Excerpt: This device has been highly anticipated for a while now, with the PSP being a great gaming device for on the move and Android being such a great OS for mobile devices it was pretty obvous that a Playstation Phone […]
Summary: I genuinely enjoyed my time reviewing the Xperia Play, not just because it is a good Android phone coupled with Playstation controls, but because Sony Ericsson is innovating in what minimal ways it can when it is dealing with the almost unchangeable form factor of Android devices. As a gamer myself, I see many other people like me being attracted to the Xperia Play because of what it can offer as a phone as well as a portable gaming console.
Summary: If you love gaming on your phone already, the Xperia Play's controller will take this to the next level. There's stacks of games and a great smartphone experience, but a few trade offs to consider as well.
Pros: Great range of games, Excellent Xperia Games launcher, Smooth, fast Android experience, Controller is well-designed, Decent battery life
Cons: Thick and heavy handset, Track pads on the controller need tweaking, 8GB microSD is small for a gaming phone, Flaky Wi-Fi, No HDMI port
Excerpt: The PlayStation phone is the device equivalent of El Dorado, in that it's spent a long time as a golden fable to trot out when conversation slows. Now the fusion of gamepad and Android phone has emerged into the modern world in the form of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play.
Excerpt: The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play could be the stuff of legend: the Holy Grail of the PlayStation phone has been subject to rumour and speculation for many years. With the meteoric rise of mobile gaming, thanks largely to the iPhone , an Android device that grasps gaming literally with both hands was inevitable. But can the Xperia Play break into the mainstream in a way that the PSP Go failed to do?
Pros: Gaming pad is well designed, Sony Ericsson's take on Android has some nice features and is easily compensated where it lacks features, battery life when gaming is pretty good
Cons: Gaming delivery is a little disparate, screen needs to be brighter, it really needs some exciting gaming titles, video capture is unnecessarily poor
Summary: The Xperia Play is part console and part smart phone. Its hardware is impressive, but its confusing and inconsistent software makes gaming a joyless experience. That leaves it a porky Android phone, with little to offer over its slimmer, lighter rivals.
Pros: Slide-out gaming controls are well built and comfortable, Feels fast, Decent build quality
Cons: Games offering is weak, Confusing software, Classic PlayStation titles are expensive, Rather dim display