Hands On: Sony Xperia Ion and Xperia S [Video]


Sony has officially announced the Xperia Ion (headed to AT&T) and Xperia S (no US carrier) and we had to get some hands-on time with both those devices. Thankfully, a Sony rep was able to accommodate us, giving us a quick run down of both devices in the process. Just like those 2 sexy sisters that lived in your neighborhood as a kid, Sony’s design team really pulled out all the stops on making sure both devices really stood out from the crowd. Now if only we could pull out that battery…

Let us know what you guys think of these devices. If you could choose only one — the Xperia Ion or the Xperia S — which would you choose?

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. I hope it comes out 1st month of second quarter.

  2. I’m ditching verizon and my tbolt for Xperia S

    1. I’d leave my gf for the Xperia S.. O_o

      1. If I recall correctly, your brother (or you did?) has/had a LG G2x, how did the Xperia S compare to that phone in your hand?

        Does it feel fat? Too big?

        I’m really thinking of getting it, but I’m a bit afraid the form factor is going to be closer to the HTC G2 rather than the LG G2x…(I don’t like my phone too fat).

      2. Chris, so based on your finger reactions at 4:00, the see-through band (antenna) at the bottom are NOT buttons, rather the buttons are the soft-key “dots” above it?

  3. Bring it to verizon!

  4. Wow the Xperia Ion laggs like shit. How can that man show that phone to you guys when it laggs that badly?

    1. You might need a better internet connection man. It doesn’t lag on my computer… :)

      1. i hope that was a joke because it’s not the video that lags, it’s the phone.

  5. Did you guys get a chance to ask them an ETA for ICS upgrade?  Sony seems to be doing well on upgrades as of late so hopefully it’s not too long.

  6. Xperia S seems like the better phone. I’m also really interested in seeing some camera tests.

  7. I thought the Phandroid team got lost at the CES. I was waiting for the newest reporting. LOL, Hopefully you guys are working hard and enjoying the show and will be reporting all the juicy details

  8. I’m pretty sure that the pinch and zooming thing has been around on phones for like 2 years

  9. Having to choose between the two, I have to go with the Ion. The fact that there is no LTE or the capability to add additional memory to the Xperia S is a deal breaker. I love the look of the S and I also like the look of the Ion, and they are practically identical in specs asides from what is stated above and the screen size. I just hope the lag on the Ion gets fixed when ICS comes to it. I’m surprised there is as much support for the S from the community since it doesn’t have LTE capabilities for any carrier.

  10. I’m liking the xperia s more than my galaxy s2

  11. 5:20, you know how that line that divides the back/home button at the button with the rest of the app grid? I like how that fades at both ends… i wish that ICS was designed that way, instead of a solid line just abruptly ending.

  12. The unresponsiveness of the buttons is a little disconcerting, but otherwise… DO WANT

  13. The only thing that has continued to irk me about SE handsets are the flimsy flaps that cover up the charger socket. The one on the X10 was horrid. The Arc was meh. The flap on the Ion and S don’t look much better. 

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