Before when buying a smartphone the people on a budget had to make compromise with a lot of things like performance, weak build quality, battery life but now it’s a thing of the past.
The illumination notifier is customizable to use different light signals
In 2013 the mobile market is flourishing with dozens of new devices which perform very well and are at the same time a very good bargain. One of them is Sony Xperia L.
The handset has a unibody design and feels sturdy and well build in the hand. The back panel is rubberized to provide a comfortable and stable grip with one hand. Looking at its profile one would immediately notice that typical of Sony handsets back curve. A silver lining goes along the display panel to feature a special illumination bar on the bottom below the software capacitive keys.
The chipset on board is Qualcomm MSM8230 Snapdragon
The illumination notifier is customizable to use different light signals for missed calls, messages, notes and more. The weight of the handset is 137 grams.
Sony Xperia L runs smoothly all kinds of different applications and games. It easily handles multiple browse windows loaded with full-sized web pages. The chipset on board is Qualcomm MSM8230 Snapdragon. The dual-core processor is clocked at 1.2GHz. 1GB memory is available for the system performance. Andreno 305 GPU is in charge of the video performance.
Users will be able to use 4GB out of the 8GB onboard storage for files and apps. If they like to expand it they can add up to 32GB microSD card. The pocket-friendly Sony Xperia L comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Users will be able to use 4GB out of the 8GB onboard storage for files and apps
The 4.3-inch display is of TFT type and works in 480×854 pixel resolution. The pixel density is an average number of 228ppi. The capacitive touchscreen supports up to 4-finger gestures. Sony has used a scratch-resistant glass on the display panel.
Despite the affordable price the camera is not something Sony has sacrificed. The 8MP lens on the back takes good quality photos with a maximum resolution of 3264×2448 and records videos in 720p. It is also accompanied by an LED flash. The video call camera on the front is placed on the left top corner and has 0.3MP quality. Using the HDR users will end up with very decent shots. It’s good news that there is a dedicated camera on the right side.
Just above it the big silver power key is placed. It is quite comfortable to use for quick and easy ending calls without having to move your fingers across the edges of the handset. The same one we also have in the Xperia Z.
The 4.3-inch display is of TFT type and works in 480×854 pixel resolution
On the left side there is a micro USB 2 connection/charging port. It’s always a pleasant surprise to find useful features on budget devices. This one here surprised us with its NFC support.
Although it’s a very good smartphone for the money, let’s not forget that it can’t be all excellent. We were definitely not satisfied with the sound quality of the stereo speakers. They are placed on the bottom of the back panel. At maximum power the sound is very flat and well, let’s say not pleasant to listen to. At least if you like to use your phone like an mp3 player you get good sound on the headphones.
The 1750mAh battery piece on board is okay I guess if you don’t play too much games and browse intensively. Otherwise it may be dead by the end of the day.