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Sony Xperia TL (AT&T)
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Sony Xperia TL (AT&T)

by Sony
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • Display: 4.6-inches
  • Camera: 8-MP
  • Processor Speed: 1.5 GHz
  • OS: Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

Product Description

Product Description

From movies to music from photos to phone calls the Sony Xperia TL gives you exactly what you want from a phone versatility.Specification. Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS v4.0.4. 1.5 GHz Qualcomm. 4.55 in. TFT capacitive touchscreen display. Storage Capacity - 16 GB. Network Generation - 4G. Network Technology - EDGE GPRS GSM HSPA. Band - GSMGPRSEDGE 85090018001900 UMTSHSPA 85019002100. Camera - 13.0 MP. Supported Flash Memory Cards - MicroSDHC. Touch Screen - Yes. Bluetooth - Yes. Digital Camera - Yes. GPS - Yes. Email Access - Yes. Internet Browser - Yes. Speaker phone - Yes. Color - Black. Dimension - 5.01 L x 0.34 W x 2.56 H in.. Item Weight - 5.22 oz.


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Xperia TL by Sony
At a Glance:

  • 4G LTE connectivity

  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

  • 4.6-inch HD Reality touchscreen display with Mobile Bravia Engine

  • 13MP fast capture camera and Exmor R for Mobile image sensor

  • 1080p rear HD camcorder

  • 1.3 MP front-facing camera with 720p camcorder

  • PlayStation Certified
At a Glance

The Xperia TL by Sony provies the utltimate HD experience.


Create stunning HD photos and videos with the Xperia Ion's 13 MP 1080p HD camera. The camera features tools such as autofocus, 3-D panorama sweep, and face detection and recognition for a premium camera experience. Or, use the 1.3 MP 720p front-facing HD camera for self portraits or video chat over Wi-Fi.


Watch movies, play games and view photos all on the large 4.6-inch HD Reality display with Mobile Bravia Engine that allows customers to enjoy content with HD crispness.


One-touch connectivity through NFC and HD viewing through MHL & BRAVIA Sync. Connect and share your content over Wi-Fi through DLNA

PlayStation Certified

The Xperia Ion is PlayStation Certified for enhanced gaming of PlayStation certified games downloadable from Play Store.

Vital Statistics

The Xperia TL by Sony weighs 5.29 ounces and measures 5.09 x 2.65 x .43 inches. It provides up to 7 hours of talk time and 17 days standby time, and runs on AT&T's 4G LTE network (available in limited markets).

What's in the Box

Xperia TL by Sony, Sony Music Unlimited offer insert, USB cable, travel charger, quick start guide

AT&T 4G LTE Network

AT&T's 4G LTE network allows for quicker access, smoother media streaming, and faster web experiences. LTE technology is capable of delivering mobile broadband speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G. Additionally, LTE technology offers a faster response time due to lower latency--the processing time it takes to move data through a network--vastly speeding download times for web pages as well as improving services such as mobile gaming and two-way video calling. 4G LTE coverage is currently available in limited markets, and will continue to expand.

When combined with 4G HSPA+ technology, AT&T is capable of delivering a quicker, more consistent mobile broadband experience than ever before. AT&T has deployed HSPA+ to virtually 100 percent of its mobile broadband network, which enables 4G speeds when combined with enhanced backhaul (via Ethernet or fiber). Backhaul is one of the major pieces of a telecommunications network. Think of it as the limbs connecting AT&T's cell towers with AT&T's backbone network that provides access to the Internet.

Tech Talk

LTE = Long Term Evolution
Advanced wireless technology capable of increasing AT&T's already-fast network speeds. Now in select markets with deployment ongoing.
HSPA+ = High Speed Packet Access
Paired with enhanced backhaul--the accelerated pipeline between our network backbone and cell towers across the country--this technology boosts network performance.

Android Ice Cream Sandwich Operating System

The Xperia TL runs the Android 4.0 operating system (dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich), which adds powerful new ways of communicating and sharing while improving on the best Android features: easy multitasking, rich notifications, customizable home screens, resizable widgets, and more.

Android IceCreamSanwich

The new Ice Cream Sandwich interface features an onscreen navigation bar that replaces the hardware buttons for Back, Home, and Menu found with older Android-powered phones. And with Google+ integration, you can video chat with groups of up to 9 friends as well as easily upload and share photos and videos. Other features include:

Face Unlock

You can now unlock your phone with just your face using the Face Unlock option. It takes advantage of the front-facing camera and state-of-the-art facial recognition technology to register a face during setup and then to recognize it again when unlocking the device. Just hold your phone in front of your face to unlock (or use a backup PIN).

And the lock screen now lets you do more without unlocking. From the slide lock screen, you can jump directly to the camera for a picture or pull down the notifications window to check for messages. When listening to music, you can even manage music tracks and see album art.

Home Screen Folders

Quickly access related apps right from the home screen by organizing apps and shortcuts into folders--just drag one app onto another to create a folder.


Multitasking is even easier and more visual in Android 4.0. The Recent Apps button lets you jump instantly from one task to another using the list in the System Bar. The list pops up to show thumbnail images of apps used recently--tapping a thumbnail switches to the app.

Voice Input

The new voice engine in Android 4.0 lets you dictate the text you want, for as long as you want, using the language you want. You can speak continuously for a prolonged time, even pausing for intervals if needed, and dictate punctuation to create correct sentences. As the voice input engine enters text, it underlines possible dictation errors in gray. After dictating, you can tap the underlined words to quickly replace them from a list of suggestions.


  • 4G LTE connectivity
  • Wi-Fi-capable 802.11 b/g/n


  • Dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM 8960 with Adreno 225 GPU processor
  • 4.6-inch HD Reality display with Bravia Engine


  • 16 GB internal memory
  • Expandable internal memory up to 32GB microSD


  • 13 MP rear camera with 1080p HD camcorder
  • 1.3 MP front-facing camera with 720p HD camcorder

Other Features

  • PlayStation Certified

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great smartphone with a fantastic value. December 12, 2012
UPDATE!! AT&T has just recently released an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. If it isn't already installed you can check for updates by heading into Settings > About phone > Software update to manually check for Android 4.1. This update improves general speed and performance while adding Google Now features.(which you can access by holding the home key and swiping upwards).

For those of you who are upgrading or are starting a new line this phone is most likely priced lower than some of the top android phones currently out there, namely the Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One X+. Despite it's lower price point the Xperia TL is a very good phone capable of doing all the things other premium android phones can.

Whats in the box: 1 Xperia TL handset, 1 NFC Tag, USB Charging cable, power adapter, instruction manual.

The Xperia TL is powered by a 1500 MHz Dual Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor, the same as the one used in the Samsung Galaxy S III. It also has around 1 GB of RAM with 16 GB of built in storage that is expandable via a Micro SD slot that can hold a maximum 32 GB. Despite not being a quad core like some of the newer phones out there, the Xperia TL performs well with little to no stutter or noticeable lag with general use. Flipping though home screens and menus are smooth, internet browser is responsive and pages load quickly with both 4G and wifi. The camera is mostly excellent and takes nice detailed photos in the usual 4:3 ratio as well as widescreen 16:9. The only problem is taking photos in low light situations which results in grainy photos with a moderate amount of noise. Videos can also be recorded in 1080p HD though I have yet to test their quality.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Phone at an Awesome Price January 20, 2013
By ross939
I purchased the xperia TL about one week ago for my son. This is an awesome phone. The thin design, curvature, and anodized aluminum back give it a great feel in the hand. The phone is very solid, has a great display and its 13 megapix camera takes stunning photos and video.

AS far as the power button and volume buttons all being on the right hand side, yeah, it is a minor annoyance. Holding the phone right-handed, I can use my thumb to access the power on/off button and to adjust the volume. With the phone in my left hand I can access these buttons okay this my ring finger. The phone has a 4.5" screen, bigger than my iPhone 4, yet I can hold it in one hand and reach any part of the screen with my thumb, an important feature for me.

We have pretty much been an Iphone family, my wife and I, and this is the first non iPhone we bought for our 16 year old son. I must say I'm jealous he's getting the Xperia and I'm stuck with my iPhone 4.

I bought it for $29.00 with two year contract, and price was the main reason for going with Xperia over Iphone or the S3. Now I see the phone is free with the two year contract through Amazon. This phone is every bit as good as the Samsung S3, IMO, even better with its metal construction an superior camera. With the S3 going for $200 with a 2 year contract, it's a no brainer for me, the Xperia TL is the phone to get.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars First-time smart phone user March 24, 2013
As a first-time smart phone owner/user, this is a lot of phone for the money (which is kind of a joke, as it was free). I'm a Sony fan from way back, so when it came time to upgrade, I looked for another Sony phone. In the past, I mostly used my phones to make calls, share pictures, text and play games. Needless to say, this one does a ton more than that! Keep in mind that I'm a total novice at smart phones, so this is purely subjective.

Pros: 1) Really, really good camera. Pictures are wonderfully sharp, it's easy to focus on the subject, and I can use the touch-screen to zoom in. It's also easy to share pictures, either in emails or texts.
2) It gets good reception, and is compatible with the bluetooth connection in my truck (my husband still hasn't gotten his Motorola phone to sync).
3) While I really hate onscreen keyboards, the keys on this phone's onscreen keyboard are just a little larger than other phones I looked at when in the vertical position. I can also turn it horizontally if I want the keys to be even bigger. A nice feature is that I can use the microphone to speak my search term. This is cool since I don't have to use the keyboard. Supposedly I can also use this to compose text messages, but I haven't gotten around to trying it yet (I don't really do texting).
4) Apps! Something I never had with my old phone (Sony 580i).
5) Looks. This phone looks cool.
6) The display is nice, bright and big enough for my aging 55-year-old eyes (sometimes even without my glasses). Exactly what I expect from Sony. So the size issue really belongs to both Pro and Con categories.

Cons: 1) The battery life is dismal. I haven't even made it to 6 hours yet without having to charge it. By the time I play one game with good graphics, the battery is down 50%.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't believe it's free! (on contract) January 31, 2013
This has the same internals as the high-end phones (Dual-core SGS3, HTC One X, EVO 4G LTE, and Motorola RAZR Maxx HD), so it is by no means a mid-range phone. The screen is amazing for videos and pictures. The 13mp camera is great (however I prefer the 10mp setting). The UI is pretty nice and light for a proprietary one. Smallapps is pretty handy, and you can download more apps for it. The ability to change the theme/color is really cool too (I believe HTC does this too, but haven't seen on anything else). The external speaker is pretty awesome, especially with the xLoud program (think Beats on HTC phones). I also love the shape, and the dedicated camera button. This is also the first Android device I had that DOESN'T have screen separation issues.

My only gripes are that the battery is internal and not exactly the longest lasting. The buttons could have been placed in a better... place. The screen will wash out everything after a darkened "loading" screen appears which is common in almost all apps, but it corrects itself after a second or so. This is probably the Mobile BRAVIA Engine that is used for movies and pictures, so it's not a defect. The home screens are always reloading themselves, but that's a fault with ICS, not the phone.

I've had many android devices over the few years that Android has been around. I've experienced devices from HTC, Samsung, Acer and Motorola. Each of them had screen separation issues. I was amazed that this one didn't. HTC was my favorite, with Motorola being my least. I think Sony has taken the new favorite spot for now. Great external speaker, amazing screen, not too big and not too small, really fast and buttery smooth (can't wait for JB 4.1.2), and nice shape.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice phone
I had problems with the usb connection to my pc, but after downloading drivers and updating software it's working great.
Published 3 months ago by Peace on Earth
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy, terrible phone!
After roughly 16 months and two different Sony Xperia TL phones (replaced under warranty). Done and done!!! Horrible phone(s) as far as battery life and performance. Read more
Published 6 months ago by John D. Kanios
1.0 out of 5 stars Hot and not in a good way!
Battery life wears down fast, phone gets very hot even when talking on it.
Published 7 months ago by Jennifer Champlin
5.0 out of 5 stars I happy, the phone excelent condition
I happy,the phone excelent condition thanks
Published 8 months ago by Pedro Mejia
1.0 out of 5 stars WORST SMART PHONE I HAVE OWNED!!!
Tthis phone constantly has new problems!

first one i got aftter 3 months it would not accept picture messages. Went to deivce support center the couldn't get it to work. Read more
Published 14 months ago by ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Tough as Bond
This is so much fun! The Bond connection is the icing on the cake. The ergonomics and battery life make it useful. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Kev
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Camera
Specifically bought this for the camera and it takes crappy pictures. Too many glitches with wifi etc. Lots of bloatware. My last Sony phone.
Published 20 months ago by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars i love this phone
This is my 3rd smart phone. the first was an older blackberry a friend gave me. worked fine except for the incredibly cheap plastic toggle thing that broke like 3 times in a matter... Read more
Published 20 months ago by hippiegirl
I bought this phone in store at a local AT&T store, but it was sooooo bad that i had to post my review here on amazon. Read more
Published 21 months ago by M. Safford
1.0 out of 5 stars sent it back
I just really didnt like this phone, it wasnt for me. I had trouble with it from day one, I ended up going with a blackberry z10, that worked alot better for me. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Lisa Robson
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