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Sony Xperia L - Battery Life and Verdict

Luke Johnson

By Luke Johnson

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Our Score:

6

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Sony Xperia L - Battery Life and Connectivity

The Sony Xperia L’s battery is a moderate performer. Its 1,750mAh Lithium-Ion capacity is enough for a full day’s use but little more, which is marginally better than on the rival Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini and similar to the larger Google Nexus 4.

Some puzzling Wi-Fi issues don’t help the battery life, however. Wi-Fi on the Sony Xperia L is extremely sluggish to set up and flaky. It took roughly five minutes to lock on to a network used by many test devices before it, and it regularly dropped connections.

These constant attempts to lock on, and reconnect to, a network can be a severe drain on the handset’s battery reserves. Moreover, the Wi-Fi woes caused us to repeatedly hit our daily data limits early in the day because the phone kept on reverting to 3G without warning.

Elsewhere the Sony Xperia L connectivity options are strong but less than ground-breaking. There’s no HDMI connection, but the customary audio jack and microUSB ports are conveniently positioned. The inclusion of NFC future proofs the phone, but will be little use to many at launch.

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Sony Xperia L - Call Quality

The Sony Xperia L comes up just sort on call quality expectations. Calls, both made and received, are somewhat muffled and lack the clarity and defined tones you would expect of a £250 phone. While signal strength is strong, leaving us with no concerns about dropped calls, the level of distortion introduced counteracts any plus points won on this front. The speaker phone is a little better – it’s louder, but the same basic clarity issues remain, resulting in muffled, distant sounding calls.

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Should I buy the Sony Xperia L?

No. The Xperia L has a decent screen and performance is adequate, but the camera’s excruciating two-second shutter delay is a major black mark against it, as is the so-so build quality. There are better phones available for the same price.

The most obvious one is the Google Nexus 4. It outstrips the Sony Xperia L on all fronts and, if you are happy taking on the Nexus device on a SIM-free basis, is arguably the only handset to consider in this price bracket. Its only handicap is the lack of a microSD card slot, but the £280 16GB version should have enough space for most people.

If you absolutely must have a memory card slot, consider Motorola Razr i. It’s a few months old now, but it’s an excellent Android alternative at a decent price.

Verdict

The Sony Xperia L lacks the spit and polish necessary to standout at this price. The basics are good enough, but the sluggish camera and merely ok design count against it.

Overall Score

6

Scores In Detail

  • Camera 5
  • Design 6
  • Features 7
  • Performance 7
  • Screen Quality 7
  • Usability 7
  • Value 6
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James Whale

June 11, 2013, 12:55 pm

The 'zoomed text' problem you mention in Chrome is in fact a feature which kicks in when Chrome isn't sure which link you meant to click on. When it zooms, you're supposed to re-tap on the link you want, then Chrome will take you there.

Jonathan Morris

June 12, 2013, 9:18 am

It's a feature that Opera offered on its Symbian browser many moons ago, but never on anything else. This which was extremely odd given how useful it was to allow precise clicking when there were many links in close proximity - so it's really good that Chrome has done something similar.

owais

September 4, 2013, 7:58 am

i don't know why xperia l is so expensive in uk if u see its price in america,india,pakistan etc u will find its only 165£(250$) in these countries i don't know why this set is so expensive in uk but if u review according to other countries no doubt u choose only this mobile in this range.

dragra

October 8, 2013, 1:13 pm

About the camera being unresponsive is total rubbish. The camera is in fact very fast, but the user has to understand and be able to use a two-step-trigger-button. It behaves just like a proper cam: first it focuses & AE, then releases the shutter. Turning off the onboard HDR function is speeding things further up.

I hate to see a bashing review which is in this case wrong and misleading. The photo feature of Xperia L is outstanding in its class and beyond. Obviously the tester did not take the time to read the manual and/or it does not understand how a photographic shutter release button works. Xperia L is great for photos!

Ector Menossi

March 13, 2014, 12:04 am

it's just because you did not see the price in Brazil, nearly $500 :O

NuT

December 17, 2014, 11:35 pm

HI!! how do you explaine that the battery of my xperia L is a 1700mah (and not a 1750) and a li-po (and not a li-ion, big difference i think... but i can make a mistake) are you serious???
The L is a serious phone with great sound, good battery (3days in normal activity, phone web, aplis) and reactive (better without the sony over layer i did agree) and dragra say truth about the camera

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