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.
Conclusion: The Xperia PLAY is a solid Android smartphone that offers some unique gaming features, even if it doesn't execute fully on them. The basic version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread works well enough and is free of the cruft of manufacturer customizations that plague other handsets. Unfortunately, the build of the PLAY is not of the same quality as other phones in its price range, and the gaming features are not so well executed that it is worth the extra money.
Pros: Stock version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Fast processor, Gamepad
Cons: Thick and clunky, Cheap build quality, Lack of gaming titles available
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: The Xperia Play is part console and part smart phone. Its hardware is impressive, but its confusing and inconsistent software makes gaming a joyless experience. That leaves it a porky Android phone, with little to offer over its slimmer, lighter rivals.
Cons: Games offering is weak; confusing software; classic PlayStation titles are expensive; rather dim display.
Summary: Rumors of a “PlayStation phone” — most likely borne of wishful thinking more than anything else, especially early on — have been lingering for almost as long as I’ve been writing about gadgets and games. So to say the Xperia Play is a long time coming is something of an understatement. The devices started to pop up on global carriers as of April 1st, but it wasn’t until May 26th that it landed stateside via Verizon Wireless. So, is it worth the wait?
Pros: Android 2.3 largely untouched, Gamepad is snappy, Crash Bandicoot is still addictive
Cons: Bulky, Menu navigation stutters, PlayStation Suite needs work
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!
Excerpt: The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is part smartphone, part gaming console, and is unlike any other current device. When closed, it looks like a regular – if slightly large – smartphone. Slide the lower half down however, and you'll find a proper set of gaming controls, which are all the better for taking full advantage of the powerful graphics card.
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.