"Sony plans to introduce its first Sony-branded phone on AT&T’s LTE network this year, the company announced at the Consumer Electronics Show on January 9. The Xperia Ion has impressive specs and a beautiful screen, though it wasn’t a perfect experience in our hands," reports Conde Nast’s Ars Technica website. (Conde Nast also owns Wired magazine.)
The story continues, "The Xperia Ion has a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 16GB of internal storage behind a gorgeous 1280×720 display. Only a few companies have managed to eschew the lesser PenTile displays, but with the force of the Bravia brand behind Sony’s phones , we expect they’ll lead the charge for high-quality screens….
"The Xperia Ion felt light and not too big in hand for its 4.6-inch screen size—in fact, we barely noticed its large size, despite usually balking at phones of similar girth. The edges weren’t very comfortable to hold, but the rounded back may do better work in that area."
PCWorld raved, "The Sony Xperia Ion, announced Monday, has some pretty drool-worthy specs. Not only does it hook into AT&T’s LTE 4G network, but it has a 4.6-inch display, HDMI-out with a TV launcher interface, and a super thin design. Oh–and a 12-megapixel camera. Yep, you read that right–a 12-megapixel camera. And it is pretty darn good."