Summary: Really nice phone that supports pretty much any GSM network out of the box including LTE. The setup to get on T-Mobiles network took less than 5 minutes. Initially the phone had 4.2.1 and I was worried when I saw the battery life sink like a stone with very little use. However it was less than a few hours of use that I was notified of a new system update by Sony that took the phone to 4.4.2 Kit Kat.
Pros: The Swiss army knife of phones. Beautiful display. Comfortable to hold. Fast quad core processor. 4.4.2 Kit Kat.
Cons: Weird battery issue out of the box (resolved). Thumbprint magnet.
Summary: The phone looks great, it works well, and the infrared port that allows it to be used as a remote control for so many devices is priceless. That being said, the speaker volume is very weak. I tried watching sports live, and it was difficult to hear anything if there were people nearby engaged in normal conversation. All of that I had read about in other reviews, so I am not surprised.
Summary: The Xperia ZL is my 4th Xperia phone, and it's the best so far. Prior, I've owned the Xperia Mini Pro, the Xperia U, the Xperia T and now the ZL. Though I was sometimes less than thrilled with some of the prior incarnations, I'm happy to have stuck with Sony in order to get the ZL, which is one of the best phones I've ever owned. The T was a solid contender, thought the curved-back made the phone overly flex-prone, and the build-quality didn't feel terribly solid.
Summary: I had read but about the short battery life before I bought the phone. When throwing in the issue of picture downloading, I would not buy this phone if I could do a redo. I do not know if Sony can do a fix for the pic download issue, but if they do this phone might would rate 4 stars.
Pros: 5" display is the perfect. I like the notification and charging light is different from any I have ever seen. It is thin and feels comfortable in the hand. The ZL has expandable storage. 13 mp camera. Excellent sound. Unique power on/off button.
Cons: Battery life. A couple of calls and it's down from 100% to 70%. It will not download pics while the wifi is enable even when it's not wifi connect but enabled. I have had problems deleting text messages when deleting multiple contacts' messages.
Summary: Base on some commends on the web, sounded like this one would work with T-Mobile's LTE. Well I give it a shot. So far, I have tried to enable different radio software and all I got is HSPA+. But the HSPA+ is faster than my Galaxy Nexus. Good news is, this phone works with my $5.00 Tzone plan. Will T-mobile stop it in a few days.... time will tell. The speaker is loud, but not clear like the HTC one. I like the screen size and it's very stylish.
Summary: A larger, swappable battery pack would unlock the missing potential. Grossly overweight Americans should stop focusing on the thinness of their gadgets and instead focus on the thickness of their guts.
Pros: T-Mobile/ATT LTE compatible. Exceptional display Very responsive Sony PC Companion software excellent Large, high res screen Replaces 7" tablets Fast data Versatile, state-of-the-art connectivity No hangs, no glitches. High quality construction. unlocked GPS receiver one of the most sensitive I have seen, either separate or integrated. Apart from the Google Nexus, which is actually a tablet, this may be the only device that is LTE compatible with both Tmobile and AT&T...
Cons: Support staff ignorant. I called tech support to find out how to tether it via usb. It turned out to be markedly different than a TM506 flip-phone. While tech support was trying to get off the hook by telling me I had to contact Microsoft, I figured it out, and taught them. If a wifi access point is some distance, and the signal is weak, extreme battery drain may occur. Attempting to connect to a marginal 5gHz network, the battery dropped 10% in 3 minutes. The drain w...