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Sony Xperia ion hands-on

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Call it a long time in the making, but Sony is finally coming out of the woods with a smartphone that’s sure to buckle the knees of some of its competitors and keep them shaken up on wondering what just hit them. Even though we’ve been treated to some memorable Xperia devices from Sony Ericsson, it looks as though the partnership is over, as Sony decided to lay full claim on its line of smartphones. With the debut of the Sony Xperia ion, it marks the first time we’re seeing a smartphone being built in-house – and no longer the result of the former joint venture.

Yet another device that’s listed as being PlayStation certified, it’ll naturally pique the interest of hardened gamers all around, but unlike other devices we’ve seen in the past, the accompanying hardware makes it drool worthy. Looking at the Sony Xperia ion, it surely employs many of the same design characteristics we find on other Xperia branded devices, though, its brushed metallic exterior surely sprinkles a sense of premium to this beauty. And despite its larger size, we like how the handset comfortably contours to our hand thanks to its curved back – with its weight adding that harmonious balance to its solid construction.

Sony Xperia ion hands-on
Sony Xperia ion hands-on
Sony Xperia ion hands-on
Sony Xperia ion hands-on

Sony Xperia ion hands-on
Sony Xperia ion hands-on
Sony Xperia ion hands-on
Sony Xperia ion hands-on


Staring back at us, its 4.6” HD Reality display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine is remarkably one of its standouts right from the start, thanks primarily to its 720p resolution (720 x 1280). Needless to say, it’s pretty detailed looking from a cursory look, but its ability to produce rich and vivid colors also attracts our attention – plus, it helps that its brightness output and viewing angles are very nice too. Beyond that, there’s still plenty to like about the Sony Xperia ion – like its 12-megapixel auto-focus camera with Exmor R sensor, VGA front-facing camera, 1080p video recording, 4G LTE connectivity, and its 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor.

Sony Xperia ion hands-on
Sony Xperia ion hands-on
Sony Xperia ion hands-on
Sony Xperia ion hands-on

Sony Xperia ion hands-on
Sony Xperia ion hands-on
Sony Xperia ion hands-on


With the latter, it’s an astounding mark, since it’s blessed as being the first Xperia smartphone to feature a dual-core CPU. Not surprisingly, it does offer a pretty responsive performance from our quick look at the platform, which is Android 2.3 Gingerbread for right now. When you look at the overall picture, this is undoubtedly shaping out to be a multimedia buff’s dream phone! From playing games to shooting photos/videos, the Sony Xperia ion is looking to flex its muscles to scare away the competition. Now let’s just hope that AT&T can somehow get this sooner than later – well, at the right price too!




*note that the sample unit we've tested here is branded as "Sony Ericsson". However, the final retail models will be only "SONY". 

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posted on 10 Jan 2012, 03:43 14

1. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


This phone blows me off...

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 04:36 3

2. ivanprskalo (Posts: 105; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)


me 2!

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 04:36 13

3. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


i'm changing my mind regarding the design. lol. it's metal casing gives a whole other touch to the picture. a solid industrial look with premium finish, unlike the lg nitro and samsung cheapos.
top this with that sweet huge screen, fantastic camera, reasonable battery and an LTE and you get the best phone at the moment

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 05:46 6

4. marvellztune (Posts: 6; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Let's just say bye-bye to single-core phones! :)

posted on 21 Jan 2012, 09:10

35. StreetNerd (Posts: 700; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


Nokia Lumia 900, enough said...

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 06:14 5

5. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


hopefully it will come with ICS when it hit the shelves..

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 06:23 3

6. ayephoner (Posts: 836; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


im wondering about the playstation certification. will that just be by on screen controls? or will we finally see a decent control pad accessory? that could be pretty cool.

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 06:34 1

7. henrickrw (Posts: 403; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


More garbage from SE

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 08:36 5

14. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


Atleast we buy our Sony products to use them, not show off with specs that we never use.

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 12:24 3

17. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 801; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Amen to that! Specs wont matter if you cant even max it!

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 06:48 11

8. adjou (Posts: 102; Member since: 06 Jul 2010)


Lol, coming from a person with a sgs2 avatar. Too bad you will have to stick with plastic, while I will be using a metallic phone! ;)

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 07:31 3

11. seylan (Posts: 20; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Love it, I wish this version could be sold world-wide...but with the latest Snapdragon S4 Soc...I don't want to feel outdated!

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 08:37 6

15. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


No one would really buy a Quad core phone if you ask me...too many problems. It will be just the same when Moto launched the first dual core phone in the world.

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 17:45 1

23. Jimstar (Posts: 259; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


That was actually LG with the Optimus 2X....though looking at the G2X here in the states, your point ironically still stands

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 16:43 2

22. xiobnb (Posts: 74; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)


buy the xperia s !! its the international version ! and it looks even better!!

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 08:49

16. hunted (Posts: 307; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


why they have only 5 home screens? Sony get at least 7 screens for options

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 12:27 2

18. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 801; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Yeah agree, I think we better file a petition to SONY then...

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 14:16 6

20. -box- (Posts: 3709; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


My HTC comes with 7, but I only use 3...

posted on 19 Jan 2012, 08:23

34. ChiX017 (Posts: 308; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


Sirisly? Even on my Lg screens are a burden

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 13:57 8

19. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1044; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Sony is always a little behind others but with that comes true quality. It's the total package and that's what i really want in a phone and that's the kind of phone you can actually happily own for 2 years.

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 16:42 2

21. xiobnb (Posts: 74; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)


i want the xperia s !! the international version of xperia ion!!

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 18:25

24. rockstarlive (Posts: 307; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


hey wait a min.......

it still says Sony Ericcson. LOL

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 19:06 7

25. Jyakotu (Posts: 814; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


I honestly always felt that Sony had the BEST designs when it comes to Android smartphones. I also like their Timescape UI. Looks to be a solid phone for AT&T.

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 20:37 2

26. nando2do (Posts: 53; Member since: 10 Nov 2011)


why is so difficult to google to provide 4.0 to other developers other than samsung?? it just bought motorola and not even them have update their dual core phones to 4.0 yet. i just dont get it..

posted on 14 Jan 2012, 11:54 1

31. gammaSharma (Posts: 33; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


4.0 has been released for development from dec, 2011 to all phone manufacturer by Google. Its just the development and integration of the OS with the Drivers of each Manufacturer thats taking time.

For example there are many different parts on a phone from many manufacturers like different type of camera modules, display resolution, and other hardwares for which Device Drivers are to be Writtern and tested throughly before release.

Above that there is the Custom UI of various manufactures that needs to be integrated with the new OS again.

And moreover there are various Government and Environmental nomes the phone need to pass with the new OS in terms of radiation and all that takes quite some time depending on the Govt. in question.

So, have patience, your update is under development & Test cycle right now.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 03:07 1

27. sumit919 (Posts: 7; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


Why is Ericsson still printed there on the top of the phone. On the other sites i saw images with just SONY written over them..looked way more stylish

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 04:29 3

28. adjou (Posts: 102; Member since: 06 Jul 2010)


/they are sort of prototype, not the real thing that is releasing into the market.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 05:19 1

29. rahuldasgupta8 (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)


New Sony Ericsson Xperia S is knowdout a very good smart phone but this time similarly we miss the xenon flash on this phone

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 06:48 1

37. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 413; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


xenon are rare in smartphones because the battery of the smartphone is enough to power its components and xenon do use a lot of battery power when used.

posted on 14 Jan 2012, 11:47

30. gammaSharma (Posts: 33; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


Xperia S is light year ahead on looks from Ion. I don't like the looks of Ion at all as it resembles every other android hand set out there namely motorola, philips, sharp, etc etc. It does not look like Sony even.

posted on 15 Jan 2012, 18:38 1

32. nexuspeer (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


The Xperia Ion and its sister phone the Xperia S are great phones. They also will come with an optional Sony touchscreen accessory watch!
I had the pleasure to test all of them at this year's CES2012 and also recorded a short video.
See it here:
http://youtu.be/TVZKCvjHZPw

posted on 15 Jan 2012, 23:44 1

33. iDroidx650 (Posts: 72; Member since: 26 May 2010)


This phone is great. good job sony! just don't launch it too late. We need this phone out before Spring to get some great sales.

posted on 18 Feb 2012, 18:47 1

36. rayman173 (Posts: 59; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


I might switch out my windows phone for this android.......its quite appealing and I always liked Sony's interface

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