Published On: Mon, Oct 15th, 2012

Sony Xperia Ion Vs Samsung Galaxy S3 – Detailed Comparison

Both of these smart phones were released just a month apart, and although it’s safe to say the Galaxy S3 is one of the most popular phones on the market today, the Sony Xperia Ion holds it’s own when compared side-by-side to the Samsung mobile giant.

The Galaxy S3 definitely raised the bar for smart phones both in, and outside it’s price bracket, and although Sony proves it can also compete with the biggest names in the game with it’s Xperia Ion, the Samsung Galaxy S3 does come out on top in every category, except of course the price point. Here is a break down of how they compare when it comes to the features that really matter to the consumer.

Sony Xperia Ion Vs Samsung Galaxy S3 – Detailed Comparison

Operating System

Although they both run on Android, the user interface is quite different in both phones. The Xperia Ion was released with version 2.3 Gingerbread, but is upgradeable to 4.0; while the Galaxy S3 was released with 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and is upgradeable to 4.1 Jelly Bean. The Ion uses Timescape powered by a Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine, and the S3 uses TouchWiz, and although preference depends on the user, the S3 offers the most stable user interface and the latest from Android, making the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the winner.


The Galaxy S3 is, and remains, one of very few phones on the market with a Quad-Core processor. This is likely to change soon, however, the S3 is known for harnessing the power of it’s 1.4 GHz processor with 1GB of RAM, and allowing the user to make the most of it. The Xperia Ion may not be in the elite Quad-Core category, but it does have a Dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon processor, and also runs with 1GB of RAM. It is clear that the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the winner.


Internal storage on both handsets is expandable via MicroSD, which is a somewhat rare yet coveted feature. However, the S3 comes in 16, 32 and 64GB models which is expandable up to an additional 64GB, where the Xperia Ion is only available in 16GB and is expandable up to 32GB. However, the S3 does offer 50GB of extra virtual storage thanks to DropBox, which means the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the winner.


Both handsets boast crisp, vibrant and saturated displays, with a LED-backlit LCD screen on the Ion, and the very popular Super AMOLED screen on the Galaxy S3. Screen dimensions on both phones are very close, the Ion offering a 4.5 inch with 323 ppi pixel density, and the S3 has a 4.8 inch display with 306 ppi, both having identical resolutions. The Super AMOLED remains one of the best displays on the market, which means that the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the winner.


For the rear-facing camera, the Xperia Ion takes the cake with 12MP and LED flash, the S3 has the standard 8MP, also with flash. However, for the front-facing camera, the S3 wins with 1.9MP, the Ion coming close with 1.3MP. Both capture high definition video with both cameras, though the S3 can handle simultaneous HD video and image recording, which the Ion can’t. Based on consumer reviews, the Xperia Ion’s camera is unpredictable, therefore, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the winner.


As for connectivity, both have 4G support, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC chips, TV Out ports and GPS. Browsing is equally fast on both phones, each having HTML Adobe Flash, and Java support. However, with a Quad-Core and more storage, the S3 has faster data transfer, so the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the winner.


The Xperia Ion has a Li-Ion 1900 mAh battery, but the S3 has a Li-Ion 2100 mAh, providing users with a generous 12 hours of talk time on 3G, which makes the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the winner.

Media & Entertainment

Entertainment is at it’s best on both phones, each having a stereo FM radio, TV-Out ports, access to movie and music downloading services, and supporting various file formats. The S3 offers a Mali-400MP GPU, while the Ion has a Adreno 220 GPU, which makes for smooth and crisp gaming. However, with a superior display, processor and more storage, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the winner.


Both phones are definitely in the highest price point bracket, with the Xperia Ion being slightly less than the Galaxy S3 The Ion goes for about $450 without commitment, or $100 with a 2 year contract. The Galaxy S3 is going for near $600, but can be $200 on a two year contract. It’s obvious that when it comes to the price, the Sony Xperia Ion is the winner.

Conclusion :- 

Samsung Galaxy S3 and Xperia Ion on one hand are very much similar phones but if you take a serious look there are lots of fascinating features in Xperia Ion which are shimmering as compared to Galaxy S3 when the price of both the phones are compared. If you have a budget then surely you should go with Sony Xperia Ion, and if you are ready to shed some extra penny out of your pocket then buy Galaxy S3 after all it is designed for Humans…!

[ Photo Credits – Phonearena


This article is written by Chloe Parker, editor for MobilePhones.org.uk.
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