OK, this is actually a well built and sturdy device. It is very prone to easy scratching though, well black version. The screen is bright, vibrant and although standard HD quite usable. The audio quality through speaker is a little weak, but for voice calls excellent. Can't better audio through earphones, as has that Walkman style base eq. The camera is actually quite good, remember the default 16:9 mode is 10mp, but at 4 by 3, better at 13mp. Selfy camera passable, but not stunning. Despite specs on paper it is quite a speedy phone, battery life average though. I'd prefer this device to the Chinese manufacturers like Huawei at similar price point at £119 UK sim free is a bargain, highly recommend.
Helvetica, 01 Jul 2017I must say this entry level is the best non-chinese brand bang for your buck phone. Photos loo... moreI think photos look bad, even with my Xperia XA looked bad and it has lower focal aperature. I expected more especially when I know Sony specializes in cameras, but I am not surprised they do not fit them inside low-cost phones. I just would not consider them good without comparing to any other model. Too much of visible noise.
I'm using Sony Experia Z1 compact since 3years, two years it's working was good and next one year it's working is worst and it has no updates, no service so I feel it's very worst coustomer support to the buyers
Sanarul.sk, 12 Aug 2017sony xperia L1 very network problem Come on India, expect more Buy Sony!
Not impressed with thus review, especially how they favor Sony competition cell cos that offer impressive on paper specs, only .
But fail within short time with real world usage and No updates.
What Sony offers: Performance, Quality and Durable cells!
Sho, 05 Jul 2017is this phone is 4g volte or not Read specs mate! Hehe
I must say this entry level is the best non-chinese brand bang for your buck phone. Photos look good.
I see some haters here!
Used to have a Sony M4 Aqua, worked properly but then i dropped it and the seams where not intact anymore. Over time it got water damage and the Wifi stopped working.
I used the phone for two years, it's my own fault it stopped working.
My girl got the same phone ( we both got the same deal at that time ) she still enjoys the device. The screen is cracked but u guessed it, she dropped it.
At this point i'm using my old Sony Xperia S.
This phone is 4/5 years old and runs perfect.
I'm waiting for the Nokia 6 because i think this is the best buy for the money.
Anonymous, 29 Jun 2017So it looks like you were really lucky and bought all the actually working units! Congrats, no... moreDon't trust it who cares, btw, 10 sony smartphones with superb quality are not luck, believe it or not.
Ali Bashir., 29 Jun 2017Huh, i bought two of them, one for my sister and one for my cousin, so far so good not a singl... moreSo it looks like you were really lucky and bought all the actually working units! Congrats, now I'd say try your luck if you win the jackpot. You must have some supernaturally good luck if your Sony's actually lasts that long. Hard to trust your word for those, though.
Anonymous, 28 Jun 2017xa1 = touchscreen failure. bad customer service, hard to get the screen replacement because th... moreHuh, i bought two of them, one for my sister and one for my cousin, so far so good not a single issue, btw, all sony devices we bought until all without warranty, no regrets, sony equal best quality.
I was the bigest fan of Sony mobile devices since I was a little child, because of their Walkman music player and their young target audience etc.
But I must say they've been very disappointiing lately. The design of the smartphones is way behind the modern devices. I'm still using Sony today, but I'm concidering to leave them as a fan.
[deleted post]I cant' help but agree with this. No matter how you try to explain, no understanding. :( I also agree with the worst customer service, getting Sony repaired in Finland is not a nice experience. We sold the M4 for parts to some local Sony-guy, he needed some parts for his own M4 (motherboard or rear camera). 250 euros paid for that phone and after a year the rear camera unit has to be pressed back into the body or the camera wouldn't work.
Ali Bashir., 27 Jun 2017The truth is that you had no sony devices before, i and so many sony users we all had sony dev... morexa1 = touchscreen failure. bad customer service, hard to get the screen replacement because this phone is new release, so the replacement parts are still not available in many countries.
xperia M series = Worst quality with so many problems in many countries.
sony = worst customer service in the world.