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 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1900 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 0.5 days standby time, 600 minutes (2G), 352 minutes (3G), 356 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.



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 

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 

Reviews summary

6.7/10AVG.
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.

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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)


TelecomTiger

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

from TelecomTiger
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 core and the front camera should have been 2 megapixels instead of VGA. The battery life is good, display is wonderful and the 12.1 megapixels main camera is outstanding... Full review
Mobile88

sharp design with gorgeous screen and runs smoothly

from Mobile88

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

Fone Arena

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

from Fone Arena
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 doesn’t look really appealing against contenders like the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S3 both of which are superior products. In short, a good product marred by a poor software optimization and a surprisingly high price point... Full review
Androinica

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

from Androinica
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 still on Android 2.3, the battery life isn’t stellar, and NFC didn’t work too well for me. Hopefully Sony can push out the ICS update in the near future, because that will greatly enhance the user experience in my opinion... Full review
Android and Me

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

from Android and Me
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 to bring it to market... Full review
Mobile Syrup

A decent smartphone with a lot of potential

from Mobile Syrup
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 update to Ice Cream Sandwich Sony is able to significantly improve one aspect of the equation, but we’re already looking towards Sony’s next generation of devices to see what the company can truly accomplish with the Android platform... Full review
Android Tapp

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

from Android Tapp
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 features, plus a contract price of a hundred bucks makes it quite tempting... Full review
Digital Trends

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

from Digital Trends

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

GSMArena

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

from GSMArena
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... Full review
Android Central

The 4.6-inch display is gorgeous, 12MP camera performs great, and overall the device runs rather smoothly

from Android Central

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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Full Specs

Overview
Release date June 24, 2012
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, LTE
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 2.3 Gingerbread (Update Available: 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich)

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8260 1.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass No
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.05 W/kg
Body: 0.57 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1900 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 363 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 356 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
600 minutes (2G)
352 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 0.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.2 x 6.9 x 1.0 cm
(5.2 x 2.7 x 0.4 in)
Weight 144 grams
(5.1 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 4.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Wallpapers
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard Unknown
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash Yes
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out HDMI
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 12+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 16x digital
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Image stabilization, Night mode, Panorama
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution 1+ megapixels
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, eAAC+, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer DOC, PDF, PPT, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Android Market)
Included Software / Apps No
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