Android Phones

Sony Xperia Ion hands-on: an interesting AT&T Android to keep an eye on

January 9, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka

Sony Mobile

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Earlier today, AT&T secured a couple of solid Android phones that are set to debut on the company’s 4G LTE network later this year. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Ion stuck out among the crowd as one with the potential to surprise people. Sure, the Galaxy Note is eye catching because of its sheer size, but the Xperia Ion got by on its looks and some inner-beauty.

Surprisingly, the Ion didn’t get much play in the announcement that went out earlier today. I managed to get some spec info after playing with the device briefly at an AT&T event. The Ion has a rectangular front frame and a rear that curves towards the middle. The phone is obviously smaller than the Note, but it still packs an impressive 4.6-inch screen that caught my eye with bright colors. Not as amazing as Super AMOLED, but still a quality screen.

What impressed me most was the camera set. The rear camera has a 12 megapixel lens with a Sony Exmor R sensor, which provides heightened quality when taking pictures and video with a mobile device. The front-facing camera didn’t list megapixel count, but it did say it was “HD” quality, so I’m assuming that there’s more than just a 1.3 megapixel look. I’m on my way to a Sony event and will hopefully have more to report later on tonight. In the meantime, here’s an early hands-on.