- Telecom Tiger Team , TelecomTiger
Xperia ion is a super phone which meets all the aspirations of youth. At this price range phones, it is a good buy.
- Dieter Bohn , The Verge
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.
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)
Reviews (6.7/10 Avg. rating)
A fully loaded Smartphone with rich features, great camera and solid battery life
sharp design with gorgeous screen and runs smoothly
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 smoothly.
Also, the 12-megapixel camera is great for taking pictures when there's enough light but doesn't perform so well in low light conditions.
The capacitive buttons could also have been better - they are not bright or responsive enough.
Overall, the Xper... Full review
Packs a solid hardware and gorgeous design with a quite impressive battery life
A solid option for those who consume and display media like it’s nobody’s business
Inspired design, amazing display and a camera which was ahead of its competition
A decent smartphone with a lot of potential
Super fast 4G LTE Internet browsing, really good HD cameras, and fast under the hood
The Xperia Ion is not a bad handset, but it does feel about six months old
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 two generations behind, and its processing speed isn’t in league with newer superphones like the One X and Galaxy S3. We also had some issues with minor screen scratching and navigation buttons that required multiple presses to register. Still, it was a usable smartphone and at half the pr... Full review
Solid build, gorgeous screen, and award winning looks are likely to attract buyers
The 4.6-inch display is gorgeous, 12MP camera performs great, and overall the device runs rather smoothly
So, what’s the final word? Well this is a tough one, but I think the price point will sell it. On contract with AT&T for only $99 with a new two year agreement it is tough to dismiss this 4.6-inch 4G LTE device.
While the overall experience with the device was a rather positive one, it did what it was expected to, there were still quite a few flaws that need to be addressed in my opinion. One of the biggest ones is the touch panel on the front for the capacitive buttons, that is a huge downfall and quickly becomes annoying. The second is the camera not having a touch to fo... Full review
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