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.

[img full [[110192,110193,110194,110221]]:"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.

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Already, we’re all too aware about some of the outdated aspects of the Sony Xperia ion, like Gingerbread, but we continue to find the same in the processing department.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.

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.



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: 875; 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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