Sony Xperia ZL: Hands-On (Video)


Along with its sibling, the Xperia Z, Sony’s Xperia ZL is one of the company’s first 1080p Androids. While the ZL shares much of the Z’s hardware, there are a few changes that make it stand-out on its own, which we take a look at in our hands-on video.

The ZL’s substantial plastic construction, rather than making the phone seem cheap, instead manages to give the handset the appearance of being just a tad more rugged than the Xperia Z. The smart design continues to the phone’s bezel, which we found to be quite minimal and attractive.

Then again, not all the ZL’s changes are for the best, and some seem just outright odd. To that end, we’re left scratching our heads as to Sony’s decision to put the ZL’s front-facing camera down on its bottom edge, where it seems like it’s just asking for your hand to obscure it.

Check out our full hands-on with the Xperia ZL below:

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!