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Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY review - Verizon's first PlayStation smartphone
1 June 2011
Summary: 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...
Pros: stock version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, fast processor, gamepad
Cons: thick and clunky, cheap build quality, lack of gaming titles available
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...
Pros: Fast performance, Big bright screen, Great for mobile gaming, Long battery life
Cons: Small Android buttons, Analog touch joystick not very responsive, Lacks 4G, Doesn't support video chat apps yet
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: The PSP Phone, otherwise known as one of the worst kept secrets in the smartphone world, was finally officially announced at the 2011 Mobile World Congress. Dubbed the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, this mouthful of a smartphone looks to take gaming to a...
Summary: A smartphone and portable gaming console combined? That's great news for the gamers! However, if you look at its capabilities beyond gaming, it is hard to feel excitement for the Xperia Play. The phone has okay performance, a bulky form factor, a disappointing battery and a handicapped camera. The lack of 720p HD video recording capabilities is a glaring omission.
Pros: Gaming console capabilities are fun, Good display, Comfortable gaming pad, with good button placement, On-screen keypad is comfortable, Android 2.3 preinstalled; no pushing and shoving for upgrades
Cons: Extremely bulky form factor, No 720p HD video recording capability, Bad battery life
Excerpt: Verizon released the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play today, May 26. The phone has also been known as the “Playstation Phone” because it brings along controls seen on the PSP and plays some great games. The Xperia Play features a 4-inch LCD display and a 1GHz processor. There is a special ANdroid Market for games specifically written for the device. Hit the jump for the hands-on pictures.
Summary: The Xperia Play will appeal to mobile gamers who are sick of poor touchscreen controls, and are looking for a more fulfilling gaming experience on their phone. There are only a handful of games right now that are optimised for use with the gamepad, but hopefully more game developers will support it in the future since the APIs for physical game controls are included in the Android 2.3 SDK. For those who are not big into gaming, look elsewhere.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Initial Impressions and Video/Photo Comparison
25 May 2011
Excerpt: As Fedex pulled up to the office door, I pretty much knew what to expect. The package from Sony Ericsson arrived as promised (Thanks guys). I was almost hesitant to open the larger box as it felt completely empty, but inside was a very…VERY.. small box containing a Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. I’m pretty sure that this is the smallest box I’ve ever received an Android phone in. They do say that big things come in small packages.
Conclusion: Enough on the outside, let’s talk about what the Xperia Play holds on the inside. First off, the Qualcomm 2nd generation 1GHz Snapdragon CPU with the Adreno 205 GPU is nothing to sneeze at. The internal memory of 512MB as well as 512MB of storage (of which 400MB is available to end users) puts it competitively amongst other Android Gingerbread phones.