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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?

With battery life being possibly the hottest topic when it comes to the mobile market and it is nice to see that Sony has taken note.

Sony Xperia L

Given that the Xperia L has a 1700mAh battery pack, we would expect it to last a decent period of time. Thankfully we can say that the Xperia L managed to cope with everything we threw at it, including some HD video, internet browsing, and photo taking throughout the day. We didn't even enable STAMINA mode.

As well as having access to the quick settings in the notifications bar, the Sony Xperia L, like other Xperia devices, has what Sony terms as STAMINA Mode.

We have tried to work out why it's written in all capitals, our thoughts are that it's to make it stand out, or it's an acronym for Sony's Terrificly Amazing Mega Industrial Nectar Aid.

Either way, it works. We know that we shall take the quoted numbers with a pinch of salt, but if believed the STAMINA mode added over a day's worth of standby juice, which is not to be scoffed at.

Given the slower processor, we did find that we were tending away from performing strenuous activities, no heaving gaming or movie watching, and only light web browsing whilst we were out, which certainly helped things along. We'd suggest that you may end up charging the Xperia L every night, but then again that is expected of 99.9% of modern smartphones.

Connectivity

Modern smartphones tend to have a lot of connectivity, and the Sony Xperia L fits nicely into that bracket, although for the price tag you can easily rule out 4G.

3G/HSPA+ is on board though for mobile browsing, with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, alongside NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and aGPS. The Xperia L can also double as a portable Wi-Fi Hotspot, and is DLNA certified.

The NFC can be used to stream music, and share files in a similar way to Android Beam, as well as doubling up as a means of connection to an NFC enable Bravia TV to allow screen mirroring.

Connection to a PC is done via the supplied microUSB cable, that doubles up as the phone charger. Plugging the cable into both the Xperia and the PC means that you can connect into USB Mass Storage mode, enabling dragging and dropping.

The Xperia L does also push you to download optional software onto the PC, although we don't see the need given that Windows has you more than covered.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
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
ColourRed
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 Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
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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.