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Sony Xperia SL Review

Sony Xperia SL

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Call quality:

Sony Xperia SL Review
Call quality with the Xperia SL is very good, with clear voices in the earpiece on our end, which could use more volume, though. The other side said we sounded very clean, with strong volume, and the noise-canceling mics managed to weed out the ambient sounds while we were talking.

The loudspeaker is very strong, as we mentioned, meaning that it will be unlikely you’ll miss a call. As long as the sound is turned on.


Another feature in the Sony Xperia SL is the improved lithium-polymer technology that allows the device to charge in half the time of a regular battery, but only with the EP851 adapter (sold separately), whereas the retail box has the regular EP800 one.

Sony says that just 10 minutes of charging time will juice the Xperia S enough for an hour of talk time, and 30 minutes will get you up to 80% charge. After the 80% threshold is reached, the phone starts charging normally to 100%, in order to preserve the battery.

The 1750 mAh unit is rated for the very good 8 hours and 15 minutes talk time and 33 hours of music playback. 17 days of standby is also good, yet if the screen is on a lot, the phone drains the battery like a typical Android high-end for a day, day and a half, depending how you stress it. Video playback time has been improved compared to the Xperia S, though, squeezing half an hour more out of the SL, for 6 hours and 30 minutes rated playback time.


With the Xperia SL, Sony introduces only marginal improvements over the Xperia S, like a slightly faster processor and new color schemes. It is shipping with Android ICS out of the box, which the Xperia S also received, though, and both now support DivX/Xvid video playback.

The pricing in the US hovers around the $450 mark and below, whereas the Xperia S can be found for around $400, so the only thing you might want the Xperia SL over the S, save for the 0.2GHz faster processor, would be the color choices – that pink one is a chick magnet. We kid, but for this pricing the Xperia SL is a very good Android phone with fast processor, HD screen and zippy, high-res camera that shoots nice pictures and video.

In that sub-$450 price range you can't find many phones with the Xperia SL specs, so Sony is doing the right thing to attract customer attention towards what would otherwise be considered a lame upgrade.

The Galaxy Nexus is a formidable opponent, with its $350 price tag, dual-core processor, HD screen, and rapid Android updates. You can also look at the Xperia P, which has a smaller screen, but a very bright display, though with some color gamut issues. The Samsung Galaxy S II is also a good option, but it doesn't have an HD screen. The HTC One S costs about the same as the XL, with a faster processor, slimmer and lighter, but it doesn't sport a high-res screen either, and has less internal memory with no expansion slot.

Software version of the reviewed unit: 6.1.A.1.2.45

Sony Xperia SL Video Review:


  • 32GB memory makes the phone good value for money
  • Fast camera with good photo and video quality
  • HD display with very high pixel density
  • Distinctive design with a transparent illuminated strip
  • Good call quality


  • The capacitive button dots are hard to spot and not responsive
  • Chubby for a 4.3-incher
  • Screen's horizontal viewing angles could be better
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Sony Xperia SL

Sony Xperia SL

OS: Android 4.0.4
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Display4.3 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (342 ppi) TFT
Camera12.1 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1700 MHz, Scorpion processor
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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