Xperia L – The Happy Snapper Review

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Xperia L – The Happy Snapper Review

You might not know it, but Sony has been quietly cranking out some of the best Android smartphones on the market. In traditional Sony-style, the hardware on these devices is top-notch, and the software isn’t totally terrible. One of the places where Sony is succeeding, at least partially, is in the mid-range market. Their next entry here is the Xperia L, which will soon enter the UK.

Xperia L – Specs and Features?

The Xperia L is the successor to the Xperia J. It has some of the same design aesthetics, so if you liked that handset you’ll probably like this one.

This handset comes with a mid-range 4.3-inch 480 x 854 TFT capacitive touchscreen. And comes stocked with Android 4.1.2 with Sony’s not-to-bothersome skin attached and 8GB of internal storage and 1GB of RAM.

Key features

Featured Specs of the Sony Xperia L

  • 4.3-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • Android Operating system v4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • 8 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 720p video recording @30fps with video stabilization
  • HSDPA enhanced 3G capability
  • 8GB internal storage

Dual Core Processor

When looking at this device, you have to remember that it isn’t supposed to be competing with the Galaxy S4 or the HTC One. It is a mid-range device that is meant to appeal to those buyers looking to buy a cheap but well manufactured smartphone.

Xperia L Dual Core Processor

The biggest problem the Xperia L has is that it doesn’t have the fastest processor, a dual core 1GHz Snapdragon processor with an Adreno 305 GPU. Which means switching between apps is a little slower than it is on higher priced handsets such as Sony’s current flagship the Xperia Z.

Once you start using apps, however, the device runs smoothly enough for basic gaming and application use. Outside of using apps the device performs well, even with a skinned version of Android running.


The Xperia L also has an 8MP rear-facing camera, which is great for a low to mid-end handset. It can shoot 720p video and also comes with a VGA front-facing camera for Skype calls.

Xperia L Camera

There are also some problems with the camera app, which is incredibly slow and can be supremely annoying if you are trying to take a picture of something other than your stationary lunch. The Xperia L does have a dedicated camera button, however, which is a nice inclusion, and helps when trying to take quick impulsive pictures.

The quality of the pictures is simply okay. You’d expect a little better low-light performance from an 8MP snapper, but regular pictures turned out pretty good. Comparing them to the iPhone 5 or other top-end Android devices, you’ll probably be disappointed. However, as a mid-range camera, the device is acceptable.

The Battery

The last strike against the Xperia L is that it has a pretty small battery at 1750mAh. It’d have been nice if they had added a battery with a little juice, but what do you expect from a phone meant to be cheap. The good news is that it is replaceable so you can get yourself an extra battery if you need to.

Xperia L Hands On Video Review

Final Thoughts

Overall the Sony Xperia L is a great mid-range phone. If you are the type of buyer who chooses devices not on specs, but on price, the Xperia L will be a great choice. If, on the other hand, you have more money to spend, there are other higher end devices out there that have better performance, better camera and better battery life.

Written By Darren Wall aka prepay

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  • mrotinsulu

    Such a cool review! Finally Sony’s making a cutting edge cell phone!

  • I had hoped for better from Sony. Even their high end phones don’t seem to be challenging the top players. Perhaps Blackberry, Nokia, and Sony need to team up to move out of the doldrums.

  • Sean Peacock

    Thanks for the review!

  • Ron

    You get what you pay for. If one is going to save money, some features will be missing or not enhanced. Thanks for a clear review!

  • B-) I don’t see the price in your article. Googling fro French prices I’ve found 280€ as opposed to current 200€ for predecessor Xperia J.
    The détails in your article suggest that performances are Under what can be expected for similar-prices phones.. so now I can just throw it away from my short-list

    • Hi Fibo, thanks for commenting.
      The Xperia L will be over priced in my opinion, after all it is being marketed as a low – mid range handset. The design is clean and good looking but at the end its features that matter and the L lacks a few!

  • Everyone is my family from kids to adults want this phone. Except for audio and camera features, I don’t like Sony’s phone specially with regards to its resale value.

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