably apart. Features like the dust and water resistance on the Xperia Z1 Compact appeared to have been carried over into the Xperia Z2 because the latter just features the same IP58 certification that was awarded to the Xperia Z1 Compact. This is slightly inferior to the IP67 ratings for the Galaxy S5, but since not many of us are going to use their phone in the water, this is unlikely to be a major issue.
Despite being a less priced variant, the Xperia Z1 Compact came with the 20.7 megapixel camera that was made famous by the former flagship device. Due to its overwhelming popularity, Sony appears to have decided not to change it in the Xperia Z2 as well. Apart from minor changes regarding color reproduction, the 20.7 megapixel camera on the Xperia Z2 is not new. Still, it has features like the 4K video recording, which makes it future proof.
This feature is absent in the Xperia Z1 Compact, which has to make do with only the full HD video recording.
Memory has always been a critical aspect of a high-end smartphones. Previous Sony devices did not support external memory cards, but this has changed in the last few generations. Both the Xperia Z1 Compact and the Xperia Z2 support external memory cards, which become an important feature in that they both only offer 16 GB internal memory. Compared with the likes of the iPhone 5S and the Galaxy S5, this might have been a negative aspects of the Sony device.
Due to the much larger display, the Xperia Z2 needs to come with a battery rated at 3200 mAh, which is incredible in comparison with the 2300 mAh battery on the Xperia Z1 Compact. Talk time and usage times are fairly similar in both devices.
Available at $450, the Xperia Z1 compact is one of the mid-range smartphones while the Xperia Z2 has just been unveiled at $700.
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