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Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review

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Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
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Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
Although it’s no longer considered to be at the head of the class, like where it was when it first launched, AT&T’s Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G manages to differentiate itself with its “stealth blue” paint job and 4G HSPA+ “with enhanced backhaul” connectivity. At its core, it’s still that fun loving gaming centric smartphone that we know and love – though, it’s priced competitively at $49.99 with a 2-year contract.


Design:

Preserving the same “human curvature” design style of the other variants, there’s nothing relatively new about the Xperia PLAY 4G. In fact, this mostly glossy plastic smartphone employs a decent build quality, but it easily stands out being thicker than most contemporary smartphones.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G employs a decent build quality, but it easily stands out being thicker than most contemporary smartphones - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G employs a decent build quality, but it easily stands out being thicker than most contemporary smartphones - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G employs a decent build quality, but it easily stands out being thicker than most contemporary smartphones - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G employs a decent build quality, but it easily stands out being thicker than most contemporary smartphones


Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review

You can compare the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

We’re content with the 4” LCD display it’s sporting since it’s able to exhibit some good viewing angles and warm looking colors, which are crucial as we’re tilting the phone while gaming away. Furthermore, its 480 x 854 resolution is seemingly detailed enough to stand up with most tasks – though, its brightness output is still on the reserved side.

Front - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
Front facing camera - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
Buttons below the display - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review

Front

Front facing camera

Buttons below the display


Sliding up the handset to reveal its PlayStation fashioned gaming pad. We’re able to easily get acquainted with its layout – however, it still might prove too cramped for casual gamers. The directional pad and iconic PlayStation buttons are responsive, but it requires some adjusting with the touch sensitive dual-sticks.

Sliding up the handset to reveal its PlayStation fashioned gaming pad - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
Sliding up the handset to reveal its PlayStation fashioned gaming pad - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
Sliding up the handset to reveal its PlayStation fashioned gaming pad - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review

Sliding up the handset to reveal its PlayStation fashioned gaming pad


As we mentioned, it’s the same handset as we’ve seen before – meaning, we find all of its ports and buttons in their same locations. There’s the 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash in the rear, while a front-facing one is perched above the display. Lastly, removing its plastic cover provides access to its microSD card slot, 1,500 mAh battery, and SIM card slot.

Back - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
5-megapixel camera in the rear - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
Volume rocker and Playstation buttons on the right - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review

Back

5-megapixel camera in the rear

Volume rocker and Playstation buttons on the right



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posted on 10 Oct 2011, 21:36

2. Freefalen97 (unregistered)


Omg i want this phone, but i dont hav at&t and I love minecraft which made me check out this phone. Could someome help me out please.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 20:14

4. alx33 (Posts: 32; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


It's also available on verizon but without 4G

posted on 02 Feb 2012, 22:13

5. sweething852002 (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


These phones are now available for NTelos. I'm had to put mine on order, because they ran out of them. I'll be getting it tomorrow though.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 01:25

3. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


If Sony Ericsson ever comes to Sprint I will buy one definitely.

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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 854 pixels (245 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8255, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
512 MB RAM
Size4.69 x 2.44 x 0.63 inches
(119 x 62 x 16 mm)
6.17 oz  (175 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 8.41 hours talk time

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