Interface and Functionality:

Right off the bat, there are going to be some people turned off by the fact that the Xperia ion is running Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box – whereas the Galaxy S III benefits with Ice Cream Sandwich. Sure, the two are running completely different Android experiences (TouchWiz Nature UX with the Galaxy S III and the UXP NXT interface for the Xperia ion), but they still provide all of the comforts we’re accustomed to having with Android as a whole – like its deep personalization. However, we have to admit that Samsung’s TouchWiz Nature UX is complete from top to bottom and more comprehensive versus Sony’s offering. Specifically, Samsung has managed to captivate us with its array of software innovations with things like S Beam, SmartStay, S Voice, and GroupCast.

[img full [[114457,114458,114460,114461],[114462,114463,114464,114465]]:"Sony Xperia ion is running the UXP NXT interface on top of Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread" /]
[img full [[112395,112396,112397,112398],[112401,112402,112403,112399]]:"The Samsung Galaxy S III comes with TouchWiz Nature UX on top of Android 4 ICS" /]
However, when it comes to the core set of organizer apps, like the calendar, calculator, email, and Gmail apps, they provide the same functionality and experience.

Thanks to their large displays, we find the two more than ample for typing up long messages. In addition to the spacious confines of their respective keyboards, their responsiveness in keeping up with our rate enables us to make minimal mistakes along the way.

[img full [[114472,114473,114474,114475]]:"The on-screen keyboard options of Sony Xperia ion" /]

Processor and Memory:

Already, the Xperia ion is behind the times with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but we can say the same with its processor as well. Rather than using the newer 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, which is what powers the Galaxy S III, Sony’s pride and joy relies instead on the older 1.5GHz dual-core S3 processor. In addition, the Galaxy S III is blessed with double the RAM at 2GB, while the Xperia ion sticks with the usual 1GB. Visually, we like the real world performance of the two, as they’re responsive with most operations, but we’re able to meticulously notice that the Galaxy S III exhibits the more fluid tones with its operation.

Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Sony Xperia ion 2833 6044 36,4
Samsung Galaxy S III 4520 6111 59,4

Out of the box, the Sony Xperia ion and Samsung Galaxy S III have free storage capacities of 11.24GB and 12.05GB respectively. Thankfully, they can be expanded seeing that they offer microSD card slots.

Internet and Connectivity:

Almost instantly, we can see that the Galaxy S III is the better handset to go with if you’re invested heavily in web browsing. Not only does it exhibit the better response with navigational controls, like pinch zooming and kinetic scrolling, but it’s also better able to handle pages that are rich with Adobe Flash content. Conversely, the Xperia ion is still a good device for web browsing, but its prowess is diminished by some noticeable jerkiness with its performance.

Never something that we’ll get tired of seeing, these two top-shelf smartphones take full advantage of their 4G LTE connections – and actually, they both obtain similar data speeds in our experience. Furthermore, they’re packing all the usual set of connectivity options, such as aGPS, Bluetooth, mobile hotspot functionality, NFC, and Wi-Fi.



1. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Good comparative review, but I believe it would be fare to compare the ION to the SGS3 once it has ICS in it. I won't say the ION would be better by then but I believe it can atleast close the gap by then. . .

2. tahnik

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

Ya...We know how ics changes everything...

13. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

well yeah ICS changes the weight the screen size the camera and the buttons magically change into working awesome buttons!


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

The SGS3 is an amazing phone. The Sony one isn't bad if you are on a budget but if you want the best, look no further.

4. wendygarett unregistered

IDK... For some reason i prefer ion... Probably because of attractive price...

5. santaclaus

Posts: 52; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

Proven: same camera sensor for SGS3, Ion, Iphone from the camera comparison

21. Atlas

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 15, 2012

That's because the i4S and the ion both use Sony cameras, plus they also helped with the GS3s camera as well

6. imran_khan0786

Posts: 61; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

S3 made by a cheap plastic and we heared s3 is exploding and heating problem. My three friends lost there money on s3. Never ever go for s3 better to take oneX or ION. Samsung just making craze in the public. Here no one ready to go with s3. Best of luck.

8. SleepingOz unregistered

Another ignorant retard who comes up with his invalid "cheap plastic" argument. Lost their money? How? And how is the ION or the One X better? Have you even read their comparison articles?


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

No no no and no. Please shut up dude. One story about some guys phone exploding when he was probably using a cheap unsafe charger and to avoid paying for it he lied. There's been several cases of Iphones exploding. Another is the plastics that the sgs3 is the most durable there is. It's the same plastic found on the one x, just glossy. Get a phone cover like you should anyway. Heating problem? My phone is the coolest cell phone I have used and I mean that literally. Not once has it felt hot or even warm to the touch and I use it constantly. You are just going by stupid little reports you read about that happened to a couple people. Faulty devices are in every product there is.

23. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

lol one x and ion are both plastic O.o

7. SleepingOz unregistered

I found myself loving the GSIII's design.

11. Oxygen

Posts: 125; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

You are not the only one..

17. droly23hp

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 08, 2012

im liking just the blue one though, it looks less plastic because of the brushed design.. the back of the white looks pure plastic..

18. wsucoug13

Posts: 164; Member since: May 04, 2012

it is pure plastic...

19. Galen20K

Posts: 576; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

Polycarbonate, 100 times stronger than regular plastic and heck of a lot more durable. I don't see this as a bad thing. Haters just love to embelish facts.

9. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

after giving the ion a low score what hope does Ion have against s3. nada! zero! none! but in fairness, the verge also give a very low score for ion. i hope sony is reading all the reviews so they could learn something out of it!

12. BabyWade

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

Personally I wouldn't compare the Xperia Ion (mid-range) to the SGS3 (high-end), but still a good comparison.

14. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

They've been comparing the SGSIII to every new phone, when will it end? -_-

16. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

When some beats it, which won't happen anytime soon.

20. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Ray S. also comparing Samsung Galaxy S III with iPhone 4S...

15. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

Honestly, the ion is a good release for Sony, while it may not compare to the gs111, its a quality stepping stone for Sony to work off of, let's face it, Sammy knows how to build monsters, give it time, and soon Sony will unleash high shelf monsters, that being said, the ion is still a great phone for those who want good quality on a small budget.

22. Martine

Posts: 102; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Title is very misleading. It is more like Sony Xperia Ion vs Samsung Galaxy SIII (US version)

24. grkumar4phonearena

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Very nice comarasion review on both phones. But, personally I prefer Sony phones only.

26. PhantomAss

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

just go green, the world gonna be "hot"

27. win.legacy

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

I have a samsung galaxy s3 and xperia ion... but in some ways i like my xperia ion better.... i mean in many ways

28. X55526622233

Posts: 17; Member since: Apr 14, 2013

I have a samsung galaxy s3, htc one X+, xperia ion, and xperia Z what I can say is... s3 is better when it comes to games, xperia ion and Z are better in terms of camera, htc one X+ uhhhhmmmm... yeah...I don't know why I bought this s**t.

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