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Sony Xperia neo L Review

Sony Xperia neo L

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The Sony Xperia neo L can brag about arriving with Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich on board, unlike many of its rivals.

Sony has sprinkled some of its Timescape UI magic on top of ICS and while other phone makers have moved toward simplicity, this skin looks like one of the few heavier skins we have left for good or bad.

We have come to love the stock Android UI, especially in ICS and now in Jelly Bean, more than any other skin, so for us it was an annoyance as we had to remember that widgets were not in the app drawer, but instead you have to long press a blank space on the home screen.

The Sony Xperia neo L can brag about arriving with Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich on board - Sony Xperia neo L Review
The Sony Xperia neo L can brag about arriving with Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich on board - Sony Xperia neo L Review
The Sony Xperia neo L can brag about arriving with Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich on board - Sony Xperia neo L Review
The Sony Xperia neo L can brag about arriving with Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich on board - Sony Xperia neo L Review

The keyboard is also not standard Android affair, and it takes some getting used to. We found it relatively accurate, but we didn’t like the grey looks and - call us nitpickers - the fact that you had to go into the symbols menu to access the period sign.

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On-screen keyboard - Sony Xperia neo L Review

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Processor and Memory:

Quadrant - Sony Xperia neo L Review
It’s amazing what a world of a difference software optimization makes. The Sony Xperia neo L runs on a second-gen Snapdragon chip, the Qualcomm MSM8255 with 1GHz single-core Scorpion processor, 512MB of RAM and Adreno 205 graphics. This is one of the most popular chips out there - it might be reaching the end of its lifespan, but it’s still on a huge number of devices.

And while it runs smooth as molasses on the Windows Phone-based Nokia Lumia 710 and HTC Titan II, on the Timescaped Ice Cream Sandwich performance is not as buttery as our eyes would have liked to see. Dropped frames are easily noticeable when you scroll in the menus and that’s a big downer. The small but consistent lag is throughout the device - it happens in menus, when opening some of the built-in apps like the dialer and even in the animations when opening folders.

On Quadrant, the chip scored a pretty low 1,200, so don’t expect to be able to run the latest games.

When it comes to internal storage, the handset sports 1 gigabyte of memory, of which only around 330MB are available to the end user to install apps and media. You definitely would need to pick up a microSD card to expand that.

Chrome browser - Sony Xperia neo L Review

Internet and Connectivity
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When it comes to getting on the Internet, the Xperia neo L has one huge advantage over its rivals running on Gingerbread. What’s that, you wonder? You can get Chrome on it - Google’s mobile browser works only on Android 4.0 and later, and it’s a treat.

Chrome is now the default browser as of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and we definitely feel that if you can sacrifice Adobe Flash (Chrome doesn’t support it), there is no reason for you not to install Chrome and use it as default on the ICS-running Xperia neo L. Still, the device looks a bit underpowered and you can notice it stutters here and there when you try to scroll around and zoom in and out around pages.

The handset features 3G HSDPA, delivering 7.2 Mbps on the downlink.

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PhoneArena rating:
6Average
Display4.0 inches, 480 x 854 pixels (245 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
0.5 GB RAM
Size4.76 x 2.41 x 0.48 inches
(121 x 61.1 x 12.2 mm)
4.64 oz  (132 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 7.88 hours talk time

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