Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

The Device gamers have been waiting for, the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY is alive. It is promoted as the true fusion between gaming and smartphones

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Our Rating: 88%

Our Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Review

The Device gamers have been waiting for, the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY is alive. It is promoted as the true fusion between gaming and smartphones – specifically between Android phones and gamepads. Does the phone succeed in bring 3D to the smartphone?

Hardware

The Gamepad is the starting point for any discussion about this smart phone. It is the centerpiece of the device. It may not be a DualShock but you will discover something you have never seen before. The gamepad is a slide-out device that hopes to replicate console play. It contains digital direction keys and an analog pad. The pads are firm and offer the right amount of resistance. Start and select keys are located at the bottom right of the gamepad. Shoulder buttons on the outside mimic the L1 and R1 controllers. On the top you will find a volume rocker, a power key, and the four Android buttons. It also includes an accelerometer board plus a multi-touch screen.

The operating system for Xperia PLAY is the Android Gingerbread that is making big waves in the smart phone world.

The battery life lasts for up to 22 hours under light use in testing. This includes a few calls and checking up on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. However, when you add some gaming into the mix it does not seem to deplete the battery life too significantly.

Software

Power for the Xperia PLAY comes from the 1 GHz Snapdragon processor. It is on board with Android 2.3 – Gingerbread. Plus, look for Adreno 205 GPU graphics and 512 MB of RAM.

Keep your eyes out for other great features that will make you fall in love with this phone. It includes Wi-Fi, 3G, a 5 Megapixel camera, Bluetooth, and microSD card.

When looking at PlayStation software you will get Xperia PLAY for Android Market games and PlayStation Pocket. PlayStation Pocket is set to run with the all-loved PlayStation One games and comes with Crash Bandicoot installed. Games load on the pre-installed software in tolerable time. It is not the instant load you may be used to with your console.

What We Liked

How can you not be excited about a gaming smart phone? This one seems to deliver in many areas. We love the cool slide out console and the gaming like buttons. Android and Gingerbread are big names to put behind this phone and they deliver. As a phone, you get excellent sound quality. It has doable loading speeds for web browsing and more.

What We Disliked

We definitely wished the battery lasted longer, but that is problem with almost every smart phone on the market today. The default brightness on the screen could be tweaked. It is way too dim for us. The weight makes the smart phone awkward and may be an area that the company will improve on in future models.

Our Final Verdict

A great phone for gamers. Will others like to buy and use this phone? Sure. It has many favorable features such as a great console for anyone who occasionally plays games and a fabulous camera. We see this as a camera for teens and up.

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General

Form Factor Slider
Dimensions 119 x 62 x 16 (mm)
Talk Time 420 mins
Standby Time 700 hours
Weight 175 g
Quad Band Yes

Photo and Video

Integrated Camera Yes
Camera 5.00 megapixels
Video Player Yes

Phone

Internal Memory 400MB
Memory Card Type MicroSD (max 32GB)

Messaging

Instant Messaging (IM) Yes

Screen

Colour Screen Yes

Connectivity

Bluetooth Yes
HSDPA Yes
WAP Yes
Web Browser Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
GPS Yes

Music and Radio

FM Radio Yes
MP3 Player Yes
MP3 Ringtones Yes

Additional Content

Downloadable Content Yes
Downloadable Games Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Full Specification

General

Form Factor Slider
Dimensions 119 x 62 x 16 (mm)
Talk Time 420 mins
Standby Time 700 hours
Weight 175 g
Quad Band Yes

Photo and Video

Integrated Camera Yes
Camera 5.00 megapixels
Video Player Yes

Phone

Internal Memory 400MB
Memory Card Type MicroSD (max 32GB)

Messaging

Instant Messaging (IM) Yes

Screen

Colour Screen Yes

Connectivity

Bluetooth Yes
HSDPA Yes
WAP Yes
Web Browser Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
GPS Yes

Music and Radio

FM Radio Yes
MP3 Player Yes
MP3 Ringtones Yes

Additional Content

Downloadable Content Yes
Downloadable Games Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
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