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      02.08.2013 08:13
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      An excellent smartphone for the price with an above average camera

      Sony Experia L

      I have to admit to loving everything Sony and the only block to making Sony purchases when buying electronic good is often the price. Sony do tend to price themselves in the top end of the market but I have always felt that you get what you pay for, especially with electronics companies. This is a maxim often found to be true with telephones.

      Gladly, this Sony smartphone is most definitely in the middle price range bracket, especially when bought on a pay as you go tariff which I have. Available for less than two hundred and fifty pounds you get a high quality phone with an outstanding range of features for the price.
      The technology
      As a smartphone the technical specifications look below that of top end smart phones on the market but then the price reflects that difference.

      Operating system: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
      CPU: Dual core 1GHz
      GPU: Adreno 305
      Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity, compass
      Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
      Browser: HTML5
      Java: Yes, but through emulation
      Battery: A stated 454 hours on standby, 8.5 hours talk time or 43 hours of music playback
      The phone also includes multi-touch and scratch resistant glass.

      Although a lower end processor than the most recent smartphones the phone has been well engineered and applications open and close rapidly with no lag sufficient to detract from the use of the phone.
      My experience
      As I would expect from Sony this phone feels well designed and is something that I am happy to use. Compared to my work mobile, a Nokia C2, this phone really is a beautifully engineered piece of telephonic heaven!

      Browsing is smooth and pictures load quickly. This comes from having a dedicated graphics processor with enough oomph to power high quality images on the large screen. With a resolution of 854x480 the screen looks superb. Yes, there are telephones with higher resolutions now but actually, especially when we are discussing smaller screens the resolution isn't quite as important as perhaps it is given credit for. Certainly there is a drive for HD telephones but I just don't personally see the difference on a screen of this size. A good quality screen of a lower resolution is really quite sufficient for most browsing needs. The other positive about this screen is that it is sufficiently bright to be used in normal daylight. You loose a whole lot of cool if you have to hide underneath clothing to see your smartphone screen in the summer!
      Sony have a habit of taking market standards and personalising them to ensure the customer gets a Sony experience. This phone is no different and although in essence a standard Andriod 4.1 experience Sony have customised the interface slightly. For example, you can sort Apps by most recently used or most recently installed. Although a small touch this is actually quite useful and I certainly prefer the apps sorted by most recently used. It keeps all my common apps on the first screen and easy to access.

      Sony sells this as a phone for the camera expert and it does produce some excellent shots. Both in low light and in normal daylight the quality of images is superb and this is a real boost to this phone. For the price, it really is an excellent camera and the end results produce excellent prints.
      The phone also takes video at a decent enough resolution to share on social networking sites such as Facebook. The quality of the video again is excellent for a phone of this price. What I would notice though is that video quality, unlike stills photos, does not fare so well in low light conditions.

      Overall this is an excellent smart phone for the price. It is a mid-priced product, especially when picked up on a pay as you go tariff and for that price you get a well engineered handset and a remarkable quality of phone for the price. I always feel that with any electronic purchase there is a point at which if spending more the law of diminishing returns kicks in and the top range products give only marginally more experience for a whole lot more money. This phone at the moment is sitting right on that line for me and as such represents an excellent purchase for those that want a smartphone experience that doesn't break the bank.


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