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Sony Xperia L Review

Sony Xperia L

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The Xperia L features Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Sony’s own skin on top. It’s not too heavy and it’s all about good looks.

Starting from the lock screen that unwinds like a shade but also gives quick access to the camera you get some neat visuals throughout. Sony’s UI is rich in wallpapers and colorful themes so you don’t have to go far to start customizing the looks of a handset.

Slide up or down the notification shade and you get five toggles for quick access to settings like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Adding shortcuts and changing wallpapers happens after you long press an empty space on a homepanel. From there you get a convenient card-like live preview of the changes you make to appearance.

The Sony Xperia L features Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Sony’s own skin on top - Sony Xperia L Review
The Sony Xperia L features Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Sony’s own skin on top - Sony Xperia L Review
The Sony Xperia L features Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Sony’s own skin on top - Sony Xperia L Review
The Sony Xperia L features Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Sony’s own skin on top - Sony Xperia L Review
The Sony Xperia L features Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Sony’s own skin on top - Sony Xperia L Review
The Sony Xperia L features Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Sony’s own skin on top - Sony Xperia L Review
The Sony Xperia L features Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Sony’s own skin on top - Sony Xperia L Review
The Sony Xperia L features Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Sony’s own skin on top - Sony Xperia L Review

The keyboard is also Sony-made with enough space between buttons and at 4.3 inches it is just the right size for single-handed typing without you having to stretch your fingers.

Keyboard - Sony Xperia L Review


Performance:

The Xperia L is not a device you bring to impress your geek friends - after all it’s only got a dual-core 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8230 processor with Adreno 305 graphics and 1GB of RAM - but it is nicely optimized to work without any visible lag in menus and around home panels. The MSM8230 is part of the Snapdragon S4 family and is built on the 28nm node. Compared to older chips that makes it more power efficient.

Throw a slightly heavier load at it like games though and you’d notice the slowdown. And if you look at the standard benchmarks, there is nothing to be impressed about the Xperia L. Here is how it did on the most popular ones:


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu GLBenchmark 2.5 (Egypt HD) Vellamo
(HTML5 / Metal)
Sony Xperia L 4223 9225 3207 1804 / 449
HTC One SV 4456


LG Optimus L7 II 2823 6674


When it comes to internal storage, there is only a gigabyte of it available to the user. Luckily, you can expand that little allowance via microSD cards of up to 32GB. The microSD card slot is not easily accessible - you have to peel off the back cover to get to it and that was a tough task even for experienced folks like us.


Internet and Connectivity:

With HSPA 3G connectivity and Wi-Fi you have enough options to get on the Internet at fairly fast speeds. This is a mid-ranger so 4G LTE is not supported but once again at that price this is not a surprise.

Web browsing with the Sony Xperia L - Sony Xperia L Review
Web browsing with the Sony Xperia L - Sony Xperia L Review

The Xperia L features the Chrome browser pre-loaded and it is an extremely snappy way to access the web. It’s worth mentioning that Chrome does not support Adobe Flash. Otherwise it’s got a nice, clean user interface and syncs across all of your devices instantly. Your latest Chrome searches are also pulled into Google Now for relevant information on the go. Browsing around the web and zooming around is lag-free, just as you’d expect.

Other connectivity features are the GPS and Bluetooth 4.0. The phone also has NFC connectivity.

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Sony Xperia L

Sony Xperia L

OS: Android 4.2.2 4.1.2
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PhoneArena rating:
6.5Good
Display4.3 inches, 480 x 854 pixels (228 ppi) TFT
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1000 MHz, Krait processor
1 GB RAM
Size5.07 x 2.56 x 0.38 inches
(128.7 x 65 x 9.7 mm)
4.83 oz  (137 g)
Battery1750 mAh, 8.5 hours talk time

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