Sony Xperia neo L Review

The Sony Xperia neo L is the latest Android handset by the Japanese phone maker and it tries to strike the right balance between price and functionality. The Xperia neo L builds up on the success of the neo series, but this time adds a bigger screen, a slightly different build and design. Is it worth your time and money? We’ll take a look at all the details before answering that.


The Xperia neo L is a typical phone from the neo series. If you’ve seen one, you’d instantly know that this phone belongs to the family - it comes with the typical slightly elongated body with four physical keys at the bottom. It’s a matter of taste, but we appreciate having those buttons, giving us a physical sense of stability and certainty that you’ve pressed a button that capacitive keys can’t give.

The Xperia neo L itself is the very embodiment of the cheap plasticky feel in a handset. Coming in a choice of either white or black glossy plastic, in either case you’d find smudges all over the handset after just a couple of minutes using it. The whole body is tightly put together, though, with no moving parts, which is good.

The device is also not among the thinnest at 0.48 inches (12.2mm) and it feels a bit bulky, tipping the scales at 4.64 ounces (131.5g).


The handset features a spacious 4-inch LED-backlit LCD screen with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. Bravia technology makes colors punchier, and more pleasing to the eye. We’re happy with the size of the display and the pixel density is above what other peer phones have, but we wish there was some sort of oleophobic coating. Without it, the screen becomes a big mess of smudges after swiping and touching it a few times. Get a cloth ready at all times. There is also the grippy feeling that you get on cheaper displays, so you feel like your finger doesn’t slide smoothly but kind of jumps over the screen every once in a while.

In terms of viewing angles and sunlight legibility, the LCD screen is pretty mediocre - tilting the display washes out the colors slightly, nothing too dramatic, but again far from the best displays out there.



1. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

i don't get why there are things listed in "CONS" that are not listed in other devices. >Plasticky, very cheap feel >Screen lacks oleophobic coating, looks like a mess after a while Samsung phones always comes with these kinds of things. "SG.Ace2" Anyways, great review. Hoping for a little higher score but the performance is somewhat a big down factor.

2. lonestrider

Posts: 88; Member since: Mar 31, 2012

Xperia sola, U, and P is way better than this one... Very weird...

3. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

i bet this phone is better than ace 2 except processor.

4. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

plastic looks like in old monte. Not good

5. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

looking at the video. the performance is quite acceptable

6. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

What the heck is oleophobic coating and why do you always put them on sony devices reviews?????????? also you should have reviewed the white model .. becausee the white one looks gorgeous and also by the way samsung phones dont get plasticy feel on con... Phonearena must hate Sony..

7. DawsonLee

Posts: 26; Member since: Apr 03, 2012

Must be one of the worse and peculiar decision by Sony to even consider releasing this phone, certainly the new NXT series offer more for the similar price (correct me if i'm wrong)

8. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

This phone is for Asia.

9. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

ICS should at least grant it a 7 right?

10. yce_marvel

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 27, 2012

would you please be kind to tell me if this xperia has noise shield or dedicated mic, and if the camera menu has white balance options...thank you!

11. bimito

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

well i think it is quite a good mobile and im gonna buy it TODAY!!!!!!! it not so costly - only 999dhs has gud features and ICS OS !!!!!!!!! i would give it a 9 rating

12. npe25oct

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

This phone is just terrible. It's firstly slow, secondly crashed without a reason, thirdly hard to reboot... Maybe more and so far I've been using this for 3 weeks and really wanted to sell it after 1 week... Who's going to buy, I guess not :(

13. sat12345

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

hi i newly buy neo mobile .but i dont know how to download songs r videos .can anybody plz guide me how to download no 8380010484 u give miss call i call frm pune

14. nitin1127

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

I have never seen such a worst cell in my life...... once fallen mob display gone...... very worst mob....... any planning to buy change your mind....

15. midhunt353

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

pls help using this phone.its a good i dnt no how to zoom camera is there any option for zooming

16. sanjaypuri

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 16, 2012

pls any plans to buy this phone. think twice before wasting your hard earned money on this s**t piece. the touch stops working in a week and camera clarity is pathetic. highly dissapointed on buying it.after sales service poor
Xperia neo L
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 854 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 0.3 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(7.15h 3G talk time)

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