Sony Xperia ion vs HTC One X

Alrighty people, we’re back with yet another comparison between two high-end Android powered smartphones for AT&T, which interestingly enough, has built itself one eclectic lineup of late. Reigning mightily for some time now, the HTC One X has been a bona fide hit for the carrier thanks to its chiseled looks and comprehensive Sense 4.0 experience. Oppositely though, the Sony Xperia ion is attempting to establish its presence by hinging on its contemporary hardware, combined with a killer price point right out of the gate. So without further ado, let’s find out how these two stack up face-to-face with one another!


Showing off their sturdiness, there’s no arguing that the two are solidly built all around to withstand even some of the harshest of punishment. However, we’re drawn to the HTC One X’s design for all the obvious reasons. Unlike the sharp feel and easily dirtied brushed metallic body of the Sony Xperia ion, the HTC One X exudes a more calm demeanor thanks to its clean unibody polycarbonate construction and rounded corners. In addition, HTC’s beauty is lighter and skinnier than Sony’s offering, therefore, it simply feels easier to handle in the hand.

As we’re constantly frustrated trying to activate any of the Xperia ion’s capacitive buttons, it’s actually not a concern with the HTC One X, since its trio of capacitive buttons are spaced far away from one another. However, we’re not fans of the barely raised power buttons and volume controls of both devices – plus, they’re not all that responsive either.

Indeed, there are no removable batteries with either handset, but we find that the Xperia ion benefits from having a separate microHDMI port and expandable memory via its microSD card slot. In contrast, we can still get video-out with the One X, but it requires the use of an MHL adapter.


Technically, the Sony Xperia ion boasts the higher pixel density thanks to its 4.6” HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine – whereas the HTC One X flaunts a 4.7” HD S-LCD 2 display. No doubt, it’s a win on paper for the Xperia ion, but when it comes down to it, the difference is nearly undistinguishable since both are exquisitely detailed when viewed close up or far away. Overall though, the HTC One X captivates us more thanks to its the punchier colors and wider viewing angles – even more, it’s easier to view in outdoor settings over its rival in direct sunlight.



1. fervid

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 22, 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.

3. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 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.

6. fervid

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 22, 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)

2. ryq24

Posts: 876; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

4. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

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

5. tanim

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 27, 2012

No quad core = No future proof

8. gordonDe

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 29, 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!

9. jeffrey31

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 01, 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...

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