Sony is known for making beautiful phones with the latest technology but their smartphone sales is still nowhere close to the Samsung Galaxy Series. Reason #1 is the high price tag and the reason #2 is the lack of smartphones in every price segment. With the launch of Sony Xperia L C2104, the Japanese giant aims to reduce this scarcity.
It is also known as Sony Xperia L C2105.
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The Xperia L comes with its asking price close to 17.5K INR which puts it in the territory of Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro, Micromax Canvas 4, Nokia Lumia 720 and LG Optimus L9.
Design: The typical Xperia
The Sony Xperia L is made out of high quality fibre. The back panel is difficult to remove and might get cracked if you try to remove it forcibly. The phone is not very slim and the 4.3 inch display looks small compared to the overall size of the phone.
Unlike the Galaxy series it looks worth its asking price.
The front VGA cam and the sensors (proximity and ambient light) are located on the top left corner of the phone.
My only complaint against the design of the phone is that the microSD card slot is located under the battery making it not hot-swappable. Weirdly, the SIM card can be hot swapped.
User Interface: TimeScape
The Sony Xperia runs on Sony’s own Timescape UI. It offers a lot of functions in the camera and the lockscreen interface. Even though it runs on Android Jelly Bean, the UI is not very fast. It doesn’t lag but there are some unpleasant delays.
There are only 4 settings toggle on the top which include Ringer, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Mobile data & Settings.
The Xperia L bears a 4.3 inch TFT LCD capacitive touch display protected by a scratch-resistant Schott glass. It supports a resolution of 854×480 pixels translating to pixel density of approximately 228 ppi.
The colors are slightly dull but they look natural. The sharpness is okay and the sunlight legibility is not that good at 50% brightness.
The viewing angles are average and it is somewhat difficult to operate this phone using only 1 hand at a time.
Sound and multimedia
The default music player covers standard options like repeat, shuffle and an equalizer.
Despite being a Walkman phone it can’t play .aac and .wma audio files.
The stock video player also doesn’t have many extra functions. It plays all of the popular video formats till 720p but .flv and .mkv file formats are no go. The 1080p videos cannot be played smoothly even with MX Player.
Typing is easy to get used to in both, landscape and portrait mode. Sony’s gesture input also works very well. This phone shows big and stunning graphical smileys even at the time of insertion. Voice input is also an option but how well will it work depends on your accent.
The Sony Xperia L C2104 boasts an 8MP Exmor RS sensor and supports AF & an LED flash too. It can capture stills with a resolution of 3264×2448 pixels.
The captured images retain good amount of details and sharpness. The colors look vibrant and natural. The zoom is usable till 2x as the images lose details soon after.
The camera interface will look new to Samsung and Nexus users but it is really very functional once you get used to it.
Here are some camera benchmarks which might come in handy:
|Camera start-up time via hardware button||~ 1.35 s~ 1.67 s|
|Zero Shutter Lag||No|
Downscaled Camera Samples at 90% Quality
The Xperia L comes with a dual-core Krait processor which makes sure that games like Temple Run Oz and Subway Surfer do not lag at all. We tried very hard to find the occasional lags but our efforts went in vain. It is also very good at multi-tasking and passed our multi-tasking tests with flying colors.
Here are some timing benchmarks:
|Startup Time||~ 35 s|
|Power-Down Time||5.7 s|
Sadly, there is no option to restart the phone.
|Nenamark 2||60.5 fps|
Benchmark Scores Screenshots
It comes with a few pre-installed but useful apps like:
Sony Live, Sony Music, foneday, PlayNow, CricBuzz, Play Books, Play magazines, LinkedIn and Opera mini.
The connectivity covers support for WiFi (DLNA certification, Wi-Fi direct and hotspot), Bluetooth 4.0, HSPA+, NFC and GPS with support for A-GPS.
The 1750 mAh battery might not sound monstrous but it does its job very well. It also holds enough juice to power up the phone for a single day with brightness set to 50%. The Stamina mode can also help increase the battery life to more than a day.
The heating is not an issue here and heavy games can be enjoyed for a long time without getting uncomfortable.
Final VerdictAll Good
The Xperia L offers great value for money at the price point and is definitely better than the competitor’s android smartphones. The only thing that might hold this phone from being highly successful is Sony’s after-sales support service.
Specifications: Sony Xperia L C2104/C2105
Sony Xperia L C2104 / C2105
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM 8230|
|Processor (CPU)||1 GHz dual-core Krait|
|Display Type||TFT LCD, Capacitive, 16M colors|
|Size & Resolution||4.3 inch, 854×480 px, 227.83 ppi|
|Camera Primary Secondary||8 MP Exmor RS sensor, AF, LED Flash Stills- 3264×2448 px Video- 72p @30fps 0.3 MP|
|Android OS||v 4.1 JB|
|Battery||Li-Ion 1750 mAh|
|Memory||Internal- 8GB (available- 5.8 GB), microSD up to 32 GB|
|Connectivity micro USB||Yes. v2.0|
|HSPA+||Up to 21 Mbps down, 5.76 Mbps up|
|WLAN||Yes. with WiFi hotspot|
|GPS||Yes, supports A-GPS|
|FM Radio||Yes, with support for FM Recording|
|Dimensions||128.7 x 65 x 9.7 mm|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, proximity, compass, ambient light|
|Colors||White, Black, Red|
|Online Price||INR 17490|