Vodafone eForum Community Champion JeffKinn has been getting to grips with the Sony Xperia Z2. So what does he make of the monolithic flagship?

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“The smartphone market is very crowded, with a whole host of phones with different operating systems and from different manufacturers and in differing sizes,” Says Vodafone eForum Community Champion JeffKinn. “So it can be difficult to choose a phone that meets my needs – both the practical ones and aesthetic ones.”

 

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Jeff’s teeing us up for his thoughts on the Sony Xperia Z2, which he’s been spending time with as part of the Vodafone device loan program that lets our Community Champions try out the latest phones in return for their hard work on the eForum. So how does the Sony stack up?

Making an impact

jeff kinn“I’ve just started to test the Z2 and my first impressions are that it’s a very good phone indeed,” he tells us. “Sony has a good name in the electronics marketplace in general, and it’s obvious that the company is trying to get some real traction in the mobile phone space with its newest range of Android phones.” Jeff goes on to explain that the Z2’s sturdy industrial design is part of what helps it stand out:

“One of the touchstones of a new flagship mobile phone model is that it feels like a premium product, and the Xperia Z2 certainly fulfils that promise. It looks and feels great, with lots of sleek black lines and glass. The screen is very good indeed and is a pleasure to look at. On top of that, the whole phone is responsive and free of any lag at all.”

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Jeff’s also a fan of the Z2’s restrained approach to presenting Google’s Android operating system, which Sony has left fairly stripped back and streamlined:

“The Z2 runs the latest version of Android – Kit Kat,” he says. “Android is now a mature operating system and, for the most part, all high end phones look and feel very similar. As with Sony’s other phones, the implementation of Android on offer here is close to ‘vanilla’, and that gives a very good user experience. Of course, Sony also provides a lot of its own bespoke software, including the Walkman app to play music. Sony also has its own music and film catalogue, and its apps are nicely integrated into that ecosystem.”

So are the design and software flourishes enough to make the Z2 a winner?

“It looks and feels great, with lots of sleek black lines and glass.”

“In my view there are currently two dominant forces in mobile,” Jeff says, “and they are Apple and Samsung. Therefore, other manufacturers have to really differentiate themselves if they want to make an impact on the market.

“I think Sony has done that with the Xperia Z1 and now with the Z2.”

Jeff’s only just started getting to grips with the Z2 but his initial reactions are pretty positive. We’ll be sure to check back with him a bit further down the line, but in the mean time you can read more about the Xperia Z2 here, and order yours from Vodafone UK here.

More from the Community Champions… Our experts have had hands-ons with a big range of today’s best smartphones. See what they make of the HTC One (M8) here, and JeffKinn’s thoughts on the Moto G here. You can find out more about the Vodafone eForum here.