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Sony Xperia neo L Review

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The 5-megapixel auto-focus camera on the neo L comes with LED flash on the back and 30fps video capture, so far so good.

What’s worrisome, though, is the mediocre quality of the pictures the handset captures. It almost looks like you were shooting with a 3-megapixel or lower-resolution camera as detail is scarce, and the images lack in sharpness. Areas of similar color often appear as one big blurry spot.

Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Xperia neo L - Sony Xperia neo L Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Xperia neo L - Sony Xperia neo L Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Xperia neo L - Sony Xperia neo L Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Xperia neo L - Sony Xperia neo L Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Xperia neo L - Sony Xperia neo L Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Xperia neo L - Sony Xperia neo L Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Xperia neo L - Sony Xperia neo L Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Xperia neo L - Sony Xperia neo L Review

Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Xperia neo L


Strong - Indoor samples - Sony Xperia neo L Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Sony Xperia neo L Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Sony Xperia neo L Review
Darkness with flash - Indoor samples - Sony Xperia neo L Review

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Medium

Low light

Darkness with flash

Indoor samples


When it comes to video capture, we’re looking at 720p HD video at 30 frames per second. The same issues holds true, though - we have little resolved detail, and sound captured on video appears dull and a bit muffled, all making for a rather average quality.

Sony Xperia neo L Sample Video:



Sony Xperia neo L Indoor Sample Video:




On the plus side, the device has a front-facing VGA camera, which will come in handy for video calls.


Multimedia:

The 4-inch screen is a great asset for multimedia consumption just for its sheer size. What’s great is that Sony is continuing on its tradition to deliver top notch audio in even its more affordable devices and the Xperia neo L sounds loud and - if you don’t crank up the volume to the maximum - clear.

Downloading one of the third-party video players on Google Play will let you play all formats, but be warned that the processor won’t be able to handle 1080p video playback. It does just fine with 720p, though.

Music player - Sony Xperia neo L Review
Music player - Sony Xperia neo L Review

Music player



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posted on 20 Jul 2012, 09:40 7

1. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


i don't get why there are things listed in "CONS" that are not listed in other devices.

>Plasticky, very cheap feel
>Screen lacks oleophobic coating, looks like a mess after a while

Samsung phones always comes with these kinds of things. "SG.Ace2"

Anyways, great review. Hoping for a little higher score but the performance is somewhat a big down factor.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 09:44 3

2. lonestrider (Posts: 83; Member since: 31 Mar 2012)


Xperia sola, U, and P is way better than this one... Very weird...

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 09:51 6

3. hunted (Posts: 287; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


i bet this phone is better than ace 2 except processor.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 10:25 1

4. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


plastic looks like in old monte. Not good

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 10:51 5

5. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 396; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


looking at the video. the performance is quite acceptable

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 11:00 8

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


What the heck is oleophobic coating and why do you always put them on sony devices reviews?????????? also you should have reviewed the white model .. becausee the white one looks gorgeous and also by the way samsung phones dont get plasticy feel on con...
Phonearena must hate Sony..

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 11:51 2

7. DawsonLee (Posts: 25; Member since: 03 Apr 2012)


Must be one of the worse and peculiar decision by Sony to even consider releasing this phone, certainly the new NXT series offer more for the similar price (correct me if i'm wrong)

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 13:11 1

8. smallworld (Posts: 372; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


This phone is for Asia.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 14:47 4

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


ICS should at least grant it a 7 right?

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 06:56

10. yce_marvel (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Jul 2012)


would you please be kind to tell me if this xperia has noise shield or dedicated mic, and if the camera menu has white balance options...thank you!

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 23:58

11. bimito (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


well i think it is quite a good mobile and im gonna buy it TODAY!!!!!!!

it not so costly - only 999dhs
has gud features and ICS OS !!!!!!!!!

i would give it a 9 rating

posted on 09 Aug 2012, 11:26

12. npe25oct (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


This phone is just terrible. It's firstly slow, secondly crashed without a reason, thirdly hard to reboot... Maybe more and so far I've been using this for 3 weeks and really wanted to sell it after 1 week... Who's going to buy, I guess not :(

posted on 14 Aug 2012, 06:31

13. sat12345 (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Aug 2012)


hi i newly buy neo mobile .but i dont know how to download songs r videos .can anybody plz guide me how to download plz.my no 8380010484 u give miss call i call u...im frm pune

posted on 14 Aug 2012, 23:37

14. nitin1127 (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Aug 2012)


I have never seen such a worst cell in my life...... once fallen mob display gone...... very worst mob....... any planning to buy change your mind....

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 04:35

15. midhunt353 (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


pls help me.im using this phone.its a good one.bt i dnt no how to zoom camera is there any option for zooming

posted on 16 Dec 2012, 06:53

16. sanjaypuri (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Dec 2012)


pls any plans to buy this phone. think twice before wasting your hard earned money on this s**t piece. the touch stops working in a week and camera clarity is pathetic. highly dissapointed on buying it.after sales service poor

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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 854 pixels (245 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8255, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
512 MB RAM
Size4.76 x 2.41 x 0.48 inches
(121 x 61.1 x 12.2 mm)
4.64 oz  (132 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 7.88 hours talk time

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