Excerpt: After buying out Ericsson’s share of their joint venture earlier this year, Sony’s inaugural run of solo-branded smartphones shows the Japanese heavyweight has no intention of ceding the market just yet to Korean competitors like Samsung and LG without a fight. The Xperia S features a 4.3-inch 720p display with a 1.5GHZ dual-core processor, a 12 megapixel Exmor R camera sensor, NFC support, and PlayStation gaming certification.
Summary: I guess ‘old wine in a new bottle’ is how I would describe the Xperia ion. The phone is essentially an Xperia S with new overalls, a larger battery, slightly larger screen and a microSD card card slot. And for just this, Sony is asking for Rs. 36,000! That’s a good six grand more than the current price of the Xperia S . Like I said in the beginning, the ion just doesn’t have any place in the market right now, it’s a phone that should not exist.
Summary: The Sony Xperia Ion's persona makes you a fan instantly, and has no visible flaws as a phone. It has good looks and stable performance, while presenting you with excellent call clarity and fairly good battery life. However, things start to go wrong the moment the price tag comes into consideration. With the Samsung Galaxy S III and the HTC One X available in the same price bracket, the consumers cannot decipher any comparison in the favour of the Xperia Ion.
Pros: Very well built, Excellent call quality, 720p display is very crisp, Very pocket able despite bigger display, Classy and understated design elements, Camera quality brilliant in good lighting, Good battery life, Android ICS out of the box
Cons: Dual core processor fighting the quad cores, Brings us to the point of the perplexing price tag, Display doesn't have colour punch of an AMOLED
Summary: Sony Mobile has sure taken its time to deliver the Sony Xperia ion. The 4.55-inch device was first unveiled with the Xperia S about seven months ago at CES 2012 but has only recently resurfaced during a huge local Southeast Asia (SEA) event in late-June where five other Xperia devices were unveiled as well.
Pros: Classy and sturdy chassis, Comes with Android 4.0, Overall positive camera performance, Clean UI
Cons: Less than stellar handling experience, Battery life can be better, A tad expensive
Conclusion: 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.
Conclusion: Let's be honest here - Sony missed a great opportunity with the Xperia ion for AT&T. Had the device hit the shelves shortly after its announcement, it would have enjoyed a flagship status and a higher price tag, along with the potential for selling in significant numbers. The Sony Xperia ion for AT&T still offers great value for its price tag, despite not being a top dog anymore. Solid build, gorgeous screen, and award winning looks are likely to attract buyers.
Pros: Quad-band GSM /GPRS/EDGE support, Tri-band 3G with 21Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA, Category 3 LTE network connectivity, 4.6" 16M-color capacitive LED-backlit LCD touchscreen of 720p resolution (720 x 1280 pixels) with Sony Mobile BRAVIA engine; Scratch-resistant glass, Dual-core 1.5 GHz Scorpion CPU, 1 GB RAM, Adreno 220 GPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260 chipset, 12 MP autofocus camera with LED flash and geo-tagging, Multi Angle shot, 1080p video recording @ 30fps wi...
Cons: Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread out of the box doesn't cut it for a high-end device this far into 2012, Display has sub-par side viewing angles, Underwhelming front touch buttons and side camera key, Non-user replaceable battery
Conclusion: For a budget priced phone, the Sony Xperia Ion, like the Motorola Atrix HD has a good helping of top of the line features. The display, elegant design, classy materials and excellent camera make our collective heart go pitter-pat. Voice quality and reception are both very good and battery life is in keeping with other big screen, fast phones on AT&T.
Pros: Gorgeous display, elegant looks with quality materials.
Cons: Last generation CPU and ships with Android 2.3.