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.
Summary: Is Sony's baby Xperia one L of a good phone, or one L of a letdown?
Pros: Decent battery, Bright screen, Fantastic camera, Shutter button, We're going to give Sony its due here, it really does seem to know what it is doing when it comes to making a decent camera. It certainly doesn't come with the prowess that the upcoming Sony Xperia Z1 does, but the 8MP sensor on the back produces some really clear results, and yes, it is clearly the stand out feature of the Xperia L. The battery life is also rather decent. We can't say that it totally bl...
Cons: Fiddly keyboard, Outdated design, Poor front camera, Average performance, When it comes to typing messages on the Xperia L, we have to say that the keyboard will probably suffice. If all you're doing is updating Twitter, with its 140 character limit for instance, the keyboard will do just fine. For those that do a lot of typing, sending lots of emails, texts or instant messages, the keyboard starts to feel very fiddly. We didn't end up downloading a third party app, b...
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.