Interface and Functionality:

Even now, we cringe knowing that these two very equipped smartphones are running the outdated Android 2.3 Gingerbread experience out of the box, but despite that, it’s masked by their customized interfaces. At their core, they both deliver the goods in their functionality and deep level of personalization. With Sony’s custom UI, it seems to be a bit cleaner with its presentation, which is evidenced by its translucent widgets and app drawer. However, with the LG Optimus 2.0 skin on the Nitro HD, it has a somewhat cartoony look with its boxy icons and bright colors. Honestly, we don’t find one to be superior to the other – meaning, it’ll vary on the individual’s personal preference.

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Visually, their various organizer apps might differ in presentation and style, but regardless of that, they boast all the same functionality that we typically find on all other Android smartphones.

Even though their displays are separated by a mere 1/10 of an inch, they’re both more than effective enough in typing up messages without issues. In fact, their layouts are roughly the same size to provide comfort in steady typing, while their responses are equally instantaneous.




Processor and Memory:

Part of the reason why these two bad boys are priced so low is due to the fact that they’re utilizing the previous-generation Snapdragon chipset. Under the hood, these two devices are powered by the same 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. On the surface, it’s almost unrecognizable as to which one is the better performer, especially when they’re pretty quick with most operations. However, we do notice a subtle hint of choppiness with the LG Nitro HD’s movement with a live wallpaper activated – but still, it’s not bad at all! Aside from that one standout, there isn’t one that particularly jumps at us with the superior performance.

Out of the box, the Nitro HD’s microSD slot is preoccupied by a 16GB microSD card, which supplements its 1.88GB of internal storage. Though nice, it’s not as good as the 11.24GB of free internal storage of the Xperia ion – plus its available microSD slot.


Internet and Connectivity:

Needless to say, we’re spoiled nowadays since these two Android smartphones pack 4G LTE connectivity for wickedly fast data speeds. However, they’re marred by some choppy navigational controls as we’re perusing complex web sites like ours. Of course, heavy Adobe Flash content tends to make the choppiness more pronounced, but it doesn’t hinder the experience to the point of making it unbearable.



Seeing that they’re both GSM smartphones, they’re perfect for international traveling, as they’re compatible to work with various GSM networks around the globe. Furthermore, they pack common connectivity features such as aGPS, Bluetooth, mobile hotspot functionality, and Wi-Fi. However, the Xperia ion is sure to benefit with mobile payments since it packs NFC.

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13 Comments

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..)

2. ryq24

Posts: 875; 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

10. RORYREVOLUTION

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.

3. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

pretty fair review

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.

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.

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