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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
Summary: Marking the revival of its ailing mobile division, Sony went loud by launching not one, but two flagship smartphones that pair elegant design with high-end specs – something previous Sony smartphones have failed to do.
Summary: Product diversity. The Xperia ZL extends Sony's smartphone portfolio at the top of the range, whereby familiar hardware and a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1080x1920 pixels meet a slightly reworked case, all of which is currently available at a price of around 550 Euros (~$715).
Pros: Attractive design & good manufacturing quality, Dedicated camera shutter release button, Integrated micro SD card reader, Comprehensive range of communication options, Simple operation and text entry, Application and graphics performance, Full-HD display with good characteristics, The attractive ...
Cons: Permanently integrated battery, 13 megapixel main camera for snapshots, Display with elevated black level & narrow viewing angles, Average quality mono speaker, A display with a lower black level and wider viewing angles, as well as the possibility to change the battery.
Summary: The Sony Xperia ZL is a variant of the Xperia Z. Aside from the differences in design, dimensions, weight and battery capacity, the two Sony Xperia devices have similar specs. Are there any reasons for consumers to choose the Xperia ZL over the Xperia Z? Let's find out in this review.
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...
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