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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The trend of modern smartphones appears to be to amalgamate the Camera and Video recording app into one lovechild, and this is something that we are fans of. Rather than having a switch to change to the video, there are two distinct buttons to hit.

It is, however, possible to switch to a dedicated Video camera via the camera settings. This grants access to settings such as scene modes, video resolution, self timer, photo light/flash, white balance etc. In all, a pretty standard set of video settings.

The video recorder can also have the focus mode changed.This doesn't seem like a lot, but allows the camera to focus on one area, or auto focus to detected faces, making capturing intimate family moments better. HDR recording is also supported.

Sony Xperia L review

Video resolution is set as standard to HD, 720p at 30fps. It can however be set as low as 176 x 144 for MMS optimised video recording. We see this being a little obsolete, as most videos are shared on social sites.

Two other features that we are fans of, are the ability to edit zoom levels whilst recording, meaning that you can zoom in and out to capture more/less of the action, and the ability to take photos mid video so you don't miss out on stills of the action because you were filming.

Video captured, although HD, appears grainy and while the Xperia L moves between light and dark areas quickly with high contrast, sound quality leaves a lot to be desired.

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.