During the first half of 2014 we’ve seen a trilogy of top-tier smartphone releases from three major players, starting with the excellent HTC One M8, the refined Samsung Galaxy S5 and rounding things up, the Sony Xperia Z2. There’s certainly no shortage of choice for a smartphone buyer, with these and potentially many other quality options all vying for a spot in users' pocket.

The Xperia Z2 is the culmination of a series of refinements to Sony's formula, it doesn’t stray significantly from the Z1 that came before it, but every upgrade since the original Xperia Z has been of note. As the third flagship Xperia device release since the beginning of 2013, it shows the company's efforts to build beautiful devices with generally well-rounded features.

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