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Sony Xperia Ion Review: Worth a buy



Sony Xperia Ion is Sony’s first ever LTE phone which has the capability to give a run to other high-end phones like Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC One X etc. The phone doesn’t just have a stunning look but the awesome and polished UI makes it a pleasure to own. Though it lacks behind a bit on the configuration front, but not as much as they could be the deal breakers.



What it packs:
4.6 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels, 16M Colors, TFT Capacitive Touch screen
Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine, Timescape UI, Scratch-resistant glass
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Dual-core 1.5 GHz CPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 Chipset, Adreno 220 GPU, 1GB Ram
12.1 MP Camera with Auto Focus and LED Flash, 1.3 MP front Camera
Full HD ([email protected]) video recording, Continuous Autofocus, Video Light
16GB inbuilt storage (12.9GB user available), expandable by 32GB
3G, LTE, Wi-Fi, DLNA, GPS
3D and Motion Games, TV Out Port, xLoud Audio
1900 mAH battery

Where it lacks:
Dual core processor makes a thumb down against Quad core competitors
Non replaceable battery
Camera not at its best

Display and UI:
Sony Xperia ION packs a 4.6 inch Capacitive touch screen which packs 323 pixels per inches and is enhanced by the Bravia engine. Output of this combination is excellent producing great contrast and awesome colors. Overall the display is excellent and a pleasure to use.
The device is loaded with Android 4.0 customized heavily with the Timescape UI which runs pretty well on the Dual core processor. The user interface is preloaded with some best in class multimedia apps to play with Video, music and images.

Camera:
Sony Xperia Ion features a 12.1 MP camera which can also shoot full HD videos. The camera app offers some latest features like Sweep, Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama etc.
The pictures produced don’t actually justify the 12.1 MP camera. Though the picture quality is good but with uncomfortable noise levels. Even the autofocus isn't as perfect as we can expect from a high end device.
As far as video quality is concerned, Xperia ION offers full HD video recording and well delivers the promise. The video quality produced is great, No complaints here.

Configuration and Build Quality, Battery:
Sony Xperia ION is powered by 1.5 GHz Dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 Chipset processor accompanied by Adreno 220 GPU and 1GB Ram. With this configuration combo, the phone is powerful enough to run Android OS smoothly. There is no lag or sluggishness even while playing HD games or launching multiple apps at once. You won’t miss a Quad core here.
The build Quality of Xperia ION is stunningly good. Packed in Aluminum-plastic casing, its nearly impossible to find a flow in design.
The device is powered by a 1900 mAH battery which can power the mobile for slightly less than 2 days with moderate usage. With heavy usage 1 day of backups is easily achievable.

Verdict
Sony Xperia ION is best in terms of looks and user interface. Its metal case is a win over the plastic body of S III. Perfection on the camera part could have made it a killer device. We are nowhere missing the Quad core here. Priced optimally below the Samsung Galaxy SIII, it’s definitely worth a try.

Price: 23450/- to 35699/-Indian Rupee


About Author:
This article is written by guest author Sanjay Kumar Negi, who is working at 91Mobiles.com. This website helps users to search and compare mobile phones, tablets and accessories in India.

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