Sony Xperia ion Review ~ Hackinthus

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Sony Xperia ion Review

By- Rustam Ali

                 After Sony broke its colaboration with Ericsson and became just Sony Mobile, it has flooded the cellphone market with new phones, most of them having only minor diffferences between each other.
The latest of Sony's creation is the Sony Xperia ion, which also seems to be an upgraded model of the previous Sony Xperia S in a lot many ways. Further in this review we will cover every aspect of this new phone and see its differences and uniqueness in comparison with the Sony Xperia S.


The biggest difference between these two phones is the design, while Xperia S had a transparent glass strip at the bottom and three keys below the display, Xperia ion is monolithic in design and has four keys below the display. The Xperia ion comes with an metallic back cover whereas Xperia S has a plastic backcover.


The Sony Xperia S had a 4.3-inch HD display and the Sony Xperia ion has a 4.5-inches HD display

Hardware and Software

Both these phones run on the same hardware, that is a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260 SoC with a dual-core 1.5GHz Scorpion CPU, Adreno 220 GPU Graphics card and 1 GB RAM. Xperia S houses a 32GB non-expandable internal memory and Xperia ion has a 16GB internal memory and a microSD card slot. As per the software is concerned Xperia S was launched with Android 2.3 Gingerbread whereas Xperia ion has been launched with Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich).


-2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
-3G Network HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100
-SIM type- Mini SIM
-Release- January 2012

Body Dimensions
-133 x 68 x 10.8 mm (5.24 x 2.68 x 0.43 in)

-144 g (5.08 oz)
- Touch-sensitive controls

-LED-backlit LCD
-capacitive touchscreen
-16M colors
-Size 720 x 1280 pixels
-4.55 inches (~323 ppi pixel density)
-Multitouch, up to 4 fingers
-Scratch-resistant glass
- Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine
- Timescape UI

Sound Alert types
- MP3 ringtones
-3.5mm jack

-Memory Card slot microSD, up to 32 GB
-Internal 16 GB

-GPRS Up to 86 kbps
-EDGE Up to 237 kbps
-Wi-Fi hotspot
-Bluetooth  v2.1 with A2DP
-USB - microUSB v2.0
-USB On-the-go support

-Primary  Camera 12 MP, 4000x3000 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
-Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, 3D sweep panorama, image stabilization
-Secondary  Camera  1.3 MP, 720p@30fps

-1080p@30fps, continuous autofocus, video light, video stabilizer

-Android v4.0, planned upgrade to v4.1
-Chipset Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon
-CPU Dual-core 1.5 GHz
-GPU Adreno 220

-Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

-SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email

-HTML5, Adobe Flash

-Stereo FM radio with RDS

GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Java via Java MIDP emulator

-Black, White

Other Features
- SNS integration
- ANT+ support
- HDMI port
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
- MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player
- TrackID music recognition
 - Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk
- Document viewer
- Voice memo/dial/commands
- Predictive text input
-Standard battery, Li-Ion 1900 mAh
-Stand-by Up to 400 h (2G) / Up to 350 h (3G)
-Talk time Up to 10 h (2G) / Up to 4 h (3G)
-Music play Up to 12 h

            The phone has been over priced in comparision with its competitors HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S3. It has a great built-quality and look but it lacks in its software optimisation.

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