Galaxy S5 or Sony Experia Z2

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Im split between the two. Going for the S5 is removable batt, fingerprint, download boost, ultra batt saver, 32gb memory, fadt charge. Going for Z2 is beautiful design, better camera, 3GB RAM, stereo speakers, 5.2" screen.

The dedicated two stage camera hardware button seems to be the deal breaker for me and swaying me to the Z2. But the removable batt of the S5 has saved me a couple of times when im out and about.

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The z2 also has an ips display which will handle sunlight better than amoled. Though if kept dark the amoled screen will preserve battery more...

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I did not know that. Im out in the beach a lot so that could be a plus. But are you saying it (S5) will also consume more battery?

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No the amoled, if the pixels are kept dark should consume less battery {see active display of the Moto X} the z2 has a 3200 mah battery when the S5 has a 2800 mah removable battery.

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If you only go by spec sheets, Z2 looks better. But Xperia was not so good in battery optimization as they were shorter than others with the same size battery. They have good reputation on camera though but I don't like bumping sensor pixels up to 20MP. Samsung seems to have made good efforts into GS5 camera (phase auto-focus, ISOCELL sensor). So I'd say battery and camera is wash at this point and we should wait for real reviews on that.
 

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I was leaning quite a bit toward the Z2, partly because I'm attracted to the 4K video capability (which the S5 has too) and partly because it's just a really pretty phone.

However when I've looked at the 4K videos posted from both cameras, the S5 seems to be producing the better video. This is not what I expected and part of it was I was sucked in by all the 4K camera marketing hype by Sony. This is not to say as the videos come out from real production phones, that it might not look better. But going by what I've seen thus far, the edge goes to the S5.

I also don't see anything released yet that the Z2 will be on AT&T. That means importing it for me, assuming that Sony doesn't sell an unlocked version of it for use in the U.S.
 

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I'd agree that the jury is still out on the camera as well. Lens, sensor and software will win over MPs anyday, so we'll have to see how well the Sony and Samsung implementations turn out to be.
 

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Its a really close call for me
I was considering the Z2 but someone (who had experience with the Z1) said the display was pretty bad in daylight
Also the S5 I think has a bit more appealing camera features
 

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I feel like I've been swept up by all the Samsung hate and I'm slowly making my way back especially after reading all the lacking features these other OEM devices have. Only time will tell.
 

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Wow so im not alone. I thought i was the only one who was considering switching to Z2. As per reviews and forums on Z1, it seems the battery lasting long and the camera of Z1 was decent enough (i was trying to get a feel for future Z2 performance by reading Z1 reviews).

So camerawise, you guys think the S5 has the edge?

Also, when they say waterproof and it is IPxx certified, are they also saying it is good in SALTWATER? Apparently, supposedly not for saltwater but some videos on youtube show the Z1 and S4 active being taken to saltwater and surviving it.

Heck, im so torn with the two i might just buy both fones lol

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I want to like the Z2, but IMHO, the archaic UI, slow updates, the massive bezels, the underperforming camera and the massive bezels (i realize I said it twice) are a big turn off for me. In comparison the swappable battery for me is the big plus to the S5, ive used one with every Samsung i've owned and its wonderful going from 2%-100% in 15 seconds. Im more interested in the HTC One vs S5 but im still leaning to the S5 just because of the overcomplained yet still valid unnecessary bezel.
 

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I want to like the Z2, but IMHO, the archaic UI, slow updates, the massive bezels, the underperforming camera and the massive bezels (i realize I said it twice) are a big turn off for me. In comparison the swappable battery for me is the big plus to the S5, ive used one with every Samsung i've owned and its wonderful going from 2%-100% in 15 seconds. Im more interested in the HTC One vs S5 but im still leaning to the S5 just because of the overcomplained yet still valid unnecessary bezel.

Yes you are right about the bezels being big. The UI doesnt bother me as i always use NOVA launcher. You feel the S5 takes better pics than the Z2?

The new upcoming HTC one might be worth a look for me, but if its not waterproofed and non removable batt then ill pass.

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Yes you are right about the bezels being big. The UI doesnt bother me as i always use NOVA launcher. You feel the S5 takes better pics than the Z2?

The new upcoming HTC one might be worth a look for me, but if its not waterproofed and non removable batt then ill pass.

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I saw some photos comparing the Z1 and Z2, and it seems to me that the Z2 has some white balance issues, and it isnt as good as they make it out to be. Im not saying the S5 is better, but it looks good to me.
 

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Thus far, if you're interested in videos, the 4K videos coming from the S5 look better than those from the Z2. But it may be too early to draw anything definitive from the samples out there.
 

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Still no word on what, if any, U.S. carriers will even carry the Z2. T-Mobile perhaps, but I have no interest in them do to coverage issues.
 

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Still no word on what, if any, U.S. carriers will even carry the Z2. T-Mobile perhaps, but I have no interest in them do to coverage issues.

...and thus is the conundrum, as I believe T-Mobile will be the only US carrier to get it (since they normally carry Sony phones). Perhaps Sony can branch out and AT&T can get it too.


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Im in the same boat, I have been a galaxy user since the gs2, I now have the gs3, and my latest update hasn't impressed me. Hopefully kitkat fixes many bugs. Im leaning twards the sony z2 because its built with better materials. Ill have to see it in person to ultimately decide if the bezels are too big and how the phone feels in my pocket. As for 4k talk, you cannot judge any videos of quality you may have seen unless youre actually viewing them on a 4k television or screen. The galaxy camera has been great for me but sony has been good at making cameras longer than samsung. Im sick of alot of blotwear from samsung I dont use half of the crap thats stuck on my gs3, from what ive read and watched the sony will be closer to stock android than the gs5 which for me is better. I can make it my phone. I also like the accessories sony offers. But I will have to see them both in person to make a final decision. Im not ruling samsung out yet because I know its going to be a good phone.
 

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Actually you can judge the video quality as they're both downscaled to 1080p in the same manner. You can watch both the Samsung & the Sony the same way, so no phone has an advantage that way. It's not as if you're watching one on a 4K TV and the other on a regular HDTV. Judging both that way, the Samsung just looks better. It's sharper with better colors.

With that said, we'll see if Sony makes some tweaks in the actual production runs. For me though, it's looking more and more like a moot point since it doesn't appear AT&T will even carry the Z2 and I have no intention of switching to TMobile to get one.