Sony XZ2 [Post Android 10 Update] Smartphones in 2020
Hey there Sony users! You must have read and watched so many reviews on the Sony XZ2 Compact, and even the XZ2 Premium, but nobody really talks about the regular XZ2. Since the Android 10 update is sort of out for the phone, we thought it would be a great time to do that.
XZ2 At the Outset
Right off the bat, this is still such a good looking phone. Most people are not big fans of the other colors, and most still prefer the matte finishing on the XZ2 Compact, but evidence from the market suggests people praised the Liquid Silver version. The curved back makes it feel really good in the hand, but the fingerprint sensor is a little low. It makes it hard for you to use a pop socket on the phone.
Talking about the fingerprint sensor, it was working well before the phone updated to Android 10. But after the update, people seem to be having some issues. Sometimes it just doesn’t work when the screen is off, and you’ll need to turn on the screen first. So it’s no surprise that Sony pulled the update shortly after.
XZ2 – Display
Anyway, the XZ2 doesn’t have super thin bezels on the front of the phone and, that should not be a big concern either. When you’re using the phone, you are just looking at the screen anyway, and it’s a pretty good looking LCD panel. Other than the color black not looking as deep as compared to AMOLED screens, it has nice colors, and outdoor visibility is quite good.
In terms of specs, we won’t go into details, but it’s pretty typical of a flagship phone from 2 years ago. WE actually still think that it’s a pretty nice phone to use overall. The phone performs well for everything one needs from it, including playing some casual games. It is water and dust resistant as well, and even though it doesn’t sound as good as newer phones, it still has stereo speakers. Even for the small-ish 3,180 mAh battery, one can actually still be able to get through a day of use with the phone, which is kinda surprising considering this is an older phone as well.
We’re not going to spend too much time on the camera performance since it’s pretty much the same as the XZ2 Compact. Basically, it’s just an okay camera. It performs well enough in most situations. The issue is with the image processing which seems a bit aggressive when you look a little closer. Moreover, auto-HDR isn’t always that reliable. You’d still be able to capture some nice looking shots on the phone, but it doesn’t really perform as well as newer phones these days.
Moving on to the software. As we mentioned earlier, the Android 10 update has been pulled due to bugs. For us, we did a factory reset after the update, so maybe that’s why we actually didn’t encounter as many issues as others are reporting. But just the fingerprint sensor not working properly is annoying enough that people wish they could go back to Android 9.
Anyway, the software experience is pretty much as expected from Sony. It’s relatively clean, and the performance is good enough for the most part. While some of the software features like Battery Care for example, are quite useful. You don’t really find other stuff like Xperia Assist to be as useful. Also despite being Android 10, there is still no gestures navigation. Part of the reason probably has to do with the fact that Sony’s launcher hasn’t been updated.
So, for now, it’s definitely quite rough around the edges, and hopefully this is something they will fix soon. Overall, the XZ2 is still a pretty nice phone to use, and we think it has aged decently well. If you like Sony devices, and you can find one at a good price, it’s still a pretty good phone. That said, mid-range devices these days have gotten so good, and the XZ2 is probably not going to get any more major updates after Android 10, so our first recommendation would probably be to look at some of those options first.