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Verizon Becomes the First Carrier in US for Sony Ericsson Xperia Play
17 May 2011
Excerpt: Ok so its official now, that the long enchanted, oft-leaked Sony Ericsson Xperia Play or the PlayStation Phone will be entering the US markets very soon. According to our sources from the tech world, we came to know that, and it’s official that Verizon will be the official carrier for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play.
Excerpt: At the beginning of 2000s Sony Ericsson created new trends in mobile phones industry. For example, they realized a huge potential of cameras built in phones. The company pioneered the solution and reaped success. Another area was represented by music phones united by the brand name of Walkman. Camera phones were labelled CyberShot with the name again belonging to Sony. Sales were going through the roof and rival companies copied models from Sony Ericsson.
Review: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, PlayStation Phone With An Android Attitude
29 April 2011
Excerpt: It’s been almost three years and the whole $1 app ecosystem the App Store embodies still makes old school video game industry people about as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a rocking chair factory. Microsoft is looking at it from the bottom of a well, Nintendo just flat out refuses to acknowledge it and now Sony thinks it can tame it through sheer strength. This is the story of whether they’re up to the job.
Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play review: Bring your 'A' game
20 April 2011
Conclusion: Let’s get one thing straight here. The XPERIA Play is a gaming droid and you shouldn’t get hung up on the less than stellar video and single-core-only CPU. It wasn’t meant to be the flagship in the XPERIA lineup – it’s up to the Arc to shoulder the responsibility. And come to think of it, the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play is one of the easiest phones to recommend.
Pros: Side-slider with dedicated gaming controls, Quad-band GSM /GPRS/EDGE support, 3G with HSDPA and HSUPA, 4.0" 16M-color capacitive LED-backlit LCD touchscreen of FWVGA resolution (480 x 854 pixels), Android OS v2.3 Gingerbread, 1 GHz Scorpion CPU, Adreno 205 GPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 chipset, 512 MB RAM, 5MP autofocus camera with LED flash and geotagging720p video recording @ 30fps with stereo sound, Secondary front-facing camera, Wi-Fi b/g/n and DLNA, GPS with A...
Cons: CPU and GPU not the best there is, Display has relatively poor viewing angles, Phone is a bit big for one-handed use, Video recording maxes out at WVGA resolution, No FM radio, No smart dialing, No shutter key, No video-calling over 3G
Conclusion: However, if you do plan to get this device, you need to remember what is important to you. Can you live without HD video recording? Can you cope with the really scratchable screen? Are you able to cope with the size and weight of the Xperia play? Can you feel good with yourself about taking a risk with an unknown gaming platform? If yes (or even “I probably could.”) is the answer to those questions, then the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play could be the phone for you.
Summary: Ever since the XPERIA Play emerged, the device gained immediate fame in the smartphone and gaming communities alike. Combining the versatility of an Android with the gaming capabilities of a PlayStation has produced one of the most, if not the most, anticipated smartphones being released in 2011. With all the hype surrounding the XPERIA Play, some may wonder is the buzz truly merited?
Cons: Overpriced, Poor game selection, Laggy browser, Hard to get comfortable grip, Weighty
Conclusion: From our time spent gaming on the device we have to say the company is mostly right about it, the battery didn’t drain for 2-3 hours, as we expected, but on the simpler titles. With more sophisticated 3D titles the toll on the battery life is significant. In the end it’s still an Android smartphone that has to be charged daily, don’t even doubt it. In the end, we have to give Sony Ericsson Xperia Play the benefit of the doubt.
Pros: Dedicated game controller, Able to run numerous old emulator games with gamepad key-mapping, Excellent stereo loudspeakers, Very good photo quality
Cons: Not future-proof due to the single-core chipset, Game catalog still in its nascence