Expert Review of Sony Xperia L Black
There was a time few years back, when Sony was in trouble while being separated from its partnership with Ericsson. Sony was not doing well in collaboration with Ericsson in terms of sales while there were conflicts of ideas too. Samsung was just about peaking at that time as Nokia was on the verge of losing its throne as the number one cell phone manufacturing brand. It is a commendable job as to what Sony has done since then, for not only it recovered from its separation but has been able to stay competitive as compared to the other heavyweights like Samsung and HTC. The Xperia series has turned out to be a phenomenal success for the company and has managed to capture the imagination of the consumers by its distinctive and classy designs that make their gadgets stand out.
The Xperia series has gadgets in various price range and Sony Xperia L is a mid range smartphone that comes with a 4.3 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 480 by 854 pixels along with a pixel density of 228ppi. The scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass protects the screen as the user gets to interact with the display by using up to 4 fingers. As far as the dimensions of the smartphone are concerned, Sony Xperia L comes with a length of 128.7mm, breadth of 65mm and thickness of 9.7mm. The smartphone weighs 137 grams and is boosted by an impressive hardware set. Under the hood, the gadget holds a dual core processor that clocks at 1GHz while the RAM is of 1GB – a considerable amount indeed. The software platform of Android Jelly Bean 4.1 comes preloaded in the gadget but the user can upgrade it to the Android KitKat 4.4 operating system.
Consequent to the update, Sony Xperia L would get access to the latest games and applications. Officially, an 8GB internal memory comes preloaded in the gadget but after the curtailment for application installation, the user gets 5.8GB of it for personal usage that may include storage of songs, games, images and videos. A microSD card slot would help the cause further as well ensuring 32GB enhancement of the external memory. Internet is absolutely secure and packed with the latest provisions that include various tethering features like dual band, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hot spot, DLNA etc. There is GPRS and EDGE as well that delivers a web surfing speed of 85.6Kbps and 237Kbps respectively. Also, NFC, Bluetooth and USB port are options for data exchange activities.
An 8 megapixels primary camera does a great job in image snapping at a resolution of 3264 by 2448 pixels. Auto focus, LED flash, geo-tagging and touch focus are just few of the multiple tools that accompany the primary shutter. And, the secondary camera of 0.3 megapixels too plays its part well by permitting video calling over Wi-Fi. There are two colors of Black and White that Sony Xperia L can be chosen. The non-removable standard lithium-ion battery of 1750mAh gives out a standby time of up to 498 hours in 2G and up to 454 hours in 3G. The talk time is up to 8 hours and 30 minutes in 2G and up to 9 hours in 3G. A substantial amount of music playtime is also observed with up to 43 hours and 12 minutes.
User Interface and UI functionality
Sony Xperia L holds a 4.3 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen that can be communicated to with the help of up to 4 fingers usage. The resolution for the display is 480 by 854 pixels whereas the pixel density is of 228ppi. Apart from the 16 million color resolution backup, the display of the gadget also comes with Corning Gorilla scratch resistant glass.
Plenty of entertainment to look forward to with Sony Xperia L as the user gets a music player for creating a desired playlist of songs that can be heard via the earphones and loudspeakers. The video player too supports multiple formats and runs movies and videos.
Pictures and Video quality
There is an 8 megapixels primary camera with Sony Xperia L that ensures that the images snapped in outdoor and indoor conditions are awesome at a resolution of 3264 by 2448 pixels with LED flash and auto focus features providing the necessary clarity and accuracy. The secondary camera of 0.3 megapixels does well with video calling although the prescribed strength may be a little less.
The GPRS facility with Sony Xperia L works with the web at a speed of 85.6Kbps while EDGE provides a speed of 237Kbps. There is Wi-Fi facility too that gives a download speed of up to 21Mbps whereas the upload speed given is of 5.76Mbps. Wi-Fi direct, dual band, Wi-Fi hot spot and DLNA are important part of tethering that enables other gadgets to connect to the web. Also, SNS integration allows faster access to Facebook and Twitter.
Internal and External Memory
Internal memory of 8GB would be a healthy amount of storage space on any given day even when only 5.8GB would be available for actual use. The microSD card slot gives the required hike to the external memory in case the internal memory runs out of steam. RAM is of 1GB with Sony Xperia L that complements the dual core processor well.
Applications and Gaming
Since the Sony Xperia L gets an upgrade from Android Jelly Bean 4.1 to Android KitKat 4.4, the user would now be able to get his or her hands on the latest games and apps including BBM, WhatsApp, and Temple Run.
A 1750mAh standard lithium-ion battery delivers more than what we had expected from a Sony smartphone, for power backup has never been Sony's strength. The user here gets a talk time of up to 8 hours and 30 minutes along with a standby time of up to 498 hours in 2G. In 3G, both the figures change a bit with up to 9 hours of talk time and up to 454 hours of standby time. Up to 43 and 12 minutes of back-to-back music can be heard with Sony Xperia L.
NFC is the most popular connectivity option with Sony Xperia L as the user gets to transfer data by a simple tap of the device on to other compatible gadget(s) The smartphone has USB port and Bluetooth for performing the same function but through different means. Wi-Fi covers all aspect of tethering and provides access to web along with GPRS and EDGE. The 3G operating frequencies of the smartphone include 900 and 2100MHz.
Sony Xperia L when compared to Apple iPhone 5 has a bigger screen size with 4 inches for the latter and 4.3 inches for the former. The pixel density is of 326ppi with Apple iPhone 5, which is much higher than the 228ppi offered by Sony Xperia L. Both the devices feature an 8 megapixels primary camera but the results with Apple iPhone 5 are arguably better. The secondary camera is of 1.2 megapixels with Apple iPhone 5 whereas the same is of VGA with Sony Xperia L. A 1440mAh standard lithium-polymer battery backs Apple iPhone 5 while a 1750mAh standard lithium-ion battery powers Sony Xperia L. Sony Xperia L runs on Android Jelly Bean KitKat 4.4 operating system while Apple iPhone 5 runs on the iOS 6 operating system, which is upgradable to the iOS 7.0.4 software platform.