Sony Ericsson launched its first non-Sony Ericsson smartphone at CES 2012, , and it certainly looks like the best Xperia device. First up, the screen is the perfect size to make the phone fit in your hand without a struggle. The device's light weight makes it no burden to hold either. The only thing we could see becoming a problem is the angular design means the corners are a little sharper than we'd like.
The display itself measures 4.6-inches and is bright thanks to the BRAVIA technology packed inside, but not overly unnatural when it comes to coloring (unlike Huawei's efforts). Sure, the screen does border on being almost tablet-sized, but there's no problem in that, especially when you want a device that will browse the internet with ease.
Under the hood, there's a 1.5GHz processor running the show. We didn't experience any lag at all, even when taking photos - shutter lag is something Sony Ericsson devices has suffered with since they were first launched.
The camera is 12-megapixel and Exmor R enabled, ensuring Sony lives up to its imaging name and in the bright conference hall, photos came out pretty well. We'll have more of an idea how the device copes in a range of conditions when we test it properly.
The Xperia Ion is Playstation certified so the suite of services and games available on the Xperia Play will also come preloaded, meaning you can get the best of gaming on your Android device.
The Sony Xperia Ion is the first LTE phone from Sony and first impressions were good. As is the case across CES, network was a little shaky, but we did manage to load up Know Your Cell.
Unfortunately, the Xperia Ion will ship with Android 2.3 onboard rather than Ice Cream Sandwich. Sony has promised an update to the tablet/smartphone hybrid platform will be coming in future.
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