My Phones Part 2: Sony Xperia Z2

In last episode of my phones we took a look at my BlackBerry Priv. In this episode we will take a look at a Sony phone. Sony Xperia Z2.

This phone comes packed with a 5.2″ IPS LCD display! 1080p resolution with 424ppi pixel density. There is no information if it features Gorilla Glass but it does feature X-Reality Engine and Triluminos Display. The phone feels nice in the hand and has a nicer grip than Sony Xperia Z1.

It does have a glass back but it doesn’t slide around that much on a surface. Because the frame of the phone hits the back before the glass. So it lies steady. Which I highly enjoy. I also enjoy that the camera doesn’t stand out on this unit. Like it does on new iPhone 7 Plus.

This phone is IP58 certified so that means it got some decent protection against water and dust. I have done many various liquid test’s with this phone and it has survived them all! This phone comes with Snapdragon 801 Qualcomm Chipset. And a Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 processor. The GPU is Adreno 330.

It also has a microSD card option support up to 256GB! 16GB internal storage with 3GB of RAM. The main camera is 20.7MP with f/2.0. Secondary front facing camera has 2.2MP and can record 1080p video at 30fps.

The battery capacity is 3200mAh same as the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has. Current latest Android version 2017 for this device is Android 5.0.2. Which still looks very good! And the device runs fine 2017. The Android UI looks very close to stock in this version. But the speed of the phone is impressive.

I wanna say big thanks for Sony for creating such a good Xperia phone. The display has a vibrant feel to it that the Xperia Z1 didn’t have. It’s also faster than the original Sony Xperia because of a better processor. It also has custom theme options!

In the personalization area you can tweak: Motion(Control phone using motions), Themes, Wallpaper, Clocks, Status Bar Icons you want to display. In display area you can select: Glove Mode, Image Enhancement using X-Reality for mobile. Or you can turn it off or use Super-vivid Mode. You can tweak the White Balance and have Adaptive Brightness. There is also options for Smart backlight control, Daydream and Tap to Wake up!

Xperia Connectivity allows you to use: Screen Mirroring, Cast Screen, Media Server Settings, Windows Tethering, DUALSHOCK series set up PlayStation Controller, MirrorLink, USB Connectivity. It feels like on connection side Sony really tried to get it all in there!

The power management screen also offers you a lot. First it shows estimated battery time. But then you have amazing power saving tools. STAMINA mode, Ultra STAMINA mode, Low battery mode, Queue background data at set intervals. You can also see App power consumption and battery usage more in general.

This phone has on screen keys in display. Back, Home and Multitasking button. The phone does have a bit large borders up and down which is a bit disappointing. They easily could have packed a larger display in there if they wanted. Sadly they didn’t!

The phone also got flaps for charging, microSD card and SIM card. Which can become annoying after a while to open and close. It also has a dock option available on left side. Which can make the phone feel ugly if you hate docks. Or will never use it. It also has headphone jack at top of the phone. Which is bad many times if you listen to music in your pocket.

But overall Sony Xperia Z2 is still a very cool device. Even a few years later! Hopefully you enjoyed this quick going back in time session with me Adrian. I have another 100+ phones that I’m thinking about writing about also! So stay tuned for that.

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New HOMTOM S8 Smartphone! Looks like a Samsung Galaxy S8!

Today I want to talk about another new cool device. It’s called the HOMTOM S8. So in previous blog post I was writing about the Elephone S8. Which also has an “S8” inside of it’s name because it has a similar look. But the Elephone S8 has more edge-to-edge screen so doesn’t really look like an S8. This phone on the other hand do look like an S8 especially on the front side!

It features a 5.7″ display in 18:9 format and with 83% body to screen ratio. The screen is HD+ 720×1440 resolution and 2.5D curved glass. As you probably know the regular Samsung Galaxy S8 also features curved glass on the front. This phone is 7.9mm thin and frame is in metallic material.

Also HOMTOM is hinting at that their back is stronger and more durable than Samsung’s Galaxy S8’s back. By using a high-quality composite plate created by Japan Mitsubishi Electronic. As you maybe know my Galaxy S8’s back glass broke. So will be nice if this one has a more durable back material!

HOMTOM S8 comes in four different colours: Coral Blue, Maple Gold, Arctic Silver and Midnight Black. The processor being used is the MediaTek MT6750T clocked at 1.5GHz with Mali T860 GPU.

In terms of memory it’s packed with a lot. First of all 4GB of RAM, 64GB ROM and option to expand memory with a 128GB memory card. The internal memory is by Samsung.

The front facing camera is 13MP and has beauty effect mode. The rear camera is 16MP Sony + 5MP dual rear camera. Also what’s good with this phone is that it comes with a back fingerprint sensor that is positioned below the camera.

It’s way better location then where Samsung put the fingerprint sensor on the S8. A place that became hard to reach. And Samsung still hasn’t learned the lesson with the Note 8. That features an even harder sensor to reach!

The battery is even larger than what Note 8 will have. A 3400mAh battery inside of this phone with fast charging available. Overall HOMTOM S8 looks very impressive on the specs side. I might actually check it out!

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The NEW Elephone S8 Looks So Beautiful!

We have a new phone now out by Elephone that is called Elephone S8. I checked out their Elephone S7 which was a beautiful and cheaper Samsung Galaxy S7 copycat. So I was really excited when I saw this new phone. This phone has an edge-to-edge display that fully goes up to the top.

It also comes with a Hello X25 Deca core 2.5GHz CPU, 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM by Samsung, 21MP rear camera and 8MP front camera, 6.0″ 2K display full front screen (except the bottom of the phone!) and Android 7.1.1 Stock Android. Not the latest version of Android which is now Android 8.0 Oreo but not that bad.

The front display has 92.4% screen-to-body ratio. And it has 3D curved glass which makes it more comfortable to hold in hand! The battery capacity is 4000mAh. Which is good when the new Note 8 will only feature 3200mAh.

The phone also shines in different angles. One bad thing is it’s using a glass back. Something that the new iPhone 8 and new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 also is using. This is a bad back phone material because it may break. And then it’s hard to replace. The Elephone S8 is available right now in 2 colours blue and black.

I really like the camera design on the back how it’s not rounded. It has more of a business look. Sort of like the original Galaxy Note or the new Galaxy Note 8. I really wish this phone came with a stylus. It’s sad to have such a big screen but no stylus to use. Here is a quick photo of my Elephone S7!

This Elephone S8 kind of is interesting because the screen goes fully up to the top! Not even the Samsung Galaxy S8’s screen is doing that. And I am sad with my Samsung Galaxy S8 the software performs poorly both in browser and inside gallery. It does seems like Samsung needs to work harder at improving their Samsung Experience software.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Is Official! Specs and Photos!

Today Samsung unveiled the brand new Samsung Galaxy Note phone. It’s called Samsung Galaxy Note 8. First it has a 6.3″ QHD+ Infinity Display, Dual rear-facing 12MP camera, 3300mAh, Snapdragon 835, 6GB RAM, IP68, Fingerprint reader and Iris Scanner. Latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

From a first look I sorta feel that the battery sounds pretty small for a big phone. Especially these days when you see many phones that come out with a 5000mAh battery like the DOOGEE BL5000. The interesting part about the Note 8 is it’s dual camera. This was something that the Galaxy S8 didn’t have.

Samsung has always been using good camera sensors I think. And it’s nice this year how they don’t just upgrade the screen size and S-Pen in it’s Note series but also take the time to implement one of these dual cameras. It also has dual OIS.

In Europe it’s been hard to get a Note phone last couple of years. Note 5 wasn’t officially released in Europe, Note 6 never came, Note 7 was just about to launch and then the battery issues showed up. And Samsung returned all Note 7s… My Note 5 got cracked fast in an accidental indoor drop and it never worked again.

The last couple of years Samsung phones has been suffering from more problems than usual. TouchWiz hasn’t behaving as it should, many times lag issues. Also overheating issues since the Galaxy S6 year. The year when Samsung started to use glass on the back of it’s phones instead of removable plastic back. It seems like Samsung don’t want you to have the option to change battery or back cover.

Interesting part about Note 8 will be that the default model will be 6GB of ram. Some S8 variants have 6GB but it’s not the default. This is great because it may mean awesome multitasking performance in Note 8.

This new Note is 9mm taller than Galaxy Note 7. And 0.7mm wider than the Note 7. But do remember this one packs a 6.3″ display. The original Note was hard to hold with it’s wide shape and just 5.3 display. Samsung has realised if they just make the phone less wide but taller and more edge-to-edge screen they can put in a massive display without making the user experience feel weird.

The Note 8 display has a slight curve just as the Galaxy S8 phone has. Samsung introduced this first with the Galaxy S6 Edge. Then they made the edge variant the standard. But with a bit more low-key edge. Not S6 Edge or Note Edge. But just a tiny bit. Kind of like the BlackBerry Priv phone also have.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has a little bit more business look compared to Galaxy S8+. Because it has less rounded edges so it looks more professional. Also it’s one of the heaviest phones yet from Samsung 195g! BL5000 phone actually goes even above 200g… The weird part is how even the S8+ has a bigger battery than Note 8.

One problem with this new Note is how it still has the fingerprint sensor right next to the camera. This was a major issue with the Galaxy S8 how it makes it hard to unlock the phone because it’s harder to find the sensor. They should have made same design as Huawei Mate 9 has by position the fingerprint sensor below the camera and make it go in a bit for best way to find sensor.

One cool thing about the Note 8 is how it comes in a darker more blue colour called Deepsea Blue. This truly looks like blue! Not same blue as the Coral blue you can get on S7 and S8.

It will also has support for Samsung DeX, Bixby, Gear VR and Gear 360. Which are some of Samsung’s expensive addons.


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BlackBerry Priv vs. iPhone 7 Plus – Quick Size Comparison!

So I felt like doing a quick size comparison in a couple of photos comparing two phones people like to compare a lot. A BlackBerry phone vs. An iPhone! The interesting thing about the Priv is how it’s running on Android instead of BlackBerry OS. And also how it has a qwerty slider keyboard. That makes it larger than the iPhone 7 Plus when it’s out.

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