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Sony Xperia TL Review

Sony Xperia TL

Posted: , by John V.


Calling Quality and Battery:

Sony Xperia TL Review
Sadly, the same nagging issues that were found with the Sony Xperia T’s call quality are still persistent with this one. Specifically, its earpiece is rather weak, which doesn’t help out when voices are flat and dull sounding. On the other end of the line, our callers mention some hiss to our voice, but at least the speakerphone delivers results that are more audible.

Maintaining a solid connection to the network during our testing in the greater Philadelphia region, the handset didn’t drop a single call.

Stuffed with an 1,850 mAh battery inside of its body, its capacity is hardly a head turner in this day and age. As a result, it delivers nothing more than an average battery life – giving us a single day of normal usage or roughly 15 hours with heavier use. Naturally, the results are going to be considerably less if you happen to use it strictly with LTE.


Part of being a world famous secret agent, James Bond will surely appreciate that he’s finally given a smartphone for his missions – as opposed to the dummy phones of yesterday, though, the Ericsson concept phone in Tomorrow Never Dies was an interesting one. Also, when you take into account the modern hardware and attractive price point of $99.99 that’s attached with the Sony Xperia TL, it has the appeal to make even Bond call it his daily driver. Frankly, it might not be the shiniest thing from Sony’s stable, but regardless of that, it’s still compelling enough to give it a license to kill.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android Version: 4.0.4
Kernel Version: 3.0.8+1.0.21100-02491-g1c5d6fe
Build Number: 7.0.B.1.152

Sony Xperia TL Video Review:


  • Great balance of price & hardware
  • Sturdy construction
  • Snaps photos quickly


  • Very reflective display and poor viewing angles
  • Muted call quality
  • Physical buttons are too crowded
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posted on 02 Nov 2012, 08:06 12

1. sheik (Posts: 249; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


posted on 02 Nov 2012, 08:43 26

5. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4328; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

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

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 11:10 8

7. sadaivadai (Posts: 156; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

I love my wife ..

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 11:41 10

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

I love lamp.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 14:29 2

11. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


posted on 02 Nov 2012, 08:13 7

2. desijatt (Posts: 58; Member since: 28 Aug 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

posted on 03 Nov 2012, 18:13

14. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

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

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 08:23 3

3. josephnero (Posts: 593; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)

going to get it

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 08:39 6

4. MeoCao (unregistered)

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

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 09:11 2

6. Retro-touch (Posts: 279; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 11:43 10

9. GTR722 (Posts: 270; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)

And 8GB of storage that is useless

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 14:30 5

12. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)

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

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 13:37 3

10. ramoman (Posts: 18; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)

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

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 19:50 2

13. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)

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

posted on 03 Nov 2012, 18:15

15. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

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

posted on 03 Nov 2012, 20:47

16. theo14461 (unregistered)

Go for the LG Optimus G

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 13:46 1

17. kotan24 (Posts: 142; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

I hate the design and overall look of this handset!

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 14:09 1

18. stole38 (Posts: 14; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)

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

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 08:57

19. jpayne7660 (Posts: 12; Member since: 25 Jun 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....

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 09:54

20. khabarsp (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Nov 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.

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 10:15

21. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4328; Member since: 07 Mar 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.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 20:38

22. jpayne7660 (Posts: 12; Member since: 25 Jun 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 direction....now if only Nokia and Blackberry could take a lesson from this! :)

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 09:57

23. BenCjamin (Posts: 80; Member since: 13 May 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.

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 23:32

24. abboud_eng (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Nov 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

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Sony Xperia TL

Sony Xperia TL

OS: Android 4.1 4.0.4
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Display4.5 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (323 ppi) TFT
Camera13 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
Size5.09 x 2.65 x 0.37 inches
(129.4 x 67.3 x 9.35 mm)
5.22 oz  (148 g)
Battery1850 mAh, 7 hours talk time

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