Sony Xperia L Full Review

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Design And Build Quality

At first glance, the Sony Xperia L is quite reminiscent of the Xperia Arc, with it’s arched back and a large screen towards the front.

A noticeably plastic finish greets you when you pick up the handset, but it feels sturdy and there was little flex in the body – meaning the Xperia L doesn’t feel too cheap.

Sony Xperia L

The removable back cover has a soft rubber finish which makes the phone easy to grip and free from finger prints. On the contrary, the front panel is a magnet for fingerprints. 

All of the Sony Xperia L ‘s buttons are on the right side of the device. The volume rocker is at the very top, while the power button (the same distinctive power/lock key found on various other Xperia devices) is lower down, almost in the middle of the device. Down at the bottom of the device is the hardware camera button. There is a micro-USB port on the left while the headphone jack sits square in the middle of the top of the device. At the bottom there is that famous light that glows beneath the display, letting the user know if they had any notifications waiting.

Overall, we were really impressed with the build quality of the device.

Specifications And Hardware

On the specifications front, Sony Xperia L sports a 4.3-inch display with 480×854 pixel resolution and is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8230 dual-core processor. It runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system and packs 1GB RAM along with 8GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 32GB via microSD card.

The handset supports WIFI, DLNA, 3G, GPS and Micro-USB and packs 1750mAh battery gives up to eight and a half hours of talktime and standby time of up to 498 hours. The device comes equipped with an 8-megapixel front camera with Exmor RS and a VGA front facing camera.

Display And Multimedia

The front of the Xperia L is dominated by its 4.3-inch FWVGA display with the standard Android keys appearing onscreen instead of below it. Again, its 854×480 resolution is pretty standard for a phone at this price, and you have to zoom in to read text on web pages, but we saw bright whites and punchy colours.

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The Xperia L’s LCD display doesn’t have the true blacks of an AMOLED screen, but blacks are still very deep. It’s a high-quality display for a relatively inexpensive handset. Viewing angles are really decent as well.

Sound quality on the Sony Xperia L is excellent, loud and clear. Couple that with it’s display quality and you have a really capable multimedia device in front of you. On-screen buttons disappear while you watch videos freeing all the screen space for your viewing pleasure.

One area where the Sony Xperia L disappoints though is the browsing experience. We tried various browsers and performance on each was equally dismal. Pages took a lot of time load up and there was a lot of lag while zooming and scrolling.

Gaming on this device is excellent, and while games like N.O.V.A and Fifa 12 were not compatible with the device, it delivered the ones that were excellently. 

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In terms of photographic ability Sony has equipped the Sony Xperia L with an impressive 8MP rear facing camera which also boasts a single LED flash, 720p video recording and HDR and panorama modes.

Sony Xperia L

One of the benefits of having a large sensor is low light performance and the Xperia L takes some of the best low-light photos we’ve seen in the segment. Outdoor images though were just about decent with slightly washed out colours. Looking at fine detail you’d often notice images turn out soft and spongy.

The camera experience is somewhat hampered by the slow and buggy camera app. Focusing takes a lot of time and the app takes a moment or two to process the image, resulting in blurry motion shots.

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The 720p video capture suffers from the some of the same issues, although not quite as much as still photos do. The auto-brightness is very aggressive, so expect some very noticeable shifting in your brightness, especially if the subject is backlit. 


With a 1 Ghz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset, Adreno 305 GPU and 1 GB of RAM, the hardware inside the Sony Xperia L is nothing we haven’t seen before, so we had a fairly good idea of what to expect. 

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The Sony Xperia L scored 10104 in AnTuTu Benchmark, 60.2 fps in NenaMark2 and 4064 in Quadrant. Impressive for the hardware the device is powered by. 

Software And User Interface

Sony has applied its own layer of gloss to Jelly Bean, with its a homescreen editor function allowing you to quickly and easily manage your widgets, apps and shortcuts as well as changing the phone’s theme and wallpaper – making it that bit more personal. Lovely. 

Sony has given greater presence to its own services like the great WALKMAN app but also to more clunky offerings like the Sony Select application.

Onboard Sony firmware clearly has an impact on the advertised 8GB of internal storage which is 5.8GB.

Phone Calls and Connectivity

The phone networks are consistent and of good strength, no issues with connectivity to data and voice services. Overall network performance is impressive and voice handling good thanks to decent microphones and speakers in the Sony Xperia L .The dialler has also been tweaked by Sony.

Sony Xperia L

Messaging was decent as well due to the large screen and the well laid keyboard.


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  • Talk Time 3G network(data off): 5 Hours
  • Talk Time 2g (data off) : 6 hours
  • Internet : N/A
  • Music : 8 Hours
  • Video : 6 hours

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  • Talk Time 3G network(data on): 4.5 Hours
  • Talk Time 2g (data on) : 5.5 hours
  • Internet : 6 Hours
  • Music : 8 Hours
  • Video : 4.5 hours

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  • Talk Time 3G network(data off): 4.5 Hours
  • Talk Time 2g (data off) : 6 hours
  • Internet : 6.5 Hours
  • Music : 8 Hours
  • Video : 5 hours



Generally the Sony Xperia L copes with everything pretty well and while there is a hint of slow down every now and then that’s expected from cheaper handsets. What should help it stand out in its fairly crowded category are its looks and design. 

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  • May 9, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Xperia L rocks at any point of time….i used camera360 which worked even better for me… and more to say i got this used mobile phone from indian classified site Quikr…. wow what a mobile,… just loved it..

  • December 16, 2013 at 10:08 am

    the Sony Xperia L is a rather disappointing handset. Even if you set the physical design to one side and concentrate on the innards, there are a lot of niggles, and some serious irritation around the fact that the main camera doesn’t live up to the hype, and that there’s far too much bloatware.

  • Tanu
    December 11, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Confused between Xperia M & L…. Plz recommend…..

  • Arun G Nair
    November 12, 2013 at 11:52 am

    The review was quite good but there could have been a follow up about the Xperia L1 Concept by Ben Ling. You coud have put the specs, few pictures, the proposed release date etc.

  • shreyas
    October 12, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    which do i buy canvas 4,experia l or grand.reply fast pls pls

  • rajeev kumar
    October 3, 2013 at 11:28 am

    bro, xperia l is well over canvas 4

  • reddisai
    September 28, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Is xperia L does’t have os update option

  • Ronnieta
    September 23, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Planning to buy a phone..confused between xperia L and canvas 4..which one is the best? suggest me asap..

  • kunal
    September 13, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Pls help me out which phone have hdmi port
    Give me option my budget is upto 20k

  • Mawardi Darma Idris
    September 12, 2013 at 7:44 am

    can we swap the internal memory to external memory? like games

  • sajil
    September 9, 2013 at 10:57 am

    how to install fifa 12 on sony xperia L ?

  • Murali Krishnan
    August 27, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    camera clarity is very poor when i see in my pc all xperia l have dis problem or only 4 me?

  • Chairul Rohman
    August 17, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    my experia l had a problem with the wifi. how i can fix it?

  • pms
    August 10, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    which is best xperia l or grand quttro . plz suggest me.

  • Arun
    August 1, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    im confused with Sony Xperia L, LG optimus L9 and samsung galaxy core. please help me to pick the best in this 16k range. Thanks in advance.. :)

  • sarthak mahajan 1910
    July 26, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    xperia L or LG OPTIMUS L9 ? which phone is better ?

  • venkyrockz316
    July 20, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Probably the best phone under 17k…..

  • AshishKamat
    July 3, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    latest nova 3 apk 1.0.5 added support for Xperia L and runs without a glitch.And so do Modern Combat 4..
    SO it is best android gaming phone under 17k.

  • KapilaTandon
    July 2, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Hey hello,
    Im need to a buy a phone within the range of  17K.
    Im confused between SAMSUNG GALAXY grand QUATTRO and SONY XPERIA L.
    Grand quattro did show some unresponsive touch screen behavior when its kept on horizontal surface (table/bed) [my relative has it]
    I dont mind the touching the screen 2-3 times  while its on a horizontal surface, but can this behavior increase with passage of time (for quattro) ?
    or should i go for xperia L ?

    • AshishKamat
      July 5, 2013 at 5:56 pm

      KapilaTandon if you want good camera and good developer support go for Grand duos rather than quattro else if speed is your priority go for Xperia L since Krait is anytime more powerful than cortex A9.
      Also Grand duos is year old device so android 5.0 looks bleak there is more hope for Xperia L considering its relatively new and Sony has good reputation of updating year old devices.

      • DivakarYadav
        July 5, 2013 at 6:06 pm

        KapilaTandon Agree with AshishKamat Xperia has some futuristic features and it has better reputation in terms of design and specifications  than that compared to  ghisa pita design of so called samsung smartphones :)

  • DivakarYadav
    July 1, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    dude you need to work on your photography skills, 8 Mp Camera With Auto Focus and you are finding it difficult to focus.. ….  and also you are suppose to help with our queries… Otherwise people start thinking ki you’re full of attitude :)
    Cheers !!!

  • AbhijithSuresh
    June 29, 2013 at 11:46 am

    in terms of camera  which is better grand or xperia l ???

  • RahulKadu
    June 27, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Hey! iGyaan i am planing to buy a new Smart phone but i am bit confuse….. pzl help me out. here are the option which i am looking for.
    1.Sony Xperia L
    2.Sony Xperia ion HSPA
    3 Sony Xperia J

  • anshulsood2012
    June 18, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    What is up with the new reviews? No battery tests? They were really useful

  • amul392
    June 16, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    what is best buy under 16000 – sony xperia l, samsung grand quattro, lg optimus l9 or something else you would recommend?

    • Avyay Agarwal
      June 18, 2013 at 10:11 pm

      Go with an Xperia for sure. But it comes down to which model. Well the L seems nice, I have a P which is also good so you can try it if you can get it at that price. Only drawback is its battery otherwise its flawless. Other than that there the M coming out in a short time.
      But you can even try out the HTC Desire SV.

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