The Sony Xperia Ion on AT&T is a great camera phone. After using the device for close to a week, the most impressive feature turned out to be the camera. At $99.99 with a two-year, AT&Tagreement, this might be a decent option for those who enjoy taking pictures on the go.
The Xperia Ion has a 12-megapixel, fast capture camera with a quick launch feature. The device has a dedicated camera button along the right side and allows the Xperia Ion to go from standby to picture mode in a very short time. This was a favorite feature, especially when capturing the fun things children do on vacation. Photos were crisp and colors were bright.
The video capture was on par with what you would expect from a device that captures video at 1080p on the rear-facing camera and 720p on the front-facing camera. After shooting multiple video segments in a row, the Xperia Ion was still just as quick to capture another video or picture.
The camera is the highlight of this new device. While it has a HD Reality display (1280 X 720), 4.6-inch display, the device looks a little darker out of the box. Changing brightness settings and backgrounds help. However, the older, Gingerbread version of Android really slows down the 1.5 Ghz dual core device and makes it look older.
The Xperia Ion comes with 16GB of storage. With a microSD slot under the back cover, storage can be increased another 32 GB. This will come in handy for those extra pictures and videos as well as any music or videos you drag onto the device from your Windows machine.
The Xperia Ion is PlayStation Certified as well and is said to be ready for advanced gaming experiences through the PlayStation catalogue. While this feature was not tested, it may determine whether a consumer goes with this device or another.
The last bright spot experienced was the 4G LTE AT&T network. As mentioned in previous reviews and posts, this faster network makes a difference in how someone might use the device. Music streaming through Pandora was steady and consistent in the Nashville and the Chicago metropolitan areas. Both cities feature 4G capabilities that delivered considerably faster speeds than 3G.
The network speed connection came in handy even while syncing pictures to DropBox immediately after taking them. This helped save the time of finding a cable, a Windows, machine, and emailing to others. While the 2+MB file will take up bandwidth on your data plan, it became more convenient than a challenge.
The Xperia Ion is a good device for those looking for a great camera phone. Hopefully, it will be updated soon to use Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. For now, visit you local AT&T store to check out the $99.99 device with a two-year agreement.
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