Sony Xperia Z2 review: Action pack

Action pack

GSMArena team, 16 May 2014.

Phonebook

The Sony Xperia Z2 phonebook is integrated with the dialer using a tabbed interface - the Contacts, Phone, Favorites and Groups tabs can be side-swiped. The contact list has a dedicated search filed plus it offers and an alphabetical scroll bar.

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The phonebook The quick contact shortcut Favorites

You can sync with multiple accounts, including Exchange and Facebook, and you can selectively show or hide contacts from some accounts (as well as filter specific groups in an account), or set the phonebook to display only contacts with phone numbers or only contacts that are online.

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Contact options

Linking contacts is available, quick contact feature is here too.

Telephony

Receiving and making calls on the Xperia Z2 was nothing short of pleasing. There is noise-cancelling options that is on by default, but you can turn it off from Settings. There is also a Slow Talk option, which will actively slow the speech of the other calling party. You can even apply equalizer settings, but you can choose only between Normal, Bright and Smooth.

The dialer support smart dialing.

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Smart dialing is available

Sony Xperia Z2 scored an Average mark in our loudspeaker tests, meaning you are unlikely to miss some calls and notifications if you are in a noisy environment.

Sony has preloaded a number of features that modify how the speaker sounds. We tested with all of them off, then with xLOUD on, but that made very little to no difference.

Speakerphone testVoice, dBPink noise/ Music, dBRinging phone, dBOveral score
LG G265.7 62.266.2Below Average
Sony Xperia Z1 (xLOUD)65.5 62.065.8Below average
Sony Xperia Z266.7 64.675.7Average
Apple iPhone 5s68.766.369.2Average
Nokia Lumia 102069.8 66.672.5Good
Samsung Galaxy S566.9 66.675.7Good
HTC One69.3 66.675.9Good
Samsung Galaxy S470.6 66.277.3Good
Samsung Galaxy Note 370.5 66.678.0Good
Oppo Find 7a71.3 72.575.7Very Good
Oppo N173.7 67.778.7Very Good
LG Optimus G74.671.382.7Excellent

Messaging and text input

Text messages and MMS use standard thread layout. Adding multimedia (photos, videos, sounds, etc.) will convert the message automatically into an MMS.

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The messaging app Adding multimedia turns it into an MMS

Naturally the Gmail client and the default Email apps are onboard. Gmail can sync only with (multiple) Google accounts, while the generic Email app can handle POP and IMAP and offers a Combined inbox.

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Gmail and Email apps

As for text input, the Xperia Z2 offers a customizable on-screen full QWERTY keyboard.

You can choose a different layout (keypad, QWERTY, QWERTY with extra symbols), add/remove the coma and period button, the smiley and voice input buttons and also enable things like bilingual word suggestions if you have more than one language enabled. Different keyboard skins are available too.

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Xperia Z2 keyboard is comfortable in either layout Settings

You can also try the so-called Gesture input if hitting those keys individually doesn't give you the desired typing speed. It's similar to Swype, and even if you've never used a Swype-like input before, you'll quickly get used to it.

Single-hand size keyboard is available too, but only in portrait orientation. If enabled, it squeezes the onscreen keyboard to the left or right side of the screen so it gets more comfortable for single handed text input.

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One-handed keyboard Skins

Reader comments

Unfortunately, one of the worst cost benefit I had bought in world of smartphone. Fragile screen for the price it costs. All little crash of 10 " is a new display.

  • nag

Good

  • Anonymous

Could be the reset button