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A closer look at the Sony Xperia Ion (pictures)

Sony's new Xperia Ion sports a premium build and plenty of ways to entertain.

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Brian Bennett
Brian Bennett is a former senior writer for the home and outdoor section at CNET.
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Meet the Sony Xperia Ion

The Sony Xperia Ion features a big 4.6-inch (1280 x 720) LCD screen. Sadly it's dark with inconsistent colors. You can read the full CNET review of the Xperia Ion here.
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Last year's ware

While the Sony Xperia Ion is a capable Android smartphone, its Gingerbread 2.3 OS is showing signs of age.
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Type simply

Sometimes the simplest method is best and judging from the Xperia keyboard included with the Sony Xperia Ion Sony agrees. Its layout is close to stock Gingerbread but slightly better spaced.
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Made for TV

The Sony Xperia Ion's left edge features both a HDMI and Micro USB port under a flap
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Open the flap

Here's a closer look at the Sony Xperia Ion's HDMI and USB port located under its protective flap.
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Listen up

Thankfully the Sony Xperia Ion has a 3.5 mm headphone jack placed on its top edge and not on bottom or in other inconvenient locations.
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Fire up the camera

On the left side of the Sony Xperia Ion is dedicated camera button that launches the camera even when the phone is asleep. Other controls include volume and power.
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Find the slot

It may take a moment to find but the Sony Xperia Ion has a micro SD card slot hidden under a compartment on the phone's top edge.
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a personal theater

The Sony Xperia Ion's big 4.55-inch display serves as a decent stage for movies and other video but other handsets offer better picture quality.
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Say cheese

Sony touts the Sony Xperia Ion's 12MP camera but despite its high resolution its image quality is disappointing.

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