Sony has been really active in producing Android smartphones lately after they have taken over the ‘Ericsson’ part of the deal. We’ve seen the Xperia S, their previous flagship device and now comes the Xperia Ion, taking over the throne.
The Sony Xperia Ion, touted as their best HD smartphone in the market now, runs on Ice Cream Sandwich and has a 4.55″ scratch resistant LCD which basically looks and feels like the one from Xperia S. With the measurement of 133.0 x 68.0 x 10.6 mm, the Xperia Ion feels good in the hands for a device with such big screen size. Comes with a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Dual Core processor, the interface feels very snappy, unlike older generation Android devices that we have tried.
The one that we’re reviewing is the red variant. As mentioned above, the device is actually quite thin, with sharp edges on the sides and a curved back which feels comfortable in the hands (though not to the level of the S3 and the Lumia, both with curved/rounced edges). On the right side are the on/off button, volume toggle and the camera shortcut button.
On the left lies the compartment for HDMI port and Micro USB port. We really hate the cover for the ports as we charge the phone at least twice a day and its a real hassle peeling and placing it back after every use. Sometimes it just doesn’t snap back in and it takes about 1 minute for us to fiddle and get frustrated fitting it in.
The back spots a brushed metal case with matte top and bottom parts (pretty much similar to the iPhone 5). It feels good in the hands and does not slip easily. The speaker grill is right in the middle of the curved back, causing the audio to be blocked when placed on the table, worse when on the bed.
The screen looks really good and images look super sharp and vibrant. Sony calls it the Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine. Comparing it to the S3 and the Lumia 900, the Xperia Ion does have a screen which is more superior in colour production, sharpness and clarity.
Since the battery is not removeable, the only part which is ‘peel-able’ is the top back part of the phone which is where we put in a micro SD card and sim card (it uses a microsim so no problem there).
Read Sony Xperia Ion Review part 2 here!