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At this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, three Android smartphone unveilings really did stand above the rest: Sony's Xperia Z2, LG's G Pro 2, and Samsung's Galaxy S5.

We know which one is going to sell best, which will have the biggest marketing budget, and which has more plastique - the Galaxy S5's success in spite any of any perceived shortcomings is all but assured. That's just kind of how these things go.

But for us, the enthusiasts, judged on the merits, it's hard not to look at Sony or LG's latest offerings longingly. The Z2's dual front-facing speakers, a lightly-modified Android experience, large battery, and an elegant industrial design. Here in America, it's unlikely we'll see the Z2 see much market penetration - even if Sony manages to get it on a couple of the major carriers, the Samsung advertising juggernaut assures most Android competition will stay on the fringes of the mainstream.

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The G2 Pro is also a spec-lover's dream - a fast processor, big [and removable] battery, microSD card, large display, and LG's relatively understated design language make it a fairly uncontroversial device.

We've used all three - I thoroughly enjoyed the Z2, but I'd argue strongly that Samsung's not resting on its laurels with the S5 (even though that does seem to be the "cool" position to take right now). Both devices have their appeal - Samsung's new fast camera autofocus, fingerprint scanner, heartbeat monitor, and water protection aren't the only things that have changed. The entire TouchWiz software experience has been given a facelift, and speed and performance are much-improved over the occasionally laggardly Galaxy S4.

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The hardware of the Galaxy S5, though, is susceptible to the same criticisms every previous generation has been - it feels cheap, Samsung continues to rely on physical buttons when virtual navigation becomes ever-more commonplace, and the design is, even as adjudged by some of Samsung's most forgiving critics, uninspired at best.

As for the G Pro 2, I wasn't exactly a fan of what I deemed an incremental update to an already unexciting device, but many of you strongly disagreed with that sentiment, so it's obviously got something going for it.

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With all that said, which do you think did, or should have, stolen the show? Vote in the poll below.

Best of MWC: Sony Xperia Z2, Samsung Galaxy S5, or LG Pro 2?

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David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Nathan

    Thanks.

  • Bluewall

    I would say the best here is the Xperia Z2.
    But I can't forget what Yota showed us. What a real innovation is !

    • Gaurav Arora

      THIS.
      The design looked like it had jumped out of Tron. They deserve far more respect than a simple side article (or a link worthy) mention in most tech blogs. At least Android Police got a whole article out on it =]

      PS: I hope they are able to deliver on the white color model.

  • gundruk

    So far Xperia Z2 but I have high hopes with new HTC one too.

    • hp420

      It's a vote for best of MWC...it's over and HTC didn't reveal any new phones, so they arent included in this poll.

    • Captain Canada

      The HTC One has just spoiled all other smartphones for me, they have exposed us to the reality that smartphones can be fully made of metal. Metal is sexy, glass is shatter-able. Also, metal is sexy.

      • Matthew Fry

        Also, metal is dent-able. I really liked my HTC One but after I dropped it for the first time I put a plastic case on it and never took it off. No metal sexiness. I feel a lot less concerned about the plastic of the Note 3.

        • Michael Fontenot

          Gotta love that soft touch rubber.

  • Danish Prakash

    Moto X 2 could've been the star of the show, if it was there in the very first place.

    • Hans Pedersen

      Yeah, any fantasy phone would have been awesome.

      Now, back to reality. :)

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Go, Sony, Go!

    I'm surprized how Galaxy S5 is not acclaimed as the worst device of MWC 2014

    G2 Pro is nice also, but it's more of a GNote-like device, which is completely different case, probably should've put YotaPhone 2 here instead

    But anyways, as far as I see it, Xperia Z2 seems to be the best flagship of 2014. Let's see what Apple, HTC, and Google have to show to us this year, but I'm really rooting for Sony this time around, they finally are learning upon their mistakes (exclusing the software support)

  • Justin W

    Sony did an amazing job fixing some of the issues with their previous devices.

  • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

    What I would give for a Z2 GPe...

    • nofearofimaginarymen

      My guess is about $850

      • Kcls

        I love the phone but I just can't justify spending that much on, well, a phone. Long live Nexus, leader of cheap fast phones.

        • Marcell Lévai

          Long live the Moto G :D

  • miri

    Despite what others may say, Samsung actually did a good deal of innovation with the S5 and the refinements to their UI and their new set of features sound legitimately useful. I imagine most are disappointed because they equate innovation with a new casing, arbitrary spec improvements and flashy, wiz-bang, consumer-facing features.

    Sony, on the other hand, played it very safe with incremental improvements on an already solid device.

    LG doesn't interest me in the slightest.

    Overall, my vote goes to Samsung (and this is coming from someone who doesn't like them at all).

    • Thomas’

      They didn't fix the 'cheap' look and the terrible capacitive buttons. For me, that's extremely disappointing.

      Sony did fix their only big downside (the display) and further improved everything else.

      For me, clearly Sony is the winner of the flagship race.

      • miri

        As a big proponent of the nav bar, the main issue with Samsung's navigation keys was the menu button and that has been addressed. As for the look and feel, the new back is an improvement over the hyperglaze, they just need to do something about the chrome trim.

        • Thomas’

          The new back looks like a 2012 Nexus 7 (that is, when comparing pictures. Maybe it's better in real). And TBH, the Nexus 7 was praised for a lot of reasons. Its wonderful back wasn't one of them.

          • miri

            Most reviews I've seen actually did praise the back.

          • EH101

            Yup, and I even remember most Samsung haters saying the N7 soft touch back was everything they wished the s3 had back then. Hilarious how the goal post moves for them.

    • deeeeem

      I'm gonna have to disagree with you on this one. Especially with " their new set of features sound legitimately useful". Honestly, most of the stuff they showed is probably going to be turned off or not used for most people. Honestly, a heartbeat sensor? Really? Yeah, some people might use it (a really small amount) but its not going to be useful for most preople. I remember when they introduced the scrolling with your eye and it turned out to only work half the time. Most websites are also reporting that when they tried the finger print scanner it didn't work properly or that swiping up was a weird way to handle it. Of course, this is just my take on it. Whatever floats your boat.

      • miri

        New LTE tech, combining LTE and Wifi for faster downloads, new camera module for rapid shutter speed and real-time HDR, ultra power-saving mode, improved local contrast enhancement, super dimming and adaptive display for ideal visibility and color balance in all lighting conditions, simplified settings menu, private mode, water resistance, and several other things that the average user would intuitively encounter and likely wouldn't want to disable.

        Not to say there isn't unnecessary bloat, but the ratios are much better. And again, I'd like to say that I'm not a fan of Samsung and that you couldn't get me to buy one of their previous devices, but they did impress me with the S5 and as a UX designer myself, I do think they did a great job designing for the average user and not self-proclaimed enthusiasts who base their credibility on their ability to rattle off arbitrary specs, [improperly] throw the word 'innovation' around and complain about bezels.

      • Tim242

        Instant heart rate monitor has over 10 million downloads. The finger scanners were set up for someone else's fingerprint. They were preproduction units. Not to mention, they were probably not swiping correctly. Wait until it comes out to judge it.
        It doesn't work well on the 5S, I can tell you that. I tried it out for a few days.

        • Bryan Pizzuti

          That means that most phones already have a visual sensor capable of monitoring heartrate. So far from what I hear Samsung's "Pulse oximiter" sensor is only being used for the pulse part, and frankly a camera sensor is sensitive enough to do the job anyway.

          • EH101

            Even the lackluster front cameras most devices sport could do the pulse thing if they had a flash next to them. I'm also pretty sure anyone interested in fitness and being able to take their own pulse have something better suited to it.

            Though it probably cost next to nothing to include, I'd rather it had been left off the device. Then again, Samsung likely would charge the same amount either way, so I guess it doesn't matter.

          • Tim242

            Pulse = heart rate.

    • Glen Rivett

      Arbitrary spec improvements and flashy, wiz-bang consumer-facing features.Now that is Samsung right there.Think you got it a little bit mixed up there .Good deal of innovation and refinements to there U.I.Like what ,the heart rate monitor for there S- health app,finger print sensor it's all bullshit mate,I don't like Samsung either coz they have bought nothing new or interesting to the table.I am open to all manufacturers but Samsung got crossed off my list a long time ago .HTC make great phones as do Sony,and then u get something really fresh that comes along like the yotaphone 2 which is definately one to watch.

      • Tim242

        Study this...please.

        • Gabernasher

          but..."they have bought nothing new or interesting to the table"
          Clearly he's a fan of Apple, as they have bought everything new and interesting, including the table.

        • Glen Rivett

          Your fucking kidding me right ,giving me an English lesson,like I was really focusing in my grammar when writing that comment,you sanctimonious fuckwit.Address the content if the comment and not give me a fucking lesson In grammar you smug git fuck you and have a nice day asshole

          • Tim242

            *you're fucking*

            It's hard to take a trolling comment serious, especially when the grammar and spelling are so awful.

            Now, as far as your opinion, it is just out of hate of Samsung...therefore not credible. All phones are iterating at this point. We are on a plateau. There really isn't much to bring to the table. When they try to do just that, you pricks scream gimmick.

            It is a huge improvement over the S4, for the camera and processor alone. What the hell do you think they, or anybody can bring to the table that would blow your mind? Pricks like you are never satisfied when you have blind hate.

          • Glen Rivett

            No take it seriously coz again you are missing the point.I am not a Samsung hater at all.Just that Samsung phones are doing absolutely nothing ,I mean nothing new or fresh.Change the design in all Samsung they all look pretty much identical,I know for a fact that a lot if Samsung fans are getting fed up with the same design etc.Anyways a lot of people were disappointed when they saw the S5 ,pulling the same shit but hey let's copy Sony and Apple coz we cannot think for ours elvs.Anyway that's that ,so fuck you and kiss my rear end

          • Tim242

            Yes, all Samsung Galaxy S phones look the sane. But, so does every other series.
            The Sony phones all look identical. HTC. One series...identical. iPhones...identical. LG phones all look identical, as they are direct copies of Samsung. Motorola phones...identical. Do you really expect them to change the design every year? There's only so much you can do with a thin slab. You are very much a Samsung hater. You said yourself that you crossed them off your list. At the same time, you praise HTC...they do the same thing.

          • Glen Rivett

            O.k Tim you''re right,one thing I will say though is at least HTC and Sony have a premium build quality about them which for me is an important factor.LG unfortunately like Samsung insist on going with the cheap plastic approach which for me is a definate deal breaker regardless of how much horse power is under the hood.So yes all manufacturers phones are usually instantly recognisable by design but if you're going to have top tier phone then give it the look and feel of a top tier phone.That's what I think .Apologies for previous profanities,just got caught up in the moment.

          • RTWright

            You sir, with your blatant disrespect for others and your foul mouthed temper because you can't take what you dish out? Need to just stop. Apple itself hasn't done much in the way of changing looks, UI, style of any kind. No one is taking from Sony, if anything Sony is taking from others if you think about it. They've been coming from behind for a long while now. The Z series has been their best offerings to date, the Z2 is much better. Looks nothing like any other OEM, just that it's similar in shape. Everything else about it is different.

            I started out with HTC, that company crapped all over it's customers. I don't care if they make their cases out of solid gold and silver, they can shove their company where the sun doesn't shine for all I care. That is why they are no longer on top and Samsung pushed ahead. Samsung does not need to reinvent the casing for which their phones are made, they just need to make sure their devices are of the highest WORKING quality. If you don't like them? Then fine, don't buy them, don't look at them, don't bother with them, that's all YOUR Choice!

            I own a GS3 right now, but I'm going to go with the Z2 as soon as I my contract with Sprint is over. I could care less what HTC offers at all, the S5 is ok, but I want nothing to do with dealing with their stupid KNOX security crap. They can shove that! This time around I'm going Sony! By the way, it's not hard to learn to spell, try it some time....

  • Captain Canada

    I can't believe I'm the only person who thinks any company that releases a Qi compatible phone should include a Qi charger. I'm looking at you Sony and Samsung with your stupid flap covered phones.

    • Sean Lumly

      I agree. Not only would an in-the-box Qi charger be very inexpensive, it would be considered to be a very large innovation to those that don't know about the technology. It would also have a huge positive effect on user experience.

      I wouldn't be surprised if Apple decided to do this for one of their future devices, re-branded the technology to "air charge" (or something), and took credit for changing "everything, again".

      • Gabernasher

        it'd be iCharge obviously, it would also be magic, original, the first time ever, and cause them to sue everyone, even Braun who's been charging their shavers wireless since like 2000(at the latest).

    • Mike Gonzalez

      Sony uses a magnetic charger dock so you dont have to open the flap everytime you want to charge your phone. it kinda feels like MacBook's charging port and works flawless

      • Captain Canada

        Hey Mike, I know about the mag charger that it has, its proprietary though and the dock is a separate purchase. I'm just saying that if an OEM embraced the standard by including a charger in the box that they would be seen as a major innovator without really doing anything. I bought the Nexus 4 when it came out but never once used a Qi charger because I didn't want to buy one. Samsung went so far with my Note 3 that it isn't even Qi compatible out of the box (all Samsung phones?), you have to buy the separate cover AND and charger on top of that. This tech is awesome is all i'm saying, the first company to democratize the technology will be applauded for their effort.

        possible edit: I don't actually know if the mag charger is a separate purchase

  • chris125

    If only the z2 would come to verizon

  • hp420

    Thank God Sony is finally getting the recognition they deserve!! Maybe this will open their eyes and we will actually start seeing more of their devices state side. Their camera and music features are second to none, imo...but with so little exposure, almost no one here has experienced it enough to want in.

    • Tim242

      I've heard a lot of complaints about their camera and hideous UI overlay.

      • sabby

        complaints about z2 ?

      • hp420

        I've used Xperias, and never had issues with the camera. In fact, they are consistently the best android cameras I've used. Also, their cameras are in a lot more than just Xperias. A few other manufacturers use them, as well. As for the UI, it's definitely above touchwiz and optimus UI....and don't even get me started on Sense!! I know some people like it since sense 5 came out, but I still have a burning hatred for everything sense.

        • Tim242

          I think HTC uses them, and they aren't good either. Every reviewer says that the camera is not good. People prefer Samsung over Sony, by a large margin. I'm not sure why you try to pretend that Sony's skin is so superior. That is the #1 gripe about the phone, followed by the display and camera. I hear that they have fixed the display.

          • hp420

            Pretend!?!?!? Never heard of an opinion? There are people who liked the old sense too, and that was absolutely terrible!! I like Sony's UI. If it weren't for Holo UI I would definitely choose Xperia UI over any other, hands down. No one could even compete IMHO. That's not to say it's perfect and nothing needs improvement at all, but I like it best of the options currently available.

        • taz89

          Before the z1 there cameras were never as good as they looked on papers. It always under delivered. My sister in law has the xperia s and that was a terrible camera, honestly if you watch reviews of all Sony devices up until the z1 the cameras were never regarded as Androids best. Should say that Sonys sensors wasn't the issue as others like Samsung and apple used them but there algorithms wasn't as good therfore there images never seemed to live up to its sensors actual performance.

        • Simz1912

          I agree, one of my phones is XPeria Arc S and the camera works flawlessly producing brilliant HD pictures despite being released nearly 3 years ago. The UI? I don't consider XPeria UI as 'hideous' but I know some people who do, but there's a workaround to it, like theme launchers. From my experience, my friends who don't own an XPeria tend to use theme launchers anyway despite having ~phones with gorgeous UI~

    • detoren

      I never buy any sony crap again they treated me like a dog during garatee

  • Bryan Pizzuti

    Maybe Sony is angling to take the #3 spot? Clearly Samsung is still #1, I guess HTC and LG have been competing for #2. There's room for Sony to take some of Samsung's share though. But they need to learn the lessons the rest of them learned, Lesson #1 being ubiquity: get the thing on ALL the carriers!

    • portalpirate

      Sony is already #2 IIRC.

      • Gaurav Arora

        ...and HTC is now mentioned in 'Others'.

  • Mandeep Singh

    Nothing peaked my interest I think I should wait for note 4 to replace my note 2

    • rey031

      It's "piqued my interest," not "peaked".

  • http://dpashk.com/ Dmitry Pashkevich

    None. Phablets are phugly

  • Open1Your1Eyes0

    Unfortunately the Z2 is missing the one huge feature I've already invested too much into (Wireless Charging) so for that reason I'm going to have to stick to Samsung once again.

    • Bryan Pizzuti

      Reportedly it WILL have wireless charging. What you probably meant to say was that it won't have the standard Qi wireless charging capability. Sony implemented their own. No I don't know why, might have to do with the waterproof-ness (is that a word? Guess it is now).

  • Severo Rivera

    Xperia Z2 to the max!

  • ithehappy

    Lumia Icon.....oh wait, this is the AP article.. sorry :|

  • flosserelli

    LG G Pro 2 because
    1. the Z2 probably won't come to Verizon, and
    2. the S5 is more like a "S4s"

    • Tim242

      The G Pro 2 is like a G Pro s.
      The Z2 is like a Z1s.

      All phones are now iterative. Stop pretending.

      • flosserelli

        Maybe so, but I will take a G Pro 2 over a S5 any day. I don't need gimmicks like fingerprint & pulse sensors, and I definitely don't need Knox pissing on my mod parade. Samsung modems are junk anyway, I might as well use smoke signals.

        The Z2 seems to be a bigger step up from its predecessor than the others. It has a significantly improved display, speakers, and 50% more RAM. I would seriously consider the Z2 if it lands on Verizon, but it probably won't.

        • Tim242

          The improved display was a must. The ones past were awful. That was just catching up to where they should have already been. Having an extra GB of RAM is truely useless. I have an S4. RAM use never exceeds 1.3 GB. My BF whom hss a Note 3 with 3 GB of RAM, never gets over 1.6 of RAM usage. Unused RAM is wasted RAM. The speakers might be nice, but most people use headphones, or real speakers. Front speakers do not help Sony's bezel problem either. I've never heard anything but complaints on Sony's camera. The S5 looks to have to best camera you will find. You say you don't need a heart rate monitor or finger scanner. Fine, don't use them. Most people have a lot of features on their phone that they never use. Don't even get me started on LG. The buttons on the back are ridiculous. Everybody says knock doesn't work well. Not to mention, LG poisons people with their lead cords. The sad thing is that the warning is tucked away on page 207ish of the user manual. So if you are going to pick apart One company, be fair and do the same for the others. None of them are as great as a fanboy would have you to believe. None of them are as bad as the haters would have you to believe.

          • flosserelli

            I agree with your first point. Sony has been shamefully behind in mobile display technology. It looks like they may finally be catching up with the rest of the pack.

            Having more RAM is not entirely useless. Anyone with a basic knowledge of multitasking can tell you that, and you even acknowledge that unused memory is wasted memory. The Note 3 *needs* 3 GB of memory because Touchwiz is so bloated & excessive. Put an aosp-based rom on a phone with 3 GB RAM and see the difference.

            Better speakers are undoubtedly a plus in everyone's book (except yours, apparently). Yes, I prefer to listen to music via headphones or my car stereo, but I will take an improved speakerphone over a crappy one any day. And I will sacrifice a little display area for front facing speakers. I understand not everyone is willing to do that, but for a screen as large as the Z2s, I think the slight decrease in screen size is a worthwhile tradeoff for front firing speakers.

            I agree the rear buttons look awkward, but most G2 owners say they get used to them pretty quickly. But some users could not adapt to them, and exchanged devices. So that particular feature is very subjective.

            As far as lead in the cord goes, that would be the least of my worries during the day. I wash my hands multiple times each day, and I am pretty sure I handle stuff that is potentially more dangerous than the small amount of lead in a power cord, without even knowing it. We are all going to die from something, and if I owned an LG device, I wouldn't lose any sleep over what is in the power cord.

            But I do agree with your last two statements. Every phone has its strengths & weaknesses, and buyers must choose according to their priorities. Which is the main reason I still choose android over other platforms.

          • Gabernasher

            Could you please elaborate on this lead power cord thing? Is the outside of the cord lead? Or is it the metal within the plastic and rubber cable? To even bring this up if it's not an actual issue is quite petty.

          • Tim242

            It is an issue. There is a warning in the back of your user manual warning of a chemical that causes cancer and birth defects. It says to wash hands thoroughly after each use. I work in a cell phone store. A customer brought this to my attention. I called LG to inquire. They said that it is in the cord and to be sure to wash your hands after each time you touch it. It has been banned in paint and toys. Why they still allow it in anything is beyond me. If it weren't for California law, we wouldn't even see the warning. It's a Shame that it is hidden in the back of the user manual.

          • flosserelli

            Lol I knew it. Californians think they are so much better than everyone else.

          • flosserelli

            Yes, I am also interested in more details (just out of curiosity). Perhaps tim242 will upload an image of the warning. I wouldn't be surprised if tim242 lives in California, where half the elements known to man are considered potential carcinogens. California is the largest nanny state next to England.

            BTW, tim242, you can always buy a different charging cable pretty much anywhere.

          • Gabernasher

            I tried Googling it, got nothing.

          • Chris

            Knock on actually works great, two finger taps and the phone is on. The back buttons work great on the G2, they're exactly where my finger lays during one handed use and they're out of the way when i'm playing games or watching a video. As for lead cords, idc, my cord is touched once at night when it goes into my phone. However, extra RAM is great, especially when you play games. When you go to look at your RAM use, your phone isn't running anything extensive but when you're watching a video or playing a game and listening to music, more is used. I wish all phones came with stock though and I agree that a phablet with rear buttons would be a pain to get to. That's just my two cents though.

      • ryan

        Well the Z2 is more like the Z1ss....since there is already a Z1s

        • Tim242

          Too many letters! Haha

  • RadarJammer

    I like them all, each for their own advantages. I like replacable Batteries, physical buttons on the front to easly check the phone when it lying on the table, stereo front speakers, I like large screens, I like lots of RAM, I like good looks, I like small beezels etc.

    • Fundy fish

      Well the s5 as all of those but good looks

  • Stacey Liu

    My issue with the Z2 is that it's pretty big.

    It's 146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm.

    For comparison, the Nexus 5 is 137.9 x 69.2 x 8.6 mm and the GS4 is 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm.

    It's also a lot heavier. It's 163g when the other two devices are 130.

    • Gabernasher

      .9cm taller, .4 wider, and .04 thicker, hardly big compared to the N5.5

      • taz89

        It doesn't seem like a big difference and depending on hand size it probably won't but sometimes a few mm here and there can for some mean the difference between able to use a phone easily with 1 hand and not being able too and the z2 also being rectangular will make it feel bigger than a curvier phone for too.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Uh, are you sure it's 163g? Sonymobile.com says its 158g

  • Bruno

    Sony makes awesome phones. But too big for my needs, I broke my ZL because it was just too big...
    Resistant to water... More than the 30 minutes they said !

    Phones that really worth trying are made by Sony, Google, LG, Samsung (well, they should stop copying-apple-to-get-them-mad because the button on the bottom doesn't fit the phone).
    HTC are using Beats audio on their phone which sucks and bug so much. My HTC bugs so much with the music player, and playing some games makes the phone overheat.
    Android phones that looks like Windows, well, Nokia, Looks so shitty that i don't even consider wasting money in it.

    • Mike Gonzalez

      hopefully you didnt break your ZL for putting it in water... basically because ZL wasn't waterproof

  • Dawaune

    If the Z2 were to come to Verizon I would buy one instantly. In the past I've typically had Motorola's, currently I have a Razr M (still waiting for Kit-Kat), but if Sony get's smart and brings the Z2 to a broader market I think they could build a strong following. It's a promising device with specs that can stand up to the tests of time which is difficult to do.

  • Stinky

    Since sprint will not sale sony products. (All tho i would like sprint to start carrying this line.) I don't want samsung so LG line looks like i am leaning towards.

  • Guest123

    Funny how at the beginning of MWC when the G Pro 2 was announced it was panned and was going to be blown away by, well, pretty much every one else. And now?

    "The G2 Pro is also a spec-lover's dream."

    Maybe. next time, don't bash so much up front until all contenders are out.

  • Brendan

    Well we know there this poll is going...

  • Jarl

    waiting for the successor to the HTC Butterfly s :)

  • tony solinan

    i am waiting for,theS5,or which flagship is in the Irish stores first for sale!as long as its for sale before April,

  • 1260nosegrindkickflipPResoluti

    Sony's phones have been and will continue to be crap. They do everything average. If it's not cheap screens, it's thick phones...or terrible to handle due to poor ergonomics...poor software support (even though it's almost vanilla)...etc. On paper, some of their specs like megapixels look competitive...but in reality they're not. A 20MP Carl...blah...blah...takes pictures just like the Galaxy S3 (great...but 2 years ago great).

    This MWC resembles the automobile industry over the past decade. The new Chevy Impala SS might seem like an awesome ride for $47k...but they made that car years ago. It was the Pontiac G8...and it sold for $35k. But now you get a water/dust resistant gas cap...

    True innovation? I know it's early...and they were just bought out...but the Moto X outshines everything since its existence.

    And doesn't LG copy Samsung...or isn't that how it's supposed to go? Samsung releases...LG rips them off...puts out something better 6 months later? Because the G2 still outshines anything announced here...puzzling...

    Rant continues...rawr...

  • 1260nosegrindkickflipPResoluti

    Oh...and Apple's not innovating...so nobody else is either...interesting.

    And I appreciate Apple...I just don't buy their s#it.

  • Tim242

    GS5 all the way. That camera looks to be top of the class.

  • epicmau5time

    Really want to love the z2. But I read reviews of the z and z1 and it seems like the tft panel sucks battery life really fast. I'm hoping for the z2 but if the review says it's just like the z1 it's a no go for me

    • [A]dri[A]n

      The Z2 doesn't have the TFT display. It has an IPS LCD display.

    • taz89

      Battery life doesn't seem to be too big of an improvement. Example the z2 has 3200mah battery where as the s5 has 2800mah but the z2 from official Sony stats only capable of 6-7 hours(z1 was 5-6) where as the S5 with smaller battery is able to get 12 hours so I dont think the new screen has improved the z2 battery in anyway. You would think with that huge battery it will do much more.

    • MarkG54321

      America loves to hate Sony, I would take negative reviews with a pinch of salt.

  • David Mendívil

    None, I'll keep my nexus 5, why? for 400 bucks is ALL you need, no more hardware stuff that you will use maybe the first month for the novelty of it there's no need to pay $700+ for something that will make you feel outdated and cheated in 6 months

    • Gabernasher

      Best part is they're all using the same chip, or the rebranded 801, which is the same chip.

      • taz89

        There's no 805 available so not something they could have done anything about. Picked the best that's available.

        • Ryan

          Well the 801 could offer faster NAND(if they used faster NAND). So this could offer many many improvments. Kind of a big deal. Could kill any lag that is currently in android.

        • Gabernasher

          Wait? It's not available right now, but soon it will be. The phone is already outdated.

  • faceless128

    physical buttons? sd slot? removable battery?

    Samsung already won with that.

    • Gabernasher

      Physical buttons are a plus for you? Are you crazy or stupid?

      • taz89

        Physical button is always a plus for me. It's easy to use to turn screen on instead of pressing the small power button on the top or side. Also guessing if someone doesn't like what you want they must stupid or crazy. Surely with billions of people on this planet, not everyone will have the same needs.

  • Sqube

    I'm waiting to see what HTC does next month but, all things being equal, it's looking like Sony might get my money this time around. The Ultrapixel gamble was just not that impressive, I never used Zoes... we'll see what happens.

  • http://rayshq.com/ Ray

    Any phone/tablet with hardware buttons gets crossed off the list straight away. So for me, the Z2 hands down - looks amazing and I can't wait to try one out in person.

  • Steve McTravis

    I think sony is a win this time , the made awesome solid device , way to go !

  • mrjayviper

    G2 Pro gets my money if ever it'll be available locally

  • http://www.bloodflame.com/ Patrick

    I was quite impressed by the Z2, then again, I've been a fan of the previous Xperia Z models, even if the last couple were a bit under-rated. I'm a Nexus guy at heart, though, so here's to hoping the next Nexus is made by Sony.

  • Konstigt2

    My Nexus 5 has everything I need and had a much nicer price tag than these three. Keeping it at least for the duration of 2014.

    Battery life is excellent, if you turn off location when you don't need it.

  • Diaz1999

    Yes, I'll choose it

  • Mathias Christensen

    Nexus (or GPE for live if Nexus is shut down) for life

  • Joshua Hill

    Xperia Z1 compact is hopefully my next phone. Technically it wasn't announced at MWC. As others have said that YOTA phone looks interesting.

  • Cody Shiranai

    I feel certain without even voting yet that this whole thing is just asking for the Samsung Hater Trolls to come out and try to make their e-peens look bigger.

    On top of that, the better question is: How many people will actually GET and USE the phone they are most excited about. In the case of the Xperia Z2, I'm going to say that's a much lower number and not enough people got the G2 (at least the price on Verizon being what it is says that). Me: I'm stuck with Verizon (due to my network connections to the company which give me very nice discounts), so my choices are limited even with any other Nexi coming. Admittedly if it wasn't for the upcoming Note IV, my choice would have to be last year's Note III, S5 or G2 Pro (assuming Verizon gets that too). Though, I suppose if this SD card situation get any worse, I'll have to think about what the M8 will offer me (though I still HATE Sense and the overheating my old HTC phone use to do. which never happen with any of the 3 Samsung Galaxy S series I had).

  • Norezz

    I wish Sony had announced the second Xperia Z Ultra. Even though the LG G PRO 2 is now the best 6 inch phablet in the market right now. Sony's next phablet should come with these specifications: 1. 6.5 or 6.6 inch display with a resolution of 2560x1440
    2. 3.5 GB of RAM
    3. Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 2.5 Ghz quad-core processor
    4. 13MP rear camera with OIS. 5MP front facing camera with front facing flash similiar to or better than the one on the new Huawei Ascend G6.
    5. Latest Corning Gorilla Glass should be used for the back of the phablet.
    6. There should be two variants 32GB and 64GB. Both with Micro SD card expansion slots.
    7. Improved waterproof, shockproof and dust-proofing hardware for better resistance from any kind of damage.
    8. 5.5 to 6.4 mm. thick.
    I don't care about anything else. I hope most or all of these specifications come in the next Xperia Z Ultra.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Ultra hd on 6" Ina bit overkill

    • hp420

      I have a nexus 4. If you've never owned a phone with a glass back I can forgive you for not understanding, but it is literally the most common part of any phone that uses it to break. And it usually doesn't last through the first fall over 6 inches on a hard surface. Mine bit the dust a month after I bought the phone and I haven't replaced it still because I think it would be a waste of money since it broke so easily in the first place.

      • deidre

        And this is the reason why I won't be buying the Xperia Z2... apart from its extremely limited carrier availability. Despite the haters about Samsung, the GS5 phone will be available at all major carriers... And even Boost and Virgin Mobile will carry the GS5, according to CNET.

        Thanks for sharing the truth about the glass back of the Nexus 4. When the glass hardware is taken into account, it makes the Z2 a little less appealing.

        • DD0011

          The back back of my Nexus 4 cracked pretty quickly too. But I read somewhere that the Z2 has gorilla glass on the front and back. If true, the back should be just as durable as the front.

          • SJ International

            The glass is scratch proof on the Z2 and it will NEVER break. Even by chance it does, it is covered in the warranty!

  • MistiXF

    Release Z2 Compact and I'll be one happy bunny. As for the poll - Z2 all the way...but make it Compact.

  • wcjeep

    Xperia Z2 is not on Verizon. Makes the choice easy. One of the Youtube reviews indicates the plastic edges of the Xperia Z2 may pick up dye from clothing. The white preview units at MWC were already discolored. Every LG device I've looked at or friends have owned has been buggy. Broad, but true statement. HTC has been sketchy with updates. I know they promise going forward to update. Their past can not be forgiven at this point. I'm waiting on professional reviews of the Galaxy S5 to see if an upgrade is necessary. No matter which phone I buy it's going to get a case. Preferably Lifeproof Nuud.

  • Naga Sridhar

    Wish the Sony Xperia Z2 gets picked up over S5 in the same ratio as these voting results!

  • SoWhy

    If I had to choose, I'd say Galaxy S5 - because it's the only one with a replaceable battery and MicroSD support.

  • robsa walker

    Sony Z2 looks like Sony may have finally sorted out all the niggles and creates a seriously awesome phone. The leaked video of the 'all new' HTC One look really really nice too - I have the HTC One at the moment, but usually I like something different next. We shall see when the HTC One is announced, because it looks really good - enough to dissuade me from the Z2? Hmn, possibly

  • Dirk

    Well it's more then obvious that the Z2 is the best phone around and on top of it you also get this nice package.

    With Xperia Z2, you also get a range of entertainment right from the
    moment you turn your smartphone on. Xperia Z2 owners will have access to
    an exclusive content offer that includes six blockbuster movies from
    Sony Pictures, including Captain Phillips, through the Video Unlimited
    service as well as 30 days free trial of the Music Unlimited3 service and a range of PlayStation®Mobile games.

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  • Tiffany Sears

    I love having the biggest specs etc. but the camera makes me choose Samsung every time (or at least the past three times). I have one daughter and a son on the way, and nothing beats a fast focus in catching those great moments

  • Eashan

    Samsung Galaxy S5 is the best phone in the world right now. Samsung Galxy S5 Prime will become even better. Even with IP58, Sony's phones die after 2 hours as I've tested. Sony
    s features have always only been on paper.