07-11-2018 06:34 PM
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  1. Alex_Hong's Avatar
    Since it's pretty quiet here (understandably so considering Sony's presence in the US), I thought I'll share my review of the phone here. In particular the XZ2 Compact. No need to watch the video if you don't want to, i'll do a quick summary here.



    Basically, this is the best compact phone you can get, if you're in the android camp. Which I'm going to assume you guys are since this is AndroidCentral.

    Anyway, this is the Compact series with the least amount of compromises so far. Compared to the regular XZ2, the front camera is the same too, same storage capacity, ram, processor, screen resolution at FHD+ (HDR support), same hybrid dual sim/microsd card slot. It's only missing the dynamic vibration system and wireless charging, both of which are not a big deal. In fact the XZ2 Compact is better in some other ways like the easier to reach fingerprint sensor, and better screen density.

    So kudos to sony here.

    I have no complaints about the hardware at all.

    • The screen is LCD, but it's one of the best LCD panels i've seen with very nice colours and contrast.
    • The dual speakers sounds really good.
    • The performance from SD845 is top notch, battery life too.
    • The cameras all performs admirably with noticeable improvements over XZ1 Compact
    • The phone feels nice in hand with a nice heft to it.


    Okay, but I do have to make this clear, the phone isn't the best at anything in particular. But it just does almost everything well, and almost nothing badly. Like the software experience is still better on Pixel 2 of course, but Sony's experience is really good too. Just as fast and smooth. I only took points off for a few removable bloatware, and the lack of unlimited google photos uploads. Having used a few of their devices over the past year, they are pretty okay with security patches too.

    The cameras are not as good as the Pixel 2 too, but it's not as bad as it was before, and has its strengths too. The same can be said for pretty much about the various aspects of the phone.

    Overall it's just a really well-rounded phone that does almost everything well. and all that in a smaller, and slightly cheaper package. My personal preference is towards phones with good software experience, good hardware, good one-handed ease of use, and good value. To me the XZ2 Compact hits the right spot for me.

    My all time favourite is still the Pixel 2 because of the google photos upload, timely updates, and that insane camera. But the XZ2 compact comes second for me. It's also a great option for anyone who likes the pixel 2, but need expandable storage or dual SIM capabilities.

    But too bad it probably won't sell well anyway. Smaller phones are sort of a niche market these days. :/
    05-05-2018 04:31 AM
  2. 1901Madison's Avatar
    How does battery life compare between the XZ2 Compact and the Pixel 2?
    05-05-2018 07:52 AM
  3. Alex_Hong's Avatar
    How does battery life compare between the XZ2 Compact and the Pixel 2?
    The battery life is better on the XZ2 Compact for sure. Around the same usage, I'm seeing around 1.5 -2 hours more screen on time?
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    05-05-2018 08:58 AM
  4. bhatech's Avatar
    Yeah completely agree with your review, one thing I have observed with the XZ2 compact is it gets warm easily compared to others phones like Pixel 2 XL and few other flagships. Overall yeah it does everything well, not best at anything in particular but good at everything. Sony software is one of the best out there and I like their skin, launcher in general so much so I don't even use Nova on this. I had a hard time deciding between XZ2 and XZ2C, but since I already had other big phones kept the compact and overall love the phone. Has been my daily driver for the past couple of weeks and love it.

    I'm excited for the XZ2 premium coming later in the summer.
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    05-05-2018 10:17 AM
  5. krazyatom's Avatar
    Nice review.
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    05-05-2018 01:02 PM
  6. cdubb1's Avatar
    Just got mine. Love love love the size. They really nailed it with this phone/did everything right besides removing the jack. Really small (normal) size, DFFS, good software support, good battery life, super fast.
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    05-05-2018 03:40 PM
  7. 1901Madison's Avatar
    Where did you guys buy the phone? I'm having trouble finding it in the US.
    05-05-2018 10:54 PM
  8. NEXUS_HTC_PS's Avatar
    Where did you guys buy the phone? I'm having trouble finding it in the US.
    I'm probably going to be picking one up from Best buy today. The stores in New England have the black in stock. I've already called and confirmed.
    05-06-2018 06:39 AM
  9. msm0511's Avatar
    Where did you guys buy the phone? I'm having trouble finding it in the US.
    Should be easier to find in the next couple weeks. The Best Buy exclusive is supposed to be over with wide release beginning May 20.
    05-06-2018 08:21 AM
  10. cdubb1's Avatar
    Where did you guys buy the phone? I'm having trouble finding it in the US.
    There's an eBay seller selling these at $585 brand new sealed.
    05-06-2018 10:14 AM
  11. Eggmundo's Avatar
    Yeah completely agree with your review, one thing I have observed with the XZ2 compact is it gets warm easily compared to others phones like Pixel 2 XL and few other flagships. Overall yeah it does everything well, not best at anything in particular but good at everything. Sony software is one of the best out there and I like their skin, launcher in general so much so I don't even use Nova on this. I had a hard time deciding between XZ2 and XZ2C, but since I already had other big phones kept the compact and overall love the phone. Has been my daily driver for the past couple of weeks and love it.

    I'm excited for the XZ2 premium coming later in the summer.
    Why have they reintroduced the giant bezels on their flagship of flagships? The Premium I mean. It boggles the mind some of the decisions Sony makes.
    05-06-2018 11:29 AM
  12. bhatech's Avatar
    Why have they reintroduced the giant bezels on their flagship of flagships? The Premium I mean. It boggles the mind some of the decisions Sony makes.
    I haven't taken a look at it, but is it bigger than what's on XZ2? The ones on XZ2 is not bad in my opinion.
    05-06-2018 11:48 AM
  13. Eggmundo's Avatar
    I haven't taken a look at it, but is it bigger than what's on XZ2? The ones on XZ2 is not bad in my opinion.
    Yep, have a look online. Humongous chin.
    05-06-2018 11:56 AM
  14. bhatech's Avatar
    Yep, have a look online. Humongous chin.
    Hmm hard to make out, hoping it's the same as XZ2 .. let's see

    Kind of hard to imagine that they will increase the bezel from XZ2.
    05-06-2018 12:01 PM
  15. Andrew_404's Avatar
    Alex_Hong, nice review thank you. I'm currently a user of the Compact XZ1 and, I have the Compact X too. The XZ1 will be sold soon as I've just ordered the XZ2. Should be here my mid week.

    Thanks again.
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    05-06-2018 05:22 PM
  16. Alex_Hong's Avatar
    Hmm hard to make out, hoping it's the same as XZ2 .. let's see

    Kind of hard to imagine that they will increase the bezel from XZ2.
    They did. hahaha. It's kinda insane. I think it's in order to keep using the 4K panel like the XZ Premium. It's a 16:9 screen for a new phone in 2018, which is kinda mind-boggling if you ask me. lol
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    05-07-2018 02:13 AM
  17. Eggmundo's Avatar
    They did. hahaha. It's kinda insane. I think it's in order to keep using the 4K panel like the XZ Premium. It's a 16:9 screen for a new phone in 2018, which is kinda mind-boggling if you ask me. lol
    But why would the bezels need to increase for that?
    05-07-2018 11:11 AM
  18. msm0511's Avatar
    They did. hahaha. It's kinda insane. I think it's in order to keep using the 4K panel like the XZ Premium. It's a 16:9 screen for a new phone in 2018, which is kinda mind-boggling if you ask me. lol
    Are you sure they are? There's only a 5mm height difference between the XZ2 and Premium? The screen is .1 inch bigger which may determine the difference in height.
    05-07-2018 05:46 PM
  19. Alex_Hong's Avatar
    My Review of the XZ2 Compact-screen-shot-2018-05-08-7.31.30-am.png

    Here's a side by side comparison. The bezels are bigger on both the top and bottom.
    05-07-2018 06:34 PM
  20. bhatech's Avatar
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    Here's a side by side comparison. The bezels are bigger on both the top and bottom.
    236g ... Damn that'll be some hefty device.
    05-07-2018 06:54 PM
  21. Wildo6882's Avatar
    Does anyone have some good case, screen protector, and rear protection for the XZ2? I want to get one but I’m SUPER anal about this stuff. Thanks!

    And sorry for kind of hijacking this. I guess I probably should have just made a new thread
    05-07-2018 07:17 PM
  22. 1901Madison's Avatar
    Two questions on the XZ2 Compact.

    First, how is the haptic vibration motor? Is it too much of an explosion or does it have a nice vibration motor dampener so that it's more smooth?

    Second, does the screen have an oleophobic coating?
    05-08-2018 11:20 AM
  23. libra89's Avatar
    @Alex_Hong I love seeing your reviews, so thank you for posting! I have been on the fence on if I should pass or not on this, because of the camera. Also thank you for sharing some low light side by side shots of it vs the ZX1C in your review. As someone who does use cameras in low light occasionally (i.e. concerts are the big one for me), that was very helpful. You have me feeling slightly less on the fence since it seems like the processing for both cameras has improved.

    I'm thinking I might give it a try, thanks to you, but I need to see what's going on with the SE2 refresh. I can wait, but your review is super helpful!
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    05-08-2018 03:47 PM
  24. Jonathanmr7's Avatar
    Love this compact! i want it! but its so expensive ( since a time ago just buy midrange or premiun mid range) so i have the XA2 and also its so sweet! love the size!
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    05-10-2018 04:56 PM
  25. Alex_Hong's Avatar
    It's sort of somewhere in the middle? It's definitely not as good as good as phones with Apple's taptic engine, or the LG V30, but it's not that rough too. it's very run of the mill I would say.
    05-15-2018 05:11 PM
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