Picture taking aficionados will surely appreciate using both devices, as their qualities don’t stray far from one another – and overall, they can easily replace most point and shoot cameras. To tell you the truth, their 8-megapixel cameras produce the same adequate details, balanced exposure, and warm looking colors. Though, we do notice a subtle saturation with the HTC One X’s results. Although they might have some challenges in low lighting, their LED flashes are effective in lighting up the scenery. However, the HTC One X is undoubtedly the faster of the two with its near instant shutter speed. Oh, did we mention that the One X also packs a ton more shooting modes as well?

Even though they’re not the prettiest things we’ve seen, their 1080p video capture is good enough for most things. Yet, we still find a few qualms with the two. Specifically, there is more artifacing present with HTC One X as we pan very quickly – while with the Xperia ion, its audio recording is distorted at times.

Sony Xperia ion Sample Video:

HTC One X Sample Video:


Unlike the stock Android music player, the Xperia ion and One X are given some visual tweaks to their respective players to stand out amongst the Android crop. Setting their volumes at the maximum setting, we can make out that the HTC One X’s output is minutely stronger – though, it’s not by much. Nevertheless, both offer various equalizer settings to better adapt to the genre of music that’s playing.

Running the same video encoded in DivX 1920 x 1080 resolution, there are no issues found with the two as they play them. In particular, we’re treated to smooth playbacks, luscious colors, and clear details with both – making them more than worthy for the occasion. Sure, the Mobile BRAVIA engine of the Xperia ion adjusts the display’s saturation with videos, but honestly, the two are equally good looking.



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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