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Sony Xperia SL Review

Sony Xperia SL

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One of the camera advantages of the Xperia SL is how quickly it can be accessed. The Quick Launch mode is on by default - the phone goes from a locked state with the screen off to taking a picture in a little over a second, claims Sony, and it is indeed so. Well, maybe two seconds if it is darker, as the camera takes more time to focus.

The camera interface is the same rich in camera functions Timescape UI as in the other Xperias, down to the 3D Sweep Panorama mode, whose results can only be watched on Sony's 3D HDTVs via the HDMI port.

Camera interface - Sony Xperia SL Review
Camera interface - Sony Xperia SL Review
Camera interface - Sony Xperia SL Review
Camera interface - Sony Xperia SL Review
Camera interface - Sony Xperia SL Review
Camera interface - Sony Xperia SL Review
Camera interface - Sony Xperia SL Review
Camera interface - Sony Xperia SL Review
Camera interface - Sony Xperia SL Review
Camera interface - Sony Xperia SL Review
Camera interface - Sony Xperia SL Review
Camera interface - Sony Xperia SL Review
Camera interface - Sony Xperia SL Review
Camera interface - Sony Xperia SL Review
Camera interface - Sony Xperia SL Review
Camera interface - Sony Xperia SL Review

There is also a 3D Sweep Multi Angle panorama mode now, taken directly from the Sony Cybershot camera series, which has a narrower frame range, but can be previewed directly on the phone by tilting the screen left and right for a nice stereoscopic effect

Moreover, the pictures themselves are good as well - sharp, with a very good amount of detail, and a bit oversaturated out of the box, like with most Sony handsets. We have a 12MP camera here, which seems to capture slightly more detail than the typical 8MP ones on current flagships, but there are slight white balance issues at times, casting yellowish hue over the picture. Indoors there was quite a lot of noise visible in the frame, even at strong lighting, but pictures turned out fairly sharp with slight yellowish overcast when the lights dimmed down.

Outdoor samples shot with the Sony Xperia SL - Sony Xperia SL Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Sony Xperia SL - Sony Xperia SL Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Sony Xperia SL - Sony Xperia SL Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Sony Xperia SL - Sony Xperia SL Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Sony Xperia SL - Sony Xperia SL Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Sony Xperia SL - Sony Xperia SL Review

Strong - Indoor samples - Sony Xperia SL Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Sony Xperia SL Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Sony Xperia SL Review
Darkness - Indoor samples - Sony Xperia SL Review

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The 1080p video capture is very smooth with 30fps average, and the videos exhibit a lot of detail, jolly colors and clear sound. Indoor video was also very good, with plenty of sharp detail and fluid 30fps, but also a tad more noise than usual.

Sony Xperia SL Sample Video:



Sony Xperia SL Indoor Sample Video:




Multimedia:

The WALKMAN-branded music player has a more minimalistic interface now, with “tiles” under the My Music tab that categorize your songs by artists, albums, playlists and so on. There is a “Sense Me” category that can pick tracks based on your mood, and the Music widget appears on the lock screen so you can control your playback faster from there.

The WALKMAN-branded music player - Sony Xperia SL Review
The WALKMAN-branded music player - Sony Xperia SL Review
The WALKMAN-branded music player - Sony Xperia SL Review
The WALKMAN-branded music player - Sony Xperia SL Review

We report with delight that the powerful loudspeaker we are accustomed to in most Xperias is here - it is strong, clean and doesn’t sound tinny like most smartphone loudspeakers.

The phone played all MPEG-4, and even DivX/Xvid files we threw at it out of the box, up to 1080p definition, but the default video player is pretty bland - no loop function, subtitle support, battery life indicator, or any other additional eye-candy for that matter, only basic playback and screen settings.

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Sony Xperia SL

Sony Xperia SL

OS: Android 4.0.4
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PhoneArena rating:
7Good
Display4.3 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (342 ppi) TFT
Camera12.1 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1700 MHz, Scorpion processor
1 GB RAM
Size5.04 x 2.52 x 0.42 inches
(128 x 64 x 10.6 mm)
5.08 oz  (144 g)

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