Xperia TL review roundup

by XB on 3rd November 2012

in Reviews, Videos, Xperia T


The Sony Xperia TL (LT30at) went on sale through AT&T in the United States yesterday, so if you want to know what some of the big US sites think of the handset then check out our review roundup below. Some of the criticisms from the Sony Xperia T (LT30p) remain including lack of Jelly Bean. However, some point to it being Sony’s best effort in the US market. For the full rundown, click through below.

Xperia TL review roundup

Cnet: “The new $99.99 Xperia TL is the phone I’ve been waiting for from Sony for quite a while. Frankly it’s the handset the Xperia Ion should have been. Thanks to a swift 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and a camera that snaps high-quality images, the Xperia TL is both affordable and very capable. It’s right up there with HTC’s similarly priced One X, and a better deal than Samsung’s Galaxy S3. Of course having Daniel Craig whip the handset out in the latest Bond flick “Skyfall” while doing battle with Britain’s bad guys doesn’t hurt, either. The Sony Xperia TL is a fantastic value and Sony’s best U.S. smartphone yet.”

Engadget: “When you review its specs on paper — 720p display, 1.5GHz dual-core S4, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage and 13.1-megapixel rear camera — the TL would seem to be a high-end phone, a device fit to compete against the Galaxy S III and One X on AT&T’s lineup. But where Samsung’s handset crams in a multitude of sharing functions and HTC’s sports a gorgeous screen and innovative unibody design, the Xperia TL falls a bit short. With a display prone to washout, a derivative chassis and middling battery life, the TL fails to meet the expectations we’d have for phones in this class.”

Gizmodo: “We’ve seen phones with the exact same processor, RAM, and resolution perform extremely well, so there’s nowhere to look for the gaps in performance but that Sony skin. If there were just stock Jelly Bean here with a few augmentations (like Album and Music Unlimited), you’d stand in line for the TL. As is, it’s a great piece of hardware that will probably be largely forgotten. For the DIY geek-types, this sweet hardware for $100 is a great deal if you can get it running the modded software you want (like stock Android 4.2, or CyanogenMod). I have few doubts that such a thing would have make the phone a great device, but we review phones as they come out of the box, so the rating stands.”

Laptop Mag: “The Sony Xperia TL is a very good mid-level Android phone. For $99, consumers get a large HD display, a powerful processor and long battery life. And while the 13-MP isn’t the fastest on the block, it captures plenty of detail. The Xperia TL’s NFC capabilities also help lend some 007 high-tech cred to the device. In this price range we prefer the brighter display offered by the HTC One X, which also has a faster camera than the Sony. And the Motorola Atrix HD has a more colorful screen and better audio. But if you’re looking for a sub-$100 Android phone with swift performance and better endurance than both of the above phones, you’ll find the Xperia TL to be a great value.”

Phone Arena: “Sadly, the same nagging issues that were found with the Sony Xperia T’s call quality are still persistent with this one. Specifically, its earpiece is rather weak, which doesn’t help out when voices are flat and dull sounding. On the other end of the line, our callers mention some hiss to our voice, but at least the speakerphone delivers results that are more audible.”

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