Sony Xperia ion ReviewSony Xperia ion 8
We love that voices are clear, distinctive, and quite noise-free on both ends of the line, however, we’re sorely disappointed by the handset’s volume output. Specifically, the earpiece and speakerphone are simply too weak to hear our callers – thus, we’re forced to jam it against our face to listen intently.
During our time testing out the handset, the Sony Xperia ion didn’t drop any calls or fluctuate tremendously with its signal strength. From the looks of it, the ion manages to keep a steady -75 dBm signal strength in high coverage areas.
After using the handset for quite some time, we do notice that it feels a bit toasty in the rear. Compared to some other devices we’ve been checking out of late, its battery life doesn’t seem to be on the same level, as we’re left with less than a single day of normal usage. Obviously, LTE connectivity drains it like no other, but Sony is kind enough to throw in a rapid wall charger with the phone.
Honestly people, the Sony Xperia ion would’ve been a downright success if it were launched months ago. At the time of its official unveiling, we were astounded by its commanding specs sheet, but seeing that it took an extremely long time coming to market, its appeal has lessened – even more now that we’ve experienced the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S III for AT&T.
Still, we can’t help think about its immaculate $99.99 on-contract price point, which is undoubtedly one of its greatest attributes – much like the Nokia Lumia 900. Of course, it offers a ton of value for the money, but as a whole, its lower pricing is consolation for the fact that its rivals have beat it to the punch in terms of release. If pricing is a concern, by all means, we recommend checking out the Sony Xperia ion since it has enough gas in the tank to compete with most of its esteemed rivals. However, if you prefer something more awe-inspiring and comprehensive, we recommend checking out the HTC One X or Samsung Galaxy S III.
Software version of the AT&T review unit:
Android Version: 2.3.7
Build Number: 6.0.C.1.257
Kernel Version: 188.8.131.52-307007+
Sony Xperia ion Video Review:
- Killer $99.99 on-contract price
- Sharp looking HD Reality Display
- Sturdy construction
- Heavy with Multimedia
- Running Gingerbread
- Jerky web browsing
- Questionable battery life
- Unresponsive capacitive buttons
Sony Xperia ion Review - Performance and Conclusion