Sony - XPERIA XZ2 Compact with 64GB Memory Cell Phone (Unlocked) - Moss Green

The Xperia XZ2 Compact is designed to be the ultimate entertainment device. Whether you're recording breathtaking videos in 4K HDR, or watching films in HDR, the Xperia XZ2 Compact delivers big screen entertainment in the palm of your hand.

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    What's Included


    • Sony XPERIA XZ2 Compact H8314
    • 2870 mAh Battery
    • Power adapter, USB-C to 3.5 jack adapter

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    90% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (43 out of 48)

    Features


    Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor

    Octa-core processor and 4GB of RAM deliver outstanding overall performance for opening and running applications, flipping through menus, running home screens and more.

    Android 8.0 Oreo OS

    Rapid operating system keeps you safe and secure on your mobile device.

    Compatible with select carriers, including Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile

    Also compatible with prepaid carriers including Cricket Wireless, MetroPCS, Simple Mobile, Total Wireless, Tracfone, Net10, Mint, and H2O.

    4G LTE speed

    Provides fast Web connection for downloading apps, streaming content and staying connected with social media.

    5" TRILUMINOS touch screen

    High-definition touch screen displays texts, e-mails, games, photos and videos with clarity. Gorilla Glass 5 resists scratches.

    19.0MP rear-facing camera

    See all the detail thanks to ultra-high resolutions from the rear camera. Also includes a front-facing 5.0MP camera for self-portraits and video.

    64GB internal memory plus microSD slot

    Extensive storage space for your contacts, music, photos, apps and more. Expand storage up to 400GB by adding a microSD card (sold separately).

    Sony Exmor RS sensor

    Ensures accurate color gathering and vivid imagery so that photos and videos look superb yet realistic.

    Motion Eye

    Lets you capture slow-motion videos at up to 960 frames per second for staggering films.

    Predictive capture

    Captures the image before you even press the shutter to get the perfect shot.

    Predictive hybrid autofocus

    Automatically focuses on your subject to ensure maximum speed.

    BIONZ image processing engine

    Powerful digital image processing produces even more vivid colors and ensure contrasts are high.

    Optical SteadyShot image stabilization

    Keep your images free from motion blur with SteadyShot image stabilization.

    Your fingerprint keeps your phone secure

    Hold your finger on the fingerprint sensor to unlock your phone.

    Access to Google Play

    Browse and download apps, magazines, books, movies, and television programs directly to your phone.

    Text to Speech reads your texts aloud

    Allows you to listen to your text messages instead of reading them on the screen.

    IP68 rating

    The phone is protected from dust and can also withstand being submerged in 5 feet of static water for up to 30 minutes.

    * SIM Card not included.

    * Phone will not work with Sprint, Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile or any other CDMA network.


    Customer rating

    4.3
    90%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    4.0

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The Best Compact Android Phone

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      optimummind
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      ======= Summary ======= The Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact is an awesome phone that is powerful, fast, battery-efficient, compact, and an utter delight to use. Its compact size that allows for easy one-handed use like in the old days of smartphones before everything became BIG and phablet-like. With Sony's minimal Android skin - the Xperia UI - the phone is blazing fast & buttery smooth. And Sony's 19 MP Motion Eye camera takes great pictures. If I had to sum up my entire experience with the Xperia XZ2 Compact in one word, it's the word "Refreshing." It's a fantastic phone with good looks, good size, powerful internals, great battery life, fast & efficient software, and a great camera. ======= Phone Design ======= Prior to receiving my Xperia XZ2 Compact, I had decided that I didn't like the design that much because it looked so chunky in pictures and videos. Once I unboxed the phone and held it in my hands and looked at it with my own eyes, I quickly found myself with a different opinion. The phone looks great~! Despite having a Samsung Galaxy S9+ with its big, beautiful Infinity Display with super-minimal bezels and an all glass & metal design, I still find the Xperia XZ2 Compact to be attractive and eye-catching in its own right. I like its symmetrical bezels, its metal sides, clicky buttons, metallic finger print sensor (FPS), and the nearly-flush camera module on the back. No unslightly camera bulges or distracting notches here! The matte, metallic sides offer good grip and feels very durable. Some say the XZ2 Compact feels cheap on the back but I disagree. Although it's not glass or metal, the "frosted-look" plastic backcover feels very nice, smooth, and dense. It's high-quality plastic unlike older Samsung phones' glossy and smear-prone slippery plastic backcovers. The only time I actually felt that the backcover was kind of "cheap" was when I tapped on it with my fingernails. Depending on where on the backcover you tap your fingers on, the phone makes a hollow "plasticky" sound. With that said, actually using the phone in your hands is a great experience. I have medium-size hands and I have had no issues whatsoever using the phone fully one-handed - all of the time. My thumb can easily reach the top of the phone to pull down the Notification Panel. No need for finger and hand gymnastics here. Typing is much easier as well because keys on the keyboard that are further away such "Q" or "1" are much easier to reach and press on a smaller keyboard. With its smooth rounded corners and a curved backside, the Xperia XZ2 Compact is an extremely comfortable phone to hold and use, even for long periods. The phone naturally snuggles in the palm of your hand and there are no uncomfortable pokes from sharp corners. The fingerprint sensor is ease to find and reach as it is underneath the camera module a good distance away. This phone is a complete ergonomic win from Sony. ======= Hardware - Display ======= I like the XZ2 Compact's 18:9 5.0" Full HD+ screen with its 483 ppi density. The display is very crispy and bright and watching stuff under direct sunlight here in sunny California is no problem. The only thing I didn't like initially was Sony's default "Color Gamut and Contrast Setting" which was set to "Standard mode." With that setting, I found pictures and videos to appear overprocessed and a bit unnatural. Changing the mode to the "Professional mode" setting corrected everything. I left all other display settings at their default such as "Adaptive Brightness" and "Video Image Enhancement" to "On." Comparing directly to my Galaxy S9+, I expected the XZ2 Compact to fall short by a noticeable margin. This isn't the case at all. I really like the display and how crisp, bright, and well-calibrated it is. The whites are bright and white and the blacks are dark and inky. Even as I switch back-and-forth between the Galaxy S9+ and the Xperia XZ2 Compact, the only difference I notice is just the smaller 5" screen size on the Sony. Both phones' displays look fantastic and the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact doesn't lose any ground in this department in my opinion. ======= Hardware - Audio ======= The front stereo speakers sound great and they blow away pretty much all other phones that only come with a single back-firing or bottom-firing speaker setup. The volume, even at its maximum, has no distortions and media continues to sound loud and clear. Sony offers granular control over how audio is delivered. Inside the Sound settings, one can choose from eight predefined Equalizer settings (8 choices + 1 custom + 2 User-defined). You can also set the Clear Bass level (-10 to +10) and activate the "S-Force Front Surround" that virtually reproduce realistic surround sound. Additional sound settings are available to fine-tune your music when listening via headphones. I noticed a boost in audio quality - in the form of tighter sound & increased sound stage - after I activated the "S-Force Front Surround" and set Clear Bass to +3. Some people might bemoan the loss of the 3.5 mm audio jack but for me, personally, it doesn't bother me at all. I prefer wire-free Bluetooth headphones and I have a Sony 1000XM2 headphones that I thoroughly enjoy using. I always struggled with wires and get easily annoyed by them. ======= Performance ======= With the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 from the Galaxy S9 & S9+, the Xperia XZ2 Compact simply soars~!! Everything is just so fast, snappy, and smooth - opening and launching apps, playing games, watching high-resolution videos, taking pictures, moving files around, and more. I give major props to Sony for outfitting the smaller XZ2 Compact with the same Snapdragon 845 found in its bigger sibling, the regular XZ2. With the Snapdragon 845, 4GB of RAM, and fast UFS internal storage, the XZ2 Compact won't become obsolete for a very long time. In other words, it's very future-proof and its performance potential is probably overkill for most people except for the very demanding hardcore gamers. ======= Camera ======= The 19 MP Motion Eye camera is another strong point of this phone. It takes very crispy, detailed, and color-accurate photos the majority of the time and Sony's "Superior auto" mode works very well and is easy to use and navigate. Shutter speed is fast, dynamic range is very good, and the photo quality is consistent. And I really love the dedicated hardware camera shutter button. The only time the camera feels a little bit lacking is during very low-light photography. Using the auto mode, I found the camera to overexpose too much and blow out the highlights, causing some distortion artifacts and taking not true-to-life colors. Shutter speed also slows down dramatically as well during very low-light photo sessions. If you find yourself taking lots of very low-light photography and it is very, very important to you, then I would recommend buying another phone. But if very low-light photography takes up less than 25% of all your photo-taking, then the Motion Eye camera will serve you just fine. In other scenarios, the pictures come out wonderful, sharp, and with good dynamic range and color gamut. Recording video is another strong positive of the Xperia XZ2 Compact. Samples I took using the 4K and Full HD (60 FPS) modes came out nice-looking and well-stabilized. Dynamic range and color accuracy were also good and satisfactory. If there is one sort of glaring weakness with the camera, it is the relatively low-resolution 5MP selfie camera. The pictures look noticeably softer and blurrier. Turning off the "Soft skin effect" brings back more detail but 5MP is 5MP and in this department, the Xperia XZ2 Compact falls short compared to other flagship phones. Overall, I like the camera of this phone and I trust it to take consistently good photos and videos. Just don't expect a lot in very low-light scenarios. ======= Software ======= I loved the simple and efficient Initial Setup process. I could choose - I could choose~! - what NOT to install. That was refreshing and a pleasant surprise not having bloatware forced upon me. Upon booting to the Home Screen, there were already some updates applied for me automatically - the Sony Support app (3.8.8) & Xperia Intelligence Engine (1.2.A.0.30). Android version preinstalled on the phone was 8.0.0 Oreo. The phone came with 75% free space left (16.63 GB used of 64GB total size). System used up 14GB out of the box. The phone is smooth, snappy, and fast. And it's consistent. I experienced no weird janks, stutters, or hiccups. I hope Sony continues to maintain their software reputation and provide timely OS and security updates for the Xperia XZ2 Compact. ======= Battery Life ======= OMG, the battery life is SOOOOO good~!! After 6 hrs & 48 mins of being taken off the charger, my phone still had 95% battery life left (drain of 0.7%/hr). Screen-On-Time (SOT) was just 5 mins & 54 seconds though. I took a second measurement when the phone had been off the charger for 15 hrs & 50 mins. I had 50% battery left (drain of 3.2%/hr and my SOT was 3 hrs & 11 mins. Sony did an EXCELLENT, FANTASTIC job at controlling Android and optimizing for great battery life and endurance. Bravo, Sony~! ======= Misc Stuff ======= Other functions worked very well such as quick & accurate GPS positioning, great call & mobile data reception, and loud & clear voice calls. The finger print sensor responds quickly and works well consistently. ======= So, is it any good? ======= Not only is this phone good, it's excellent. It has so many strengths - easy one-handed use, excellent ergonomics, quality camera, good display, great speakers, lean software, and superb battery life. This refreshing phone from Sony has made me a fan.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      The NOT so Little Brother of the Sony Xperia XZ2

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      MarkusKong
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      Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact Setup/Testing/Conclusion The Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact works on Verizon Wireless!!! That is right ladies and gentlemen. Just to clarify, you “may” run into some issues; because I did. On initial setup I was able to make calls but not able to receive any text messages. I ended up speaking with a Verizon Wireless rep and worked it out. The Verizon Wireless rep stated he had to remove the provisioned ID and reprovision it. Once he did that, I was able to receive text messages. But shortly after, I noticed I couldn’t make calls. I was getting an server error, please try again later (or something of that matter). Basically at that point, just log into your My Verizon Wireless account and make sure to enable HD Voice. After all that, the Xperia XZ2 Compact worked without any issues. Now that I cleared that, I’m going to go into my review of the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact. Jumping right into it folks! I am going to give the device a 3.7 out of 5 stars. Although this is the “younger sibling” of the Sony Xperia XZ2, the internals are practically identical. Throughout my usage of the Xperia XZ2 Compact, I ran everything without any lag or hiccups. The phone works beautifully and extremely fluid in my opinion. I especially enjoyed watching movies, videos, and listening to the sound that the Xperia XZ2 Compact produced. I compared it to an iPhone 6 Plus that I had along with a Google Pixel and I noticed that the Xperia XZ2 Compact had sharper colors and picture quality when watching 4k videos on YouTube. The Xperia XZ2 Compact is definitely not a “compact” device. It’s quite chubby and has some weight to it. But by all means, this is not a negative part of the phone. I personally like the size and weight but that could be because of my hand size and whatnot. The build quality of the phone is also fantastic in my opinion. It doesn’t look “cheap” at all. I’ve owned several phones in the past that are “plastic” backs but with the Xperia XZ2 Compact I can’t even tell that it’s “plastic”. So this is where my “docking the star” comes into play. I personally didn’t really like the camera, fingerprint sensor placement, and the 3 buttons on the side of the device. When I say I didn’t like the camera, the phone does well when taking pictures where there’s light, but as soon as low light comes into play; the Xperia XZ2 Compact picture quality takes a big hit. I could barely even see the pictures I took where there was low light. So if/when you compare it with other Android devices and iOS devices, the camera on the Xperia XZ2 Compact is not as great. As for the fingerprint sensor placement along with the 3 buttons on the side; it is just flat out “weird” for me. Even with 3 buttons, I wished the top button was the power button and the volume rocker be placed in the middle. That would’ve made it a bit more manageable for me. The only other thing I can say about the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact is the fact that there isn’t anything “revolutionary” or game changing. Compared to other devices out on the market right now, the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact sorta just fits in; there’s nothing that makes it really stand out from the rest. The battery is definitely good (it should last you the day), it lasts longer than the Google Pixel phone. But, I always feel like with battery optimization; iPhones seem to manage battery better. Overall, the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact is a good phone. With the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, it handles everything beautifully. But, in my opinion it doesn’t get the perfect score. With so many different devices releasing on the regular basis, something about that phone HAS to stand out from the rest. Specs Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (Chipset) Octa-core (4x2.7 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) (CPU) Adreno 630 (GPU) 4GB RAM Internal Memory of 64GB (Expandable to 400GB w/ microSD) Android 8.0 Oreo IPS LCD Capacitive Touchscreen (16M colors) 5.0 Inches Resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio (483 ppi density) 19 MP Rear Camera 5 MP Front Camera Bluetooth 5.0 Rear Fingerprint Sensor Non removable Li-Ion 2870 mAh battery What's in the box? Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact USB A to USB C Cable AC Adapter USB C to Audio Jack Cable Wired Earbuds with Interchangeable Earpieces Various Manuals (Hearing Aid Compatibility, US Safety Guidelines, Startup Guide, Important Information, FCC Statement, Declaration of Conformity)

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Compact size phone yet great for media consumption

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      Goncho
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      Overall: high quality build, decent phone, excellent video/camera, decent audio, excellent connectivity options in general. A little bulky for its size (hoped it was bigger). It is unlocked. Background: I’ve been a loyal Microsoft Windows Phone user for years, currently I own the Lumia 950. Now that there are no new Windows Phone, I decided to try an Android one. At home we have Windows and Android phones (950XL and Samsung S6/S7), but personally I hadn’t used an Android phone extensively. I have been using the device for almost three weeks now, side by side with my Lumia. Initial Setup: Opening the package I was greeted with a solid looking phone, yet a little heavy and bulky for its size. I decided to configure the phone to initially be just a computing/media-consumption device for evaluation and determine how well the non-calling capabilities outdone my Lumia’s, so my plan was to not add phone chip initially. Main reason was that I don’t really trust Google with my information. Initial charge was at 61% so I proceeded. First impression, nice picture quality and very responsive to touch. Setup steps, nothing out of the ordinary, I thought it was interesting to have a fingerprint and PIN unlock options. Nevertheless, 24% and 48.44GB free after first setup, why is this phone using so much storage first time? The OS plus basic apps (I assume) take more space than what people used to complain from the Windows Phone. After setup about 56% battery was left, seems that there was some extra processing going on. Software updates: I was expecting the Android OS to be updated frequently, in this case an update was already available after initial setup. For about 500MB took about 10 minutes, so far so good. I also installed a few apps (Bing, Wordament, Netflix, Amazon Music), and the storage was at 26%. Recharge: First recharge using the “fast recharge” adapter/cable took about 2 ½ hours! Subsequent two recharges took about 2 hours, and this using the cable/adapter provided. I assume charging times will get better eventually. Screen dimensions: it looks too vertical, I assume it is because of the 4K capability. It resembles a folio size paper when compared to a letter size, it was disturbing at the beginning, since it seems I was used to my Lumia having a wider width where I could read news vertically, whereas in the Sony XZ2 compact, it seems that horizontally, is the best way to read news and consume other media. Also, I miss my Lumia bigger screen size, but not so much as going back to it, so it seems that this XZ2 is a keeper. Video/Picture: amazing video, leaves my Lumia behind so bad, and other Android phones I’ve seen. Picture quality, well, it replaces my point-and-shot camera (another Sony by the way, sorry camera). For media consumption I think it is a top-notch device, albeit a little small for my taste (I think whoever ends up buying the bigger XZ2 would be more than happy owning the phone). Security: I like the fact that it has the fingerprint scanner in the back. Initially it was annoying because I would unlock the phone without realizing when just holding the phone. However, as weeks passed, I got used to not touch the scanner area unless I wanted to unlock the phone. Connectivity: Interestingly it can connect to my Wi-fi better than other devices I own, so a plus on this side. I can listen to music reliably outside while working in the yard using an outdoor Bluetooth speaker. As expected with most modern devices it can connect to wireless displays (nice projecting my vides to my TVs, not 4K). Experia Assistant: Not so sure about the Experia Assistant app, I haven’t used it too much, besides just checking the Tools section for STAMINA mode, and some settings. Besides the Tools sections there is the Inbox and Chat, the latter seems to interact with someone/something to get help with the phone, not sure I will ever use any of them. Apps: I had to sign-in to my Gmail to get the chance to download any apps! I didn’t want Google to know what free app I was downloading or using, now they know, and worse, they send me updates about having new messages in my Inbox when I never configured my email (well had to use the email to sign in to the store, but didn’t choose to have my email). Also, Google sends me emais about missing this or that app (what do they know about what I want?). Other thoughts: decent phone, good voice quality, sound, size for a phone is excellent, but for media consumption a bigger screen seems to be preferable. Runs very hot when playing music/videos and connected to a Bluetooth speaker (battery drains fast too, but I didn’t compare to other Android phones in this arena). Rather than silver, I would have preferred if it was available in black, my Lumia looks cooler in black. The one top game I use, Wordament, is so much more fun to play it in the XZ2 than in my Lumia, looks like the Lumia has shown its age, gaming feels a breeze in the XZ2. Looks like I will need to suck it up and let Google take over some of my personal stuff, e.g. contacts and the like, wished there was a way to configure the whole Android experience but on a Microsoft backed ecosystem (Onedrive, Office, email contacts, etc.).

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Smartphones Come in Small Packages

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      mobilelawyer
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      I have never been swept away by the huge phones now in vogue, and this Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact has been designed to meet the challenge of packing every premium phone feature into a smaller Android phone that fits nicely in your hand and your pocket. This smartphone meets the assignment and more. And Sony has thrown in some special surprises as well. I have attached pictures of the phone in my medium-sized hands. It is metal cased with a non-fingerprint coating. The 2,870 mAh battery lasts all day, and maybe even a little longer. The device is not particularly light. It felt a little heavy in my hand, but it was never cumbersome. to hold or use. The fingerprint sensor is in the middle of the back cover. I never had to fumble around to use it. The 5-inch LCD panel shines gorgeous. It sports full HD+ resolution (2,160 x 1,080) and displays a 18:9 aspect ratio. I found it to have very good viewability from different angles, and it held up well in outdoor conditions. The screen has a narrow bezel which I find quite attractive, but which may not satisfy those who demand a bezel-less display. This is an unlocked smartphone for use on GSM networks. When I opened the package, I noticed there was no tool to get the SIM drawer open. I quickly discovered that I didn't need one. The SIM tray, which can hold a both a micro SD card, as well as the SIM slides out for easy access. I popped in a T-Mobile Nano- SIM, and had the phone up running instantly. With the phone's 64 GB of internal memory, I did not feel the immediate need for the SD card, but the option is always there if extra space is needed- up to 400GB!! Calls were crisp and clear on T-Mobile's 4G LTE network. In my city T-Mobile offers a great signal just about anywhere. Callers thought my voice clear, and I could hear them well. Sony provides an excellent earbud set, but, as is the case with the evolution of smartphones, you must use the included USB adapter to enjoy them. There is no earphone jack. The on board speakers were also loud and clear, and the speakerphone feature worked well. The camera is superb. It captured indoor and outdoor subjects with great aplomb. Outdoors, its images are world-class. In darkly- lit environments, some noise can creep in, but never to an unacceptable level. The camera is easy to use and quick- operating for snapshots. And the 13-megapixel rear camera records 4K video footage with full 10-bit HDR processing. I shot some 4K which looked great on the small screen, but I was not immediately able to stream it in full 4K to my Livingroom set which sports full 4K resolution. The picture nonetheless looked stupendous on the 65-inch screen. I am going to transfer the video to other media for exhibition on the large display and I expect spectacular results. Sony also offers a 960fps slow-mo mode, which, although not in HD+, is certainly in full HD, has the potential to capture family sporting events with incredible detail. I had great fun playing with this and am having to educate myself in hitting the slo-mo capture at the right second. The XZ2 compact runs a near- stock Android Oreo build, with Sony features built in as well. It found it to be smooth as silk and found no evidence that the Sony tweaks slowed the Oreo experience down one iota. The top of the line Snapdragon 845 processor and 4GB RAM, of course, allow Oreo to really shine, and all the Google conveniences are at your immediate beck and call. OK Google, navigate to Charleston; send a message – all there. One of the tweaks I enjoyed was a beautiful set of Sony exclusive themes, once of which is shown in the photograph. I was able to easily use the phone all day, with plenty of battery left over. The phone quick charges through the supplied AC adapter which accesses the USB-C port at the phone's base. Sony offers Xperia Assist which automates certain processes to conserve battery usage and maximize battery longevity. The XZ2 Compact is a beautiful, smaller compact phone that does everything that its larger competition can do and goes beats the non- Sony competition with its special video features. If a smaller phone melts your butter, this is the one to consider. Highly recommended.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Flagship performance in a tiny package

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      Batlacit
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      For the past few years, phones have been getting harder and harder to tell apart. Sony, apparently, found this to be a problem and set out to fix it with the XZ2 Compact. The biggest thing you’ll notice when taking it out of the box is how big it isn’t. Rather than going the usual route of a large screen on a thin glass slab, the phone is trying its hardest to keep its footprint as small as possible. The result is a phone that’s very easy to use one-handed (even if you have somewhat smallish hands.) For some, small still sells, and I don’t think that you’re going to find another phone of this size with modern hardware anywhere on the market. What’s even more impressive is how little they’ve had to compromise to achieve this. Yes, it’s a fair bit chunkier than a lot of phones, but the curved case still fits easily in your hand and looks suitably flashy. And I imagine that some people will stop right there, but there’s quite a bit more to see in this phone than that. In addition to being small, this phone has more unusual features and gimmicks than I think I’ve ever seen in an Android device. This is probably the best and worst part of the device. One example is a physical button specifically for the camera. This is one of the better quality of life features on the thing – as it makes using the very nice camera much faster and more natural than most phones. Unfortunately, it’s also placed in such a way that you can very easily hit it by accident. Likewise with the back-mounted fingerprint scanner. It’s very accurate and fast to respond. But placed almost in the center of the backplate it doesn’t feel very natural to use. Usually when I go to try and unlock it I end up jamming my finger up against the camera lens instead. I wouldn’t call it a deal breaker, but it’s definitely something I hope that Sony can improve on in future models. A lot of the other key features are nice, but really do fall more in the line of gimmicks. The camera has a variety of special modes that let you record video at 960fps, take 4K HDR videos, or videos where you shoot fire out of your mouth. And these are fun, but not the kind of thing that you’re likely to use frequently. The sensor isn’t really good enough to get great results from the HDR mode, and the extreme high speed mode can only record at that speed for a fraction of a second, making it very difficult to use effectively. The 3D scanning feature is cool, if you can manage to get the ideal light conditions and have VERY steady hands. If you’re looking to pick it up specifically for these features, you might want to keep in mind that they’re really intended more for playing around with than anything else. Fortunately once you get past the gimmicks, the fundamentals are very solid. Sony made a wise choice of keeping their version of Android very close to stock, producing a highly responsive interface with very little in the way of visual clutter. The build quality might not quite match what some people define as “premium” seeing as much of it is plastic, but I’d wager that this is a phone that could survive a lot of hardships that your average glass and metal device couldn’t. They even included expandable storage – a feature I had sorely missed in the last few generations of devices. It’s also got what might be the best sounding set of stereo speakers I’ve heard on a cell phone (though, sadly, no audio jack.) It’s not a phone for everyone. Rather it’s a phone for a very specific type of customer who cares more about size and quirkiness than they do having the biggest screen space or the thinnest profile. And for once, you won't have to sacrifice having flagship performance or durability to get it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      There's just something about it...

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      TheTechNugget
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      Over the last year or two, we've seen a lot of great phones hit the market that don't require you to take out a second mortgage on your house. People have become cell phone crazy, and with a willingness to pay top dollar for the best, most exciting phone, other manufacturers are also taking the opportunity to release some mid-range phones with really great specs in the $300 - $700 range. One example is the Essential phone, released last year, that is a great phone that missed the mark in one major way, its camera. Still, for around $500, you could get your hands on a phone with a great design and snappy performance that definitely turns heads. This year, Sony is releasing its second-generation XZ phones (suitably called the XZ2's) which include a number of different choices, so many that perhaps Samsung is a little jealous. All joking aside, Sony's line of cell phones, tablets and laptops have always had a soft spot because of their design; if your Samsung Galaxy S9 is in a sport coat, the XZ2 might be in a tuxedo. Sony's design has always been what I would call "smart." All of the different players in the XZ2 line conform to some specific feature that makes that phone the best for the choice: The XZ2 has a big screen, the XZ2 Premium has a 4K display, and the XZ2 Compact is, well, smaller than all the others. Yes, in a world with increasingly large screens, Sony still has the gall to release a product with a 5-inch screen. This phone is more than just a 5-inch screen, though. The previously-mentioned "smart" design seen in many Sony products carriers through here, but does so in an incredibly compact body. Many smaller-screen phones still being released are put on the market with large bezels, but the XZ2 Compact's bezels are smaller than the competition; the side bezels are tiny, and the chin and forehead are small enough to make this phone look like it might have been released recently (compared to, for instance, the Pixel 2 or the iPhone 8). The screen itself has sharp corners, which is nice to see again, and the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 front sits very slightly above the metal edges of the phone. This is one of the first small-screen phones that I've seen in an 18:9 aspect ratio and the screen itself is full HD+ at a 2160x1080 resolution. The sides and back are all metal which gives this phone a great premium look and feel; the materials also add to its considerable (but extremely pleasant) heft. And speaking of heft, the alleged 'compact' phone is extremely thick, coming in at a half-inch, probably due to the ample 2,870 mAh battery. Some additional features to mention--a 19MP single-lens camera with a dedicated shutter button, a "snappy" Snapdragon 845 processor, expandable storage supporting up to 400GB micro SD cards, 4GB RAM and 64GB onboard memory, Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C charging and stereo speakers. Pair that with the previously-mentioned beefy battery, and you have a pretty good package for $650. So what's wrong with it? Well, nothing, really. Sony's software overlay on Android 8.0 is minimal, almost non-existent, and the fingerprint sensor on the back is pretty fast. The 19MP camera isn't a gimmick and performs well enough for most users, and has a ton of manual setting options as well as super slow motion 960FPS video capture. And, the processor and memory combo help it handle tasks with ease. The battery, which drives the relatively small screen, does so impressively; I went almost two days between charging on days with light-to-moderate use. It's a small, zippy phone that's a joy to use. If there's anything in 2018 that is wrong with this phone, it's the screen size, which is kind of crazy. I'm used to big screen phones, so the first couple days with the XZ2 Compact were pretty rough--and I found myself having to shrink text just to get more to fit on a screen that 5 years ago was perfectly adequate for everyday use. And while I may go back to using my iPhone X soon, I do have to admit, there's just something special about this phone. Big phones are not for everyone, and that's the sweet spot where the XZ2 performs best. The camera is great, and I love the fact that it has a dedicated shutter button (although I'm less excited about the power button and shutter button both being screen-off shortcuts that turn on the screen and take you directly to the camera app). I love using a phone that again fits into my front pants pocket or my front shirt pocket without looking ridiculous. And I absolutely love the way the thing feels in the hand. But the other thing to consider is, small phones are also not for everyone. Sitting on a table in front of you, you're sure to get criticisms: "Where did you get that 10-year-old phone from?" one co-worker asked me. But once you spend some time with it--hold it, use it, and experience some of the major advantages in smaller phones that you may have forgotten about--the XZ2 compact is definitely worth considering. And for $650, it's not a bad package deal. I'm sure that carriers will discount it as it is not going to be in the top 5 selling smartphones over the next 6 months, and that would be the ideal time to pick one up if you can wait.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Packs a punch

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      JustBeingHonest
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      I received this phone for an honest review at no cost, and while I'm mostly impressed, I'm also a bit disappointed with some features. Best features: Really nice camera Video, super slow-mo 4k HDR recording Useful Physical Camera Buttons 64gb included and Expandable memory 3D software included Not great: Plastic backplate Adapter needed for headphone jack Some bloatware What Phone comes with: USB C charging cable with plug USB-C to Headphone jack adapter Sony Headphones (earbuds) Different Sized earbuds Hardware: Snapdragon 845 4 GB RAM 64 GB ROM IP65/68 NFC Fingerprint reader on backside Stereo Speakers 2870 mAh battery So I am impressed because this is a small phone (compared to today's standards) but it's designed that way and it's very snappy. The phone is what I would call a "sleeper." In my opinion, it's not a great looking phone, but the hardware/software makes it a powerful phone. What I like about the camera is that you have a camera button on the side that allows you to push it halfway to focus, and then fully to snap the photo. During camera mode, the volume buttons serve as zoom and that comes in handy, especially if you're used to zooming in and out with the pinch feature. The quality of the camera is really high, 19mp rear and 5mp front. The colors are very natural looking and more lifelike than most phones I've had. It has tons of customizable features and a 960FPS super slow mo camera. One nice feature is predictive shots where the camera automatically snaps several photos based on optimum features on screen and then you can choose the best one. That way you let the camera do the work for you. There is a 4k HDR recording feature but I don't have a 4k TV, so I wasn't able to appreciate that high of quality. The included headphones are attachable via the USB-C to headphone jack adapter (included). The earbuds are interchangeable to fit your size, and there are different sizes included. The battery is strong and lasted me a couple days with medium use. The stereo speakers sound good, and exceeded my expectations for such a small phone. The phone is good to hold and easy to grip compared to many current glass phones. The fingerprint reader is on the backside and was very responsive when using it to unlock the phone. The phone comes with some 3D software that allows you to take 360 degree images of faces or things. It works nicely but I don't see myself using it for normal everyday purposes other than entertainment as you need space around the object and it takes about 3-5 minutes to take a 360 degree image. The included software does allow you to share these images through different means or use them as avatars, among other things. It also has some software for augmented reality where you can have certain things show up on your screen where your camera is looking. For example, I had a little dinosaur running around on my couch and it was mildly entertaining. You can play some games with it too. The phone has some weight to it, but it is sturdy. Overall, for a compact phone I think this phone is probably the best out there. It's also a sleeper so it doesn't "look" expensive, but the included hardware/firmware definitely don't disappoint. If you're in the market for a smaller phone, I definitely recommend this one. Just know what you're getting into.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Maybe just a little to compact

      Posted
      Reddog
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      Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact in White Silver Using the Sony Xperia Compact phone has been more of a challenge than I expected. This isn’t Sony’s fault I just have been using larger phones for quite a while now and the Sony goes in the complete opposite direction. On the hardware side Sony had done a excellent job here. You have the latest Snapdragon 845 which at the time of this review is one of the few phones currently available with this powerful processor. It has a beautiful high definition display with a very high screen pixel density. Sony does know how to make a great display and it shines on this phone. It comes with a 5.0 inch display that has clear bright colors, deep blacks that makes for a very high contrast ratio. This is a true HDR display and competes with the top phones in the market and gives nothing away. It won’t support Google’s VR headset but that’s not what this phone is for. Sony also put the base storage at 64GB with 4GBs of ram. The phone is very fast and again gives no ground here to its competition. Like most flagship phones today the camera is very good and the camera software is feature rich. The image stabilization works very well. There maybe better cameras but I think your skill taking the picture probably matters more than any hardware limitation. A very nice touch on this phone is the stereo speakers. At the right volume they sound very good. Speaking of sound Sony has followed other leading phones and left out the headphone jack. I have fairly good in ear headphones and I don’t like this trend but I have to say that using the included USB C adapter this phone sounds very good. I am still not convinced this is a smart move given Sony’s rich family of audio devices. You do get the latest version of Android 8.0 here and that includes Bluetooth 5.0 with full aptX and Sony’s own LDAC audio technology. Together this is as good as wireless Bluetooth can get today. I have yet to find Bluetooth headphones that support the 5.0 standard but getting aptX and LDAC support are built into this version of Android and other headphones so better wireless sound is available. What Sony has done here is put the most current technology is a small package. But it is this small package that I have trouble with. I am now confused since its been a while since I have had such a small phone and I certainly never had one with this level of technology. When I am out I forget it is even in my pocket. Yet when I am sitting down and surfacing the web I miss the larger screen. It does everything you could want a flagship phone to do. I could easy make this my daily driver since it does everything my larger phone does. There is one thing that is missing here that I might miss the most and that is wireless charging. The larger version of the Xperia XZ2 does have wireless charging and a few other minor features the compact doesn’t have, but all in all you are getting the same high end technology but in the compact form factor. If your looking for a flagship phone in a compact size this is a very nice option. If you are addicted to the larger screen I would recommend looking either at the larger Xperia XZ2 model or its competitors. But you can’t fault what Sony is offering here if you absolutely do not want a large phone.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars with 18 reviews

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