It was the time for me to purchase a new mobile phone and I have been reading the comparison websites to upgrade my mobile phone. There are tons of resources on comparison between Samsung S5 vs HTC M8 vs Sony Xperia Z2 and many other phones which are either not released or rumored at this point. All of these articles or blog posts list all the specs, list of videos and in summary offers no real conclusion as to which phone you should buy. It is like giving all options by telling everything they know but I couldn’t find why these articles were called as expert reviews or expert comparisons. I find it no more than Wikipedia of phones which are available earlier than the phone brochure. So to start with, firstly I will share some background on why I didn’t consider Samsung Galaxy S5 and then dwell into the decision factors of choosing Xperia Z2 over other phones.
Some background on why I did not consider Samsung S5
My options were HTC M8 or Sony Xperia Z2
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The price plans looks competitive and for a new phone on a plus plan I was paying $88 which is much lesser than Samsung S5 ($229) – $141 more for same plan, different phone.
On April 5th 12:00 AM, I also got to see the HTC M8 price plans from Singtel at HardwareZone.com.sg. For HTC M8 – the price difference for the one time payment was $118 – $30 = $80 from Sony Xperia Z2.
So – In order to decide between the M8 and Z2, I started to search for a good review based on features. I found it at HardwareZone itself. Here is the link:
For me, now it was the turn to find out a review for Sony Xperia Z2. I found it at http://community.starhub.com/t5/Mobile-Handset-Reviews/Sony-Xperia-Z2-Review-First-Impressions/ba-p/72263
Few things that impressed me with this phone:
1. 4K readiness
2. Camera Quality and Ease of Use
3. Battery Capacity
4. Waterproof and Dust Proof capability
As a father of two young kids at home, I often feel a need of robust device which can be shared in their smaller hands without worrying about water, dust or fall.
I managed to grab my phone on 6th April 2014 at Starhub – there was no stock but I managed to tap on to my registration done on my wife’s account. So – all good. I got my coupon for Sony Smart Band (which is a big plus). Since using this phone for last 24 hours, I must admit I am enjoying this device and thoroughly in love with the phone. Again by no means I am comparing the phones in this article or endorsing any brands, my decision is based on some practical aspects based on availability, daily usage, price plans and finally experience with other brands.
One more thing I noticed is that it is hard to get the screen protector for Xperia Z2 and after searching in few shops, I managed to find it at X-Gears (3rd Floor Compass Points Sengkang). I purchased a front screen protector and to my surprise the shopkeeper customized a backcover in front of me. I must admit it was an artwork to see her craft the backcover.
I hope this information will be useful for some of you and you can make a better decision while spending a bulk of amount of your hard earned money on phones.