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Sony’s new Xperia Z2 is one of the best looking devices that we’ve seen at this year’s MWC, so let’s take a closer look at some of the smartphone’s features and the new and improved Android 4.4 based Sony UI.
We can’t stress enough just how nicely designed the Xperia Z2 really is, both in terms of look and feel. Sony’s new handset is a sleek, sturdy feeling device, with softer, curved edges, which really helps the device sit comfortably in your hand. The Xperia Z2 maintains a very similar appearance and the same dual glass finish as Sony’s previous flagship smartphones. The handset’s water resistance works a treat too.
Sony has also done a great job tweaking the new Android 4.4 KitKat operating system. Whilst the company has added a couple of its own features, which we’ll take a look at in a minute, for the most part Sony’s UI offers an experience that’s very similar to stock Android, which really helps when it comes to performance. The Xperia Z2 remains silky smooth when transitioning in and out of various apps.
One tweak that Sony users will notice is the new quick settings drop down menu, which can also be easily edited to feature the settings that you’re likely to use most frequently. The “small apps” menu and the favorites bar offer up some efficient ways of navigating to your most used content. Sony has also done some work prettying up Android with its own sleek transitional animations.
Sony isn’t holding back with its first party apps either. The company has made some slight tweaks to the Walkman and Gallery apps, helping to keep things more organized than ever. The apps have also been updated to include new pull-over menus, in keeping with the new Android 4.4 design. The Walkman app is also seamlessly integrated with Sony’s own unlimited storage service.
Overall, we are very impressed with the smartphone’s look, feel, software, and performance. The Sony Xperia Z2 is certainly one to watch.