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Sony Xperia ZL C6506 Black 4G LTE Quad-Core 1.5 GHz 16GB Unlocked Cell Phone

  • Android v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Wi-Fi/GPS/NFC
  • 5" TFT Touch Screen
  • 13.0 MP Camera 1080p HD Video Capture LED Flash
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Xperia ZL
Form Factor
Smart Phones


Wireless Radio
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz

UMTS 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 MHz

LTE 700 / 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
Compatible Carrier & Service
AT&T 2G/3G/4G LTE, T-Mobile 2G/3G/4G LTE, Rogers, Fido
AT&T 3G or T-Mobile 3G Only
Wi-Fi Support
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Data transfer


GPS Integrated
A-GPS support and GLONASS
MP3 ringtones

MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/Flac player
SMS (threaded view), MMS, IM
Email, Push Email
Additional Function


Operating System
Android v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
Qualcomm Krait
CPU Core
CPU Speed
Qualcomm MDM9215M / APQ8064 Chipset, Adreno 320 GPU
Internal Memory
16 GB, 2 GB RAM
Card Slot
MicroSD(TF Card)
Card Capacity Support
Up to 32GB


Main Display Size
Main Display Color
Main Display Format
Main Display Resolution
1920 x 1080
Touch Screen
Capacitive Touchscreen


13.0 MP
Camera Zoom
Auto Focus
HD Video Capture
Second Camera
2.0 MP, 1080p

I/O Interface

Bluetooth Support
Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP
3.5mm jack, microUSB v2.0 (MHL)


Battery Type
Lithium Ion Battery
Battery Capacity
Talk Time
Up to 10 hours (2G) / Up to 13 hours (3G)
Standby Time
Up to 500 hours (2G) / Up to 500 hours (3G)
Operating Time
Music play: Up to 40 hours


SNS integration

MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player

Document viewer

Photo viewer/editor


Multitouch: up to 10 fingers

Shatter proof and scratch-resistant glass

Timescape UI

Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2


Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, image stabilization, HDR, sweep panorama

Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass


Stereo FM radio with RDS

Java MIDP emulator

TV-out (via MHL A/V link)

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Voice memo/dial

Predictive text input


5.18" x 2.7" x 0.39"
5.33 oz.

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  • Carol M.
  • 10/23/2013 7:49:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOne of the best Android phones on the market.

Pros: As close to stock Android UI you can get. The phone is smooth as butter. Comes shipped with a non-removable screen protector which is not your run of the mill plastic protector. Camera is unbelievable. Front camera is just as gorgeous. The speaker clarity is by far the best in the industry. I get constant compliments about the phone, and people always asking me "What phone is that?" The screen to bezel ratio isn't done justice in the pictures. The phone, as big as it is, fits nicely in the hand and despite the plastic back, does not feel cheap. I've already dropped it from a pretty good distance a few times on a hardwood floor and it hasn't left the slightest scratch or shown any signs of issues due to it. I'm coming from a Blackberry Torch, Bold, Z10, Iphone 4GS and Galaxy S3 as some of my previous phones, and none hold the slightest candle to this beast. Another key thing I've noticed on this phone is the wifi. This phone picks up Wifi signals that no other phone I have can grab. I've tested all of my phones side by side and none of them pick up the same signals or quality signals. I'm not sure the reason for this, but this for me is a huge bonus that I didn't expect when purchasing. Due to my job's constant traveling and visiting different retailers and locations, I'm constantly relying on wifi. And to have a reliable signal is key, being able to pick up further, stronger signals, is for sure a great perk!

Cons: Viewing angles aren't the greatest, so I have to put that as a con. But for me, and others it is not really a bad thing, as it provides "Privacy" in the phone and for me that's important as I'm constantly using my phone for company documents as well as personal items, all of which are on the same phone. But, this can be a huge turnoff to people, especially considering the media capabilities of this phone.

Another downside is there is no dedicated dock for this phone out yet, unbelievable. And really a turn off. For a phone geared so much towards its video and sound capabilities, a dock should of been the biggest investment in manufacturing for this phone. But it's nowhere to be found.

Other Thoughts: If you're trying to stay away from the hipster phones like the Iphone and the Galaxy. This is the phone to get. It beats both in video, sound and screen quality as well as durability, in my experience. The Iphone is garbage and most phone enthusiasts are thankfully beginning to see that finally. But the Galaxy is a tough contender. However, when it comes to UI and the Sony being so close to stock Android, and fluid performance with great hardware and the Sony brand quality behind it, having used both I consider this one of the top phones in todays market.

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  • Ranze P.
  • 9/17/2013 12:11:06 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPhone that fits my needs.. + more

Pros: -
*Phone is very fast and hardly lags. Switching between screens is a breeze.

*Super sharp excellent screen that beats most high end phones currently.

*LTE, and can go either T-Mobile or AT&T

*Doesn't come with a lot of installed junk. There is about 10-11 gigs of free space available when you first get this phone.

*Remote control works great! I just selected my brand of TV, tested the controls, and it worked right away! This is both for my TV and top Cable-box.. it worked on both!

*I love the extra bar that has popup apps

*Was easily updated to Android Jellybean 4.2.2 as soon as I powered up the phone. It automatically asked me if I want to update as soon as I have it set up on my wi-fi network.

*That little notification light at the bottom of the phone looks really sick (in a good way).

*Takes excellent photos and videos. It has a dedicated button for taking pictures!

*After updating to Android 4.2.2, it will now support 64GB microSD cards now too! Make sure you get a class 10 though.

*Has stamina mode that works and saves you some battery power.

*The phone charges pretty quick plugging it directly on a power source. From 50%, I got back to 100% in about approx. 30 mins or so.

Cons: -
*The sound lacks depth and *boom* factor. Don't get me wrong, it can play loud but the quality isn't what I was hoping for. Maybe its just I'm so used to my surround system. I have a more pleasant experience using the earphones though as the audio sounds much better.

*If you set the brightness high and uses a lot of apps that runs in the background, this will zap your battery pretty fast.

*It comes with a pre-applied screen protector that is not meant to be removed. The screen protector it comes with is easily scratched so I suggest you buy another screen protector to put on top of it. Don't worry. Putting another screen protector will hardly degrade the quality of the screen as long as you put a good one. I used Skinomi on mine. It uses wet application method but I think this technique is easier than dry application ones. Just watch the vids online how to put it on.

*Some might find the position of the front facing camera odd but this really doesn't bother me much.

*If you are considering buying this phone, I'm sure you have read/watched reviews regarding its "bad" viewing angles. Don't pay attention too much to these reviews. The viewing angles isn't that bad. Sure it might degrade a little but not that bad at all. I mean, who actually does look on their smartphones sideways all the time? I showed pictures and videos to my co-works and they all can just see it fine and they're standing at my side. The screen is crystal clear and really sharp... and this with a 2nd screen protector on top of it.

Other Thoughts: This phone is more than enough for my needs at the moment. I just want a reliable and powerful phone. I didn't get this phone for gaming or reading. This is meant strictly for making/receiving calls, texting, and occasional web browsing. I also have some apps installed like organizers and reference guides to help me with my job.

For gaming, I have a dedicated device for that--the NVIDIA SHIELD. I'm planning to install a lot of emulators and games on this device. This will strictly be for portable gaming. For reading and web browsing when I'm not at home, I have the Nexus 7 (2nd gen).

It will be nice to have a one device that does everything good. But for now, I think these 3 have me covered pretty much. For hardcore gaming.. of course.. nothing beats an uber PC.

I hope this review helps in making your decision! ;)

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  • george n.
  • 8/19/2013 4:35:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHand Down The Best Of The Beast.

Pros: Speed, Looks, Sexiest of all uniqueness only Sony can do.In the top 3 with Samsung 4 and HTC, but better, its LTE off the back for T mobile ,just put in the Micro Sim and Vola Fly Speed. Most of the advanced Apps in the Android are included in Smart Phone, but more advanced, cause Sony has improved the heck out of them, Has sound as good as beats, great built in speakers, and it doesn't get even warm a bit, instead cool, no matter how much you use it.

Cons: 1. Not Gorilla Glass taken care of put the Body Armor screen cover.

2. The sound on the ear piece for incoming sound is not the highest, when your listening to a conversation but not bad I added an application from android Market called sound about pro that fixed the issue.

Now others no cons resolved

Other Thoughts: This is The best Smart phone hands down in today's market at time , cause things continually change for many reasons.
I am a Phone Geek , no phone is completely perfect, but I tried the Samsung Galaxy 4 had the 3 , their is no comparison in quality, looks uniqueness, the speed, the apps of the Sony they are Japanese made parts not Chinese everyone has a cheaply made Samsung. and the new Htc has a bit better picture, but that gray color has no style no looks, and again has few issues also, all in all the Sony is The New Best smartphone, it has built in application called stamina, I use my Phone for 2 days up to 3 with regular use, and the LTE gives me speeds 40 % better than ever, But it has to be this model
Xperia ZL C6506 , the others problems were solved with this one.

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  • Brian R.
  • 7/2/2013 2:42:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Phone

Pros: -LTE support for ATT and T-Mobile
-IR blaster works wonderfully
-Dedicated camera button
-Beautiful Screen
-Small form for a 5" screen

Cons: -As other reviews online state, poor viewing angles
-Battery seems to drain quickly when not using power save mode

Other Thoughts: The 2 cons really didn't bother me at all and I knew to expect this prior to purchase. The Xperia apps are good and Sony's skin for android looks pretty good. Word of caution for people wanting to use this on ATT's LTE network. You will have to call in to customer care and provide an IMEI number for an ATT phone that can be provisioned with ATT 4G LTE or have previously used a phone that had a LTE data plan.

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