x PhoneArena is looking for new authors! To view all available positions, click here.

Sony Xperia ion vs HTC One X

Posted: , by John V.

Tags:

Go to page
Interface and Functionality:

Sony really needs to look at what HTC is doing right with its custom Android experience, seeing that Sony’s UXP NXT interface (from “next user experience) lacks the depth of personalization that HTC Sense 4.0 offers. Obviously, the main personalization elements are all there with both handsets, like their set of widget and shortcuts, but HTC has taken it further with its superior presentation value and functionality. Frankly, Sony’s custom Android experience seems rather flat and behind the times. Well, it’s literally true because it’s running Android 2.3 Gingerbread – while the HTC One X benefits from all the wonderful features attached with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Sony Xperia ion is running the UXP NXT interface on top of Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread - Sony Xperia ion vs HTC One X
Sony Xperia ion is running the UXP NXT interface on top of Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread - Sony Xperia ion vs HTC One X
Sony Xperia ion is running the UXP NXT interface on top of Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread - Sony Xperia ion vs HTC One X
Sony Xperia ion is running the UXP NXT interface on top of Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread - Sony Xperia ion vs HTC One X

Sony Xperia ion is running the UXP NXT interface on top of Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread

The HTC One X runs Android 
4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, personalized with the new Sense 4 UI - Sony Xperia ion vs HTC One X
The HTC One X runs Android 
4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, personalized with the new Sense 4 UI - Sony Xperia ion vs HTC One X
The HTC One X runs Android 
4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, personalized with the new Sense 4 UI - Sony Xperia ion vs HTC One X
The HTC One X runs Android 
4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, personalized with the new Sense 4 UI - Sony Xperia ion vs HTC One X

The HTC One X runs Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, personalized with the new Sense 4 UI


Uncovering their core organizer apps, we can agree that they function in the same manner, but again, HTC’s offerings stands out slightly more thanks to the visual tweaks littered around that make Sony’s presentation look all too conformed.

Typing messages with their respective keyboards is an effortless process, due to the fact that they’re spacious and responsive. Still, we find the HTC Sense keyboard the more preferable one because numbers and punctuations are all available from the main layout by performing long presses.

The on-screen keyboards of the Sony Xperia ion - Sony Xperia ion vs HTC One X
The on-screen keyboards of the Sony Xperia ion - Sony Xperia ion vs HTC One X
The on-screen keyboards of the Sony Xperia ion - Sony Xperia ion vs HTC One X
The on-screen keyboards of the Sony Xperia ion - Sony Xperia ion vs HTC One X

The on-screen keyboards of the Sony Xperia ion


The on-screen keyboards of the HTC One X - Sony Xperia ion vs HTC One X
The on-screen keyboards of the HTC One X - Sony Xperia ion vs HTC One X

The on-screen keyboards of the HTC One X



Processor and Memory:

Already, we’re all too aware about some of the outdated aspects of the Sony Xperia ion, like Gingerbread, but we continue to find the same in the processing department. Specifically, it’s running an older dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor coupled with 1GB of RAM, while the HTC One X relies on the newer S4 chipset. When it comes to executing the same tasks, they’re fairly responsive with their actions, though, we see that the HTC One X boasts the more buttery fluid movements – such as navigating across the homescreen. Furthermore, HTC’s beast outperforms the Xperia ion in nearly all benchmarking aspects.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Sony Xperia ion 2833 6044 36,4
HTC One X AT&T 4958 6863 57,7

Needless to say, there are people out there who are particular about the amount of free storage. Well folks, the Xperia ion has the advantage not only for its higher 11.24GB of internal storage out of the box, whereas the HTC One X has only 9.93GB, but the Xperia ion’s capacity can be increased thanks to its available microSD card slot.


Internet and Connectivity:

Naturally, it’s a win-win that these two are blessed with 4G LTE connectivity, and for the most part, we’re presented with a very tolerable web browsing experience – albeit, there are a couple of nagging things we find. With the Xperia ion, it exhibits some noticeable choppiness with its navigational controls, which is heightened when there is heavy Flash content. Meanwhile, the HTC One X moves faster with its operations, but we’re annoyed by the constant blinking action whenever we change the zoom. Nevertheless, they’re never too overbearing, and for the most part, we’re accepting of their performance.

Browsing the web with Sony Xperia ion - Sony Xperia ion vs HTC One X
Browsing the web with Sony Xperia ion - Sony Xperia ion vs HTC One X
Browsing the web with Sony Xperia ion - Sony Xperia ion vs HTC One X
Browsing the web with Sony Xperia ion - Sony Xperia ion vs HTC One X

Browsing the web with Sony Xperia ion


The built-in browser of the HTC One X - Sony Xperia ion vs HTC One X
The built-in browser of the HTC One X - Sony Xperia ion vs HTC One X
The built-in browser of the HTC One X - Sony Xperia ion vs HTC One X
The built-in browser of the HTC One X - Sony Xperia ion vs HTC One X

The built-in browser of the HTC One X


If you’re traveling internationally, there’s no concern because these two are compatible to work with the many GSM networks around the globe – though, 4G LTE connections are obtained domestically via AT&T’s network. Lastly, they both share the same connectivity features such as aGPS, Bluetooth, mobile hotspot functionality, NFC, and Wi-Fi.

8 Comments
  • Options
    Close




posted on 28 Jun 2012, 09:29 2

1. fervid (Posts: 173; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Waited too long for the Ion to finally come out and traded my One X for the Note. Wouldn't go back to either one. Might look at Sony's next devices in last half of year, but ATT will probably delay them too long to be of value too.

Also, the HTC's body is far from good. It is thin and flexible to the point of allowing harm to come to internals. The Sense Interface also lags and reloads often which takes forever. Gets very hot for no reason as well.

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 11:14

3. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1194; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I do like my One X but the reload problem pisses me off... I think the heating problem is due to the wifi problem. Had that problem few times because it got kicked off the wifi at work and I just had to turn off and on the wifi then it's fine again.

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 08:38

6. fervid (Posts: 173; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


I never even used my Wifi when I had it. Unlimited ATT plan with an LTE connection faster than my Wifi, so no need. Half the time I'd just tap the browser after the phone was off for hours and it would just go to Google's plain site and the thing would already be hot. Try playing something like Where's My Water for a half hour and see how burnt your fingers get when you touch the back by the camera. I didn't like the gap around the body dust/moisture could get in through or the light shining out of it either. And, being able to just apply a slight squeeze and the screen rippled...yeah, not for me.

I like Sprint's version a little better, but still no removable battery and the kickstand is cheap plastic (They put the charging port on the wrong side too)

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 10:12 3

2. ryq24 (Posts: 469; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


sony ion lose again. time to bring out the gx.

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 12:24

4. Cyan3boN (Posts: 425; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


i dont like sonys UI, i will buy a HTC just for their UI,

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 03:00 1

5. tanim (Posts: 17; Member since: 27 Jun 2012)


No quad core = No future proof

posted on 29 Jul 2012, 20:44

8. gordonDe (Posts: 2; Member since: 29 Jul 2012)


Sorry, Sony, HTC has outdone you this time. I own the One X, and it is a top-notch device. I love being able to use my phone's beautiful display to present my graphic designs to customers here in Dallas. And i have to mention AT&T's 4G LTE... lightning fast!

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 05:34

9. jeffrey31 (Posts: 2; Member since: 01 Nov 2012)


looking forward to update my HTC One X to jellybean, my friend has galaxy S3 which he updated, it works so smoothly.... hope we'll get update soon...

Want to comment? Please login or register.

Latest stories