Sony Xperia ion

AKA: Sony LT28at

Available at: MTS, Rogers, Wind Mobile

7/10 AVG.
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Xperia ion is a super phone which meets all the aspirations of youth. At this price range phones, it is a good buy. - Telecom Tiger Team, TelecomTiger  
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The Xperia ion feels very much like it could have been a flagship phone had it been released earlier, but instead it is solidly in the mid-range. - Dieter Bohn, The Verge  
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Reviews summary

7/10 AVG.
RATING

Based on 21 reviews

The Sony Xperia ion is one of the most powerful Android smartphones available in its price range. The only problem with it is that it is driving an older version of the Android software, one that is more than one clean step behind the latest flavor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. As it is seemingly stuck with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, is the Sony Xperia ion still worth a look?

There are many so-called high-end smartphones available in the market today with Google’s open-source Android operating system. However, most of these are really fairly disappointing upon closer inspection. But not the Sony Xperia ion. Even though it comes with rather dated software pre-installed, the included hardware features will definitely not let you down.

First of all, the handset comes with a 4.5-inch HD color touchscreen display. It also boasts a 12-megapixel main camera with LED flash and 16x digital zoom, which with Sony optics makes it one of the absolute best cameraphones in its class. It even has several special camera features like face detection and panorama mode, to boot.

The ion comes wrapped in a case that has a 10mm thin profile. In such a sleek body, it manages to pack in Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, Wi-Fi, GPS with A-GPS, support for HDMI, microUSB, and microSD cards, and a powerful 1900 mAh battery. All of these hardware features are handled smoothly by a 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 processor and 1GB of RAM. Storage-wise, there’s 16GB of user available space.

This really is one impressive piece of plastic, glass and metal from a hardware standpoint. However, it’s the use of dated software that kills it. Unless you’re a loyal Sony fan or someone who wants the quality usually associated with the Sony brand, it would be best to wait out for the software updates that would give the Xperia ion the latest version of the Android software.

Need To Know: Sony Xperia ion

1. Powerful hardware features all around, including a high-speed mobile processor, ample RAM, and a sizable amount of internal storage space. (The Good)

2. Built-in camera and flash combination makes the Sony Xperia ion one of the better cameraphones available on the market today. (The Good)

3. Uses an older version of the Android software in Android 2.3 Gingerbread. (The Bad)

4. Does not come with built-in NFC. (The Bad)

Specs summary

Screen
4.5"

The Sony Xperia ion's screen is 4.5 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.5GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8260 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread (Update Available: 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1900mAh

The phone is powered by a 1900 mAh Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Sony's performance ratings are: 0.5 day standby time, 600 minutes talk time, 356 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

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Reviews summary

7/10 AVG.
RATING

Based on 21 reviews

The Sony Xperia ion is one of the most powerful Android smartphones available in its price range. The only problem with it is that it is driving an older version of the Android software, one that is more than one clean step behind the latest flavor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. As it is seemingly stuck with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, is the Sony Xperia ion still worth a look?

There are many so-called high-end smartphones available in the market today with Google’s open-source Android operating system. However, most of these are really fairly disappointing upon closer inspection. But not the Sony Xperia ion. Even though it comes with rather dated software pre-installed, the included hardware features will definitely not let you down.

First of all, the handset comes with a 4.5-inch HD color touchscreen display. It also boasts a 12-megapixel main camera with LED flash and 16x digital zoom, which with Sony optics makes it one of the absolute best cameraphones in its class. It even has several special camera features like face detection and panorama mode, to boot.

The ion comes wrapped in a case that has a 10mm thin profile. In such a sleek body, it manages to pack in Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, Wi-Fi, GPS with A-GPS, support for HDMI, microUSB, and microSD cards, and a powerful 1900 mAh battery. All of these hardware features are handled smoothly by a 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 processor and 1GB of RAM. Storage-wise, there’s 16GB of user available space.

This really is one impressive piece of plastic, glass and metal from a hardware standpoint. However, it’s the use of dated software that kills it. Unless you’re a loyal Sony fan or someone who wants the quality usually associated with the Sony brand, it would be best to wait out for the software updates that would give the Xperia ion the latest version of the Android software.

Need To Know: Sony Xperia ion

1. Powerful hardware features all around, including a high-speed mobile processor, ample RAM, and a sizable amount of internal storage space. (The Good)

2. Built-in camera and flash combination makes the Sony Xperia ion one of the better cameraphones available on the market today. (The Good)

3. Uses an older version of the Android software in Android 2.3 Gingerbread. (The Bad)

4. Does not come with built-in NFC. (The Bad)

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Reviews (7/10 Avg. rating)

A fully loaded Smartphone with rich features, great camera and solid battery life

from TelecomTiger (about 1 year ago)

Sony’s first Ericsson free smartphone Xperia ion is an amazing phone with brilliant features and good design. It’s loaded with latest features and applications, power packed with 1GB RAM and 1.5 GHz Dual Core processor. But, in this price range it should have been Quad core instead of Dual... More

  8/10

sharp design with gorgeous screen and runs smoothly

from Mobile88 (over 2 years ago)

SONY's flagship phone is nice in many ways. It has a pretty design with a great screen and build to match. It can also be hooked up to a HDTV which is great for sharing pictures and videos taken using the phone. The processor isn't the best by today's standards but it is still good enough to run Android... More

Packs a solid hardware and gorgeous design with a quite impressive battery life

from Fone Arena (over 2 years ago)

It is difficult to fault the Xperia Ion in terms of its build quality or looks and there are no glaring omissions in the phone. What is missing is an extra layer of polish in the software which would have helped evade the fairly common lockups and forced closes. Add to it the astonishing price and it... More

A solid option for those who consume and display media like it’s nobody’s business

from Androinica (over 2 years ago)

The Sony Xperia ion is a great smartphone on AT&T for those who need to capture some great photos and videos, watch tons of videos, and play games on a speedy phone. The Xperia ion is a quality smartphone available for $99 with AT&T on a two year contract.My only complaints include the fact that its... More

  7/10

Inspired design, amazing display and a camera which was ahead of its competition

from Android and Me (over 2 years ago)

The Sony Xperia ion was one of the best devices we saw at CES. It had an inspired design, amazing display and a camera which was ahead of its competition. The big issues we have with the Xperia ion don’t really have anything to do with the device, but with the amount of time it took Sony and AT&T... More

  7/10

A decent smartphone with a lot of potential

from Mobile Syrup (over 2 years ago)

The Xperia ion, despite being a decent Android phone, does not live up to its potential. Either due to aging hardware or aged software, the combination puts it miles behind the reigning Galaxy S III and One X in terms of performance, battery life and overall usability. We’re hoping that with an... More

  7/10

Super fast 4G LTE Internet browsing, really good HD cameras, and fast under the hood

from Android Tapp (over 2 years ago)

Looking at AT&T’s current smartphone line up it is hard to recommend it over some of their other tasty offerings. The fact that it ships with an older version of the Android OS and probably will not upgrade soon hurts this device a lot. However, this device is loaded with software and hardware... More

  8/10

The Xperia Ion is not a bad handset, but it does feel about six months old

from Digital Trends (over 2 years ago)

The Xperia Ion is not a bad handset, but it does feel about six months old. This is likely because it was first shown in January at the Consumer Electronics Show. Many things have changed since then, but the processor and operating system on the Ion have not. This phone runs on Android 2.3, which is... More

  6/10

Solid build, gorgeous screen, and award winning looks are likely to attract buyers

from GSMArena (over 2 years ago)

The Sony Xperia ion for AT&T has plenty of charm on its own and will surely find its fans out there, as long as they are willing to make a few compromises. We can't however, shake off the feeling of a missed opportunity on Sony's behalf - the handset would have done much better a few months ago.

A dependable device that heavily plays up HD, but falters with a mix of old and new specs

from Engadget (over 2 years ago)

What's the verdict? Well, if you've been following along you already know that the Ion has two irreconcilable faces -- and one tempting price tag. Were we smartphone doctors, a prescription for an imminent Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade, an aluminum body-lite diet and maybe even some dermabrasion for that... More

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