Sony Xperia TL: Reviewing the "Bond Phone"

By Andrew Kameka on November 25, 2012, 3:42 AM

The Sony Xperia TL is the latest in a long line of attempts by Sony to produce the phone that fits comfortably in a smartphone world dominated by Android. Since the company embraced Android with the Xperia X10, it has released an endless flow of devices that have been greeted with excited praise for its hardware prowess and bitter disappointment for its software frustrations.

Each iteration of Sony's flagship device has improved and been better than the previous version, but no single attempt has been just right. The Xperia TL, available now on AT&T, is as close as the company has come to finding the smartphone sweet spot, but is that good enough to compete with other Android manufacturers with a better track record? Is it good enough to compete with the best from Apple or Windows Phone 8 entrants?

James Bond seems to think so. The Xperia TL gets quite a bit of product placement in the latest flick, Skyfall, popping up as Britain's greatest fictional spy goes on missions to save the world and get the girl. If it's good enough for the world's most debonair spy, surely it's good enough for the average gentleman or lady, right?

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misor misor said:

"surely it's good enough for the average gentleman or lady, right?"

Not really, james bond drives the fastest cars around but not all drive the same car james bond drove. James bond is usually associated with hot women, but not all men are like him. What is good for the goose may not be necessarily be good for the gander.

Guest said:

Am right handed and I used my phone in my left hand most times....cant see button placement as an issue there. Can't the software be update to the latest? I've seen better phones than this, but I've also seen better reviews as well.

Guest said:

HD viewing is great on this phone. As a graphics designer I like the extra oomph. I think it's another reason to get this (plus not having the same phone everyone else has). I just switched to AT&T's 4G LTE network, and I can't wait to hook it up to the incredible connection speeds. I'm living in New York to do some contract work as a graphic designer, and this device looks perfect to suit my large-file needs.

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