The "1-Minute" Review
- Short battery charge
- Narrow viewing angles
- Sluggish camera
A slight variation of the Xperia Z, the Sony Xperia ZL is a top tier smartphone featuring a 5.0” LCD display, 1.5GHz quad-core processor, Adreno 320 graphics processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB internal storage - expandable to 64GB via microSDHC.
The 1920 x 1080 resolution display impressed many reviewers, however many also noted that the viewing angles of the 5.0” were limited. Engadget said, “look askew at the LCD to any significant degree and colors will quickly wash out, invert or otherwise deviate from their intended hues,” And CNET said colors were “vibrant and details were sharp, whether I was viewing photos or reading e-books and Web pages.”
The phone features a 13 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front facing camera. Both cameras can record video in 1080p at 30 frames per second, and the main camera offers LED flash and a number of shooting modes, including 10-frames-per-second burst shooting.
While reviewers generally liked the camera, some mentioned that there was some lag in opening the app. “The app could take a few seconds just to start up, wasting enough time to miss a golden moment,” Engadget said.
Additional features include a non-removable battery rated by Sony at up to 15 hours of talk time, NFC capability and an Android/Sony UI hybrid OS. The Xperia Z1 also functions as a TV remote control.
Reviewers generally seemed pleased with the Xperia Z1. Phonearena summed it up by saying, “with the Z1, Sony has not only caught up with the competition. It's safe to say that it has even managed to leapfrog it in some areas”.
Prices (Where to Buy)
Sony released the Xperia ZL on March 6, 2013.
Sony Xperia ZL prices will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. Sony's suggested retail price is $539.99. You can compare Xperia ZL prices from around the web here on The Informr.
We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Sony Xperia ZL user manual here.
Sony backs up the Xperia ZL with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.
If your Xperia ZL has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Sony support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Sony's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.