Without question, the Sony Xperia ion’s 12.1-megapixel camera with its Exmor R sensor is the better performer with taking still shots over the 8-megapixel snapper of the LG Nitro HD. Flaunting its prowess, the Xperia ion captures our attention with its sharper details and saturated color reproduction. In low lighting, however, the Xperia ion exhibits more noise with its results, but nevertheless, its LED flash works better for the simple reason that it lights up to allow focusing prior to snapping the shot. With the Nitro HD, its LED flash doesn’t activate beforehand – resulting in more out of focus images.

Likewise, the Xperia ion’s 1080p video recording quality excels over its rival, as it maintains a good balance between its details, exposure, and color reproduction. Sadly, the Nitro HD’s 1080p videos are softer in tone, with various degrees of artifacting and over-exposure present. However, the audio recording of both handsets appear to sound somewhat distorted.

Sony Xperia ion Sample Video:

LG Nitro HD Sample Video:


Honestly, we’re humbled to find some refreshing music players with the two handsets, as they both sport their own uniqueness to stand out from the usually boring stock Android music player. In terms of audio quality from their respective speakers, there’s no denying the weak output of the Xperia ion – whereas the Nitro HD’s tones are a bit stronger.

Witnessing a flawless performance playing our test video encoded in DivX 1920 x 1080 resolution, both smartphones are worthy enough to provide a pleasant video watching experience on the road. Thanks to its Mobile BRAVIA Engine, our eyes gravitate more towards the Xperia ion seeing that it adjusts the color saturation of the display to better adapt to the playing video.



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


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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