Reviews and Problems with Sony Ericsson Xperia Play
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TechBargains Review - Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (Verizon Wireless)
17 April 2014
Summary: For the most avid gamers, Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play will be hard to beat. It packs all the gaming power you'd expect from a standalone device into a phone. Sony stayed true to the PSP design from left/right paddles to the D-pad. In addition to offering an enhanced gaming experience, the Xperia is a solid Android handset with an acceptable camera, decent call quality, and good battery life.
Excerpt: The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is different to any other phone on the market and to me is a magical little device. Thanks to the iPhone, mobile gaming is massive now. Games like Angry Birds have made mobile gaming big business and the best way to spend your time when on the train. This is the much-fabled 'Playstation Phone' that everyone dreamt about and gives Sony an edge over all their rivals by putting their PlayStation brand with the Xperia line.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play review: The Android PlayStation phone
12 August 2013
Conclusion: I get what Sony Ericsson was trying to accomplish with the Xperia Play. We’ve been wanting a real PlayStation Phone for quite some time and this is supposed to be it… except that it’s not. You see, Sony has the PlayStation Vita coming out pretty soon and it’s much more of a PSP than this phone can ever hope to be. The current crop of “PlayStation-certified” games that are “optimized” for this platform aren’t bad, but they aren’t that great either.
Summary: So where do I start with this one? Ahhh I know, the X10i, let’s take all those things that were just no good, even though that’s most of the handset, and throw it out the window, lets take all the good stuff about it, and keep it. This is where we start with the Xperia Play . A beautiful device, that feels solid and runs like an absolute dream.
Pros: Screen tech is bright and crisp, Excellent in direct sunlight, Fast and snappy, Android 2.3.2, Great sound quality and volume, Nicely done skins, Built-in Gamepad
Cons: Stock camera app, Cramped feel when using gamepad, Heavy, Filmsy back cover
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play – Revolutionizing Mobile Gaming?
7 November 2011
Excerpt: Mobile gaming is a big part of the smartphone agenda, or even the lower end segment. The Xperia Play was all set to revolutionize the mobile gaming industry and I was looking forward to it doing so. But I’m sure after the preview ; most of you are probably waiting to see if it actually does just that. So after a full week of gaming and testing here’s a more in depth look at the Xperia Play aka the Playstation Phone.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play vs Motorola Droid 3 – hardware specs review
19 October 2011
Conclusion: Overall, I have to say that the Droid 3 is a great alternative to the Xperia Play, and it definitely is more future proof. However, no matter how good the QWERTY keyboard is, it’s no replacement for the optical pads (I really wish Motorola would’ve replaced the arrow buttons with one!
Conclusion: Gaming enthusiast will no doubt love the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G as it’s a suitable gaming device that intricately presents us with a fantastic gaming experience. Add the lovable elements of any Android smartphone, we essentially have something that’ll keep us preoccupied during some down time. However, the best thing going for the handset is the $49.99 on-contract price it’s flaunting, which packs a lot of value for the buck.
Pros: $50 cost, Great gaming experience
Cons: Lacks detail with its photos, No 720p video capture
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play – the first and only smartphone gaming console running Android
26 September 2011
Conclusion: The price of the device is typical of Sony – a bit more expensive than the competition (I’m talking about phones with a landscape keyboard; obviously the Play has no direct competition), but if you want the best gaming experience anywhere, anytime on the device you always carry with you, it may be worth it.
Excerpt: For the last couple of weeks I have had the opportunity to check out Sony Ericsson’s XPERIA Play phone. It amazes me that in just a few short years how mobile phone and media devices have changed. They keep getting smaller in size, but bigger with features, and the their versatility increases with every new wave. Right off the hop I will say that I found the XPERIA Play an amazing little device.
Conclusion: If you're looking for a gaming phone with a good selection of 3D titles and a real game controller built-in, the Playstation phone has obvious appeal. At $50, if you're not a dedicated gamer but you want a high quality Android smartphone with the latest OS, a sharp 4" display, a good 5MP camera, a 1GHz CPU and 4G HSPA+, it's hard to beat the Xperia Play, as long as you don't mind the thick body.
Pros: Great gaming controls, good call quality and reception.