Sony worked hard to steal control of the Android ecosystem from Samsung in 2013, releasing what in many buyers' minds was its most innovative smartphone to date, the Xperia Z1. Featuring a robust water and dust-resistant design and advanced 20.7MP rear camera sensor, the Xperia Z1 was seen by many, including us here at V3, as one of 2013's best Android smartphones.
One year on Sony has worked to replicate the Xperia Z1's success, releasing its new Xperia Z2 flagship smartphone. Coming loaded with the same impressive 20.7MP rear camera, upgraded Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and having Google's Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system preinstalled, the Xperia Z2 on paper is one of 2014's finest smartphones so far.
However, with its release coming mere weeks after the launch of Samsung's Galaxy S5, which features its own set of impressive innovations, including a biometric heart reader and custom fingerprint scanner in its Home button, it's clear the Xperia Z2's got some pretty tough competition.
For a more in-depth look at the Samsung Galaxy S5 check out V3's written review. Check back later this week for a full written review of the Sony Xperia Z2.