The advantages of the Ion Torrent (IT) for 16S tag sequencing are a relative cheap machine with a relative cheap cost-per-run. I wonder if an IT has the necessary read length and fidelity. I have read that the mean read length of an Ion Torrent 318 can be above 200bp. Furthermore 454 data, which I believe has a similar error structure to an Ion Torrent, can be used for community analysis albeit perhaps not for phylogenetic tree construction.
Has anyone tried using using an IT for this? Could IT be used for this application?