Excerpt: 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 case in point is the Xperia ion, a phone that shouldn’t exist, but still does, only because Sony was too lazy to think things through when designing their high-end model the first time around.
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: 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.
Sony’s Solo Smartphone: Sharp Shooter, Sleepy Software
24 June 2012
Excerpt: Sony has finally struck out on its own. The Sony Ericsson partnership is over — Sony bought out Ericsson’s slice of the phone-making venture earlier this year — and the first Sony-branded phone is the Xperia Ion , a new Android handset exclusive to AT&T’s 4G LTE network. It goes on sale Sunday priced at $100 with a 2-year contract, much less than flagship devices like the iPhone 4S , the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy S III .
Pros: 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.
Cons: 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 Outdated, clunky design.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.
Summary: Sony Ericsson is no more. The once powerful and arguably innovative phone manufacturer was cannibalized by Sony this year when it paid nearly $1.5 billion for Ericsson's stake in the company. From the ashes of Sony Ericsson comes Sony Mobile, a new brand that will focus on smartphones that are integrated with the rest of Sony's personal electronics lines (something that Sony Ericsson was never able to accomplish). The Xperia ion represents Sony's first effort in the U.S.
Summary: Was für ein Brett! Man erschreckt sich förmlich, wenn man das Ion aus der Verpackung holt, so groß und schwer ist das Smartphone. Okay, das rund 4,6 Zoll große LCD-Display erfordert nun einmal Platz, um die beeindruckende Auflösung von 1.280 x 720 Pixel – also HD-Qualität – anbieten zu können. Da auch Brillanz und Leuchtintensität stimmt gehört dieser Bildschirm in die vorderste Riege der Smartphone-Gilde.
Pros: Sehr großes & hochwertiges Display, Exzellente Ausstattung, Gute Kamera