Sony Xperia ion vs LG Nitro HD

Being the new kid on the block that’s attached with a killer price point out of the gate, the Sony Xperia ion is surely going to be attracting quite a few heads in AT&T stores all around. However, the LG Nitro HD has being making the rounds for quite some time now, and as we look online, it’s now affordably priced at $49.99 with a 2-year contract. Knowing that these two share some commonalities, it’s going to be a mad dash to the finish line to find out exactly which smartphone will end up taking your hard-earned cash at the end of the day. Let’s find out shall we?


Neither one actually comes off as sporting a fresh design that we haven’t seen before, but if we’d had to pick, we’d stick with the Sony Xperia ion with this one – mainly for the fact that it’s sporting a more pronounced industrial design. Additionally, Sony’s offering exudes a premium finish with its brushed metallic casing, which so happens to give it more sturdiness than the all-plastic construction of the LG Nitro HD. Conversely, the selling points going for LG Nitro HD is its lightweight and comforting feel in the hand – though, its overall design is bland by today’s standards.

Seeing that these are Android 2.3 Gingerbread powered devices out of the box, they naturally feature Android capacitive buttons. On one hand, we have no issues activating the Nitro HD’s trio of buttons, but we’re frustrated beyond belief trying to press on any of the Xperia ion’s four capacitive buttons. Furthermore, the physical power and volume buttons of the LG Nitro HD are more preferable since they’re responsive – whereas the Xperia ion’s buttons are indistinct to the touch and stiff.

Right away, Sony’s flagship is flexing its muscles by sporting the beefier 12.1-megapixel camera with Exmor R sensor. Oppositely, the LG Nitro HD’s 8-megapixel baby is still respectable against most other things. In addition, they both share single LED flashes and the ability to shoot 1080p videos. As for their front-facing cameras, they come to the table packing the same 1-megapixel camera with the ability to shoot in 720p.

No doubt we like that we’re able to gain access to the Nitro HD’s internal battery, but both offer the convenience of expandable memory their microSD card slots. However, we take notice of the Sony Xperia ion’s convenient microHDMI port for video out, whereas the Nitro HD relies on its microUSB port with the aid of an MHL adapter for the same functionality.


Visually, it’s almost difficult to say which display is the superior between the two, even more when they’re exquisite looking to the eye. Specifically, the Xperia ion features the larger 4.6” HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine, while the Nitro HD sizes up with its 4.5” True HD IPS display. On paper, the Nitro HD has the higher pixel density of 326 ppi, versus 323 ppi for the Xperia ion, but it doesn’t really matter seeing they’re equally detailed from various distances. On top of that, we love their punchy color production and high-contrast. However, the slight advantage goes to the Nitro HD for the mere fact that it maintains its crisp appearance at all angles – whereas the Xperia ion tends to distort at extreme angles. Outdoors though, we’re still finding ourselves shielding them from the sun.



15. X55526622233

Posts: 17; Member since: Apr 14, 2013

why would you compare a LG phone to a xperia phone? that would be an insult.

8. randomguest

Posts: 20; Member since: Jun 26, 2012

You can get the Xperia Ion for $49 in Best Buy or Sony's online store.

3. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

pretty fair review

2. ryq24

Posts: 876; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

two losers battling it out. after the dust is settled, S3 still come out the winner. :-)

4. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

but these phones don't belong in the same catagory the gs3 is a 2012 phone while the nitro and the xperia they are all late 2011 phones its like saying the wildfire and the g1 are fighting, but the s3 will come out the winner CAPTAIN OBVIOUS STRIKES AGAIN

5. BLikens1619

Posts: 67; Member since: Apr 12, 2008

The Ion was announced in January 2012 at CES you idiot!

7. Aaron_R96 unregistered

Yeah, and developed by Sony Ericsson in 2011 on 2011 market standards, Sony probably only released it because they had it


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

They BOTH need to be upgraded to ICS before being compared to the monster that is the S3. LG's new ICS skin looks much better and appears much more smooth and fluid than this cartoony crap of a android skin. Samsung made huge improvements over touchwiz a year ago and LG is just really late to the game. Let's just hope they don't forget about the Nitro because it has potiental, it's just held back by a poor UI skin.

1. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

The LG Nitro's screen is definitely the sharper screen, you can see details that you can't see on the ION.

6. Aaron_R96 unregistered

You are kidding right? I dont think those extra 3 pixels per inch are gonna make you see anything more clearer actually thats like what? an extra 12-13 pixels it has over the ion? thats ridiculous.

9. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Look at the pictures.. Only a blind guy would say that the ion has the sharper screen..

13. rajeannie

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

actually u need some glasses on u r eyes.. u getting older..

14. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Actually you need to learn proper grammar.. (On u r eyes? On you are eyes? Sony fanboys are getting worst by the day..)

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