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Comparison - Sony Xperia Ion vs Samsung Galaxy S Advance

April 11, 2012
By Jonathan Cheah

11 April 2012 - The Sony Xperia Ion was announced during CES in January 2012 and the Samsung Galaxy S Advance was announced a little later that month.

Both of these are Android devices, with Android 2.3 at the time of announcement. They both have 16GB storage capacity, and accept microSD cards of up to 32 GB.
The Samsung Galaxy S Advance has an AMOLED screen, as opposed to the TFT screen on the rival device.
The Sony Xperia Ion as usual, has a larger screen (4.55 vs 4.00-inches) with better resolution (720 x 1280 pixels against 480 x 800 pixels). It is also heavier (144g x 120g).
It also has a better processor on paper, a 1.5GHz dual core against the 1 GHz dual-core of the Lumia 800. The camera is where the Ion outdoes its rival, with a considerably better rating (12.1 vs 5-megapixels) too.
This one comes down to the pricing. Again, the Sony Xperia Ion is the superior phone on paper, but the question is how much of a discount will the Samsung Galaxy S Advance bear? From the figures given, we figure that the Galaxy S Advance should be around 65-75% of the price of the Xperia Ion. And substantial difference form these figure should point you to which of the tow devices would be a better buy.
Although it is hard to judge at this point, this far we have found that the Xperia Ion is the dark horse in almost every comparison we have done. Its specifications are good enough that you might want to think about it before proceeding with a purchase of any Android device.
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Samsung Galaxy S Advance (no price yet)
3.5G HSDPA + WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Touchscreen candybar, 5.0 MP camera, 16GB Memory, Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) 
The Galaxy S Advance has a 4-inch Super AMOLED display with 480 x 800 resolution pixels as we previously reported. It is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor bundled with 768MB of RAM, and it runs on Android 2.3 with TouchWix user interface.
The phone includes a 5-megapixel primary camera with LED flash, a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera, an 8GB or 16GB internal storage and a 1500 mAh Li-ion battery. It also supports WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and GPS.
Samsung said that the Galaxy S Advance will be available in Russia starting from February, and then be gradually rolled out in CIS, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Southeast and Southwest Asia, Latin America and China.
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Sony Xperia Ion (no price yet)
4G LTE + HSDPA + WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Touchscreen candybar, 12.0 MP camera, 16GB Memory, Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) 
The Sony Xperia Ion comes with Android 2.3 and comes packing a 4.55-inch 720p display, a 12-megapixel Exmor R primary camera that goes from standby to ready in 1.5 seconds, NFC and LTE – the first for Sony. There is a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU and 16GB flash storage.
Aside from the powerful specs, the chassis is 'thin, lightweight and durable' and the screen is augmented with Bravia Reality Display components, which was on the Xperia Arc last year and like the Xperia S has a laminated, gapless display. It too is Playstation-certified and the Android 4.0 upgrade is already planned.
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♠ JC

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