Sony Xperia L1 review: Level one

23 June 2017
The Xperia L1 marks Sony's return to the still growing and highly-competitive entry-level market. Putting together a good smartphone for beginners can often turn out to be an even tougher task than designing a flagship. Maybe that's why Sony is retiring its E-series and introducing a new contender in the Xperia L1.

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  • Misscombobulated

I wish i had got a better phone the l1 is slow 16g isnt much. The battery goes real quick and dont evan buy one. Its got shite camera that ruined most of my photoes in Japan 🇯🇵 on vacation. I had to send it back once has the battey wouldnt hold chsrge. I hadnt had it long. So big no no buy a better bigger phone. I only went for it has im with sky and wanted a big screen. I got a slow peace of crap

L1 is very good phone , but I'm suffering from overheating & the battery draining so fast

  • Anonymous

why does some sms are coverted into mms? can i desactive it, or something??

  • sony's fun

I love Sony they have specific aspects and high quality

  • Sir Furoshki

My Sony L1 by far the best phone i'v used. The battery, camera, screen resolution is the best. However it sometimes gets overheating on the top left part of the screen if used under duress and this actually causes a screen discolour (brown patches). Its plastic material chips off easily when u drop it.... But its a good buy and value for money

  • Deima

Aravind , 25 Aug 2017I'm using Sony Experia Z1 compact since 3years, two years i... moreYour phone is already more than 3 years old, I really doubt that they would support that old product for so long. Phone is weak, no point in releasing more android versions. My Z3 was supported for 3 years and support ended because the phone got too old. Outdated.

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 26 Jun 2017So you're okay with Sony's phones and the gaps near camera,... moreSony fanboys are so delusional.

I've had two Z3Cs (one purchased and replacement one under warranty), they both glued off, charging ports stopped working, camera not working etc. My brother also has Z3C with screen popping out. There are reports of such cases with M series, Z5C, XC...

I don't know why it is hard to accept that, just as LG has bootlooping and screen issues, Sony has serious build quality issues.

  • waasu

hi, i hope to buy sony xperia L1 or sony xperia XA1 .so i want to know good & bad things of this mobiles so , who can tell me about that please?

  • mehta

can some one tell me sony L1 in charging how much take time too full chargie phon if battery is in 20% to go full 100% how much take time normally ..2 or 3 hours ....and can any one post l1 charger usb photo plz

  • navneet

Charging problem and power i.c. wrong

  • AnonD-499272

OK, this is actually a well built and sturdy device. It is very prone to easy scratching though, well black version. The screen is bright, vibrant and although standard HD quite usable. The audio quality through speaker is a little weak, but for voice calls excellent. Can't better audio through earphones, as has that Walkman style base eq. The camera is actually quite good, remember the default 16:9 mode is 10mp, but at 4 by 3, better at 13mp. Selfy camera passable, but not stunning. Despite specs on paper it is quite a speedy phone, battery life average though. I'd prefer this device to the Chinese manufacturers like Huawei at similar price point at £119 UK sim free is a bargain, highly recommend.

  • AnonD-590249

AnonD-654964, 01 Jul 2017I must say this entry level is the best non-chinese brand b... moreI think photos look bad, even with my Xperia XA looked bad and it has lower focal aperature. I expected more especially when I know Sony specializes in cameras, but I am not surprised they do not fit them inside low-cost phones. I just would not consider them good without comparing to any other model. Too much of visible noise.

  • Aravind

I'm using Sony Experia Z1 compact since 3years, two years it's working was good and next one year it's working is worst and it has no updates, no service so I feel it's very worst coustomer support to the buyers

  • Anonymous

Sanarul.sk, 12 Aug 2017sony xperia L1 very network problem Come on India, expect more Buy Sony!

  • Sanarul.sk

sony xperia L1 very network problem

  • Anonymous

AnonD-678118, 29 Jun 2017Huh, i bought two of them, one for my sister and one for my... moreYes, true Sony cell phone owner.

  • Cali

Not impressed with thus review, especially how they favor Sony competition cell cos that offer impressive on paper specs, only .
But fail within short time with real world usage and No updates.
What Sony offers: Performance, Quality and Durable cells!

  • Anonymous

Sho, 05 Jul 2017is this phone is 4g volte or not Read specs mate! Hehe

  • Sho

is this phone is 4g volte or not

  • AnonD-654964

I must say this entry level is the best non-chinese brand bang for your buck phone. Photos look good.