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.
Summary: Our biggest complaint about the ZL is its below-average battery life, though you can squeeze more juice out of this handset in Stamina Mode. Overall, $759 is a lot to spend on an unlocked phone, especially one that doesn't quite beat Samsung or HTC in terms of features and endurance.