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Sony Xperia neo L Review

Sony Xperia neo L

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Sony Xperia neo L Review
When it comes to the call quality, there is nothing particularly exciting or disappointing about the Xperia neo L. Sound is a bit dull, with some background noise audible, but not to the point that you can’t hear your callers.

The handset features a 1,500mAh battery rated for nearly 8 hours of talk time on 2G and just above 7 hours on 3G networks. In our experience, with average use, the phone easily got us through a full day.


The Sony Xperia neo L is an interesting handset that tries to bring a 4-inch screen for a relatively affordable price tag. The spacious display with Bravia technology for punchier colors despite our criticism towards it is one of its assets, especially when you contrast it with the competition. Right now, it’s facing the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 in direct battle - the two are almost identically priced, but the Xperia neo L easily wins as long as we compare only the screens. The Galaxy Ace 2 is snappier, though, with its dual-core processor and less cluttered TouchWiz skin, so there’s no apparent winner. While the Ace 2 is the immediate contender, the market is packed with other options: the LG Optimus Black/White is another worthy and cheaper alternative with a 4-inch WVGA screen. Then, you have the HTC One V with quality design and sturdy build, but smaller 3.7-inch display and also the larger and slightly more expensive LG Optimus L7 with an IPS display and 4.3-inch screen.

Actually, speed and mediocre camera performance are the two possible dealbreakers here. There’s not all that much lag, but the occasional stutter could be annoying. With a price of around $350 at launch, Sony’s mid-ranger is a mixed bag. If you like the spacious colorful screen, you might end up happy with it, but if absolute performance is a must, you should look elsewhere.

Sony Xperia neo L Video Review:


  • Comes with ICS on board
  • Spacious screen, with high pixel density for its class


  • Stutters occasionally
  • Plasticky, very cheap feel
  • Screen lacks oleophobic coating, looks like a mess after a while
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posted on 20 Jul 2012, 09:40 7

1. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 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.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 09:44 3

2. lonestrider (Posts: 88; Member since: 31 Mar 2012)

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

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 09:51 6

3. hunted (Posts: 403; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)

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

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 10:25 1

4. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

plastic looks like in old monte. Not good

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 10:51 5

5. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 597; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)

looking at the video. the performance is quite acceptable

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 11:00 8

6. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 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..

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 11:51 2

7. DawsonLee (Posts: 26; Member since: 03 Apr 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)

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 13:11 1

8. smallworld (Posts: 503; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

This phone is for Asia.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 14:47 4

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

ICS should at least grant it a 7 right?

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 06:56

10. yce_marvel (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Jul 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!

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 23:58

11. bimito (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Jul 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

posted on 09 Aug 2012, 11:26

12. npe25oct (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Aug 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 :(

posted on 14 Aug 2012, 06:31

13. sat12345 (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Aug 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 plz.my no 8380010484 u give miss call i call u...im frm pune

posted on 14 Aug 2012, 23:37

14. nitin1127 (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Aug 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....

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 04:35

15. midhunt353 (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

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

posted on 16 Dec 2012, 06:53

16. sanjaypuri (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Dec 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

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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 854 pixels (245 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
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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