Sony Xperia ion launches – already down to $50

Sony Xperia ion launches – already down to $50
Well that was fast. You probably already checked out our review earlier today of the new Sony Xperia ion. As we previously reported, this Android powered handset from Sony launched today on AT&T for $99 with a new two-year commitment.

If you liked what you saw in that review and decided to pull the trigger on this one, do yourself a favor and skip AT&T’s website and go directly to Best Buy or Sony. Both sites are currently offering the Sony Xperia ion for just $49.99 with a new contract.

While the device didn’t exactly blow us away, we did find its $99 price point quite alluring. Shave 50% off of that and Gingerbread might not look so bad after all.

source: Best Buy & Sony

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Xperia ion
  • Display 4.5 inches
    1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 12.1 MP (Single camera)
    1.3 MP front
  • Hardware , 1GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1900 mAh
  • OS Android 4.1.2



9. ryq24

Posts: 876; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

maybe sony read the reviews of phonearena and which give this ion a not so good marks.

8. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Bye bye lumia 900....

7. BabyWade

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

After reading the review the Xperia Ion is no longer a phone that I would consider buying, thought Sony would at least spice it up a little bit. Hope the GX comes out soon.

5. aoikemono27

Posts: 177; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

At least this one doesn't have that cheap acryllic tacky glow bar. The thick and square design and curved back is very ugly and not good to hold. In fact, it looks EXACTLY like the cheap remote that came with my bargain bin Vizio TV. Remove the buttons, slap a screen on there, voila! The square and flat profile with the excessive curve on the back are not a good ergonomic combination. Why is Sony using this same exact design on EVERY SINGLE one of their phones? Even Samsung phones look slightly different from each other. Sony probably misplaced their design team under a seat cushion and is just resizing the current design using MS Paint. Also considering Sony is suppose to be such a top LCD maker, why do all their screens look so terrible, with very poor viewing angles and strange colors and oversharpness? Coupled with umimpressive 12MP camera, choppy video, choppy UI performance even though it's suppose to be minimalist and dual-core, poor battery life, etc., why would you get this phone even if it is on sale for cheap? You can get older models like the Galaxy S II or the Nitro or the Razr for equivalent or cheaper price.

6. sethyvball

Posts: 46; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Talk about being cynical. Sony has some of the best designs around.

4. x01hst

Posts: 13; Member since: May 21, 2012

I already got from AT&T on today.......... :(

3. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Now that's something. Next year dual-cores will be free on contract. Wooopeeee :p

2. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

I like this phone a lot but I don't know about the camera on it. I don't care what the reviews say. The camera on the Xperia S is so-so and I can vouch for that myself. The samples I've seen from this device on this site are also disappointing. Honestly, the camera is the part of the phone I use the most and I need a good camera. I still think it is a good buy though.

1. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

its really not bad a phone but bigger names like HTC samsung and apple will kill it in sales. Need to market it right.

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