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Sony Xperia L

alaTest has collected and analyzed 475 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the usability and camera. The screen and price also get good feedback. Many are critical about the social networking functionality and reliability. Opinions are divided on the GPS navigation.

design, price, screen, camera, usability

features, reliability, social network

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Sony Xperia L is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: review summary for Sony Xperia L


alaTest has collected and analysed 38 user reviews of Sony Xperia L from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Mobile Phones on

usability, price, screen, camera, portability

features, reliability

79% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Xperia L SIM-free Android Smartphone - WhiteSony Xperia L SIM-free Android Smartphone - Black Sony Xperia L UK Sim Free Phone - White

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Review Sony Xperia L Smartphone


Something good and inexpensive. The Sony Xperia L is another smar

Good build quality; Good screen; Good camera; Camera with HDR; Decent battery runtimes; High viewing angle stability; Current Android version 4.1

Plastic case; No LTE support; glossy surface

The HDR feature of the 8 MP camera shows good results. Comparing pictures with and without HDR reveals significant differences.

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Sony Xperia L hands-on: First look


The Sony Xperia L has a precision engineered feature mix, making it a true successor to last year's Xperia U. It covers all bases, compromising only on stuff that isn't essential to the user experience, while at the same time, retaining the attractive...


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Sony Xperia L Review


The Sony Xperia L is a mid-range device that screams Sony from the first look. It is elegant, featuring a slight but noticeable inward curve…

Elegant design ; Sony has done a good job with Walkman and video apps

Slightly bleak screen ; Processor is not future proof ; Mediocre camera

Sony is offering the Xperia L off-contract in the United States for the affordable price of $350. It is a device that will find its popularity in developing markets though where price is of bigger importance.

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Sony Xperia L


Much of the new Xperia line has received rave reviews. This phone is no exception. As Sony's attempt to enter the budget mid-range market, it features slightly less power than the rest of the series, but a lower price tag as well. George Iosifidus of...

Sturdy case design, Support for microSD cards, Affordable pricing, Snappy performance for mid-range price

Dull display, Aging hardware, Limited on-device storage space due to pre-installed applications

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Sony Xperia L Review


How much do aesthetics matter? Is this enough to keep the Sony Xperia L afloat in a sea of midrange competition? Find out in our review.

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Sony Xperia L review


Is Sony's baby Xperia one L of a good phone, or one L of a letdown?

Decent battery ; Bright screen ; Fantastic camera ; Shutter button

Fiddly keyboard ; Outdated design ; Poor front camera ; Average performance

We are left a little confused at the end of this review, mainly because we really wanted to like the Xperia L. We're always fans of a phone that you can show off to your friends and have them say "yeah, that's a nice phone", only for you to be able to...

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Sony Xperia L review


The Sony Xperia L is a mid to low range Android smartphone that packs an impressive camera, but it is not without its issues

Impressive camera for price ; Expensive-looking design ; STAMINA battery mode

Sharp bezel ; Unresponsive touchscreen ; No Bravia Engine display tech

The Sony Xperia L is no Xperia Z, but then it was never meant to be. What it tries to do is take as many of the great qualities from the flagship Sony phone and blend them into a cheaper, more affordable body and it does a generally decent job of it.

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Sony Xperia L Android phone (preview)


A low-end Android phone with some impressive camera features

HDR photos and videos ; Compact size ; microSD card slot

No 4G ; No Australian ETA

Despite entry-level specifications and a likely low price, the Xperia L appears to be targeting snap happy consumers with an 8-megapixel camera that can capture HDR photos and videos.

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Sony Xperia L pictures and hands-on


In addition to the new mid-range Xperia SP, Sony's also updated its entry-level model with the introduction of the Xperia L, and Pocket-lint was on hand to have a tinker with this latest affordable Xperia handset. Although Sony won't confirm exactly...

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Sony Xperia L review


With its black, arched design and silver details, the Sony Xperia L is definitely among the better-looking budget phones. Its older version of Android and software bugs really let it down though. The Google Nexus 4 is a much better phone all round and...

Attractive design ; Decent screen colours ; Inexpensive

Unimpressive performance ; Some software bugs ; Lacklustre camera ; Older version of Android ; Screen resolution could be higher

With its sleek black and silver design, the Sony Xperia L is definitely among the better looking budget bunch. It's let down though by its lacklustre performance, older, glitchy software, meagre storage and only adequate camera. With the far superior...

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Camera:Double Camera
Built-in Flash: Yes
Video Resolution in Pixel:HD720p


GPS Receiver:Built-in
Integrated Radio:FM Radio
Integrated TV Tuner: No
User Interface for Text:Touchscreen
Video Client: Yes


A2DP: Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Memory Card Slot: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Near Field Communication: Yes
USB: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes

Data Transfer

Technology:WCDMA (UMTS)


Display Technology:TFT Display
Number of Display Colours:16 Millions
Number of Displays:1

General Features

Operating System:Android
Operating System Version:Android 4.1 Jellybean
Operator:EE / O2 / Sim Free / Tesco MB / Virgin / Vodafone
Product Type:Smartphone
Way of Buying:Contract / Prepay Pack / Sim Free


E-Mail Functionality: Yes
Instant Messaging: Yes
Push email: Yes