Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL Review

It’s only the start of the year 2013 and Sony has already released 2 smartphones: the Sony Xperia Z and the Sony Xperia ZL. XDA’s news specialist Jordan, along with Jimmy Mcgee, went to the International CES 2013 to get their hands on the two latest and similarly named devices.

Sony Xperia Z Review

According to Jordan, the Sony Xperia Z has a 5 inch 1920 x 1080p display, and it runs on the Sony Mobile Bravia Engine 2, which supposedly adds video playback and other video features. The Xperia Z runs a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm S4 Pro quad core processer, is built in with 2 gigabytes of RAM, 16 gigabytes of flash memory, 32 gigabytes of Micro SD storage and also runs the Android 4.1.2 operating system.

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It also has a built-in camera application, capable of taking 13.1 megapixel still images and HDR images and video. As for the casing and appearance, it is very sleek. The casing has a glassy feel to it and looks reflective, as well. The few buttons it has are considered by Jordan to be a bit of a problem though, as you can see where the power button is, so you can’t miss it, but is placed in a way that you can’t avoid touching it, which can mean that you might shut it down by accident. What truly separates this from the Xperia ZL is that the Xperia Z is water and dust resistant, meaning that you can accidentally spill water on the phone and it will still run with no problems.

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Sony Xperia ZL Review

Now, heading on to the Sony Xperia ZL. The Xperia ZL has the exact same specifications as the Xperia Z, but it does have its differences which separate it from the previous model. The case of the Xperia ZL has a rubbery texture, as opposed to the Xperia Z’s glassy texture. The case also has a curved feel as opposed to being flat. The Xperia ZL is very compact, more so than the Xperia Z, and it comes with a hardware camera button and remote function, two things that the Xperia Z lacks. The photo gallery of the Xperia ZL is very interesting as well, in that you can easily expand the gallery with your fingers, letting you view the images in any way you want, as well as being able to be easily managed.

Sony Xperia ZL

Overall, both the Xperia Z and the Xperia ZL are impressive. Aside from their individual differences that separate them, both phones boast fast speeds during usage. You can quickly move and scroll around the phones, making for quick and easy navigation. Though judging from what is known about the two phones so far, it would all boil down on what your preference would be: water and dust resistance or an easier-to-access camera.

An in-depth view of the Sony Xperia Z and Sony Xperia ZL, complete with a video showing off their capabilities, can be found in the XDA Developers site.

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  • Updated January 18, 2017
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