First impressions: Hands on with the Sony Xperia ZL smartphone

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Pushing for a comeback in the States, Sony(s sne) directly sells its Xperia ZL smartphone in the U.S. for $629.99 through its Sony Store. That may be a tough sell in this land of subsidized cell phone addicts, but this market is changing. And Sony’s device is priced at or below other flagship phones currently available on the market.

The folks at Sony loaned me an Xperia ZL Android(s goog) unit to look over and although I’ve only had the device for less than 24 hours, I can already share some first impressions. My early take is that this handset is worth the look if you’re already considering an Android flagship phone from HTC, Samsung or LG. Here are photos followed by some initial thoughts, in no particular order:

  • Sony claims the ZL has the the sharpest 5-inch smartphone display and is also the world’s most compact handset with…

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