Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play review: The smartphone has excellent controls and a smooth gaming experience, but the XPERIA Play will ultimately live or die by its exclusive games content
Good Gear Guide.au
22 October 2011
Summary: The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play possesses excellent gaming controls and offers a relatively smooth user experience for both communications and gaming. However, it will ultimately live or die by its exclusive games content, and it has a few faults that prevent it from being a great device.
Pros: Great gaming controls, Excellent speakers, Sony Ericsson UI overlay
Conclusion: The Xperia Play is neither the best portable console nor the best smartphone, but it brings the unique offering of both in one device. However, we would recommend having separate devices for each purpose if your bank balance allows. µ
Pros: Dedicated gaming controls, large high resolution screen.
Cons: Weight, lack of brightness, not the best use of Gingerbread., Ineffective touch pads for gaming.
Excerpt: Now this is my personal review for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play! The Long awaited Playstation Phone that was eagerly awaited from the very first rumours that emerged from the labs at Sony Ericsson.
Summary: The Xperia Play is a good buy if you are looking for a phone which can double up as a gaming device. It is a smartphone worth having. When the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play entered the market, it was the most discussed handset among hardcore gamers and mobile enthusiasts.
Pros: Slide-out game pad, 5-megapixel camera
Cons: Touch-screen gaming controls, Lack of HDMI port
Conclusion: In many ways, the immersive gaming experience on the Xperia Play helps you to forget about the niggles I mentioned earlier. Do I care if the phone has a plastic covered screen when I’m battering the CPU at FIFA? No.
Summary: On paper, the Xperia Play sounds like a master-stroke of device covergance, branding and usability, but in practice, it leaves a lot to be desired. While the chunky size necessitated by the controls would be more than justified if the gaming aspects lived up to expectations, it’s nowhere near as...