Sony Xperia Ion LT28i Review

Sony Xperia Ion LT28i Review

Sony Xperia Ion LT28i was Sony’s flagship smartphone, before replaced by Xperia T/TX. There are two types of Xperia Ion, the one with LTE network and the one with HSDPA network. And the one that we’re going to review here in this article is the non-LTE version. Read this article to find out the performance of Sony Xperia Ion LT28i.


The first time i saw Xperia Ion, my impression was this phone is really big, fat and probably heavy. And was right, Xperia Ion is quite heavy and the dimension really huge, this phone won’t fit on your pocket.

Sony Xperia Ion measures 133 mm of height, 68 mm of width, and 10 mm of thickness. With 10 mm of thickness, Xperia Ion is actually not too fat, but not too slim also.

Sony Xperia Ion has curve shape on the back and square looks on the front, it’s very contrast. And when you hold it in your hands, it feels very comfortable, thanks to the curvy shape on the back.

Since Xperia Ion has unibody design, that means you cannot open the back panel, so you can’t change the battery. The battery of Xperia Ion is non removable.

Sony Xperia Ion
Height 133 mm
Width 68 mm
Thickness 10.8 mm
Weight 144 grams


Xperia Ion has 4.6 inches touchscreen display with HD resolution, 720 x 1280 pixels. The display capable of producing 16 million of colors and pixel density 323 ppi.

Just like other Xperia smartphones, the screen of Xperia Ion also has bravia engine. The bravia engine makes photos and videos looks very good. The colors become bright and more natural.

Sony Xperia Ion
Screen size 4.6 inches
Screen type LED-backlit LCD, HD reality
Screen resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 323 ppi
Colour 16 Million colours
Protection Scratch-resistant, mineral glass


As a former flagship phone, Xperia Ion comes with powerful hardware, dual core 1.5 ghz, adreno 220, and snapdragon s3 chipset. With these specs guaranteed no lag when playing HD videos, HD games, as well as heavy application.

Sony Xperia Ion has 1 GB of RAM, and 13.2 GB of total internal memory or 12.9 GB actual user available memory. If 12 GB is not enough, you can expand using the micro SD slot, up to 32 GB. And of course for best performance, use class 10 SD card.

Xperia Ion capable of playback HD videos (both 720p and 1080p), therefore it has micro HDMI port, you can see on the left side of the phone. And the micro SD slot is located next to the HDMI port.

Just like other high-end phones, Xperia Ion also use micro SIM card, not the normal size SIM card. You can find the SIM card slot at the top back of the phone, there’s some kind of cap that’s sometimes hard to open.

Sony Xperia Ion
CPU Dual Core 1.5 Ghz
GPU Adreno 220
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8260
ROM 12.9 GB user available (13.2 GB total)


When first released back in june 2012, Xperia Ion comes with the aging OS android 2.3.7 right out of the box. But now already available android ICS 4.0.4 upgrade for Xperia Ion. And next year Xperia Ion will also get android Jelly Bean upgrade.

Like other Xperia smartphones, Xperia Ion also equipped with Timescape UI, which integrate social media such as facebook, twitter, and foursquare all in one. It will also synchronize your phone contact with social media.

Beware that your photo gallery on facebook will appear on the phone picture gallery. I found that this feature is really annoying, so in the end i just turn off the social media synchronization feature.

With the Timescape UI, you will get 5 fix homescreen, and you can put what ever widget you wanna use. And moving from one homescreen to another is very smooth no lag at all, even though you put many widgets.

Standard feature for high-end phones, such as NFC, DLNA also available on Xperia Ion. Xperia Ion also has playstation certification, Xperia Ion is  a playstation certified phone just like Xperia Play.


Xperia Ion has 12 mega pixels camera on the back, equipped with LED flash and autofocus. The camera also has Exmor R sensor, so the image quality would be really great.

The 12 mega pixels camera can zoom up to 16 times (16x digital zoom), and there are several options for photo shooting, such as scenes mode, 3D sweep panorama, sweep multi angle, sweep panorama, self timer, smile detection, geo tagging, etc.

The photo quality are really good for both indoor and outdoor, it’s very bright and the colors are perfect. It’s something you would expect from high-end phone. For easy photo shoot, Xperia Ion also has dedicated camera button.

For video recording, the front facing camera capable of recording HD 720p videos at 30 frame per seconds, while the rear camera capable of recording full HD 1080p videos at 30 frame per seconds. And of course the LED flash could also be use in video recording.

Sony Xperia Ion
Rear camera 12 mega pixels
LED flash yes
Video record 1080p(rear), 720p(front) at 30 fps
Front camera 1.3 mega pixels


We do couple benchmark test, and here’s the benchmark result of Xperia Ion :

Sony Xperia Ion
Antutu Benchmark 6825 points
Quadrant Standard Benchmark 3100 points
Nenamark 1 Benchmark 60.9 fps
Nenamark 2 Benchmark 37.7 fps


Xperia Ion is really a great phone, it has great hardware performance, super bright HD reality display, 12 mega pixels Exmor R camera, and capable of playback and record HD 1080p videos. The only drawback of this phone is the big size and kinda fat too.

But the good news for buyers, is that the current price of Xperia Ion is lower from before. Also the fact that Xperia Ion are planned to get Jelly Bean upgrade next year (2013), is the advantage if you buy this phone.

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One Response to Sony Xperia Ion LT28i Review

  1. Claudia says:

    I got a Sony Xperia LT28i around Christmas and I had LOTS of trouble with it. Once I was on the bus after school on my way home and i tried to turn it on but, it wouldn’t and it was fully charged too! So i came home and tried to charge it, NOTHING. So I told my dad and we went to Rogers and they sent it to japan for four weeks and i got it back fixed. Now you see, this phone is basically garbage. It looses battery really fast! It freezes to the point where it turns off and restarts on it’s own DAILY. Sometimes it doesn’t even turn on like mine right now! I’ve once had the music play and it repeated the same 5 seconds the song for two hours as if it were a broken record. Awful, and it always has things pop up saying things such as ” Xperia Home Is Not Working Properly” and has two options ” Wait or Delete” ugh it’s so frustrating. and it deleted all my music that i had on it!

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