Summary: Sony’s Xperia ZL is an excellent smartphone. There is no question as to whether the phone is Sony’s most well-built, nor if it has a great screen or camera. The issue is that there are devices like the HTC One and Galaxy S4 that purport to do most things better, faster and more efficiently.
Pros: - Bright, accurate, sharp 1080p display - Restrained improvements to the Android experience - Excellent first-party app design - Good performance in apps, games and throughout the OS - Superb camera performance and feature set - Stamina Mode is a battery saver that isn’t a gimmick - Great industrial design
Cons: - Disappointing battery life without tweaking - Awful viewing angles - Camera struggles in low light - Thin, sibilant mono speaker on the back - Textured backing lacks high-end feel compared to rest of device - Screen is a fingerprint magnet
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. The Xperia XL is only available unlocked for most (lucky Cincinnatians get a subsidized choice) it costs a hefty $630 to own.
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: 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 design of the Xperia ZL, as well as the provided features, and the high resolution 5-inch display with 1080x1920 pixels (Full HD).
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.
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
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. Moreover, it isn’t plagued by the little niggling issues we found with the Xperia Z (earpiece problem, poor loud speaker, overheating, non-ergonomic design). It’s also a lot more comfortable to hold due to its relatively smaller size.
Conclusion: Bottom line, Sony has made a solid hit with the Xperia ZL. It’s a gorgeous phone that doesn’t seem like if it’s going to break with normal use. It provides a solid user experience from day-to-day use, to the most intense tests we gave it. It also provides a very delightful experience when holding it and using it, proving that you don’t need a huge device to get a 5-inch display.
Pros: Beautiful design allows great one-handed use, There’s almost no bezel in this display, Great speed, performance and reliability, Loved the small apps in the multi-tasking UI, Good camera and camera button much appreciated
Cons: Odd placement for the front-facing camera, Terrible viewing angles on the display, Sony added apps don’t provide any added value, except for the remote, Non-broken Android features, badly fixed (Keyboard, widget movement)
Summary: After the high-profile Sony Xperia Z, the company has now launched the 5-inch Sony Xperia ZL, which is a phone with similar hardware and software specifications but minus the dust and water resistance that marked the Z. But how does that affect user experience? Looks: Simple yet stylish The Sony Xperia ZL is stylish and attractive as far as the looks are concerned. Even though it sports a large display, the device is slim and easily fits into one’s palm.