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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.

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