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Sony Xperia ion vs Samsung Galaxy S III

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Sony Xperia ion vs Samsung Galaxy S III
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Sony Xperia ion vs Samsung Galaxy S III
AT&T customers surely have a lot to be happy about, especially now that two highly prized Android smartphones are now available for purchase and poised for an old-fashioned showdown at the O.K. Corral. On one side of the field, we have the highly touted Samsung Galaxy S III, which has already garnered a lot of attention amongst the Android community. And on the other, the Sony Xperia ion is seeking to woo people with its attractive $99.99 on-contract pricing. Very similar in hardware department, it’s safe to say that they’re both top-shelf devices, but there can only be one left standing in this showdown.


Design:

Honestly, there isn’t a definitive device that has a better design over the other. Yet, we still find ourselves gravitating slightly more to the Samsung Galaxy S III because it sports a cleaner appearance, it’s skinnier, and lighter. With the Sony Xperia ion, however, it has the sturdier build between the two thanks to its brushed metallic casing, but the compromises are made with its heavier weight and bulkier feel in the hand. Furthermore, its sharp edges aren’t as comforting as the rounded feel of the Samsung Galaxy S III.

The Sony Xperia ion (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (right) - Sony Xperia ion vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Sony Xperia ion (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (right) - Sony Xperia ion vs Samsung Galaxy S III

The Sony Xperia ion (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (right)


Trying to activate any of the Xperia ion’s set of Android capacitive buttons is a frustrating experience, whereas it’s not much of an issue with the Galaxy S III’s combination physical home and capacitive buttons.

Comparing the rear cameras of these two behemoths, the Sony Xperia ion’s beefy 12-megapixel auto-focus camera shouts loudly over the 8-megapixel snapper of the Samsung Galaxy S III, but having a higher count number doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to be a stand out winner. We’ll talk more on their qualities later. As for front-facing cameras, the Xperia ion packs a 1-megapixel one, while the Galaxy S III is outfitted with a higher 1.9-megapixel camera – both of which can shoot in 720p.

Android buttons - The Sony Xperia ion (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (right) - Sony Xperia ion vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Front-facing cameras - The Sony Xperia ion (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (right) - Sony Xperia ion vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Rear cameras - The Sony Xperia ion (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (right) - Sony Xperia ion vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Android buttons

Front-facing cameras

Rear cameras

The Sony Xperia ion (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (right)


Needless to say, we love the fact that they both offer expandable memory via their microSD card slots, but we prefer the standard microHDMI port of the Xperia ion – especially when the Galaxy S III requires a special type of MHL adapter. Lastly, Samsung’s beauty benefits from a removable battery, whereas the Xperia ion is locked up inside of its body.

Top edges - The Sony Xperia ion (left, bottom) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (right, top) - Sony Xperia ion vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Left - The Sony Xperia ion (left, bottom) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (right, top) - Sony Xperia ion vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Bottom - The Sony Xperia ion (left, bottom) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (right, top) - Sony Xperia ion vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Top edges

Left

Bottom

The Sony Xperia ion (left, bottom) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (right, top) - Sony Xperia ion vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Ports - The Sony Xperia ion (left, bottom) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (right, top) - Sony Xperia ion vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Back - The Sony Xperia ion (left, bottom) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (right, top) - Sony Xperia ion vs Samsung Galaxy S III
 

Ports

Back

The Sony Xperia ion (left, bottom) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (right, top)



Display:

Checking out there two beauties, it’s safe to say that they flaunt some sharp looking displays thanks to their large size and high resolution. Specifically, the Samsung Galaxy S III features a 4.8” HD Super AMOLED display, while the Sony Xperia ion comes to the table with a 4.6” HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA engine. Seeing that the two share the same 720 x 1280 resolution, Sony’s baby is obviously sporting the higher pixel density, but seriously, it’s not much of a factor seeing that it’s almost indistinguishable when looking at the two from the same distance away. Still, the Galaxy S III has the slight wow factor thanks to the saturated colors tones that its AMOLED panel is able to produce, but it doesn’t have the color accuracy of Sony’s display. Finally, viewing angles are better with the Galaxy S III, since the Xperia ion’s display fades at slight angles.

The Sony Xperia ion (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (right) - Sony Xperia ion vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Sony Xperia ion (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (right) - Sony Xperia ion vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Sony Xperia ion (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (right) - Sony Xperia ion vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Sony Xperia ion (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (right) - Sony Xperia ion vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Sony Xperia ion (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (right) - Sony Xperia ion vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The Sony Xperia ion (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (right) - Sony Xperia ion vs Samsung Galaxy S III

The Sony Xperia ion (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S III (right)



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posted on 25 Jun 2012, 05:39 4

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


Good comparative review, but I believe it would be fare to compare the ION to the SGS3 once it has ICS in it. I won't say the ION would be better by then but I believe it can atleast close the gap by then. . .

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 06:00 1

2. tahnik (Posts: 132; Member since: 17 Jul 2011)


Ya...We know how ics changes everything...

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 07:27 4

13. ajac09 (Posts: 1361; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


well yeah ICS changes the weight the screen size the camera and the buttons magically change into working awesome buttons!

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 06:04 6

3. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2940; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


The SGS3 is an amazing phone. The Sony one isn't bad if you are on a budget but if you want the best, look no further.

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 06:20 3

4. wendygarett (unregistered)


IDK... For some reason i prefer ion... Probably because of attractive price...

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 06:25

5. santaclaus (Posts: 52; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


Proven: same camera sensor for SGS3, Ion, Iphone from the camera comparison

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 11:20

21. Atlas (Posts: 157; Member since: 15 Apr 2012)


That's because the i4S and the ion both use Sony cameras, plus they also helped with the GS3s camera as well

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 06:37 6

6. imran_khan0786 (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


S3 made by a cheap plastic and we heared s3 is exploding and heating problem. My three friends lost there money on s3. Never ever go for s3 better to take oneX or ION. Samsung just making craze in the public. Here no one ready to go with s3.
Best of luck.

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 06:59 7

8. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Another ignorant retard who comes up with his invalid "cheap plastic" argument.
Lost their money? How? And how is the ION or the One X better? Have you even read their comparison articles?

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 07:00 7

10. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2940; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


No no no and no. Please shut up dude.
One story about some guys phone exploding when he was probably using a cheap unsafe charger and to avoid paying for it he lied. There's been several cases of Iphones exploding. Another is the plastics that the sgs3 is the most durable there is. It's the same plastic found on the one x, just glossy. Get a phone cover like you should anyway.

Heating problem? My phone is the coolest cell phone I have used and I mean that literally. Not once has it felt hot or even warm to the touch and I use it constantly. You are just going by stupid little reports you read about that happened to a couple people. Faulty devices are in every product there is.

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 17:12

23. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


lol one x and ion are both plastic O.o

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 06:51 4

7. SleepingOz (unregistered)


I found myself loving the GSIII's design.

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 07:05 3

11. Oxygen (Posts: 79; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


You are not the only one..

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 09:04 2

17. droly23hp (Posts: 2; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)


im liking just the blue one though, it looks less plastic because of the brushed design.. the back of the white looks pure plastic..

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 09:41 1

18. wsucoug13 (Posts: 164; Member since: 04 May 2012)


it is pure plastic...

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 10:50 3

19. Galen20K (Posts: 512; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)


Polycarbonate, 100 times stronger than regular plastic and heck of a lot more durable. I don't see this as a bad thing. Haters just love to embelish facts.

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 07:00

9. ryq24 (Posts: 479; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


after giving the ion a low score what hope does Ion have against s3. nada! zero! none! but in fairness, the verge also give a very low score for ion. i hope sony is reading all the reviews so they could learn something out of it!

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 07:17 5

12. BabyWade (Posts: 42; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


Personally I wouldn't compare the Xperia Ion (mid-range) to the SGS3 (high-end), but still a good comparison.

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 08:05 2

14. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 411; Member since: 04 May 2012)


They've been comparing the SGSIII to every new phone, when will it end? -_-

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 08:14 2

16. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)


When some beats it, which won't happen anytime soon.

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 10:58 2

20. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5471; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Ray S. also comparing Samsung Galaxy S III with iPhone 4S...

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 08:13 2

15. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)


Honestly, the ion is a good release for Sony, while it may not compare to the gs111, its a quality stepping stone for Sony to work off of, let's face it, Sammy knows how to build monsters, give it time, and soon Sony will unleash high shelf monsters, that being said, the ion is still a great phone for those who want good quality on a small budget.

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 16:53

22. Martine (Posts: 102; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


Title is very misleading. It is more like Sony Xperia Ion vs Samsung Galaxy SIII (US version)

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 02:30 1

24. grkumar4phonearena (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Very nice comarasion review on both phones. But, personally I prefer Sony phones only.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 11:08

26. PhantomAss (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)


just go green, the world gonna be "hot"

posted on 02 Oct 2012, 02:26 2

27. win.legacy (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)


I have a samsung galaxy s3 and xperia ion...

but in some ways i like my xperia ion better.... i mean in many ways

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 00:21

28. X55526622233 (Posts: 17; Member since: 14 Apr 2013)


I have a samsung galaxy s3, htc one X+, xperia ion, and xperia Z
what I can say is... s3 is better when it comes to games, xperia ion and Z are better in terms of camera, htc one X+ uhhhhmmmm... yeah...I don't know why I bought this s**t.

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