Conclusion: Sony's custom Android user interface is one of the few that is as simple as standard-issue Android, but it puts the slightest bit of polish on top of Ice Cream Sandwich. The decision to keep things basic works well in the Messaging application, which has an elegant interface of gray-based gradients and quick access to attaching photos, notes, or locations. Tapping the attachment button then provides more sharing options for video, sound, or contacts.
Summary: 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.
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.
Pros: Strong performance and graphics, Vivid display, Excellent battery life, Sharp 13-MP camera, Clever NFC features