Yeah, I specifically said Xperia series, because when I bought this particular one, it was among the newest models, so its kinda logical to extend my disliking to the whole series, since most of their ZL, Z, Z1, Z Ultra are almost similar to each other.
I have this exact phone and it's great for what I wanted. Everyone keeps comparing this phone to the Nexus 5, but they don't realize that this phone came out 10 months before the Nexus 5. Sure, the Nexus 5 is going to have better specs in some aspects. Spec-wise, this phone falls in between a Nexus 4 and a Galaxy S4. It uses the same proc as the Nexus 4, but features a 5" 1080p screen, and LTE support, similar to a S4.
There was also someone complaining about the bezel size on this phone. I think they were thinking of the Z models (Z, Z1, Z2) and not the ZL. The ZL has one of the smallest bezels of the Xperia phones, which was why I bought this phone instead of the Z.
Even if it doesn't compare spec-wise to the Nexus 5, there are still nice features this phone has that it doesn't. It still has a 13MP camera with a dedicated camera button, a microSD card slot, and an IR blaster, with a bundled universal remote app. Sony Xperia phones are also the only phones that support a Dualshock 3 controller without having to be rooted. I'll agree that the viewing angles aren't the best, but I don't see it as much of an issue because there are few times where the phone isn't pointed directly at my face.
Xperia ZL is a 1.5 year old Sony flagship phone. It was originally marketed as a premium phone, at a ridiculous starting price of $740, which was probably why no US carriers picked it up. Firmware support for the phone has been good, and it seems like they'll keep supporting it for a while still. You can get kitkat on it, I think. Sony released the update, but then removed it because of a bug that killed everyone's battery life. I'm not sure if they released the fixed kitkat version yet.
I might be able to answer some other questions about this phone if anyone has any.
Yes, but I wouldn't. I upgraded to Kitkat and it was nearly unusable. I had to downgrade it. Battery also dropped fast with Kitkat unless you change several settings. Though I like some features of Kitkat, I'm now using 4.3 and I'm a lot happier.
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