Design & Hardware

In terms of design, with its boxy shape the Sony Xperia Z2 is very close to its predecessors in the Xperia Z series. Like the Z1 the new model features an aluminum uni-frame that is visible around the edges. In combination with the front and rear glass panels this gives the Z2 the look and feel of a premium device. Unfortunately the glass covers also mean the device is prone to fingerprint smearing not only on the front but also on the back. On the plus side the Sony is dust- and waterproof (certified to IP55/58) which means it can be used in adverse weather conditions or dusty environments and even take pictures and video underwater. 

The camera lens and flash are located in the top left corner of the Z2's back.
The Z2 is a touch larger but otherwise looks very similar to its predecessor, the Xperia Z1.

Like the Z1 the Xperia Z2 features a dedicated two-way shutter button, a long-press of which opens the camera app. As before slots for a MicroSim or microSD card are hidden under sealed plastic flaps but the earphone socket has been redesigned and now does not need a cover to maintain the device's environmental protection. Power button and volume rocker can both be found beside the shutter button on the right edge of the device. 

The angular shape make it easy to hold the Z2 and use it as a camera but, as with the Z1, the location of the lens isn't ideal. In its corner location it is very easily shaded by your index finger when taking a picture. 

The shutter button is small but provides proper two-way action.
Power button and volume rockers are located on the right edge.

The specification of the imaging hardware has not changed with the new model. At 1/2.3 inches the 20.7 backside-illuminated CMOS sensor is the same size you would find in most consumer compact cameras and larger than the 1/3-inch sensors in most of the competition. In combination with the fast F2.0 Sony G lens, this promises decent low-light performance. That said, the Z2 still has to make do without an optical image stabilization system. 

MicroUSB connector and SIM-card slot are hidden behind a plastic flap. 
The MicroSD-card slot can be found on the left edge of the device.

Other hardware specs are pretty much in line with the top-end models from the competition. Android 4.4 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S801 chip and 3GB RAM. 16GB internal storage is expandable via a microSD slot. The 5.2-inch 1080p Sony TRILUMINOS display offers improved viewing angles and is great for viewing images and video and still offers decent usability when shooting in bright light.