Reviews and Problems with Sony Ericsson Xperia Play
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After years of rumors and wishful thinking, the PlayStation phone is real — but is it worth the wait?
15 June 2011
Summary: Based on hardware alone, the Xperia Play is not an inspiring choice. The specs and Android experience are good but not great, the display is surprisingly dim, and at risk of sounding too broad, there are no games that really justify the gamepad and added thickness.
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 Android Smartphone Review
14 June 2011
Excerpt: Smartphones with slide out keyboards are not unusual. But the same can’t be said about a smartphone with a slide out gaming controller. The Sony Xperia PLAY (aka the Playstation Phone) from Sony Ericsson and Verizon Wireless is an Android powered smartphone for those of you that love to play games but aren’t so thrilled with using the touch screen to do so.
Pros: Controller makes this phone feel like a dedicated gaming device, Nice camera, Great sound quality
Cons: Volume button placement not optimal, Controller doesn't work with all games, Display could be brighter, Notification LED oddly placed
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.
Pros: Slide-out game controller, Clean Android install, Vibrant 4.0-inch LCD, Attractive Sony styling, Acceptable 5.1-megapixel camera
Cons: Bulky design, Controls work with limited game selection, Touch-based analog controls, No 4G, Smudgy screen
Conclusion: The first Playstation Certified phone is off to a good start. The game selection is certainly the most impressive we've seen on Android, with several enticing titles, and the promise of more. We'd love to see more Sony franchise games on the Xperia Play, but Sony's not sharing details. The controller makes a world of difference for gaming, and the hardware is both sturdy and attractive.
Pros: Great gaming controller, sharp display, excellent speakers, atttractive and solid build.
Conclusion: So here’s the video of the device with a quick rundown of the hardware and games side. I’m not covering the Verizon apps that come on the device, it has all the usual stuff installed. I will say that this is an almost virgin Android experience device, which was very surprising given Sony Ericsson’s previous devices. If you haven’t purchased the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play yet and you’r looking to get one.
Excerpt: The Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY is the first PlayStation certified mobile device to hit the market. This means that it has access to special ports of games from Sony's legacy of PlayStation titles, in addition to the growing number of games available to the Android platform. In order to make good use of its PlayStation certification, the PLAY features a unique slide-out gaming pad with controls that mimic a PlayStation controller, including two touch-sensitive pads in...
Sony Xperia Play Review: Finally, An Android Phone For Gaming - And Not Much Else
1 June 2011
Summary: Using the Xperia Play has been quite a mixed bag before me. While it accomplishes its game-playing goal quite well, and the stock Android UI makes for a very smooth user experience, this is still a very hefty phone, and that is likely to put a lot of potential customers off. It's hard to tell the target demographic here - hardcore mobile gamers will probably be more content just buying a PSP or waiting for the new PlayStation Vita, while everybody else will be tempted by...
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (Verizon Wireless) Review
1 June 2011
Summary: Sony PlayStation Portable fanatics looking to consolidate their mobile gaming and messaging devices into one will find a lot to like in the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. It's a stylish device with a bright and colorful display, and it has performance and battery life to spare. However, as with most hybrid devices, the Xperia Play has to make some concessions: As a gaming platform, its controls were not as easy to use as a dedicated gaming device, and as a phone, the Xperia...
Conclusion: The Xperia Play is an awesome phone! For gamers who also happen to love Android, it’s a dead giveaway. However, that’s not to say the Xperia Play is without faults. For starters, we found the display offered up sub-par viewing angles, though was made for with excellent color reproduction when the right angle was found. For a phone that’s marketed towards gaming, we find that a careless oversight.
Excerpt: And while it’s a bit on the chubby side, we think that, for Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play, big is beautiful. You could almost call the Xperia Play the shorter, fatter cousin to the svelte Xperia Arc , which Sony Ericsson once described as the “world’s thinnest smartphone.” At .62 inches, the Play looks positively bulky compared to its Xperia-line relatives — a veritable Jan Brady to the Arc’s Marcia.