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Sony Xperia ion

alaTest has collected and analyzed 243 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the value for money and design. The responsiveness and camera are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the apps and features.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Sony Xperia ion is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony Xperia ion Review


Sony wasn't kidding around when they said they would only make smartphones and abandon feature phones completely. But we feel they've reached a point where it's a little ridiculous now and they seem to be getting really sloppy with their launches. A...

The video player is a little disappointing since you only get the stock Android player, which only plays MP4 and WMV. You do have options to stream video via DLNA though. The Xperia ion handles 1080p videos like a champ without skipping a frame. HD...

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Sony Xperia Ion Review


The Xperia Ion is the first phone Sony has produced since its big split from Ericsson. It represents Sony's challenge to high-end Android phones like the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S3 on AT&T — and at half the price ($100) — putting it in direct...

Cheap $100 price ; Top-notch specs ; 12-megapixel camera ; 4G LTE connectivity

Camera autofocus is slow ; Navigation buttons unresponsive ; Scratchable screen ; Runs old version (2.3) of Android ; Outdated processor compared to competitors ; USB port cover is cumbersome

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

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Sony Xperia Ion Review: Great Display and Camera, Old Software


The Sony Xperia Ion ($99 with a new two-year contract on AT&T) is an Android phone with exceptional hardware: It has a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a 12-megapixel camera, and a massive high-resolution display powered by Sony's own Bravia display engine....

Great looking screen ; Takes above average pictures

Ships running an old OS ; Navigation buttons don't always work

The Sony Xperia Ion sounds impressive on paper, but has a few shortcomings that keep it from being on top.


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Sony Xperia ion


The Sony Xperia ion combines a sharp 12-MP camera and fast 4G speeds for a good price, but the older OS and hard-to-read buttons are turn-offs.

Click to EnlargeSony took its sweet time from announcement to availability with the Xperia ion, but you get a lot of smartphone for your $99. The 12-MP camera, HD display, and and 4G LTE speeds all impress, even if the processing power trails higher...

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Sony Xperia ion review


It's been over five months since we first saw Sony's Xperia ion for AT&T, an Android device with LTE and a lot to prove. The Xperia line hasn't had much success here in the US, thanks in no small part to delayed launches and underwhelming hardware. The...

Great 720p screen ; Solid, well-built ; LTE

Android 2.3 ; Camera doesn't live up to its megapixels ; S3 processor

Mid-range phones are all about compromise, and the Xperia ion is definitely compromised

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Sony Xperia Ion (AT&T)


The affordable $99.99 Xperia Ion is more than just Sony's first U.S. smartphone to bear the Sony name after its Ericsson divorce , it's also the company's first foray into 4G LTE. Though similar to its international siblings, this American model is...

The affordable Sony Xperia Ion has solid call quality and swift 4G LTE that ties into Sony's vast entertainment empire.

Lackluster images and video belie the Xperia's claimed 12MP camera. It's also held back by an old processor and an outdated OS.

The $99.99 Sony Xperia Ion looks like a good Android deal but its weaknesses make it not worth even the budget price.

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Sony’s Solo Smartphone: Sharp Shooter, Sleepy Software


Sony's first non-Ericsson smartphone has a nice camera, a quality screen, and a unique feature that makes it a fine device for enjoying streaming media when you hook it up to your TV. But it's physically modest, and it runs the outdated Gingerbread...

Sony delivers a flagship-worthy CPU, display and camera at a mid-range $100 price point. Quality materials make the phone feel durable. Nice touchscreen display. Hooking it up to an HDTV launches a minimalist, big-screen-friendly interface

Has all the personality of a Ford Taurus. Outdated, clunky design. It runs last year’s operating system (Gingerbread? Really?), making the whole experience feel behind the times

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Sony Xperia Ion (AT&T)


The Sony Xperia Ion is a quirky yet powerful media phone with terrific TV connectivity options and poor call quality.

Can be operated with a TV remote. 12-megapixel camera. NFC. Solid build

Runs older version of Android. Poor phone call quality. Too much non-HD video bloatware. Bugs

With terrific TV connectivity and a 12-megapixel camera, Sony's Xperia Ion ($99.99 with contract) is the ideal Android phone for folks who want to take their movies everywhere, showing them on any screen available. It's quirky and not an industry...

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Sony Xperia Ion


They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. But that adage, such a truism when applied to interpersonal relationships, doesn't quite carry the same weight when extended to the intimacy between expectant geek and promised hardware. So here we are, six...

Gorgeous 720p display ; HDMI out experience is intuitive ; Battery life holds up well under daily usage

Build makes for uncomfortable fit, in hand ; Inconsistent LTE speeds ; Ships with outdated Snapdragon S3 processor and Android Gingerbread

Sony's Xperia Ion is a dependable device that heavily plays up HD, but falters with a mix of old and new specs.

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Sony Xperia ion vs LG Nitro HD


Being the new kid on the block that's attached with a killer price point out of the gate, the Sony Xperia ion is surely going to be attracting quite a few heads in AT&T stores all around. However, the LG Nitro HD has being making the rounds for quite...

If money isn’t a concern to you, we’d recommend sticking with the Sony Xperia ion – despite being double the price at $99.99 on-contract. For the $50 price difference from its rival, you get a better looking smartphone that’s exceptionally more...

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