Sony Xperia Ion, Black 16GB (AT&T)
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- Display: 4.6-inches
- Camera: 12-MP
- Processor Speed: 1.5 GHz
- OS: Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
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The Sony Xperia Ion features 4.55 in. HD display 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon 16GB of internal memory plus a 12MP camera with Exmor R sensor.Specification. 4G LTE connectivity. Wi-Fi-capable 802.11 bgn. Dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM 8260 with Adreno 220 GPU processor. Band - GSMEDGE 85090018001900 UMTSHSPA 850170019002100 LTE 417. 4.6 in. HD Reality display with Bravia Engine. 16 GB internal memory. Expandable internal memory up to 32GB microSD. 12 MP rear camera with 1080p HD camcorder. Auto focus. Face detection and recognition. 1 MP front-facing camera with 720p HD camcorder. Color - Black. Dimension - 5.09 L x 0.37 W x 2.65 H in.
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The Xperia Ion by Sony is the brand's first LTE smartphone, and has all the quality entertainment features customers have come to expect from the Sony Brand. Running Android 2.3.7 (Gingerbread), the Xperia Ion features a stunning premium curved design and is a low-profile, well-connected, sleek entertainment device.
Create stunning HD photos and videos with the Xperia Ion's 12 MP 1080p HD camera. The camera features tools such as autofocus, 3-D panorama sweep, and face detection and recognition for a premium camera experience. Or, use the 1 MP 720p front-facing HD camera for self portraits or video chat over Wi-Fi.
Watch movies, play games and view photos all on the large 4.6-inch HD Reality display with Mobile Bravia Engine that allows customers to enjoy content with HD crispness.
Share HD and 3-D content via HDMI directly to a big screen HD TV.
Complement your Xperia Ion with Xperia SmartTags, which allow you to do things on your phone more quickly and easily, with just one tap. SmartTags let you store device preferences for a variety of locations and situations. With SmartTags, you can open the music player and turn up the volume when you head out for a run, switch on GPS and Bluetooth in the car, or turn on your alarm and silence your ringer at night, all with one tap of your SmartTags (sold separately).
The Xperia Ion is PlayStation Certified for enhanced gaming of PlayStation certified games downloadable from Play Store.
The Xperia Ion by Sony weighs 4.9 ounces and measures 5.24 x 2.7 x .46 inches. It provides up to 10 hours of talk time and 16 days standby time, and runs on AT&T's 4G LTE network (available in limited markets).
What's in the Box
Xperia Ion by Sony, Sony Music Unlimited offer insert, USB cable, travel charger, quick start guide
AT&T's 4G LTE network allows for quicker access, smoother media streaming, and faster web experiences. LTE technology is capable of delivering mobile broadband speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G. Additionally, LTE technology offers a faster response time due to lower latency--the processing time it takes to move data through a network--vastly speeding download times for web pages as well as improving services such as mobile gaming and two-way video calling. 4G LTE coverage is currently available in limited markets, and will continue to expand.
When combined with 4G HSPA+ technology, AT&T is capable of delivering a quicker, more consistent mobile broadband experience than ever before. AT&T has deployed HSPA+ to virtually 100 percent of its mobile broadband network, which enables 4G speeds when combined with enhanced backhaul (via Ethernet or fiber). Backhaul is one of the major pieces of a telecommunications network. Think of it as the limbs connecting AT&T's cell towers with AT&T's backbone network that provides access to the Internet.
| LTE = Long Term Evolution |
Advanced wireless technology capable of increasing AT&T's already-fast network speeds. Now in select markets with deployment ongoing.
| HSPA+ = High Speed Packet Access|
Paired with enhanced backhaul--the accelerated pipeline between our network backbone and cell towers across the country--this technology boosts network performance.
Android Gingerbread Operating System
The Xperia Ion by Sony runs the Android 2.3 operating system (dubbed Gingerbread) which features a cleaner, more refined interface with new icons, improved top notification bar, and more intuitive navigation.
Multitasking in Gingerbread allows you the ability to run more than one app at a time. If you're playing a game, you can easily switch to an incoming e-mail and then switch back to the game without losing your place. And like the previous version of Android ("Froyo"), Gingerbread provides support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for access to the full Web.
The onscreen keyboard makes it easier to type thanks to additional spacing between the keys and larger font sizes. And the more you use the keyboard, the easier typing will be as the enhanced suggest feature records previous input history to make better suggestions.
The Captivate Glide also brings one-touch access to the popular Google mobile services you use every day. It also provides easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, calendars, and contacts supported by Exchange Server and Gmail. And through the Google Play store, you'll get access to thousands of useful applications, widgets, and fun games to download and install on your phone, with many more apps being added every day.
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Size for me is very important and the Xperia is a good compromise between large screen and portability. Most of the other highly-rated, non-Apple smartphones are too big to comfortably carry in a pocket but this has a reasonable size.
Overall it is a very solid phone and a good value. I would buy it again.
A few cons (all minor in my opinion):
- battery life is not great. I have been getting around 1.5-2 days on a charge. For a brand new phone I think it should be longer but a full day is my requirement. FYI- I rarely use GPS and mostly use WiFi (text, email, web, apps, etc) with not too much talking/calling.
- power button is on the side, in the middle. This takes some getting used to and I keep hitting volume buttons when I intend to hit the power switch.
- preloaded AT&T apps that you cannot remove are annoying
- you can tack on another ~$30 to the expected cost because you will need to purchase an SD card for this phone
When I got home, I played with it. I'm a heavy texter, photographer and app user. I liked that this has now comes with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. The 12MP camera was pretty good. However, the button for the camera on the lower right side of the phone did not work unless I pressed it and held it for a good 10-15 seconds. It's not a one-click button for opening the camera, as it should be.
The buttons along the bottom of the screen are a disaster. The emblems for Menu, Home, Back and Search are there along the bottom, but those are NOT buttons. They do not light up. The actual buttons are thin horizontal lines below the emblems that backlight when tapped. Sort of. I couldn't just tap a button to use it. I had to rub the button area; actually slide my finger up and down a couple times before the button realized I was trying to use it. The Menu button didn't even want to work at all.
The display is gorgeous. The screen is a little thinner than I like, but still a good size. The phone is solid with some weight to it. It felt good in my hands.
If the buttons worked, I probably would have kept this phone, as it was free. I took it back today and paid for my Galaxy S3. I wanted to love the Ion, but it was far too annoying to operate.