Sony Xperia L video review

Luke Johnson

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The Sony Xperia L is a lower mid-range Android handset and smaller sibling to the company’s flagship Sony Xperia Z. With a 4.3-inch TFT display, the Xperia L is comparable in size to the recently unveiled Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and at £250 on a SIM-free basis, costs as much as the Google Nexus 4. Running a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and an 8-megapixel camera, the L’s specs tred the line between entry and mid-range handsets. As with many modern devices, it hosts NFC connectivity options although how useful this will be for many is still up for depate. Featuring an arched back form factor and a plastic construction, the Sony Xperia L is neither particularly comfortable in the hand nor reassuring in terms of build quality. Available in white, black and red colour schemes, the L design features angular edges which dramatically reduce the ergonomic nature of the device. Leaving us always searching for a comfortable holding position, the phone lines up at just 9.7mm thick and 137g in weight. While the handset’s 854 x 480 pixel resolution display offers surprisingly strong visuals, the Sony Xperia L camera is a mixed bag of tricks. Capable of producing impressive 8-megapixel shots, the L’s LED flash enhanced camera is a pig to use and rife with issues that make capturing pleasing shots a time consuming process. The Xperia L camera is sluggish from the off. A little slow to load, it is the camera’s pitifully slow shutter speed which is the main issue. With a full two and a half second delay between pushing the shutter button and images actually being captured, the L’s camera is only for those with steady hands. The Sony Xperia L is a satisfactory entry-level handset but one which fails to hit the mid-market heights of some of its comparatively priced rivals. With an uninspiring design, the Xperia L’s screen is a welcome highlight on a largely familiar device. Although the Sony Xperia L camera is an opportunity missed due to multiple issues, overall the handset lives up to expectation. At £250 it might not match the Nexus 4 for value but the Xperia L is a handset that is a strong, if somewhat pricey entry point to the modern Xperia range.

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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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