Sony Xperia TL Review
Alas, the interface of the Sony Xperia TL should also be familiar, since it’s the same exact one found with the Xperia T and Xperia ion. It still somehow catches our attention with its cool 3D effects and transitions – all of which are running on top of Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. Naturally, we can complain about its lack of not offering Jelly Bean from the onset, but nonetheless, it has enough quality elements to make it an appeasing experience. Although it’s more than effective in giving us that base experience, it’s nowhere close to the groundbreaking tally found with other devices – namely the Samsung Galaxy Note II or LG Optimus G.
One new feature worth mentioning, which hasn’t been seen on other US bound Sony devices, is the multi-tasking element found with its Small Apps. Accessed by pressing the on-screen recent apps button, it provides us with mini versions of the Calculator, Voice Recorder, Note, And time, which are layered on top of whatever we’re doing. Indeed, it’s a nice item to find, but we don't find ourselves using them all that much – primarily because of the paltry selection. Thankfully, Sony intends to come out with additional ones that can be downloaded in the near future.
As usual, the handset’s core organizer apps prove useful in keeping us productive on the go, but it doesn’t greatly go out of the box from what we see on other smartphones. Furthermore, its wealthy screen size enables us to casually type away using its two available keyboard options, the stock ICS and Xperia ones, with little issues along the way.
For the most part, there isn’t an army of bloatware on the Xperia TL out of the box, but as expected, it’s packing AT&T’s arsenal of apps – these include AT&T Code Scanner, AT&T FamilyMap, AT&T Locker, AT&T Navigator, AT&T Ready2Go, AT&T Smart Wi-Fi, AT&T Messages, and myAT&T. As for the rest, they consist of B&N Nook, ASTRO File Manager, OfficeSuite, and YPmobile.
Processor and Memory:
Judging by how smooth it handles all of the nifty Timescape UX effects in the homescreen and various related apps, we’re already finding its overall performance to be favorable. Still, we do notice some instances of slowdown and lag creeping up with more processor intensive tasks, but nevertheless, its 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with 1GB of RAM proves its effectiveness. And of course, its benchmark scores show it’s respectable enough to tangle with some high-end devices.
|Quadrant Standard||AnTuTu||NenaMark 2|
|Sony Xperia TL||4792||7066||59,1|
|Motorola DROID RAZR M||4864||6715||61,3|
|HTC One S||4867||7012||60,7|
Taking into account its pricing, we can’t complain too much about the 10.88GB of internal storage it’s sporting out of the box – with another 1.97GB reserved for apps. Better yet, it packs a microSD card slot to supplement its capacity.
Internet and Connectivity:
James Bond will have no issue trying to search for something on the internet with the Xperia TL, mainly because it’s presenting us with all the quality elements to make the experience gratifying. Delivering smooth navigational controls, sharp fine details, and proper page rendering using either Google’s Chrome browser or the stock one complemented with AT&T’s Browser Bar, it has all the ingredients to satisfy us – not to mention offering 4G LTE connectivity as well!
Being a GSM device and all, James Bond won’t have to worry about network compatibility when he’s traveling from one country to another – albeit, LTE is on accessed domestically via AT&T’s network. Showing its worth even further, the Sony Xperia TL also packs along connectivity feature such as aGPS, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.1, mobile hotspot functionality, and NFC. With the latter, it works in conjunction with Sony’s SmartTag app to read and program Sony’s specific NFC tags.
5. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2952; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Um...i don't see any Note 2 review here...nor do i see any mention.
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
14. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2375; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
the Tx and the V are the ones to be looking for from Sony..... no doubt
4. MeoCao (unregistered)
Sad, another great product that is late to the market from Sony
6. Retro-touch (Posts: 234; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
Better get a Nexus 4, its cheaper, has more power, its unlocked and has stock Android
12. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)
yep. thats the reason im holding out on the nexus 4
10. ramoman (Posts: 17; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
i am waiting for the "odin" not all these experiment
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..
15. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2375; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
Dont worry bro we'll get our "just" due in due time....... :)
17. kotan24 (Posts: 10; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
I hate the design and overall look of this handset!
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
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....
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.
21. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2952; 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.
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! :)
23. BenCjamin (Posts: 76; 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.
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