Conclusion: If you want the most gaming-friendly Android phone, this is it. But don’t cancel your PSP Go purchase just yet. The first “PlayStation-certified” phone is only a handheld gaming console in the same way a bicycle with an engine bolted onto it is a motorcycle – the difference is all in the details.
Summary: One of the questions I presented to you guys when I wrote the piece about playing games was if you should buy this phone, even if you aren't a gamer. The answer is yes. The Play is really a great Android device, no matter how you look at it. It runs stock Gingerbread and is fast in most things.
Excerpt: The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (also known as the “PlayStation Phone”) is, in my opinion, an excellent phone. I was a little anxious about being selected to review it before it was sent to us because I had been hearing some negative feedback about it.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play review – does the fabled PlayStation phone live up to the hype?
14 July 2011
Conclusion: Yes! OK, I’ll be a little more specific! If you want a mobile phone that gives you the best gaming experience of any phone on the market – either now or any time in the past – then buy the Xperia Play . It is, quite simply, head and shoulders above all other phones when it comes to playing games.
Summary: Today, the smartphones in our pockets aren’t mere cellphones. They’re powerful portable computers that are capable of multitasking and functioning as an all-in-one device, whether that includes a little or a lot of calling, Web browsing, playing movies/music/games, checking email, taking pictures,...
Summary: A very cool piece of technology for gaming and Internet. Less useful for texting and the call quality is poor, along with the price when you total it all up. Hopefully, this won’t turn into another iPhone that’s only available on Verizon for years and then on AT&T (which is far worse in my opinion)...
Excerpt: 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.
Pros: Android 2.3 largely untouched, Gamepad is snappy, Crash Bandicoot is still addictive
Cons: Bulky, Menu navigation stutters, PlayStation Suite needs work
Excerpt: It's a Playstation in a phone! Aaron takes a look at Sony Ericsson's Xperia PLAY , a new Verizon phone that packs Playstation functionality into an Android smartphone. Sporting a 1 GHz Snapdragon CPU, it offers a 4-inch display, 5-megapixel camera, and a stock build of Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).