Sony Xperia TL Review

The name’s TL, Xperia TL. Just as the secret agent made famous in the big screen, this “James Bond phone” from Sony surely comes off as being nonchalant with its attitude, since it’s deceitfully packing some killer hardware under its façade. No doubt, it’ll be making an appearance in the latest movie installment of the James Bond franchise, Skyfall, but more importantly, is this something that would actually impress even the famed secret agent?

The package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • Rapid charging wall charger
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Sony Xperia SmartTag


If you’re scratching your head and wondering why this smartphone looks familiar, it’s because the Xperia TL is none other than a rebranded Sony Xperia T for the US market – AT&T’s lineup to be specific. Employing the Xperia Arc’s best element, the Xperia TL follows in form, as it’s able to stand out from other things for its arched back casing. Obviously, the overall design is undoubtedly Xperia-like, but it’s still a looker for its clean appearance, aluminum rear casing, solid construction, and modest size. More impressive is the fact that it’s actually smaller in footprint to the Sony Xperia ion from not too long ago, with the two sharing the same sized displays.

You can compare the Sony Xperia TL with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

There are no capacitive buttons beneath its display, mainly because Sony opts to incorporate its Android buttons with the interface, which is something that Ice Cream Sandwich is known for. Above the display, we find its earpiece, tiny LED notification light, and 1-megapixel front-facing camera – the latter of which can shoot videos in 720p.

Checking out the stuff littered around the handset’s trim, it features all the usual suspect of characters we’d expect to find – like a standard microphone, noise-cancelling mic, 3.5mm headset jack, microUSB port for charging/data/video-out connectivity, power button, shutter key, volume control, and a small plastic flap that hides away its microSIM and microSD slots.

Protruding out from the surrounding area, the Sony Xperia TL also stands out for its above average 13-megapixel auto-focus camera, which features an F2.4 lens, Exmor R image sensor, LED flash, and 1080p video recording. Right below the camera, there’s a circle etched into the metallic rear casing for its NFC chip. Lastly, on the opposite end, there’s a notch for its internal speaker. With its closed design, there’s no access to its internal battery


Being the James Bond phone and all, it’s naturally going to need one sharp looking display to keep even 007 interested. Luckily, its 4.55” HD 720 x 1280 display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine will turn heads thanks to its exceptional detail (323 ppi pixel density), warm color tones, and its deep black color. However, its usability is compromised in direct sunlight due to its high reflectiveness and weak viewing angles.



1. sheik

Posts: 249; Member since: Sep 12, 2012


5. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Um...i don't see any Note 2 review here...nor do i see any mention.

7. sadaivadai

Posts: 156; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I love my wife ..

8. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I love lamp.

11. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012


2. desijatt

Posts: 58; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

review xperia TX also... its a sexier looking xperia T with screen at center of device unlike T/TL which has very big bazel on bottom and very little bazel on the top of the screen

14. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

the Tx and the V are the ones to be looking for from Sony..... no doubt

3. josephnero

Posts: 795; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

going to get it

4. MeoCao unregistered

Sad, another great product that is late to the market from Sony

6. Retro-touch unregistered

Better get a Nexus 4, its cheaper, has more power, its unlocked and has stock Android

9. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

And 8GB of storage that is useless

12. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

yep. thats the reason im holding out on the nexus 4

10. ramoman

Posts: 18; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

i am waiting for the "odin" not all these experiment

13. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

err what mid ranger... just because its a dual core its a mid ranger... cool phonearena..

15. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

Dont worry bro we'll get our "just" due in due time....... :)

16. theo14461 unregistered

Go for the LG Optimus G

17. kotan24

Posts: 321; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

I hate the design and overall look of this handset!

18. stole38

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

i love that sony album ... i have the Xperia p with just a Cortex9 dual core @ 1 ghz and it works so fluently

19. jpayne7660

Posts: 12; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

I just picked mine up yesterday, and I love it! I also have a HOX and the SG3, and have to say it's on par. To me the impressive part is the build quality, most of the body is metal as opposed to plastic, yet no one metions that on the reviews. Liveware is pretty cool, kind of like macros for your phone. Still playing with the camera settings, but impressed that at least it has red eye reduction BUILT IN!!! Unlike both my HOX and SG3. For the price it actually is pretty impressive, give one a try before being a little too quick to judge....

20. khabarsp

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

Really its a bond phone, with its 13 megapixel camera it can replace a digital camera , touch is very smooth and responsive. its design is also very sleek and it looks a very stylish phone. It feels good in both holding and using this phone.

21. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Dude, you sound like there's going to be a laser beam shootin out of it any moment. Bond phone...sheesh!! I agree it was endorsed in the movie, but that doesn't make it the real thing IN the movie.

22. jpayne7660

Posts: 12; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

I purchased mine over this weekend and so far I have to say it's pretty impressive. Now mind you I currently own both a HTC One X and the SG3, so making a comparison for me is pretty simple and easy to do side by side comparisons. The first thing I'll say is the screen is n ot as bright as my One X, but the clarity and color reprsentation are amazing. The viewing angles can be tough due to the refective nature of the screen, but I actually like this feature, it's almost like having a privacy screen on the phone. It comes with some cool apps like smart connect which works in conjuction with the smart tags as well. I've set it up so when I get home, tap the smart tag and my wifi gets turned on, bluetooth off, etc. You can literally set a limitless amount of "macro like" processes just bytouch a tag or say connecting a charger. Makes it very easy for routine "settings" changes. As for the camera goes, I will say my One X and SG3 are just as good, maybe even better, but the features with this phone are just great. My two biggest pluses are a dedicated camera button and red eye reduction flash! (finally!!!) Battery life is on par with my other phones, about 12-15 hrs of moderate use. The button placement seems to be another gripe, but after two days I got used to it. Phone feel solid in the hand, no cheap plastic hear. And the size is just right IMO, not too big and not too small. I think my biggest surprise was how the phone just connected with my home network on it's own and allowed me the option to play my walkman app through my Xbox!!! It's the coolest thing, especially since I didn't even set out to configure it. Will I say the Xperia TL is the best phone out there, no...but for the price point,build quality, and great phone it brings, well it's hard to beat at $99 on contract/$449 off. Sony is finally making a step in the right if only Nokia and Blackberry could take a lesson from this! :)

23. BenCjamin

Posts: 80; Member since: May 13, 2011

I think dropping Ericson was the best move sony could have made. I really am excited for their products and i know that they are going to be competing with the best. They've been playing a little bit of catch up but i think their next phone they come out with will come out around the same time as it's competitors with the latest and greatest.

24. abboud_eng

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 09, 2012

i dont know when phone arena will give sony phones 9 or 10 this mobile take 8 and galaxy s dous take 7.7 there is some thing strange nooooooooooooooo fair
Xperia TL
  • Display 4.5" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1850 mAh(7h talk time)

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