Sony Xperia XA2: Full, in-depth review

One last hurrah for OmniBalance

Sony Xperia XA2
  • Sony Xperia XA2
  • Sony Xperia XA2
  • Expert Rating

    3.25 / 5

Pros

  • Nice feel
  • Good price

Cons

  • Mediocre camera and performance
  • Small display

Bottom Line

Like most Sony phones. The Xperia XA2 is a good option but it’s not quite the best out there.

Would you buy this?

Performance

In terms of performance, the Xperia XA2 is a snappy and responsive as its Qualcomm-branded processor suggests. Opening and swapping between apps was quick and fast for us - and it’ll probably be quick as fast enough for you.

For the most part, the Xperia XA2 offers an experience that’s a little closer to stock Android than most. However, the Xperia Home UI skin does come loaded with a considerable amount of Sony-specific apps, from a movie creator to the Xperia Lounge social app. I don’t know if any of this is egregious enough for Sony to be slammed on. Still, the majority of what’s here did come across as a bit unnecessary.

That picture isn’t helped by the benchmarking. The XA2 did fall a little short on a lot of its competition. It edged out the HTC U11 Life in a few categories but for the most part it lagged handsets playing in the same price-range, specifically the Oppo R11s and - if we're talking dollar-for-dollar - last year's OnePlus 5.

Credit: Fergus Halliday | IDG

Battery Life

In terms of every-day battery-life, the XA2 would easily make it through the usual 9-5 work day and often well into the evening as well. We’d still have to charge our device back to full overnight - but if we accidentally forgot to do, we’d usually still have a little bit to go on until we found a power source.

Credit: Sony

We’re talking eleven or twelve hours of average use here, though - as always - your mileage may vary. Particularly, if you watch or film a lot of video content.

The Bottom Line

If you’re not turned off by Sony’s OmniBalance design language and into the idea of using your next phone for “phone stuff” and not a whole lot else, the Xperia XA2 is priced just well enough to make it worth consideration.

The XA2 almost feels like what you’d expect from a phone from three or four years ago. It might feel a little dated in spots but if your mobile needs haven’t really changed during that time, it’s well-enough equipped to do the job.

Like most Sony phones. It’s a good option but it’s not quite the best available.

Credit: Sony


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