Call Quality and Battery:

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:



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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