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Sony Xperia ion vs Samsung Galaxy S III

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So here we are finally comparing the cameras of these two handsets! From an initial glance, some would think that the Sony Xperia ion has an advantage with its sizable 12-megapixel camera with Sony’s Exmor R sensor, but after snapping the same shots with the two, the 8-megapixel camera of the Samsung Galaxy S III proves to be an equal competitor. When we it comes down to it, these two come to the table delivering very similar qualities, but more importantly, they are great point and shoot replacements. In fact, they cough up the same sharp details and punchy colors – though, the Xperia ion produces a subtle amount of over-exposure with its shots, which benefits it in low lighting situations. However, the Galaxy S III has a ridiculously fast shutter speed to capture the moment, whereas the Xperia ion lags with its auto-focus.

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Yet again, the qualities of their 1080p video recording are extremely similar, as we’re presented with smooth 30 frames per second capture, sharp details, and neutral colors. However, we find the Samsung Galaxy S III to be more enduring mainly because the Xperia ion suffers from a painfully slow auto-focus and distorted audio recording.

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Mainly because the custom Android experience on the Xperia ion isn’t seen in many devices here in the US, we like its music player more than the usual boring TouchWiz player found with the Galaxy S III. However, Samsung’s prodigy outputs the better audio quality with its internal speaker, seeing that the Xperia ion’s speaker is very weak with its tone.

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The music player of the Sony Xperia ion - Sony Xperia ion vs Samsung Galaxy S III
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The built-in music player of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Sony Xperia ion vs Samsung Galaxy S III

The built-in music player of the Samsung Galaxy S III


Having large and spiffy looking displays, it’s a safe bet to say that the two are wonderful for watching videos on the go. After taking the time to look at each one meticulously, the Mobile BRAVIA engine of the Xperia ion shows its worth over its rival, as it adjusts the display’s color saturation to give us the more optimal watching experience between the two.

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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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