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Sony Xperia ion vs LG Nitro HD

Posted: , by John V.


Call Quality and Battery:

Sony Xperia ion vs LG Nitro HD
After placing several calls, it’s a toss-up as to which is the preferred choice with calling quality. On one hand, we’re presented with clear voices on both ends of the line with the Xperia ion, but we can’t hear them for the life of us since its volume output is pitifully weak. Meanwhile, there’s no volume issue with the LG Nitro HD, but we’re combating some crackle with its earpiece and choppy voices.

Compared to some of their highly esteemed rivals, these two handset offer below average battery life. In fact, we’re getting less than a single day out of a full charge with our normal usage consisting of mostly web browsing, email, text messaging, and the occasional phone call. Obviously, it doesn’t get better with 4G LTE, as the faster connection depletes battery like a starving animal on the prowl for a snack.


If money isn’t a concern to you, we’d recommend sticking with the Sony Xperia ion – despite being double the price at $99.99 on-contract. For the $50 price difference from its rival, you get a better looking smartphone that’s exceptionally more equipped in taking photos and videos. Beyond that, there are still some other key advantages found with it, like offering an unoccupied microSD slot, dedicated microHDMI port, and NFC. However, if you’re really strapped for cash, you can still get by using the LG Nitro HD, since it offers nearly the same functionality at half the cost. All in all, we can totally agree that you get a ton of value with these two without forking over most of the money from your paycheck.

Sony Xperia ion vs LG Nitro HD Video Comparison:


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posted on 06 Jul 2012, 07:51 2

1. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1122; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

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

posted on 06 Jul 2012, 12:18 6

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.

posted on 06 Jul 2012, 18:10

9. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1122; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

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

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 16:42 2

13. rajeannie (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)

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

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 05:58

14. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1122; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

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

posted on 06 Jul 2012, 07:58

2. ryq24 (Posts: 771; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 06 Jul 2012, 09:20 6

4. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 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

posted on 06 Jul 2012, 11:58 1

5. BLikens1619 (Posts: 66; Member since: 12 Apr 2008)

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

posted on 06 Jul 2012, 12:20 2

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

posted on 06 Jul 2012, 21:15

10. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3117; Member since: 12 Jan 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.

posted on 06 Jul 2012, 09:14 2

3. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)

pretty fair review

posted on 06 Jul 2012, 15:53 2

8. randomguest (Posts: 20; Member since: 26 Jun 2012)

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

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 00:26

15. X55526622233 (Posts: 17; Member since: 14 Apr 2013)

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

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