Before I tell you how I am using this phone here are the specifications of Sony Experia Ion that you need to remember:-
- 12 megapixel camera
- 1.5 GHz Dual Core powerful processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB flash storage
- 4.6-inch HD Reality touchscreen display, 1280 x 720 HD resolution screen
- Android v 4.0.4(Ice Cream Sandwich) OS.
You can get the phone on around $300 to $350. Yes, that will be an unlocked GSM Phone. e-bay is the best choice if you are looking for a good deal.
So- these are the specifications of the phone. I am using the phone for last one month and it does fulfill my need. the display is big enough to watch movies and show pictures. Multi-touch and HD display in this price is a good deal. And when you know this is from Sony- then you can easily expect the music and video quality will be also good.
On the full volume- the speaker does make some noise but with head phone this is a cool walkman I can carry with me.
Camera resulation is good and front camera is also sufficient for making video chat. The phone has no inner functionality to do video chat but I can use Skype or Google+. Even on a darker room I snapped for 10 mins and it seems 5 photos out of 50 is blurry. Rest of them are crystal clear. 🙂 You can easily depend on the flash in the night.
The touch buttons at the screen bottom- is a little bit slow. Or may be the placement is little odd. On a darker room I have to always touch 2-3 times for the right spot. It might be the problem of such a bigger screen that you can’t feel comfortable to use it with one hand.
Battery life is more than a day for normal use. On 3G network when I played games for 2-3 hours and browse continuously – the battery stays for just 5 hours or 6 maximum. Not bad hah!!! But I can browse all day long and still I can get back home.
WiFi speed and connectivity is good. Though I couldn’t use the new NFC feature it has. It is used to share the files with back to back touch of the phone from other NFC enabled device.
Overall- this is a deal breaker and comfortable phone for online lovers. You might try to play the NFS from the Google Play store. It seems to run smoothly and the graphics is also super cool. I am giving 8 out of 10 to this great phone.