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Sony Xperia SL Review

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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User Rating:

8 Reviews



wendygarett unregistered

Lets make this phones to James bond's girl :p


Posts: 105; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

surely this deserves more than 7!!....PA has been bought by apple or what?? this is ridiculous...so much for a fair review.


Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

I think they got lost in the alphabet jungle of Sony.. t,j,s,sl,tx,p,u,v ~


Posts: 208; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

Actually no 7 is perhaps right SL pros 1. The best display in the market. 2. A very good camera. 3. Beautiful design. 4. Andorid ICS Cons 1. 18 month old processor which when combined with Sony's custom UI makes for a horrible experience. You will need to root and install an AOSP build to bring it to usable. 2. Made of plastic... so build quality is not great. 3. Non-replaceable battery + no sd card slot...


Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 01, 2012

don't iphones have Non-replaceable battery + no sd card slot...


Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

4.3, S3 chipset, abysmal viewing angles and still on ICS. 7 is about right. i don't know why would someone not consider the G Nexus or the HTC One S over this.

XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

i dont know about the garbage nexus but maybe the one s for sure lolz


Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

garbage Nexus? how deluded are you.


Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

dude the only reason the nexus is more powerful in performance than the SL is because it offers updates straight from google. but the nexus has only 1 Ghz single-core processor


Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

oops sorry wrong info it's dual 1.2 ghz as for sl's dual 1.7


Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

deserves a better rating thats for sure.... for what I have experienced, Sony phones are one of the most stable androids out there...... pity their marketing division sucks....

XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

7.5 - 8 at the most i can understand this coming from PA....... i guess knowing that they are usually wayy off its "ok"...............long as they dont try and give the TX and V something like this im good


Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

is it me or is PA kinda anti-sony??? :(


Posts: 868; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

another sony phone failing to pass the 4 stars mark.


Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

"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." Than too just 7....not done!!!

XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

dude i love sony but with 450 dollars you can get a One X, One S, an Evo 4g lte or if you're a tablet guy then you can get two nexuses with that kind of money............on ebay


Posts: 1184; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Let us hope the upcoming Nexus from SONY will get more than four stars (out of five)... SONY please bring an android phone with Xenon flash... There is very less competition for great camera phones in whole of the Android world...


Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

i like the XS very much, but this pink one makes me wanna puke.


Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 17, 2012

It is so much better than even galaxy s2. The display quality is amazing. It has 720p screen resolution. It's CPU is also faster than samsung galaxy s2. See the main three points here:http://www.smartprix.com/mobiles/sony_xperia_sl_vs_samsung_galaxy_s2_i9100_s_ii-c2203_167.php


Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Those negatives points make this phone a 7? What the hell?


Posts: 14; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Daniel hates sony , now I know it .


Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Absolutely Agreed, and his Accent seriously P*ssed me off, seriously please, Change a reviewer like John V or someone else


Posts: 4764; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Why is Sony making all it's Xperia phones look so much alike? People are going to have a hard time figuring out which is which! Agree that it's a beautiful line, but still it don't feel so right.


Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Do these "star" ratings really matter when the "bias" is so evident ?


Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

that thing looks horrible in pink.


Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 02, 2010

I just ordered mine black of course no pink for this girl lol ;)


Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 01, 2013

Xperia SL, ION, or acro S ??


Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

Just bought SL and I MUST SAY .... AWESOME CELL PHONE. PROS 1. Outstandingly attractive , I hear ppl saying check out the cell it so expensive you know 2. Super camera , but you need to know how to use the features apart from selecting the AUTO scene , if you can set your own req by changing the snap feature it can give you more then excellent results. 3. SOLID body 4. 32 GB is more then ENOUGH , so stop winning if it does not have an external SD card, i mean who needs more then THAT..lol 5. Great hands free which lots of Manufacturers like SAMSUNG Iphone SUCK at , come one you buy a 4-5 grand cell phone and you get those lame ass hands free ?? 6. HD dsiplay 7. Perfect Video recording 8. Super Fast Conns 1. Viewing angle is not that great 2. Battery not that good One thing I love after buying a Sony is not everyone has it so you stand out in the crowd with your device and make other jealous, I dont know why ppl dont like the invisible strip, to me that was the main reason for buying SL, it makes it very Unique.

Blacklisted unregistered

hey :) can you answer my question ....can we change the color of the led lights in the transparent bars like the other xperia S , U


Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

Nopes I dont believe it can, Maybe if you install a custom ROM then it would be possible
Xperia SL
  • Display 4.3" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 12.1 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 26 GB

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