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74
Engadget
Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
74

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

The Xperia ZL is an improvement over the Z, but doesn't shine as brightly next to many of its contemporaries.

Pros
  • Compact for a 5-inch handset
  • Capable camera with HDR video
  • Mostly helpful Sony UI
Cons
  • Short battery life
  • Performance trails rivals
  • Narrow viewing angles
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Scores

Engadget

74
 

User Reviews

80
kaumad
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
90
iamjag
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
90
needmoretech
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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69
Average Critic Score

Reception and call quality

75
 

Display

74
 

Battery life

56
 

Camera

78
 

Ease of use

70
 

Design and form factor

75
 

Portability (size / weight)

78
 

Media support

80
 

Durability

64
 

Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)

75
 

How It Stacks Up

88

Engadget

88
 

Critic

81
 

User

93
 
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80
 

Critic

80
 

User

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Engadget

84
 

Critic

81
 

User

79
 
87

Engadget

87
 

Critic

83
 

User

90
 
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