Pros Good size, Nice Screen, Fast Processor
Cons Camera can have hard time focusing in low light, non removable battery, bloatware, hard to get to some settings
Summary I upgraded to the TL from a pantech crossover which I loved, it was just too slow. I enjoyed the simple interface that allowed me to turn on/off wifi, GPS, alarms, and bluetooth from the pull down bar. The TL does not have all of these option. You can only control Wifi, Bluetooth, sounds and data sharing from this bar, but there is a quick link to settings there. Not a huge deal just different. However, the lock screen does allow access to the pull down bar and then direct access to any notifications so thats nice.
Overall the phone has been great. Its fast, connects to all networks very well and has a easy to use interface. The camera lacks clarity and has trouble focusing only in low light situations, but other than that the camera is awesome.
One thing I like the most about it is the size, its a little bigger than an Iphone, but not as big as the S3 or One X. Even with a heavy duty case(ballistic SG, which is awesome) it still fits in my pocket well.
The external button layout is very different than most phones but I actually really like it and have not had a problem adjusting to it. There are not extra buttons like my old pantech that had a favorites button that I would accidentally press all the time.
The keyboard is very responsive and the vibration feedback is a very nice touch. I thought I would have an issue with the virtual keyboard and my big fingers but its been very easy to text and type, also the predictive text works great without forcing you to use the word it thinks you are typing.
The bloatware that it is loaded with really sucks, but can be disabled and really doesn't drain the battery..it just sucks when all of these useless apps are mixed in with the ones you actually use.
Making calls was easy and my fiance really noticed the increased call quality over my old pantech, and the speakerphone works very well from across the room.
The battery is hit or miss depending on how much and what you use your phone for. When I was home sick I drained the battery in about 5 hours from watching videos and posting/browsing on message boards. During a normal work day the battery last me all day and into the night.
NFC tags are a nice touch and are very convenient to use.
"An awful tease."on by Eis_Tier
Pros Sleek, modern profile allows the phone's speaker to actually be heard well. The display is crisp and high definition.
Cons The battery is not removable, and the device comes with an absurd amount of junk apps, many of which cannot be truly removed. The touch screen is sometimes accurate, and other times way off. Wimpy battery.
Summary Some of this may be unavoidable, as far as AT&T phones go, but for this phone in particular, I found that in order to truly get the most out of it, I will have to root it. Also, during routine use, one may find that the hardware buttons are placed in inconvenient places; I find myself looking at random photos that my camera took while I was holding it, because of where that button is. Also, always have a charger on hand- This phone has a very wimpy battery.
Pros Absolutely LOVE this phone. It's fast, easy to navigate, crisp screen, GREAT camera and video recording, seamless transitions from one app to another
Cons TERRIBLE battery life! Still on Android 4.1.2. Of course, it's stuffed with AT&T's junk apps that are non-removable barring rooting your phone. And I'm going on Xperia #3
Summary Likely, I'm that one review you'll read where the person just had horrible luck and got dud phones. I'm going to start off by saying that I LOVE this phone! And I'm picky. It has such a crisp screen, a beautiful camera at 13MP, awesome recording capabilities, and great transitions. Call quality is excellent. It's far better than my husbands Galaxy Nexus as far as quality goes.
However, I'm still running Jelly Bean 4.1.2 (despite the announcement in MARCH that AT&T and Sony would be rolling out 4.2 for the Xperia TL) and KitKat 4.4 was just announced. For a phone MORE than capable of handling 4.2 (its processor is up there with the best), I'm frustrated. But, this seems to be par for the course for AT&T's phones. Never getting promised updates.
For the biggest CON of all, I'm currently on phone #3 of the TL. Don't worry. In a week, I'll be holding a Nexus 4 in my hands and selling the replacement TL, but for the love of all things, why are my phones lasting 6 weeks? First phone dies completely and won't turn back on, and with a non-removable battery, warranty is automatic. Second phone drops calls, won't call out, receives texts, pings (Hangouts), and voicemails all at once, despite showing a solid 4G/Wi-fi connection. So off it goes and here comes the Nexus 4.
Pros I like it lots
Cons You should like it
Summary I realy like it yup