posted on 03 Feb 2013 05:48 by androids
Sony Xperia Ion 4G Review Spec Price
- 4G LTE connectivity
- Android 2.3.7 (Gingerbread)
- 4.6-inch HD touchscreen display with Mobile Bravia Engine
- 12 MP autofocus camera with 3-D panorama sweep and face detection and recognition
- 1080p rear HD camcorder
- 1 MP front-facing camera with 720p camcorder
- PlayStation Certified
When this cellphone was introduced at last year CES in Las Vegas, reviewers gave it a thumbs up. This was to be Sony's first LTE phone and the first to have the Sony-only brand on it (after the company bought Ericsson's share). At that time, I owned the Xperia X10 that I don't miss. This phone is not too bad but I expected more from it based on the reviews I initially read following Sony's press conference at the show.
I received the Xperia Ion from AT&T in July 2012, a month after the carrier started distributing it in the United States. There is no doubt that the hardware design is pretty nice, better than some of the phones out there. It has a 4.5 inch screen and weights relatively 5 ounces. The phone, in my opinion, has some software issues despite an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich. In my experience, call quality is not always good as the Cnet initial review stated. I've also experienced quiet a few call drops but that could be due to a congestion with the AT&T network.
The 12.1 megapixels camera can at times be disappointing. The camera features impressive options, however, such as the scene recognition and sweep panorama. Pictures are crystal clear when they are. When they're not, you wonder, "What the hell is that?" Video recording is in HD format. Generally speaking, the camera seems to work best during daytime or when there is enough lighting. Other than these flaws, the phone is pretty good actually.
A cool feature is the improved Sony-owned Timescape that let you monitor social network feeds in real time (with a wireless connection of course). Internet browsing is easy, especially with the Google Chrome app. For now, I use the phone to listen to music and that hasn't been a good experience, alas. The Music Unlimited service that I use (also owned by Sony) crashes a lot but I'm not sure if the Ion is to blame or if it's due to a faulty, buggy app.
If you don't expect too much from owning a smartphone, I would recommend this unit, especially if you already own other Sony products (it marries well into the company's ecosystem). But if you expect a good performance for at least a year, I would go with either another model (the Ion has a few younger sisters and more to come, all supposed to perform better) or with another manufacturer like Apple or Samsung.