The $99 Sony Xperia Ion for AT&T Video
The $99 Sony Xperia Ion for AT&T Video Transcript
Hi this is Brian -- for cnet.com and today we're taking a first look at the Sony Xperia I -- For 9999. On AT&T this Android Smartphone is handsomely style. Runs a one point five gigahertz dual core Qualcomm processor and packs a twelve megapixel camera. It also is the first Sony handset to connect to AT&T'S fast four GL TE data network. On front is a four point six and 720. LCD screen. A 720. Below are capacitor buttons for the four major Android gingerbread controls. That's right I said gingerbread. Sadly the Xperia ion unlike modern Android phones doesn't run Android Ford auto Ice Cream Sandwich. Sony has tweaked stock Android though to be more ICS like. For instance there are customizable. Shortcuts on the lock screen and you can create folders by dragging app icons on top of each other. On the top edge is a 3.5 millimeter headphone Jack the right side holds power button. Volume rocker and dedicated shutter button that will wake the phone from sleep and launch the camera function. An ability not many handsets have. The left side houses a flap which covers both the micro USB port and HDMI connection. For connecting the Xperia ion to HT TVs. Near field communication technology or NFC is also on board which allows information to be transferred between compatible phones and devices. Just by tapping them together. I'm Brian Bennett and this has been a first look at the Sony Xperia -- -- to be sure to check out our full review at cnet.com.
The Xperia U weighs in with a dual-core processor, but a 5-megapixel camera and Gingerbread make it a midrange device.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S is a slightly faster version of the posh European model that runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and rocks a powerful camera, but its high price, single-core CPU, and slow data speeds will leave Android experts wanting more.
Sony's Xperia P builds on its Xperia line with a sharp design and a dual-coe. Gingerbread, however, is an obviois miss.
The LG Spirit 4G is a prepaid dual-core handset from MetroPCS that packs a 4.5-inch screen, a 5-megapixel camera, and runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Currently priced at $150, the Avid 4G is equipped with a dual-core processor, a 40inch TFT touchscreen, and a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash.
The Sony Xperia S has the highest resolution camera on an android phone along with some stylish design features. Kent German takes a look.
Though no plans are in the works right now for Samsung to bring the dual-core Ativ S to the U.S., the phone offers a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, Microsoft's newest WP8 mobile operating system, and an 8-megapixel camera.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play has a slide-out game pad for more-immersive gameplay, but it has a few failings that won't make you give up your PSP just yet.
The unlocked Huawei Honor will get you a 4-inch screen, an 8-megapixel camera, and dual-core speeds, plus access to Android Ice Cream Sandwich.
Armed with a five-row sliding keyboard, the LG Mach also has a dual-core CPU, a 4-inch WVGA touchscreen, and a 5-megapixel camera.
Sony Xperia Ion (AT&T) Review
The good: The affordable Sony Xperia Ion has solid call quality and swift 4G LTE that ties into Sony's vast entertainment empire.
The bad: Lackluster images and video belie the Xperia's claimed 12MP camera. It's also held back by an old processor and an outdated OS.
The bottom line: The $99.99 Sony Xperia Ion looks like a good Android deal but its weaknesses make it not worth even the budget price.
Sony Xperia Ion (AT&T) Specs
Part number: LT28AT/T
- Product Basic Spec