Didn't buy this as a phone, just as a portable gaming console
Brett Hurst, Amazon
28 January 2014
Summary: I can't comment on this as a phone, as I don't have Verizon service. I bought it solely as a portable gaming device, for emulators specifically. Google the Nesoid family of emulators (Gameboid, N64oid etc.) or go to XDA Forum's Xperia Play page, and you will not be disappointed with the potential this has a retro gaming device.
Great for gaming, bad for almost everything else but being a phone.
28 January 2014
Summary: The xperia play is a great phone for emulation and playing many games off the android market. But if your looking for in deaf endless access to many apps of the Play store or texting, this phone isn't too good of a option. It runs off a outdated Android OS. Which is really disappointing for such a great gaming phone.
Summary: I purchased this phone for my teenage son who selected this phone due to the gaming keypad. He loves the phone! Only issue is that the case he bought doesn't allow for use of one of the side buttons so he is not using a protective case. The phone was a good value on Amazon and I'd recommend the phone and this seller.
Summary: This phone has it all. The built in game pad is amazing for games and emulators. The phone looks and feels nice and comfortable. While it does lack the power of modern devices, and has low internal memory, it is capable of doing the essentials. This includes facebook, apps, texting, calls, and gaming. I highly recommend this phone to even compete against today's top dogs such as the iPhone 5 and Galaxy.