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Sony Xperia TL Review

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Sony Xperia TL Review
Introduction:

The name’s TL, Xperia TL. Just as the secret agent made famous in the big screen, this “James Bond phone” from Sony surely comes off as being nonchalant with its attitude, since it’s deceitfully packing some killer hardware under its façade. No doubt, it’ll be making an appearance in the latest movie installment of the James Bond franchise, Skyfall, but more importantly, is this something that would actually impress even the famed secret agent?

Sony Xperia TL Review
Sony Xperia TL Review
The package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • Rapid charging wall charger
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Sony Xperia SmartTag

Design:


If you’re scratching your head and wondering why this smartphone looks familiar, it’s because the Xperia TL is none other than a rebranded Sony Xperia T for the US market – AT&T’s lineup to be specific. Employing the Xperia Arc’s best element, the Xperia TL follows in form, as it’s able to stand out from other things for its arched back casing. Obviously, the overall design is undoubtedly Xperia-like, but it’s still a looker for its clean appearance, aluminum rear casing, solid construction, and modest size. More impressive is the fact that it’s actually smaller in footprint to the Sony Xperia ion from not too long ago, with the two sharing the same sized displays.


The Sony Xperia TL is able to stand out for its arched back casing - Sony Xperia TL Review
The Sony Xperia TL is able to stand out for its arched back casing - Sony Xperia TL Review
The Sony Xperia TL is able to stand out for its arched back casing - Sony Xperia TL Review

The Sony Xperia TL is able to stand out for its arched back casing


Sony Xperia TL Review

You can compare the Sony Xperia TL with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

There are no capacitive buttons beneath its display, mainly because Sony opts to incorporate its Android buttons with the interface, which is something that Ice Cream Sandwich is known for. Above the display, we find its earpiece, tiny LED notification light, and 1-megapixel front-facing camera – the latter of which can shoot videos in 720p.

Sony Xperia TL Review
On-screen Android buttons - Sony Xperia TL Review
Front camera - Sony Xperia TL Review
 

On-screen Android buttons

Front camera


Checking out the stuff littered around the handset’s trim, it features all the usual suspect of characters we’d expect to find – like a standard microphone, noise-cancelling mic, 3.5mm headset jack, microUSB port for charging/data/video-out connectivity, power button, shutter key, volume control, and a small plastic flap that hides away its microSIM and microSD slots.

The sides of the Sony Xperia TL - Sony Xperia TL Review
The sides of the Sony Xperia TL - Sony Xperia TL Review
The sides of the Sony Xperia TL - Sony Xperia TL Review

The sides of the Sony Xperia TL


Protruding out from the surrounding area, the Sony Xperia TL also stands out for its above average 13-megapixel auto-focus camera, which features an F2.4 lens, Exmor R image sensor, LED flash, and 1080p video recording. Right below the camera, there’s a circle etched into the metallic rear casing for its NFC chip. Lastly, on the opposite end, there’s a notch for its internal speaker. With its closed design, there’s no access to its internal battery

Back - Sony Xperia TL Review
Internal speaker - Sony Xperia TL Review
Rear camera - Sony Xperia TL Review

Back

Internal speaker

Rear camera



Display:

Being the James Bond phone and all, it’s naturally going to need one sharp looking display to keep even 007 interested. Luckily, its 4.55” HD 720 x 1280 display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine will turn heads thanks to its exceptional detail (323 ppi pixel density), warm color tones, and its deep black color. However, its usability is compromised in direct sunlight due to its high reflectiveness and weak viewing angles.

Viewing angles - Sony Xperia TL Review
Viewing angles - Sony Xperia TL Review
Viewing angles - Sony Xperia TL Review

Viewing angles





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posted on 02 Nov 2012, 08:06 12

1. sheik (Posts: 249; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


I LOVE SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE II

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 08:43 26

5. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Um...i don't see any Note 2 review here...nor do i see any mention.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 11:10 8

7. sadaivadai (Posts: 156; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


I love my wife ..

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 11:41 10

8. Commentator (Posts: 2183; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


I love lamp.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 14:29 2

11. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


I LUV PUPPIES

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 08:13 7

2. desijatt (Posts: 49; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


review xperia TX also... its a sexier looking xperia T with screen at center of device unlike T/TL which has very big bazel on bottom and very little bazel on the top of the screen

posted on 03 Nov 2012, 18:13

14. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


the Tx and the V are the ones to be looking for from Sony..... no doubt

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 08:23 3

3. josephnero (Posts: 205; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


going to get it

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 08:39 6

4. MeoCao (unregistered)


Sad, another great product that is late to the market from Sony

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 09:11 2

6. Retro-touch (Posts: 239; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Better get a Nexus 4, its cheaper, has more power, its unlocked and has stock Android

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 11:43 10

9. GTR722 (Posts: 209; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


And 8GB of storage that is useless

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 14:30 5

12. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


yep. thats the reason im holding out on the nexus 4

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 13:37 3

10. ramoman (Posts: 17; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


i am waiting for the "odin" not all these experiment

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 19:50 2

13. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)


err what mid ranger... just because its a dual core its a mid ranger... cool phonearena..

posted on 03 Nov 2012, 18:15

15. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


Dont worry bro we'll get our "just" due in due time....... :)

posted on 03 Nov 2012, 20:47

16. theo14461 (Posts: 135; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Go for the LG Optimus G

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 13:46 1

17. kotan24 (Posts: 18; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


I hate the design and overall look of this handset!

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 14:09 1

18. stole38 (Posts: 14; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


i love that sony album ... i have the Xperia p with just a Cortex9 dual core @ 1 ghz and it works so fluently

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 08:57

19. jpayne7660 (Posts: 10; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


I just picked mine up yesterday, and I love it! I also have a HOX and the SG3, and have to say it's on par. To me the impressive part is the build quality, most of the body is metal as opposed to plastic, yet no one metions that on the reviews. Liveware is pretty cool, kind of like macros for your phone. Still playing with the camera settings, but impressed that at least it has red eye reduction BUILT IN!!! Unlike both my HOX and SG3. For the price it actually is pretty impressive, give one a try before being a little too quick to judge....

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 09:54

20. khabarsp (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)


Really its a bond phone, with its 13 megapixel camera it can replace a digital camera , touch is very smooth and responsive. its design is also very sleek and it looks a very stylish phone. It feels good in both holding and using this phone.

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 10:15

21. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Dude, you sound like there's going to be a laser beam shootin out of it any moment. Bond phone...sheesh!!
I agree it was endorsed in the movie, but that doesn't make it the real thing IN the movie.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 20:38

22. jpayne7660 (Posts: 10; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


I purchased mine over this weekend and so far I have to say it's pretty impressive. Now mind you I currently own both a HTC One X and the SG3, so making a comparison for me is pretty simple and easy to do side by side comparisons. The first thing I'll say is the screen is n ot as bright as my One X, but the clarity and color reprsentation are amazing. The viewing angles can be tough due to the refective nature of the screen, but I actually like this feature, it's almost like having a privacy screen on the phone. It comes with some cool apps like smart connect which works in conjuction with the smart tags as well. I've set it up so when I get home, tap the smart tag and my wifi gets turned on, bluetooth off, etc. You can literally set a limitless amount of "macro like" processes just bytouch a tag or say connecting a charger. Makes it very easy for routine "settings" changes.

As for the camera goes, I will say my One X and SG3 are just as good, maybe even better, but the features with this phone are just great. My two biggest pluses are a dedicated camera button and red eye reduction flash! (finally!!!)

Battery life is on par with my other phones, about 12-15 hrs of moderate use. The button placement seems to be another gripe, but after two days I got used to it.

Phone feel solid in the hand, no cheap plastic hear. And the size is just right IMO, not too big and not too small.

I think my biggest surprise was how the phone just connected with my home network on it's own and allowed me the option to play my walkman app through my Xbox!!! It's the coolest thing, especially since I didn't even set out to configure it.

Will I say the Xperia TL is the best phone out there, no...but for the price point,build quality, and great phone it brings, well it's hard to beat at $99 on contract/$449 off.

Sony is finally making a step in the right direction....now if only Nokia and Blackberry could take a lesson from this! :)

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 09:57

23. BenCjamin (Posts: 78; Member since: 13 May 2011)


I think dropping Ericson was the best move sony could have made. I really am excited for their products and i know that they are going to be competing with the best. They've been playing a little bit of catch up but i think their next phone they come out with will come out around the same time as it's competitors with the latest and greatest.

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 23:32

24. abboud_eng (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Nov 2012)


i dont know when phone arena will give sony phones 9 or 10
this mobile take 8 and galaxy s dous take 7.7 there is some thing strange
nooooooooooooooo fair

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Sony Xperia TL

Sony Xperia TL

OS: Android 4.1 4.0.4
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Display4.5 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (323 ppi) TFT
Camera13 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960, Dual core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
1024 MB RAM
Size5.09 x 2.65 x 0.37 inches
(129.4 x 67.3 x 9.35 mm)
5.22 oz  (148 g)
Battery1850 mAh, 7 hours talk time

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