Conclusion: The Sony Xperia L is an inoffensive, capable Android smartphone. The latest Android experience Sony offers users is the most refined and flexible iteration yet and the company seem to have struck a nice balance between, performance, design and price across all their devices. At the Xperia L’s current price tag of around £220, we’d rather opt for the 4G-toting Sony Xperia SP, but chances are it will rapidly drop down, making this a powerful, affordable mid-ranger with a...
Summary: Something good and inexpensive. The Sony Xperia L is another smartphone from the Xperia series. Our review shows us that this phone is good bang for buck and you would not go wrong if you go for it.
Pros: Good build quality, Good screen, Good camera, Camera with HDR, Decent battery runtimes, High viewing angle stability, Current Android version 4.1, The good display quality despite some unfavorable measurements. The mainstream Xperia L has no significant drawbacks.
Cons: Plastic case, No LTE support, glossy surface, LTE support would have been nice, but that is almost too much considering the price point. A bigger battery and better battery management.
Conclusion: Sony has a plan and is sticking to it. Not a piece of tactical genius either but one that seems to work for it. A couple of phones did well for Sony in the midrange last year and the right touches here and there was all they needed to be highly competitive again. We liked it how the Xperia SP built on the Xperia P and the Xperia L would've been foolish not to adopt the same strategy.
Pros: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dual or quad-band HSPA support, 21 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA, 4.3" 16M-color TFT capacitive touchscreen of FWVGA resolution (480 x 854 pixels) at around 228 ppi, Android OS v4.1.2 Jelly Bean, Dual-core 1 GHz Krait CPU, Adreno 305 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8230 Snapdragon chipset, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of inbuilt storage (5.8 GB user available), microSD slot (32GB supported), 8 MP autofocus camera, single LED flashlight, geotagging, touch focus, HDR...
Cons: No 1080p video capture, poor video quality, No Mobile BRAVIA engine, Sub-par viewing angles, Rather big and heavy for its display size
Conclusion: Sony is offering the Xperia L off-contract in the United States for the affordable price of $350. It is a device that will find its popularity in developing markets though where price is of bigger importance. The Xperia L is a well-rounded mid-ranger with lag-free performance in menus and nice looks. It does not have a hugely impressive screen nor a particularly great camera, though, and in the fiercely competitive Android market those are big flaws.
Pros: Elegant design, Sony has done a good job with Walkman and video apps
Cons: Slightly bleak screen, Processor is not future proof, Mediocre camera
Excerpt: The Xperia L was Sony's mid-range handset last year, slotting in under the powerful Xperia SP and flagship Xperia Z . Since then, the price of the phone has almost halved, with SIM-free handsets now costing around £130. Contract aren't bad either, with most 1GB data plans currently sitting around the £13-per-month mark if you're willing to buy from Affordable Mobiles. Otherwise, the Xperia L is becoming increasingly difficult to get hold of as it goes end of life.
Conclusion: We are left a little confused at the end of this review, mainly because we really wanted to like the Xperia L. We're always fans of a phone that you can show off to your friends and have them say "yeah, that's a nice phone", only for you to be able to say "but wait, did you see this?" and hear them gasp as you show off the neat party trick. That neat party trick is clearly the camera, and as we have said, we feel that the camera is really something special.
Conclusion: This is a good buy in its price range and offers good features too. Its low screen resolution can be the only reason to avoid.
Pros: The Sony Xperia L offers rich features and justifies its price. It runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS, dual camera, 1 GB RAM, and 1 GHz Qualcomm dual core processor with many more exiting features. It has long battery life.
Cons: Sony Xperia L offers a low screen resolution compared to others mobiles in its price range. Same was the problem with Xperia M.
Excerpt: Xperia L is a new addition to the Xperia family and a successor to the earlier Xperia U with a more capable camera and better design. It is a stylish Smartphone without any compromise on features. It is crafted with Sonys brilliant engineering and smart innovation.