With better visual and audio technology than its predecessors, you'd be hard-pushed to find a better viewing experience than on the Xperia Z2 from Sony. And for its money, the Xperia M2 just can't be beaten -- especially when you hear about the bundled movies and Music Unlimited offer.
Sony's newest flagship may have a slinky 8.2mm waist, but the company hasn't scrimped on its screen. Measuring 5.2-inches, the Full HD TRILUMINOS Live Colour LED screen means colours are deeper and more natural than previous Sony handsets -- indeed, holding it up next to a Bravia TV and looking for any differences in quality may be a tough challenge.
What is Live Colour LED? It's Sony's way of explaining that the screen has red and green phosphor with blue LEDs and customised colour filters, resulting in a brighter light that's evenly distributed across the screen. With colours optimised and digital noise reduced thanks to the X-Reality technology, pictures will be so sharp you can make out individual hairs on Dot Cotton's chin. Not that you'll be watching Eastenders, of course. Ahem.
Digital Noise Cancelling Technology has been tweaked on the Xperia Z2, with several profiles now being offered for whatever situation you find yourself in -- on the bus on a plane, or even in the office if you have the kind of job where you can get away with ignoring your colleagues. When used with Sony's MDR NC31EM Digital Noise Cancelling Headset, ambient noise is reduced by up to 98 per cent.
But onto the freebies. Sony's seen fit to bundle six Sony Pictures blockbusters (including Captain Phillips) on each phone, streamable from Video Unlimited. If music is more your thing, 30 days' trial of Sony's Music Unlimited service is also included. Good luck choosing from the 25 million songs that are on offer there.
Along with being the slimmest 4G phone on the market at 8.6mm, the Xperia M2 also has the largest qHD display at a mid-range price-point. Measuring 4.8-inches, with 960 x 540 pixels and 16,777,316 colours, the Xperia M2 doesn't scrimp on quality in order to keep the price low.
Three digital downloads from Sony Pictures on Video Unlimited, plus 30 days' free trial from Music Unlimited, round off the Xperia M2's entertainment offers beautifully.
If you buy either one of these phones and ever experience boredom, you only have yourself to blame.