I’m currently a happy Samsung S8 owner, but have kindly been sent the new Sony Xperia L2 to review.
After seeing the specs of the Sony Xperia L2, I can’t help but feel a little robbed of my money!
Yes it is a cheap smartphone, it’s currently on sale at Argos for £199.95! *gasp!*
But for a budget smartphone, is it any good? Let’s put it to the test and find out the Sony Xperia L2’s performance!
Sony Xperia L2 Specs
Considering the Sony Xperia L2 price is under £200, it has some quite impressive specs to it.
Sony Xperia L2 Full Specification list
- Network provider: Sim free
- 2G, 3G and 4G network capability
- Sim card type: Nano sim
Display and Design:
- 5.5 inch TFT LCD display
- Resolution 1280 x 720 pixels
- Touch screen
- Curved screen
- Toughened glass
- Size H150, W78, D9.8mm
- Weight 178g
Camera and Video:
- Rear camera 13MP
- Front camera 8MP
- Video capture in 1080 HD quality
- Internal memory 32GB
- Expandable memory up to 256GB wen using microSD card slot
- 1.45GHz quad core
- 3GB RAM
- Operating system: Android Google N
- MP3 and MP4 player
- Headphone port
- Fast charge technology
- Contactless payment
- Fingerprint Scanner
Sony Xperia L2 Design
I was sent the Sony Xperia L2 gold version to try, and I absolutely love it! It gives the phone a quality, expensive look to it. The phone is a little on the big side, but that isn’t much of an issue for me.
One thing I don’t like about the design of the phone is it has corners.. I just don’t like them, it gives the phone a kind of a retro feel? I don’t know, something about them just turns me off.
The Sony Xperia L2 comes with a headphone port and also a fingerprint scanner. I actually prefer the location of this fingerprint scanner to my Samsung S8, where it’s located at the side of the camera.
The buttons on the phone are very minimal with just a power button and volume keys.
Overall, apart from being a little tall, wide and pointy, the phone fits comfortably in my hand and is reasonably light.
Sony Xperia L2 Graphics
In bright conditions the display seems a little dark, even when put to the brightest setting. Although the screen is colourful, clear and sharp enough for a budget phone in my opinion.
Here’s a couple of screenshots from the new The Sims mobile game. The game runs well, no lag and everything appears to run smoothly.
Sony Xperia L2 Camera
These two photos were taken at the same time.
I used my Samsung S8 12MP camera to take the photo of the Sony Xperia L2, and the Sony Xperia L2 13MP camera take a photo of the Samsung S8.
I haven’t filtered, cropped or altered anything in these photos, this is how they both came out after taking a picture.
The Sony Xperia L2 images come out fairly dark in medium to low light conditions, but I’m sure with a simple photo editor you can bump up the brightness and the colours.
A little disappointing to be honest, as having a quality camera with my smartphone is a must have for me.
Sony Xperia L2 Useability
The touchscreen is responsive and smooth. I do think a new user would feel a little overwhelmed by all of the features and icons the phone operating system has, but luckily the Sony Xperia L2 does offer you a little tutorial once you have set up the phone.
Sony Xperia L2 Review Overall
Personally I think this phone is perfect for anyone on a budget, students, children and people just starting out in the smartphone world.
This isn’t a phone I would buy for myself, but this is just because I use my smartphone for business and photography, and can afford to invest in a little more.
The Sony Xperia L2 has all the features that you’d want in a smartphone, a high-res camera, great video quality, flash photography and video, a responsive screen with clear quality, great sound quality, fast charging, it looks stylish, has a fingerprint scanner and has plenty of storage for your needs.
I think this smartphone is great value for money!
Based on the price and features this smartphone has, I rate it a 6/10.
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