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Sony Xperia ZL Review

Sony Xperia ZL

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Call quality:

Sony Xperia ZL Review
Regular phone calls made using the Sony Xperia ZL are of average quality. Voices are sufficiently loud both through the earpiece and on the other side of the line, but for some reason, the sound is also a tad muffled on both ends. At least the secondary microphone does a good job at obliterating background noises. 


With its 2370mAh battery, the Sony Xperia ZL can deliver 10 hours of continuous talk time or 500 hours of stand-by – figures that other handsets can top, but still a decent result nonetheless. The battery's longevity can be extended with the built-in Stamina mode, which disables the phone's power-hungry features whenever they aren't needed. Note that the smartphone's battery is sealed and cannot be swapped if required.


If the Sony Xperia Z was Batman, then the Sony Xperia ZL would be Robin – a less exciting sidekick, yet a superhero nonetheless. At first we were a bit underwhelmed by the latter's lack of visual appeal, but the more we used it, the more we got used to its peculiarities, so we eventually grew quite fond of Sony's new device.

Note that the Sony Xperia ZL is not a smartphone for those who value fashion over functionality. Rather, it is a capable multimedia device meant to be used extensively, not admired behind a glass window. It delivers nearly flawless performance with its powerful, quad-core processor, while its 13MP will capture those precious moments in great clarity.

Of course, checking out some of the Sony Xperia ZL alternatives before actually getting one would be a wise move. The first one that comes to mind is the Xperia Z, which is just as capable, but it is better looking and resistant to water damage. An even better, but a tad pricier choice would be the Samsung Galaxy S4, which is currently one of the best smartphones money can buy. If you're a fan of premium materials, then HTC One is the handset to try, although you'll have to settle with a slightly smaller screen.

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  • Fast quad-core processor delivers great performance
  • Camera launches fast even from lock screen
  • IR blaster


  • Boring design
  • Awkward front-facing camera placement
  • Sharp corners make it feel less compact than it is
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Sony Xperia ZL

Sony Xperia ZL

OS: Android 5.1 5.0 4.4.4 4.3 4.2.2 4.1.2
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Display5.0 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (441 ppi) TFT
Camera13 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
Size5.18 x 2.75 x 0.39 inches
(131.6 x 69.8 x 9.8 mm)
5.33 oz  (151 g)
Battery2370 mAh, 10 hours talk time

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