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Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Smartphone Review

Posted: May 31, 2011
Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Smartphone Review
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The Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY is a feature rich phone with a 4" touch screen, Android 2.3 OS, dual cameras and a game controller to take on PlayStation certified games anywhere you want! Chris Hardwick and Kevin Pereira take a look at the ultimate gaming phone that retails for $100 with a contract.

What You Need To Know

  • The Xperia PLAY is obviously bigger than most smartphones because of the slide out game pad.
  • As a smartphone, the Xperia PLAY has the latest version of Android (2.3 AKA Gingerbread) which works really well.
  • The 4" touch screen is very responsive and maybe even more than other Android phones we've used.
  • The 2.3 upgrade is a definite improvement where everything feels faster and more efficient.
  • The phone is fast enough to handle PlayStation certified games without any lag.
  • You'll have a smooth gaming experience practically all the time, whether you're playing Splinter Cell, Brothers in Arms, Guitar Hero or Asphalt 6 racing.
  • There were a few times we dropped frames but it wasn't a major problem.
  • The loading times for games are also a little long but not unbearable.
  • The game selection for the Xperia PLAY is pretty good: the phone comes preloaded with Madden NFL 11, The Sims 3 and Crash Bandicoot.
  • They added 10 more games over the weekend to the Marketplace so we hope they keep it up.
  • The slide out controller is an improvement when playing games and compared to the touch screen.
  • The Xperia Play controller is just like the PlayStation controller, complete with directional pad, two touch joysticks and shoulder buttons.
  • Everything works just the way you want it, except for the touch joysticks, which seem to be a little inaccurate.
  • Overall, the slide-out pad should give you more control than a touch screen.
  • The dual cameras (front and rear facing) look okay: the rear camera is only 5 megapixels and tends to overexpose with the flash on.
  • Otherwise, normal pictures with the rear camera are fine.
  • The front facing camera is VGA quality, which is mediocre at best.

Price

  • $100 with a contract on Amazon Wireless.

Rating

  • 4 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • Having an Android phone with this many features at only $100 is a steal.
  • If it had 4G connectivity, we would have rated the phone 5 out of 5!

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Comments are Closed

  • scorpian876

    Well I guess I'll buy one,I wanted to see if it was worthy for my wallet.It looks cool. 4 out of 5 is good rating,I like gadget pron because I want to know what I am buying before I by any brand name electronics.

    Posted: August 22, 2011 4:58 PM
    scorpian876
  • mother_fn_trogdor

    I hate Chris Hardwick. Not funny.


    ...and yes I logged into my account just to post this.

    Posted: July 21, 2011 9:31 PM
    mother_fn_trogdor
  • Doctor_SyN

    Only question I have is how will this Xperia handle future Android Software upgrades. I've had 2 Androids, an LG Ally and a HTC phone. Both came with different OS preloaded on them and as time went on when new Android OS came out, the features they could handle were lessened. I don't want to buy an Xperia and have it become useless when Android upgrades their OS 2-3 times. Or better yet, the newer OS upgrades can't be included on "outdated" hardware. OR that future games that come out made to integrate with future OS versions can't integrate as well with users who have Android 2.3 or whatever the next version will be.

    Posted: June 1, 2011 7:14 PM
  • Phoenixxx1974

    i honestly don't see a point in this phone with the NPG aka PSP2 aka PS Vita around the corner with a quad core CPU, 2 REAL analog sticks, better cameras, better screen, REAL PSN with official PS1/PS2 games and original NGP games.

    I would rather get the Samsung Galaxy S2 phones with dual core and better screen for the phone. I don't really play games on my phone that is why i have a 3DS and getting the NGP for.

    Plus i checked it out at Verizon and was not impressed with it but that is my opinion

    Posted: June 1, 2011 6:30 PM
    Phoenixxx1974
  • Phoenixxx1974

    i honestly don't see a point in this phone with the NPG aka PSP2 aka PS Vita around the corner with a quad core CPU, 2 REAL analog sticks, better cameras, better screen, REAL PSN with official PS1/PS2 games and original NGP games.

    I would rather get the Samsung Galaxy S2 phones with dual core and better screen for the phone. I don't really play games on my phone that is why i have a 3DS and getting the NGP for.

    Plus i checked it out at Verizon and was not impressed with it but that is my opinion

    Posted: June 1, 2011 5:24 PM
    Phoenixxx1974
  • arudicel

    What about the battery life guys?

    Posted: June 1, 2011 5:19 PM
    arudicel
  • JustTheBeginning

    Tough nipples sounds like a good idea to me.

    Posted: June 1, 2011 2:26 PM
    JustTheBeginning
  • zimmy91

    N-gage 2
    rofl

    Posted: June 1, 2011 12:50 PM
    zimmy91
  • Gamerdoogy

    Don't forget Minecraft that'll be out on this phone soon.

    Posted: June 1, 2011 11:30 AM
    Gamerdoogy
  • bryanZ17

    Can you buy this phone in Sprint?

    Posted: June 1, 2011 10:32 AM
    bryanZ17
  • killacarter661

    all i got to say is wtf. 0.o

    Posted: May 31, 2011 9:12 PM
    killacarter661
  • cang559

    well i dont have have a ell phone so for the past year ive been researching and begging my mom. i had some hopes for this thing but why did it have to be on verizon.the problem with verizon is that you only have the choice of a super cool smart phone(and i mean amazing) for an extra 30 bones per month or a crappy flip phone

    Posted: May 31, 2011 5:42 PM
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