After being associated with only high end phones since the launch of the original iPhone in 2007, Apple showed the first signs of shifting from this policy, after coming out with the iPhone 5C.
This cheaper version of the iPhone 5S was brought to increase the market share of the company. Sony’s Xperia Z2 is the latest in the Xperia smartphone line-up, but it takes a lot of cues from the older generation.
The iPhone 5C is structurally not a huge shift from the iPhone 5S. It opts for the polycarbonate materials rather than the aluminum filled, space age design of the iPhone 5S. The use of plastic has not exactly helped reduce the weight of the device. It covers just over 130 g, whereas the Xperia Z2 is significantly heavier at 163 g. One of the reasons for this substantial weight is the use of glass throughout the phone. The side walls are made of aluminum and it provides a premium feel to the device. Further, the Xperia Z2 also has a larger 5.2 inch screen. This comfortably dwarfs the 4 inch display on the iPhone 5C.
Even though the display is significantly larger, details are actually better on the Xperia Z2, due to the full HD resolution. Sony also provides many of its display technologies like X-Reality Engine to boost the color and contrast levels. The iPhone 5C continues with the familiar retina tag. This device may come with just over 320 PPI, but the Xperia Z2 is substantially better at 424 PPI.
The Xperia Z2 struggles to match the internal memory options of the iPhone 5C, which is available in 8 GB, 16 GB, and 32 GB, due to its 16 GB storage. Even though microSD cards can be used to expand the memory to 128 GB, it does not improve the app handling capacity of the phone. Those who are interested in playing several high end games, which occupy many gigabytes worth of space, may find the Xperia Z2’s internal memory to be lower than their liking. On the contrary, the iPhone 5C users will have to stick with the memory that comes with the phone. The lack of microSD card expansion means that memory cannot be added to the phone at a future stage.
A high point of the iPhone 5C continues to be the eight megapixel camera in the rear. Even though the Xperia Z2 has a 20 megapixel camera, it struggles to match the color reproduction and the quality of the pictures taken from the iPhone 5C’s camera. This is unlikely to be the camera’s fault, as Sony supplies the sensors for most companies. The issue of noise and less detailed photographs could be easily sorted with a software update.
After the recent launches in the smartphone segment, the Xperia Z2 and the iPhone 5C have become a generation older. They are available now with amazing deals which will see the Xperia Z2 priced at $420 while the iPhone 5C retails at just over $450.