Excerpt: For decades, the Sony brand has stood above the competition in consumer electronics. Sony was considered the gold standard by which everyone else was judged. While the company has fallen from its glory days and its market share has suffered significantly due to competition from Samsung and LG, Sony...
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.
Excerpt: At CES, Sony announced this fantastic new flagship LTE device called the Xperia Ion. We got excited. Then HTC announced and launched the One X. Then Samsung announced and launched the Galaxy S III. Sony, where are you? Six months later Sony finally launched the Xperia Ion.
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...
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.
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.
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 Scorpio...
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.
Pros: Gorgeous display, elegant looks with quality materials.
Cons: Last generation CPU and ships with Android 2.3.
Sony Xperia Ion: Entertainment-Filled, but Running on Empty
All Things Digital
28 June 2012
Excerpt: When you hear the name Sony, you probably think of TVs, laptops or game consoles — cellphones, not so much. Now, after a decade of making smartphones under the Sony Ericsson brand, most of which were only available to international markets, Sony is making its own phones.
Summary: The Xperia Ion represents the best what Sony can offer to its customer but in the world where quad-core processors are the new craze, the Xperia Ion might be considered a handset of the previous generation.