Posts tagged with: Xperia ZL

The Sony Xperia ZL, along with the Z, form Sony's Android flagships for early 2013. The phone has a five-inch 1080p screen, Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor, and a thirteen-megapixel main camera. While the Xperia Z features a dust and waterproof construction, the ZL is positioned as a more affordable alternative, and so lacks this extra protection. As a consequence, though, the ZL manages to arrive in a slightly smaller package than the Z, even keeping the same big screen.

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    For those of you that still sport a Sony Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR or Tablet Z, we're sure you've been quite pleased with your ability to update these legacy devices to Android 4.4 KitKat. Sony has done a great job in keeping its phones up-to-date lately, though not everything has been fun and games. Users have flooded Sony Support forums claiming that there are serious battery draining issues, and apparently there is a fix coming. Sony has confirmed that it has detected the battery drain issues of the mentioned devices, and this problem has to do with Google Play Services. The ...

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    Sony may not be doing the best job in getting the US market full of Xperia smartphones, but they are definitely doing a great job in giving Xperia customers a taste of the latest and greatest of Android. It used to be that Sony was the worse company in updating its smartphones to newer versions of Android, but ever since the launch of the Xperia Z early last year, this has been a different story, and it continues today. The company has just announced Android 4.4 KitKat to devices like the Sony Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, and Xperia Tablet Z. The update details include: Google’s ...

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    If you have a Sony Xperia Z you should receive a notification for an update being available for your phone. According to official wording from Sony, it should bring you improvements to the phone's Bluetooth connectivity and battery. Alongside other fixes, bits should also refer to a new YouTube app, and some other behind the scenes improvements. The same goodies should also be available for the Xperia ZL and ZR phones, so make sure to check that update notification. If you have an Xperia Tablet Z, the refresh will start rolling out sometime this week (or the next, if your week starts with ...

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    Sony is capable of making compelling smartphones. I have never for a second doubted that. The Xperia Z, my first device review for Pocketnow last year, was a stellar phone. Its design was great (though I'm not partial to the additional slab of glass), the specifications were on par with its counterparts from Samsung and HTC, and performance was not an issue. That said, the unit I received for review from Clove was not compatible with AT&T in my area. It supported UMTA bands 1, 5, and 8, and I was stuck switching between EDGE and GPRS. And the display was … pretty awful. Blacks were ...

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    If you are an owner of the Sony Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, and/or Xperia Tablet Z, you should check for an update notification to hit your device. Sony is letting everyone know that the Sony Xperia Z Android 4.3 update is being rolled out, and the same platform version is hitting the rest of the aforementioned devices too. Though "timing and availability may vary by market and carrier", you should all receive your treat of "performance tweaks here & there". In addition to the OS, the Sony Xperia software also brings you smoother graphic experience, Sony Smart Social camera from ...

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    While the Sony Xperia Z Ultra just became a Google Play Edition device, owners of the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL also have a reason to be happy. The Android 4.3 update for Sony Xperia Z, as well as the ZL, is now available to download, thanks to XDA Developers. The Xperia Z's firmware (C6603) and the C6503 for the ZL are both available at the source links below. Build numbers are 10.4.B.0.569, but it is not yet known whether this specific version of the firmware will the the final one which will be pushed out to devices by Sony. The source of these leaked ROMs tagged them with ...

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    Android 4.4: either you've got it, or you want it (or you're on iOS or WP8, in which case, why are you reading this?). The majority of Android users find themselves in the latter situation for the moment, but even then Google's been releasing app updates to bring portions of the KitKat experience your way. Still, nothing substitutes for the real thing, so most of you out there are probably hoping to learn the details on upgrade plans from your handset's manufacturer. If that means turning to Sony for news about your Xperia, we've got some info to share with you, as the company reveals its ...

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    Can we all agree on one thing? Sony makes some beautiful devices. Hat tip to everyone in Sony's design department. The Xperia Z, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra, and even earlier devices, like the Xperia S and Xperia ion, are gorgeous. All of these devices are genuinely beautiful smartphones, and the Tablet Z is just as beautiful in its larger form. Their expansive glass surfaces, ruggedized plastic (or metal, depending on the model) trim, and distinguished hard corners, all make these smartphones, aesthetically, stick out from the swarm of other smartphones. Most of them are known to perform ...

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    Most new-device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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    It's always interesting to review a new Sony smartphone. As opposed to many of its competitors, Sony doesn't only build phones to pay the bills. This is the icon that pushed consumer electronics into the mainstream in the last couple of decades by showing the world that being the first or the most innovative wasn't as important as being the best in the design and thoughtfulness of the product. This mentality has served them well in almost every market they currently lead, even if they weren't the first to take the punch. Sadly, as of 2013, this mentality hasn't served them well for either ...

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    With so many questions day by day about viewers still considering a Galaxy S 4 or an HTC One, we know the ropes are complicated this spring if you're close to being eligible for a phone-swap. 2013 has shown just how great technology can evolve in mobile, and there's a lot to chose from. Watch today's Top 5 as we talk about our top picks for your next smartphone during Spring 2013. It's been a very innovative year for some companies, but a very slow one for others. This list was crafted as a consensus between all of our Pocketnow Staff, so hopefully you'll get a perspective as to what ...

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    The idea of comparing Sony's new Xperia ZL against Samsung's phablet is crazy in its own way. The Xperia ZL on one side is the perfect incarnation of a device that gives you big features on a footprint you can actually manipulate with one hand. The Note II by contrast is focused on showing the world that bigger is better. One of these products is designed to cater to every customer out there, and the other is clearly out to continue pushing the niche they created with the first Galaxy Note. Who will win in this battle of the large displays? Watch our comparison and find out.

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    Even though we recently saw HTC's take on HDR video on Anton's recent test, Sony was arrived first to the game with their Xperia Z and Xperia ZL. A lot of people have asked us if HDR video is just as good as HDR photographs on smartphones. High Dynamic Range photos are really three photos snapped into one. What devices do is select the better lit areas of each of the three photos in different exposures and provide you with a better result at the end. When it comes to video, the concept and solution are a little different, but the purpose of providing you with better detail on badly lit ...

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    I was 13 years old when I bought my first Sony Walkman. Those were the days weren't they? It was portable, affordable, and everything that it did, it did so well it never found true competition. I then followed with my first Sony Diskman, my first Sony WEGA Flat TV, my first Genezi Stereo system, and even if my first PDA wasn't a Sony Clie (remember those?), it was a Clie that a friend owned what inspired me to buy my first Pocket PC. Sony owned my wallet for at least the first half of my life. They had the design, the quality, the durability, and the reputation. It wasn't cheap to own a ...

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    At CES in January, Sony announced two new flagships, the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL. So close in nature, a comparison between the two – their closely related specifications, yet contrasting appearance and standout features – was inevitable. On the outside, the two devices look very similar … at least on the front. Their backsides are completely different, as if two designers at Sony had an argument and decided to incorporate both designs, separately. On the inside, however, the devices are virtually identical, only differing in battery capacity. The Xperia Z comes with dust- and ...

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    Sony announced the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL at CES earlier this year. With the exception of waterproofing and some outward appearances, the two devices are very similar on paper. The Xperia ZL comes with a 5-inch 1080p display, 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset, 2GB RAM, 16GB built-in storage, a microSD card slot and a 2,370mAh battery. The ZL just arrived on Taylor's doorstep, so he gave the Xperia ZL the good ol' unboxing treatment. What are you waiting for? Check out the video below! P.S. I call this device the Xperia Z in the beginning by mistake (more like force of habit). It ...

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    Sony introduced the Xperia ZL together with the Xperia Z at this year's CES and the two devices are sporting about the same internals, more or less. We've just received the Xperia Z in our labs for an unboxing and the usual review treatment, while the Xperia ZL got its own spot on Sony's online store. The Xperia Z and ZL share the same display, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC, and thirteen-megapixel camera with HDR video recording capabilities. The official Sony site, despite listing the Xperia ZL, doesn't mention any prices or exact dates for availability. Since we're talking about the ...

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    When comparing screens across devices or from one iteration to the follow up we always mention, when it's the case, that there is some slight color temperature difference between the displays; some are warmer, some are cooler, some offer more saturated colors while others are natural or even washed out. White balance, hue, and color saturation is something you might be able to tweak on your own on the Xperia ZL if the info in the image above is to be believed. Of course, the ZL and the Z are pretty much alike so this feature is likely to be available on the Xperia Z as well. Then there's ...

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    "I had this stupid idea," said Jaime Rivera, and my ears perked up. Anytime you hear that kind of a lead-in, you know you're in for something interesting. I siezed on the opportunity to interview Jaime as I would any non-colleague, and the resulting thought experiment was stimulating. "My biggest issue with the smartphone selection in 2012," he continued, "was that the best phones had to be big. If you didn't buy a big phone you didn't have the best specs." I readily agreed with him. At Pocketnow, we weren't the only ones to notice the accelerating trend toward "jumbophone-ism," but we ...

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    When Sony revealed its Xperia Z, it showed-off the phone in black, white, and purple color options. Despite Sony's official announcement claiming that its sibling phone, the Xperia ZL, would debut with black, white, and red options, the red was nowhere to be seen at CES. Was this a mistake, and the ZL would be stuck with only neutral notes? Worry not, for the red ZL has finally surfaced, starring in a bunch of pics to show off its bold look from every angle. Sony's skeleton construction makes the color almost stand out even more, with black frame elements outlining all the red panels. ...

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    There's no disputing it: in terms of smartphones, Sony stole the show at CES 2013. Granted, that didn't take much doing, but we shouldn't let the lack of meaningful competition rain too heavily on Sony's parade. The devices the company unveiled at its booth a week ago are truly impressive. Those devices are the Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL, a duo of high-end smartphones with quite a few specs in common. Each features a 5-inch, 1080p "Reality" display front-and-center, its graphics driven by Sony's Mobile Bravia Engine 2 and powered by a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro with 2GB of RAM. The camera ...

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    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, ...

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    We've seen so many leaks of the Sony Xperia Z over the past few weeks, it almost felt like the Android had already launched. That's getting ahead of ourselves a little, but after catching some last-minute glimpses of the hardware last night, we're finally ready to see the Xperia Z made official. This evening, Sony wasted no time in doing just that, announcing the Xperia Z at its CES 2013 event. The Xperia Z is Sony's first 1080p smartphone, and features its proprietary BRAVIA 2 engine for enhanced picture quality. The flagship Android is dust and water resistant, 7.9 millimeters thick, and ...

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    The Sony Yuga and Odin, aka the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL, have been no strangers when it comes to rumors and leaks. We've recently seen the two phones allegedly captured on camera after previously hearing all sorts of hear-say about the two members of the 2013 Sony line-up. With CES just around the corner (and MWC following soon after that) the reports are becoming more and more numerous. This leak though is not your ordinary leak: it comes straight from Sony. The two press shots seen above have surfaced on the manufacturer's website and the file names are pretty self explanatory: we're ...

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