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.