That the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact is more expensive than it seems matters. This is the iPhone SE of the Android world, and Apple discarded that series after its first outing. Tell us what you think - send your emails to the Editor. This combination of top-quality internals and a small frame is exactly what some are after. However, you do have to care, a lot, about its small, cuddly frame. We may earn a commission if you click a deal and buy an item. It’s no longer a rectangular brick, using much smoother curves across its back for a palm-hugging feel. We don’t miss the days when many phones were as small as this, but it’s here for people who do. The Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact also has the spec bragging points of the larger Xperia XZ2. It’s “longer”, and cuts down the spare space above and below the display rather than adding to the phone’s height. A rear scanner is more convenient, but the position is rather low. The phone also looks a lot more up-to-date than the Xperia XZ1 Compact because it has an 18:9 aspect screen. You can think of this as “fancy plastic”. However, this seems largely pointless in a phone this small. Phones are status objects. Most phone-makers try to make their handsets as thin as they can. However, it seems much smaller than the 5-inch screens you’re used to because of its 18:9 aspect. That display is also 18:9, meaning it’s smaller than most other 5-inch phones and the iPhone 8. However, even that budget favorite has a significantly larger footprint than this one. Star rating update: This review was originally published with a star rating of 3.5. And if you don’t you can tame them. Future Publishing Australia ABN: 96 734 906 323 | PO Box 1077, Mount St, The Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact is the newest in a series of Sony phones made for those who want a phone of an almost lost kind: a compact and easily pocketable one. TechRadar is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. It doesn’t mind being submerged in water. That one’s more difficult. The Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact is one of Sony’s top phones for 2018. Are you really down for a small screen phone? The XZ2 Compact is also the first “Compact” Sony with a 2:1 screen and the first with a nearly bezel-less display, so in many ways, this is Sony’s best effort in making the most out of an already small phone. Introduction, key features and design. The Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact shares many features with the larger, more expensive Xperia XZ2. The standard mode is a great balance of saturation and accuracy, but the Xperia XZ2 Compact also has a relaxed-looking sRGB mode and a Super Vivid one, dripping in color. It’s IP68 certified, meaning it can be dropped in water without damage. If you want a small Android phone then the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact is the best choice. The Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact has three colour modes that boil down to  neutral (sRGB), normal and highly saturated. In recent history, some of Sony's Compacts have felt like an afterthought -- … It makes most of the things I like to do with phones less enjoyable. The Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact has a plastic rear, which does not give it an immediately impressive feel. Its actual display measures five inches across, but this is only because it has a 'longer' 18:9 aspect display, like so many recent phones. But, to be fair to Sony, it’s the best 18:9 screen around at this size. Resolution has been increased from 720p to 1080p since last year’s XZ1 Compact (finally). However, its appeal and audience seem narrower now. Well, aside from the front camera, which is surprisingly unremarkable. High-end phones tend to be made of two things, glass and metal. You can also adjust the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact’s white balance. The design goal of the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact is not about thinness. Learn More. Claims it frees up space seem spurious in a phone this thick. It was announced at the MWC conference in February 2018, alongside its big brother the Sony Xperia XZ2. You have to decide whether “nice” is good enough given the asking price, especially as the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact also has the chunky dimensions of an entry-level mobile.