Summary: The Sony Xperia ZL is priced at Rs 36,990, but you can find it online for Rs 35,990, which makes it a good deal for a high-end smartphone. It's feature rich and has the performance to back it up.
Sony Xperia ZL – the most compact 5.0 inch smartphone you can find
12 August 2013
Conclusion: The Xperia ZL has been launched this spring, although it’s still not available in most countries. The standard retail price is around $600-650 for an unlocked unit – a good price for what is basically an Xperia Z with LTE, not to mention the most compact phone with a 5.0 inch display. If you don’t mind the bad viewing angles of the screen, this is one of the best high end phones to get – high build quality, well-known brand, compact design and natural display colors make...
Summary: The Sony Xperia ZL all around is a great Android smartphone that certainly does feature “the best of Sony in a smartphone.” It has a stunningly beautiful 5-inch display, features some powerful internal specs and offers a great camera experience. With that said, there certainly are some things holding back the Xperia ZL from receiving our excellent rating.
Conclusion: If you're fond of Sony's smartphones and software experience, the Xperia ZL is particularly attractive as a no-contract smartphone. It's fast, the UI is clean and pleasing and the camera is very good. Here in the US, I suspect no-contract high end phones are beat out by carrier subsidized models, but for those of you who appreciate an unlocked world phone or perhaps aren't due for a subsidized upgrade, the Sony Xperia XL has its appeal (especially because you can use it...
Pros: Compact 5" full HD Android smartphone, unlocked with 4G LTE, very good camera, has AV Remote with consumer IR.
Cons: Display viewing angles aren't great, battery life so-so.
Conclusion: The Sony XPERIA ZL takes what the Sony XPERIA Z was good at - and remains good at - and puts it in a slightly more hand-friendly form factor. If you'd like your handset to have a massive amount of glass, you'll want the Z. If instead you want a slightly less pretty machine that's better for an accident here or there, go ZL.
Conclusion: The Sony Xperia ZL is almost a great phone. Beautiful screen, attractive design, speedy performance, decent camera. Yet in all of those categories there are a few minor problems that collectively mar the overall experience. Any one of them is overlookable, but are they all? And then there’s the price. It’s not cheap.
Pros: Simple and attractive design, Light and narrow enough for one-handed use, Speedy performance, Lots of customization and personalization in the UI, Easily connects to other devices in Sony's ecosystem
Cons: Too many buttons on right side, Awkward front camera placement, Non-removable battery, Vibrating feature is uncomfortable, Mediocre battery life
Conclusion: If the Sony Xperia Z was Batman, then the Sony Xperia ZL would be Robin – a less exciting sidekick, yet a superhero nonetheless. At first we were a bit underwhelmed by the latter's lack of visual appeal, but the more we used it, the more we got used to its peculiarities, so we eventually grew quite fond of Sony's new device. Note that the Sony Xperia ZL is not a smartphone for those who value fashion over functionality.
Pros: Fast quad-core processor delivers great performance, Camera launches fast even from lock screen, IR blaster
Cons: Boring design, Awkward front-facing camera placement, Sharp corners make it feel less compact than it is
Review: Sony’s Xperia ZL struggles to stand out from the crowd
30 April 2013
Conclusion: When you get right down to it, the Xperia ZL isn't a very remarkable phone. It's certainly not bad , though the screen's viewing angles would probably keep me from choosing it for myself; it's just that, once again, Sony has been beaten to the punch by other vendors. Sony isn't first to market in the US with many of the features you'll find on this phone, and nothing the ZL offers is head-and-shoulders above the high-end offerings from the likes of Samsung, HTC, and LG.
Pros: High pixel density makes for crisp text, Hardware feels solid and nice to hold, Built-in apps range from mostly harmless to actually useful, Good camera, though you may need to use the manual settings to get the best results
Cons: Occasional performance stutters, A bit thicker and heavier than other phones in its class, Shorter battery life than some, Sony's high-end phones continue to be a small step behind the competition when it comes to using the latest SoCs (though in this case the performance implications aren't huge), The screen's viewing angles are considerably poorer than in most other high-end and midrange phones
Conclusion: So, why the Sony Xperia ZL and not the Xperia Z? To begin with, this is a question many of you will never be asking, as the pair will not be officially available at the same time on most markets. At first glance, the best case scenario for the Xperia ZL would be for them to never cross paths.
Pros: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support; 3G with HSPA; LTE, 5" 16M-color 1080p capacitive touchscreen of 441ppi, Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, Android OS v4.1.1 Jelly Bean with custom UI, Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait CPU, 2 GB of RAM, Adreno 320 GPU; Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset, 13 MP autofocus camera with LED flash and geotagging, HDR, 1080p video recording @ 30fps with HDR mode, continuous autofocus and stereo sound, 2 MP front camera, 1080p video recording, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Wi-F...
Cons: Non user-replaceable battery, Uninspiring camera performance, Notably thicker than Xperia Z, Dubious back panel build quality and aesthetics