Sony Xperia L1 review: Level one
The Sony Xperia L1 unit we have is the single-SIM version (G3311). Dual-SIM versions are also available in some markets.
The call log is separated from the contacts, but there's a shortcut to those in the upper right corner. It can be filtered by missed, incoming and outgoing calls. Smart dial is supported too.
There are no stereo speakers on the Xperia L1 - those are next to impossible to come by in this price bracket. Sony offers two different audio enhancements for the single speaker, which affect both the speaker loudness and audio quality. By default, the xLOUD option is turned on, and it boosts the speaker loudness by a lot. In fact, the speaker scored one of our all-time best scores, beaten only by the fellow Xperia XA Ultra. There was just minor sound distortion even at maximum volume and the output was crisp and deep enough.
The single bottom-firing speaker isn't pumping out that many decibels without the xLOUD setting, only posting an Average score.
Finally, opting for the ClearAudio will flatten the sound and ruin the quality, while the gain in loudness isn't big enough to make it worth it.
We suggest keeping the xLOUD turned on and forget everything else - Sony did well to turn it on by default.
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Sony has this neat app called What's New that will show you the hottest apps and multimedia today. It isn't limited to just the Google Play Store, and will display content from Sony's Theme store too.
There is a file manager, strictly speaking, but it's buried in the storage options in the Settings menu. It does allow basic copy and move actions, on multiple items too. However, you can't access it from the app drawer, all you get there is a shortcut to a downloads folder.
Sony's health-tracking app Lifelog doesn't come pre-installed, though all it takes to get it is a trip to the Play Store.
i've had this phone since 2018 and i really love it. the battery lasts for about 2 days and it's kinda fast. 16gb isn't much though and the phone do get kinda hot when you stress it but it's otherwise a really good phone.
- 06 Oct 2020
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 chsrg...
- 06 Oct 2019
L1 is very good phone , but I'm suffering from overheating & the battery draining so fast
- 02 Feb 2019