The Sony Ericsson Xperia models might not have blown us all away or taken the tech world by storm, but they have made something of a mark on the tech market, to say the least. Most of the Xperias have been impressive, however not quite incredible. It is obviously hoped by Sony that their latest release, the Xperia L will help positively change and enhance perceptions. With this in mind, the Xperia L needs to impress. Here is a brief look at the Android smartphone.
The Sony Xperia L is a 4.3-inch phone with an attractive Sony design and an affordable price tag. It doesnâ€™t have the august design of the top-end Xperia Z phone, but that doesnâ€™t stop the Xperia L from looking pretty good.
It has a black rounded plastic back, offset nicely by the Xperia logo and the silver camera ring. The body is arched too, looking a bit like the old Xperia Arc S phone. The stark black and silver aesthetic wonâ€™t be to everyoneâ€™s taste, but it looks smart nonetheless. There is also a clean white version of the phone, which combines gorgeously well with the modelâ€™s silver and looks chic nonetheless.
The 4.3-inch screen has an 854×480-pixel resolution, meaning a density of 227-pixels-per-inch. This really is the minimum you should expect to see from a phone of this price range and so it certainly isnâ€™t very impressive. If youâ€™re someone that enjoys their mobile Android TV, you probably wonâ€™t be too happy with the Xperia L.
Icons and text look fairly crisp but do not have the same sharpness youâ€™ll find on higher resolution phones. Colours look good though so expect your favourite YouTube clips to play fine.
The phone runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, which is now a few versions old. Sony has thrown in a few tweaks though, so you probably wonâ€™t notice itâ€™s not up to date.
You can easily customize the order of apps in the apps menu, the image gallery has been completely changed and youâ€™ll find a bundle of Sony software on board as well.
The Sony Xperia L is fairly efficient for the most part and itâ€™s pretty easy to get to grips with.
It doesnâ€™t really impress on the performance test in comparison to other phones of a similar price range and users will find a few annoying software bugs that will interrupt navigating the phone and playing some games. They wonâ€™t be a constant problem by any means but are definitely worth bearing in mind.
On the back of the phone is an 8-megapixel camera, which is merely average at best. Exposure was OK but it suffered quite a lot from image noise in shadowy areas. If you want snaps of your mates, make sure youâ€™ve got perfect lighting.
The Sony Xperia L is most certainly amongst this yearâ€™s slickest looking phones. However, for the money that it costs â€“ 180GBP on pay-as-you-go â€“ you can most definitely find a better phone. The Google Nexus 4 for example is a much better phone in almost every aspect and costs roughly around the same amount.
Thatâ€™s not to say that the Xperia L doesnâ€™t have some impressive features. However, it just doesnâ€™t do enough to justify its price tag.