Sony Xperia L1 review
Sony quality at an affordable price
Our Sony Xperia L1 review finds all that we love about Sony mobile phones, but at a more reasonable price. This Sony phone looks good, performs well and has many of Sony’s latest AI software on board.
Loop Surface design
Sony has used its trademark Loop Surface design on the Xperia L1 and this latest design statement meets a smooth rounded frame, coloured in either White, Black or Pink. The body has a thickness of 8.7mm and the phone weighs in at 180g.
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The large 5.5” HD display has a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and with narrow borders the viewing area appears fills more of the front face. At the bottom of the phone there is a speaker, well positioned for unmuffled sound projection. This is paired up with Sony’s sound enhancing software, namely xLoud, Clear Audio+, an equaliser and surround sound.
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A less expensive quad-core MediaTek 1.45GHz processor with 2GB RAM has been used but this still manages to offer a mostly lag free experience.
Phone Set Up
The Smart Lock feature is a nice touch and well worth setting up. Smart Lock will unlock the Sony Xperia L1 within four hours of the phone’s last use, through recognising a trusted voice, trusted face or trusted place.
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You can further secure the Sony Xperia L1 with a PIN, password or pattern. You should also set up Protection by my Xperia, which will let you locate, lock or wipe the phone, should it be lost or stolen.
There is an internal memory of 16GB with which you can transfer over any content from an old iPhone or smartphone. The microSD card slot makes it easy to expand the memory, up to 256GB, should you need to in the future.
Sony has added its own selection of apps to the Sony Xperia L1 and these are Music, Spotify, What’s New, Video and Album. There are a few other Sony features that are worth noting, as these improve and individualise the experience:
- Smart Cleaner - This feature analyses how you use the phone and clears the cache and deactivates unused apps, keeping performance topnotch.
- Assist - This learns and adapts, based on how you use the phone, to become smarter and more personal.
- Xperia Actions - By learning and adapting to your environment, your Xperia L1 can mute notifications when you go into a meeting or download a translation pack when you go abroad and delete it automatically when you arrive home.
- Xperia Tips - These ensure you get the most out of the phone with tips and recommendations based upon how you interact with the phone.
The Sony Xperia L1 runs Google’s Android 7.0 Nougat operating system, which brings with it popular apps such as Chrome, Gmail, YouTube and Google Maps. Nougat also gives you a split screen mode so that you can use two apps at one time. This is particularly handy for watching a video while checking your social feed below.
Camera & Video
The Sony Xperia L1 has a 13MP main camera with a Quick Launch function that will let you either open the camera app, take a photo or start recording a video, in one action from the lock screen.
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3x Clear Image Zoom ensures that as your zoom in picture quality doesn’t suffer. You can record Full HD (1080p) video with stereo sound and there is a handy photo and video editor. You can also geo-tag photos and then see them on a map.
The 5MP selfie camera has a 24mm wide angle lens. Smile Shutter lets you take more natural looking selfies and the Soft Skin Effect beautifies the results. This secondary camera can also be used for making video calls with Google Duo or through another VoIP service like Skype.
Qnovo Adaptive Charging
The 2,620mAh battery uses Qnovo Adaptive Charging to charge the battery in a way that will extend its life and performance. Charged through the USB Type-C port the battery can give up to 13 hours of talk time or up to 28 of days standby.
When needed, you can turn on STAMINA mode and if extreme usage times are needed then you can opt to turn on Ultra STAMINA mode.
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Written by: Michael Brown