Sony Xperia L review

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

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In order to populate the 5.8GB of remaining internal storage with your app desires, the Sony Xperia L comes with two separate app stores. Like every Android OEM, Sony has popped in its Sony Select App store.

Sony Xperia L

We've had our play around with different app stores from different manufacturers, and on the whole we can say that we have been impressed by what's on offer, and that theme continues with the Xperia L.

Sony has clearly given the app some love, yet again it falls flat because of the superb Google Play.

Sony has also thrown in the Playstation app store, that needs to be downloaded. We really don't see the point in this though, given that we thought the dual-core processor wasn't strong enough for it to cope with serious gaming. It also clashes heavily with Sony Select.

There is also the PlayNow app, which again is another store. Sony sure love to peddle their wares, but seems that they cannot decide how best to do that. At least the PlayNow app can be searched

It seems not all that long ago that the Android market was with us, providing a moderate excuse to ditch the iOS ecosystem, and the all conquering App Store that graces iDevices. The Google Play store, accessible via the web, now comes populated with numerous apps, all categorised and filtered by price.

Sony do also bundle in Xperia Link, which is designed to connect your tablet/pc to the internet, via the mobile network. That said, we don't see why the app is there given that you can manually set up a hotspot through the settings menu.


Sony Xperia L

When it comes to mapping, the Xperia L obviously come fitted with Google's proprietary mapping application that we are sure you are all familiar with, given that it is available on every Android device, on iOS, as well as being on the web and mobile web for as long as we can remember.

The most recent update of Google Maps includes Navigation, which provides turn by turn navigation, and is something that we have found that works extremely well.

GPS lock on isn't lightning quick, but you aren't left hanging around for too long whilst the Xperia L works out where you are.

One feature we are fond of, is that, it taps into traffic data, and can tell you how long your route is set to take. This means if you pull to the side of the road - we're safe drivers - you can easily reroute. We'd have liked active rerouting, but for free we're not arguing.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS, HSPA+
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyXperia L
Cellular Generation3.9G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 1700, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSony Mobile
Battery Talk Time8.50 Hour
Product ModelC2104
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Screen Resolution480 x 854
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)136.9 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.1 Jelly Bean
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density228 ppi
Front Camera Resolution300 Kilopixel
Height127 mm
Width50.8 mm
Depth9.4 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time498 Hour
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product NameXperia L C2104 Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineXperia L
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part Number1271-1960
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Sharper images

Your chopping skills. The latest movie releases. Or your own favourite memories. Sit back and admire it all on your Android cell's large 4.3" display. The superior screen quality makes every image brighter. Images feel as crisp as the day you shot them, and entertainment becomes even more immersive.

Easy connectivity with One-touch functions

Want to see your favourite moments even bigger? Switch to your home TV. With One-touch mirroring you can see the pictures or movies on your NFC-enabled Xperia L directly on your TV. With just a single touch. And when the movie is done but the night isn't, pick a song, touch your phone to a Bluetooth speaker and start dancing.