Summary: One thing is for certain: Sony isn’t going to let trends in the Android world dictate how it designs its phones. Both the Xperia T LT30p (Xperia TL LT30at) and the Xperia TX LT29i are gorgeously designed, standing out from the competition — thanks to their curved backs, 13 MP shooters, and gorgeous displays. Both of these phones, however, also stand out for another reason.
Excerpt: The Sony Xperia TL is the latest in a long line of attempts by Sony to produce the phone that fits comfortably in a smartphone world dominated by Android. Since the company embraced Android with the Xperia X10, it has released an endless flow of devices that have been greeted with excited praise for its hardware prowess and bitter disappointment for its software frustrations.
Excerpt: Review time! Aaron takes a look at the Sony Xperia TL , a new flagship device from the manufacturer that's coming to AT&T soon. Packing 4G LTE connectivity, the Xperia TL offers a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU, 4.55-inch HD display, 13-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording, and Android 4.0 with Sony's Timescape UI. It's a great smartphone with some nice features, and better yet, it's coming to AT&T for under $100. Can it compete this holiday season?
Excerpt: Aaron reviews the Sony Xperia TL , a new flagship device from the manufacturer that's coming to AT&T soon. Offering 4G LTE, the Xperia TL offers a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 4.55-inch HD display, 13-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording, 1,850 mAh battery, and Android 4.0 with Sony's Timescape UI. It's a great device with some nice features that'll appeal to many, and better yet, it's coming to AT&T during the holidays for under $100.
Excerpt: Sony has struggled to create a successful smartphone in a U.S. Android handset market stuffed tighter than Oddjob in a dinner jacket. Its latest Xperia TL flagship, however, is the first compelling device we’ve seen from the lauded Japanese electronic giant, thanks to a spec list that can finally stand toe to toe with other top-tiered devices from the likes of HTC and Samsung.
Conclusion: Part of being a world famous secret agent, James Bond will surely appreciate that he’s finally given a smartphone for his missions – as opposed to the dummy phones of yesterday, though, the Ericsson concept phone in Tomorrow Never Dies was an interesting one. Also, when you take into account the modern hardware and attractive price point of $99.99 that’s attached with the Sony Xperia TL , it has the appeal to make even Bond call it his daily driver.
Pros: Great balance of price & hardware, Sturdy construction, Snaps photos quickly
Cons: Very reflective display and poor viewing angles, Muted call quality, Physical buttons are too crowded
Summary: Gimmicky movie tie-ins aside, the Sony Xperia TL is a very good mid-level Android phone. For $99, consumers get a large HD display, a powerful processor and long battery life. And while the 13-MP isn't the fastest on the block, it captures plenty of detail. The Xperia TL's NFC capabilities also help lend some 007 high-tech cred to the device.
Summary: Sony's latest flagship, the Xperia TL, is a nice step up from its latest adventure in mediocrity, the Xperia Ion. But just because it's 007's phone in Skyfall, that doesn't mean it should be yours. I mean, that guy is kind of a loose canon. What Is It? A 4.6-inch smartphone that runs Android 4.0 with a healthy dollop of Sony skin on top. Who's It For? People who value style over function, shutterbugs. Design It's incredibly sleek.