Sony - XPERIA XZ2 Compact with 64GB Memory Cell Phone (Unlocked) - White Silver
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- Wireless Technology2G, 3G, 4G, 4G LTE
- Operating SystemAndroid 8.0 Oreo
- Usage Time(s)Talk: up to 1250 min; Standby: up to 500 hrs
- Internal Memory64 gigabytes
- Screen Size5 inches
- Water ResistantYes
- Phone Memory (RAM)4 gigabytes
- Processor BrandQualcomm Snapdragon
- Front-Facing Camera5 megapixels
- Rear-Facing Camera19 megapixels
- Processor ModelSnapdragon 845
- Internet ConnectableYes
- Product NameXPERIA XZ2 Compact with 64GB Memory Cell Phone (Unlocked)
- Data Plan RequiredNo
- Device ManufacturerSony
- Additional Hardware IncludedPower adapter, USB-C to 3.5 jack adapter
- Phone StyleSmartphone
- Model NumberH8314
- ColorWhite Silver
- Color CategorySilver
- Email CapableYes
- Keyboard TypeTouch Screen
- Mobile Hotspot CapabilityYes
- Built-In GPSYes
- SensorsAccelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Compass, Barometer, Gyro sensor, Fingerprint sensor
- Maximum Depth Of Water Resistance5 feet
- Voice ActivatedYes
- Ingress Protection (IP) RatingIP68
- Social Media and Messaging ServicesSMS, MMS
- Dust ResistantYes
- Display TypeLCD
- Touch ScreenYes
- Integrated CameraYes - Front and Back
- Recording Resolution3840 x 2160 (4K)
- Battery Capacity2870 milliampere hours
- Fast Charging TechnologyQualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
- Bluetooth EnabledYes
- NFC TechnologyYes
- Charging Interface(s)USB Type C
- Model FamilySony Xperia XZ2 Compact
- Expandable Memory up to400 gigabytes
- SIM Card SizeNano SIM
- SIM Card SlotsSingle SIM
- Carrier CompatibilityAT&T, Cricket, H2O Wireless, Net10, Simple Mobile, T-Mobile, TRACFONE, Total Wireless, Verizon
- Data Transmission TypeGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
- Wireless CompatibilityBluetooth, Wireless A, Wireless B, Wireless G, Wireless N, Wireless AC, MIMO
- Network TypeGSM
- 4G LTE Band1, 12, 13, 17, 19, 2, 20, 26, 28, 29, 3, 38, 39, 4, 40, 41, 5, 66, 7, 8
- GSM 2G Frequency1800, 1900, 850, 900
- GSM 3G Frequency2100, 1900, 1700, 850, 800, 900
- 4G LTE Frequency700, 800, 850, 900, 1500, 1700, 1800, 1900, 2100, 2300, 2500, 2600
- Product Height5.3 inches
- Product Depth0.5 inches
- Product Weight5.9 ounces
- Manufacturer's Warranty - Parts1 year
- Manufacturer's Warranty - Labor1 year
Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 127 reviews(127 Reviews)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
The Best Compact Android PhonePosted .
======= 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
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
The NOT so Little Brother of the Sony Xperia XZ2Posted .
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
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Compact size phone yet great for media consumptionPosted .
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
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great Smartphones Come in Small PackagesPosted .
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
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Flagship performance in a tiny packagePosted .
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
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Different, but Worth Getting|Posted .
When looking for a new cell phone for an update (I used an Xperia Z for about 5 years), I wanted something that was small enough and had all the right features. The Sony XZ2 Compact is it. It's just as good as any of the other major brands out there to me, but I always prefer Sony phones over them. It has the same Snapdragon as others, but in a nicer compact size. People will look at the thicker design and the rounded curved back as negatives, but it's perfect for me and my hands. Quick Positives: The thinner screen ratio is not hard to get used to. Tactile buttons on the sides. Fingerprint sensor location. Vivid screen and colors. USB C and quick charging. The ability to disable bloatware. (That could be an android thing though.) Quick Negatives: SIM and SD card location. They are on the same tray. Replacing either can be a pain with a flimsy feeling tray. I have been using the phone's features and have found nothing else that either annoys me or runs slow. If you're looking for something different than the standard phones you see everywhere, I would recommend the XZ2 Compact or it's bigger brother for extra RAM and larger screen.
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Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Good, not greatPosted .
I think I expected a little more from a Sony flagship phone. First off, I think this "compact" version of the phone is a little too small. It may be better suited for a child or someone with small hands who really cannot handle a modern larger phone. It also has a weird texture to the back of the phone, like a frosted metal kind of. It's not a deal breaker, but it doesn't feel sleek like most other phones. I suppose it is good for resisting fingerprints. I booted up the phone and set it up with no issues. I don't think it has any more setup menus than a Galaxy or iPhone. Then finally I was up and running. The phone is very fast and operates smoothly. The Sony software with Android work very well together. I was able to run all of my apps perfectly with no issues. I then used the 3D avatar creator which is very cool. It works way better than the avatar creator on the Galaxy S9. The physical features of the phone fall a little short. First of all Sony took a page out of Apples playbook and scrapped the headphone jack. It gives you a USB C to headphone port adapter. So if you lose it, you cannot use headphones with the phone. Plus, Sony takes pride in their headphones so excluding a headphone jack seems very unusual. The other thing it lacks is wireless charging. Even Apple and Samsung now include this feature on all of their flagship phones. I was disappointed in this missed feature. Overall I was pleased with the XZ2 as it performed extremely well but lacks the features to make someone truly pick it over Samsung or Apple.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great phone with powerful cameraPosted .
The camera on this phone stands out first and foremost, especially with the super slow motion and the ability to record video at 4k with HDR. Very impressive in such a small package. The phone's performance is also very impressive. It has easily lasted all day. The screen is very nice, vibrant and crisp. I do wish that the phone had wireless charging, but the look, feel and features of this phone are easily worth a look if you're in the market for a smaller sized device. I was also pleasantly surprised by the weight of the phone. It's not heavy, but it has a nice weight that adds to the feel, giving a bit more of a premium feel. Pros: Crisp, clear screen, great camera and battery life, very responsive and fast Cons: No wireless charging. Plastic back doesn't feel quite as premium as other devices.I would recommend this to a friend
Asked by Emac.
- A:Answer Yes, this phone can be used with T-Mobile and it supports 4G LTE.
Answered by CommunityAnswer
Asked by Pedro.
- A:Answer HD is on by default for the phone since it's VoLTE. If your account doesn't have this enabled at the carrier you need to call them and get that fixed. Phone works great and is an awesome replacement for a Samsung mini S4.
Answered by BigDude
Q: QuestionLove Xperia Phones, have had a few, that said my problem is no warranties. $600.00 and NO WARRANTY, why don't you stand behind such a good product?
Asked by Anonymous.This question was asked about the related product: Sony - XPERIA XZ2 Compact with 64GB Memory Cell Phone (Unlocked) - Coral Pink
- A:Answer I found the 1-year warranty information in the documentation that came with the phone. Look for the Limited Warranty section of the Important information. I did find it strange that this "little" detail wasn't easy to find online. On the Sonymobile website, go to Support, select the model, and Product Documentation .
Answered by EllisSJ
Asked by Nikki.
- A:Answer It does have factory warranty from Sony. 1 year. BTW, I've owned this phone for about 4 months and I am very, very happy with the performance, feel and build quality.
Answered by pocholin
Asked by Bullet.
- A:Answer Bestbuy does not sell a case for the xz2 compact, but a competing website sells a spigen case that I highly recommended, if you don't mind the added bulk.
Answered by Maxwell
Q: QuestionWill this phone have T-Mobile VoLTE and Wifi-Calling? I do not understand why phone manufactures do not believe these features are not decision breakers. It is an absolute must that phones these days should have VoLTE and Wifi-Calling
Asked by Reno.
- A:Answer Unfortunately T-Mobile VoLTE and Wifi-Calling are unavailable at this time as Sony hasn't certified the XZ2 phones (XZ2 Compact and XZ2) to work on T-Mobile. There is a rumor that the XZ2 might get certification at a later date but that's all speculation at this point. If you're interested in a compact phone and aren't worried about the latest and greatest, the XZ1 Compact is certified to work on T-Mobile and has VoLTE and Wifi-calling enabled.
Answered by gcd23