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Sony Xperia ZL

alaTest has collected and analyzed 158 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the portability and usability. The design and camera are also mentioned favorably, whereas the features and price get critical reviews.

screen, camera, design, usability, portability

battery, price, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Sony Xperia ZL is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Review Sony Xperia ZL Smartphone

 

Product diversity. The Xperia ZL extends Sony's smartphone portfo

Attractive design & good manufacturing quality; Dedicated camera shutter release button; Integrated micro SD card reader; Comprehensive range of communication options; Simple operation and text entry; Application and graphics performance; Full-HD...

Permanently integrated battery; 13 megapixel main camera for snapshots; Display with elevated black level & narrow viewing angles; Average quality mono speaker

High-end smartphones with Google Android. Among these are the Asus Padfone Infinity, the HTC One, and the Samsung Galaxy S4. For price conscious buyers we would recommend the Google Nexus 4 for a price of around 300 Euros (~$389). Apple furthermore...

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Sony Xperia ZL Review

 

Sony Xperia ZL Review | The Sony Xperia ZL all around is a great Android smartphone that certainly does feature the best of Sony in a smartphone. It has a stunningly beautiful 5-inch display.

things holding back the Xperia ZL from receiving our excellent rating. The location of the ZL’s front-facing camera isn’t ideal and will confuse its users every time they fire it up, the phone’s vibration is way too strong and its battery could have...

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Sony Xperia ZL Review

 

The Xperia ZL is the non-amphibious cousin of the Xperia Z and is currently sitting comfortably without much worry from the competition. We say that because the only other phones close to it are the Lumia 920 and the Galaxy Note II. The Lumia 920 is...

The interface is slick and fluid just like the Z. Along with the usual selection of Xperia apps, you even get Sony Music, which lets you stream or download thousands of songs across genres, both international and national. The biggest problem with this...

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Sony Xperia ZL Review

 

Unlocked phones don't get a lot of love in the United States because our wireless carriers have taught us that $500+ is too expensive. Though most smartphones actually cost this much, we're used to $100-$300 prices for a high-end phone. What few...

Simple and attractive design ; Light and narrow enough for one-handed use ; Speedy performance ; Lots of customization and personalization in the UI ; Easily connects to other devices in Sony's ecosystem

Too many buttons on right side ; Awkward front camera placement ; Non-removable battery ; Vibrating feature is uncomfortable ; Mediocre battery life

The Sony Xperia ZL has a few minor issues, but if you can put up with odd button placement and vibration, this is a solid unlocked phone.

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Sony XPERIA ZL Review

 

With the Sony XPERIA ZL, the company took a double-tiered approach to a hero smartphone release – unlike what Samsung and HTC have done with their HTC One and GALAXY S 4, Sony has created a machine that's got the same innards as the XPERIA Z, but with...

Both the Sony XPERIA Z and the Sony XPERIA ZL are available in the United States today, though you’ll not find them attached to any one unique carrier. This unit works with AT&T and T-Mobile microSIM cards: you’ll also not find any Verizon 4G LTE...

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Sony Xperia ZL review: Off the bench

 

Having finally scored a homerun, and a desperately needed one at that, Sony is keen to bring another hitter off the bench. And they sure hope it's the Cadillac-driving kind. The Japanese mean business - and the Xperia Z did its best to get that point...

Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support; 3G with HSPA; LTE ; 5" 16M-color 1080p capacitive touchscreen of 441ppi, Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 ; Android OS v4.1.1 Jelly Bean with custom UI ; Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait CPU, 2 GB of RAM, Adreno 320 GPU; Qualcomm...

So, why the Sony Xperia ZL and not the Xperia Z? To begin with, this is a question many of you will never be asking, as the pair will not be officially available at the same time on most markets. At first glance, the best case scenario for the Xperia...

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Sony Xperia ZL Review

 

The Sony Xperia ZL is a powerful handset with a superior camera, a premium design and excellent audio. However, the $759 price for this unlocked Android phone is pretty high when you consider that the HTC Developer Edition costs $649. (The unlocked One...

Powerful quad-core processor, Superb camera, Excellent audio quality, Can be used as TV remote

Below-average battery life, Limited viewing angles, Oddly placed front-facing camera, Very expensive

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Sony Xperia ZL (Unlocked)

 

The unlocked Sony Xperia ZL is a big, beautiful smartphone that's very comfortable to hold, but a sky-high price tag places it out of reach.

Large 5-inch screen, but compact build. Beautiful display. Fast performance

Very expensive. Average battery life

The unlocked Xperia ZL is Sony's best smartphone yet. It's also the best-size big-screen phone we've tested. It has a 5-inch screen, which means that it technically meets our definition for phablet (which is a phone the size of a small tablet). But...

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Sony Xperia ZL

 

A less sophisticated cousin of Sony's current flagship phone, the Xperia Z , the Xperia ZL has plenty to offer, including the same powerful components and impressive 13-megapixel imaging system. Priced at an exorbitant $759.99, though, this Android...

The Sony Xperia ZL is thin, with a big, bright screen, a zippy processor, great call quality, and a camera that takes excellent pictures.

The Xperia ZL is more expensive than competing unlocked handsets. The phone’s battery life is short and its camera is sluggish.

The unlocked Sony Xperia ZL's camera captures excellent images and makes clear calls but has a price that's hard to swallow.

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Sony Xperia ZL review: a giant phone in a surprisingly compact frame

 

Sony took a rather unusual path with its flagship smartphone for 2013: it designed the hardware twice. The Xperia Z is ostensibly the star of the show

Compact for a 5-inch handset ; Capable camera with HDR video ; Mostly helpful Sony UI

Short battery life ; Performance trails rivals ; Narrow viewing angles

The Xperia ZL is an improvement over the Z, but doesn't shine as brightly next to many of its contemporaries.