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Sony Xperia L Review

Sony Xperia L

Posted: , by Victor H.


Call Quality:

Sony Xperia L Review
The handset does have two microphones, but there is nothing impressive about its sound quality. Our callers heard our voice a bit muffled, as if it came through a tunnel and on our side we had similar distortions in the earpiece. As a plus, we should say we tried using the handset in noisy environments and it filtered out the side noise nicely allowing us to hear each other good.

Battery life:

Battery life on a modern smartphone is pretty much always a full day. If you are lucky. With the Xperia L you get 8 hours and 30 minutes of talk time, and in our experience without abusing the camera, and with just a few Facebook and email checks, the phone does last a full day.


Sony is offering the Xperia L off-contract in the United States for the affordable price of $350. It is a device that will find its popularity in developing markets though where price is of bigger importance.

The Xperia L is a well-rounded mid-ranger with lag-free performance in menus and nice looks. It does not have a hugely impressive screen nor a particularly great camera, though, and in the fiercely competitive Android market those are big flaws.

The Xperia L is facing direct competition from mass-market devices like the HTC One SV, but also from a myriad of quad-core MediaTek-based phones from China. The latter have a much better performance but lack the design flair.

All in all, this is a device for those willing to compromise. The price segment requires it. It would be a nice choice for the design conscious, but if you value specs and performance most there are more enticing options.

Sony Xperia L Video Review:


  • Elegant design
  • Sony has done a good job with Walkman and video apps


  • Slightly bleak screen
  • Processor is not future proof
  • Mediocre camera
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posted on 21 May 2013, 04:43 15

1. tadaa (Posts: 267; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)

I don't think 6.5 justifies the phone. If compared to flagships then yes, but this is a mid-to-low range device and i cannot see how it isn't better than other mid range offerings from major manufacturers. And why put the soc used as a con? Isn't it the norm for mid-rangers like the L720 and s2 plus to feature a processor of that caliber? I think the device deserves no less than a 7.5

posted on 21 May 2013, 05:03 17

3. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

i think you're new here
low rates for Sony are common in PA

posted on 21 May 2013, 05:16 3

4. tadaa (Posts: 267; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)

On the contrary, i knew that but i still expected them to rate it fairly

posted on 21 May 2013, 20:54

30. itsjustJOH (Posts: 232; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)

So you are new here.

posted on 21 May 2013, 05:35

5. boosook (Posts: 1442; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

The problem is the price: the price is INSANE, it's currently selling for EUR 270 on Amazon.de, consider that with EUR 300 you can get an Xperia S that sits in a completely different league. The L is not even a mid ranger anymore: in 2013, it can be considered between entry level and mid range. Everything in the L speaks entry level: low res screen, slow processor, ridiculous amount of internal storage, underperforming camera. The price should 100 EUR less. IMO the final rating of 6.5 is right once you consider what you can get at the same price or a just little more. With just a few euros more you can get the S and this means hi-res screen, better camera, better performance, better design. Sony is just trying to milk its users.

posted on 21 May 2013, 07:10 3

12. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

oh so the problem is the price?? i don't think so just check GS2 PLUS review even with low specs can have 7.5

GS2 PLUS also Pricey at launch and i can find many better phone with the same price point.

so i think the problem is :
Samsung paid PA reviewer, PA reviewer is Samsung fanboys, or PA just hates Sony so bad.

i don't know for sure but the rating with almost all Sony devices is not fair

posted on 21 May 2013, 08:31

18. boosook (Posts: 1442; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

I agree that the GS2 plus is just a marketing gimmick and it's even worse than the model it replaces, but right now it can be purchased for a lower price than the L (about 250 euros). Its specifications are more or less the same of the L, actually it is slightly better IMHO since it has an AMOLED screen and a faster CPU. Sony should price its products slightly lower than Samsung, because they have to gain some market share. With the L at that price, the chance that people will choose the L over the GS2/GS2 plus is close to zero.

posted on 21 May 2013, 09:35 2

20. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

HAH... what are talking about its not about market share but we talking about unfair PA rating

i don't think AMOLED 480 x 800 pixels, 4.3 inches (~217 ppi pixel density) with maximum brightness 358 cd/m2 is good display

faster cpu??? you must be doesn't know anything about CPU.
Dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9 and Broadcom VideoCore IV GPU vs Dual-core 1 GHz Krait and Adreno 305 GPU

Xperia L CPU and GPU is not only faster, but also more battery efficient, and better thermal efficiency

benchmark comparison
3833 (GS2 Plus) vs 4223 (XP L)
8228 (GS2 Plus) vs 9225 (XP L)

posted on 03 Jun 2013, 11:30

36. hms2407 (Posts: 94; Member since: 25 Apr 2013)

my xperia l scores over 11k in antutu

posted on 21 May 2013, 09:42

21. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

GS2 Plus rating 7.5 even when PA mention there is
better phone with the same price point

like HTC One S, Xperia SL, G Grand, and Nexus 4

posted on 21 May 2013, 05:49

8. stychill (unregistered)

You're a funny guy, are we seeing the same things? Those specs are the low end of 2013.

posted on 25 May 2013, 10:36

33. beastuct (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 May 2013)

i agree with u.i think it worths 7.5 - 8.5 at least!!

posted on 21 May 2013, 04:59 9

2. istitch (Posts: 181; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)

is PA expecting S600 chip with 2gb of ram, 12mp camera, with full hd display from a sony midranger?

posted on 21 May 2013, 05:36 1

6. boosook (Posts: 1442; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

No, but users are expecting a real midranger for the price sony is asking for the L.

posted on 21 May 2013, 05:51 3

9. stychill (unregistered)

A sony low range device you mean, from what i see calling this mid range and giving it a rating of 6.5 is generous.

posted on 21 May 2013, 05:47 3

7. stychill (unregistered)

This phone seems more along the lines of a low end device, these specs are considered mid range? I think the rating of 6.5 was being rather generous. Lol, 1gb of internal storage.

posted on 21 May 2013, 06:46 1

10. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

if you think the rating is fair please explain to me why GS2 plus with low specs can have 7.5 points???

posted on 21 May 2013, 12:38 2

26. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

Because the Galaxy S II Plus review was written five months ago before the new standard for high-end was set in the Galaxy S IV, One, Optimus G Pro, etc. If the standards for high-end are going to change, the standards for mid-range have to change to. It might seem unfair but timing is everything.

That being said, I wouldn't have rated the Xperia L any lower than a 7 considering other mid-range reviews (such as the Galaxy S II Plus), but these are all done by different reviewers (Nick T. vs. Victor H.) and I don't think there's some Grand Council over at PhoneArena World Headquarters that decides upon a uniform rating for every single review. Maybe there should be.

posted on 21 May 2013, 16:58 3

29. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

what timing ??
in that time you can have better phone like HTC One S, Xperia SL. G Grand, and Nexus 4 with the same price
even PA metion about it

PA really hates SONY so bad

posted on 21 May 2013, 07:02 5

11. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

Xperia L 6.5
GS2 plus even with more lower specs than XP L can have 7.5

GS2 PLUS also Pricey at launch and i can find many better phone with the same price point.

i think for PA even Galaxy Y still better than Xperia Z

posted on 21 May 2013, 12:22 8

24. aditya.k (Posts: 496; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)

At least here in India, the Galaxy S2+ and Grand are priced higher than the Xperia L!

No NFC for the Galaxy devices but Xperia L has. Better CPU, GPU on the Xperia L. I can also say better camera though doesn't support FHD capture (not a big deal). RAM and storage same.

This should easily get a 9!

This seriously is disappointing from PA.

posted on 21 May 2013, 07:16 8

13. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)

PA never appreciates Sony and LG. That is not fair.

posted on 21 May 2013, 07:31 9

15. Ninny (Posts: 5; Member since: 21 May 2013)

This review sucks !! This phone should get atleast 8. I bought this phone for my sister , It got great camera at this price , no lag thanks to snapdragon S4 MSM8230 1.2 GHz Dual-core clocked at 1 GHz., Its internal memory is not 1GB it has 4GB internal memory .
Phone arena Sucks in review wait for GSMARENA review . They review phones very better ....not like

posted on 21 May 2013, 08:29

17. najib1312 (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 May 2013)

How much did u buy this phone?

posted on 21 May 2013, 12:16 1

23. aditya.k (Posts: 496; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)

The internal storage is 8 GB! :)

posted on 21 May 2013, 08:26 5

16. najib1312 (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 May 2013)

PA, r u sure about that price?? US$350 is just insane!! U can get 1 in Malaysia for $280 from Sony centre and some shops sell it even for $240, which is definitely a bargain!!

Nevertheless, that score is really HARSH!! Y do u hate Sony so much? This is a low-to-mid range phone for God's sake!! The way I see it, the competition for Xperia L includes Galaxy S3 mini, Galaxy S2 plus and Xperia P. But I can righfully say Xperia L is MUCH BETTER than all these devices due to:

1) Newer software (therefore, longer support)
2) Bettter processer
3) Sexier design (with the iconic power/lock button)

posted on 21 May 2013, 08:37 3

19. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 854; Member since: 11 May 2013)

Sony Honami will turn Phonearena On!! I SWEAR!!!

posted on 21 May 2013, 12:23 2

25. aditya.k (Posts: 496; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)

Haha. Hope so! :)

posted on 21 May 2013, 10:36 2

22. zeiz67 (unregistered)

There is something that is completely weird.
When you look at the sopecs of the phone listed on the phonearena page, you only pros and no cons : among those pros, they list the dual core processor.
In the review... the same processor is a con ! Why did that change in a couple of days?
And regarding the internal storage memore it's not 1 GB nor 4 GB - officiallly it's 8 GB, but there are only like 5,6 GB remaining for usage. [Not to mention the microSD slot that expands the memory up to 32 GB].
I was planning on buying that phone - i've already seen some reviews in France (I'm french) and the said the complete opposite. Here the phone is a real mid-ranger with good mi-range phone specs.
I've always looked at phonearena reviews before investing in a phone - and I have to admit that I'm a litle bit surprised by the 6,5 average... where in France the same phone gets at least a 7,3 to 7,5...
It certainly doesn't have the same capabilities as the Xperie SP or the Xperia S, but I know so many people with the Xperia S that have so many issues with that phoe that I would invest a dime in it.
The Xperia L appeared like a good alternative, and I still think it is.

posted on 21 May 2013, 14:23 5

28. Rexperia (Posts: 134; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)

No wonder and no surprised because PA is really, really, really hates SONY, no matter what the phone is, you blind PA, open your eyes and mind widely!!!

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Sony Xperia L

Sony Xperia L

OS: Android 4.2.2 4.1.2
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PhoneArena rating:
Display4.3 inches, 480 x 854 pixels (228 ppi) TFT
Camera8 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1000 MHz, Krait processor
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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