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Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review

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Interface and Functionality:

Internally, this gaming conscious smartphone is powered by the combination of its 1GHz Snapdragon processor with Adreno 205 GPU and 512MB of RAM. Even though it’s no longer considered to be the fastest thing on the block, we’re content by its responsive operation in handling basic and advanced tasks.

Rather than finding a stock Android 2.3 Gingerbread experience, like what’s found with Verizon’s version, the Xperia PLAY 4G chooses to use the Sony Ericsson UX Android interface used by the original European GSM model. Naturally, there are plenty of eye-catching visuals with its presentation to perfectly accompany a “PlayStation phone,” but we’re still presented with all of the rich aspects of Android in general.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G chooses to use the Sony Ericsson UX Android interface  - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
The Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G chooses to use the Sony Ericsson UX Android interface  - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
The Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G chooses to use the Sony Ericsson UX Android interface  - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
The Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G chooses to use the Sony Ericsson UX Android interface  - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
The Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G chooses to use the Sony Ericsson UX Android interface  - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
The Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G chooses to use the Sony Ericsson UX Android interface  - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
The Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G chooses to use the Sony Ericsson UX Android interface  - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
The Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G chooses to use the Sony Ericsson UX Android interface  - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review

The Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G chooses to use the Sony Ericsson UX Android interface


On the gaming side, the handset’s focus is profoundly felt, as we’re able to play games like Asphalt 6, Crash Bandicoot, Dungeon Defenders: Second Wave, Madden NFL 2011, Star Battalion, TBloxx My City, and The Sims 3. Being a PlayStation certified device, it can run some exclusive titles, including original PS1 games. Thanks primarily to its gaming pad, the experience is undeniably suitable as we’re able to play all games with a great deal of responsiveness.

Games for the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
Games for the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
Games for the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
Games for the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
Games for the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
Games for the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
Games for the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
Games for the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review

Games for the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G



Camera and Multimedia:

It’s hard to say why, especially when the original model fared well in snapping photos, but we’re not impressed by the results offered to us by the Xperia PLAY 4G. Specifically, images are muddy looking, lack distinguishable details, and indoor shots tend to be fuzzy looking.

Camera interface - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
Camera interface - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
Camera interface - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
Camera interface - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review

Camera interface


Camera samples made with the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
Camera samples made with the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
Camera samples made with the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
Camera samples made with the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
Camera samples made with the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
Camera samples made with the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
Camera samples made with the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
Camera samples made with the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
Camera samples made with the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
Camera samples made with the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review

Camera samples made with the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G


Strong - Indoor samples - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review

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Medium

Low light

3ft - Indoor samples - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
5ft - Indoor samples - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
7ft - Indoor samples - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review

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Indoor samples


Still lacking 720p video capture, there’s nothing pretty with the VGA (640 x 480) videos that it’s able to shoot. Although we like its clear audio recording and smooth capture, details are lacking tremendously.

Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Sample Video:




Using the same music player found with other Xperia devices, it’s straightforward and to the point with its layout – though, it retains the same 10 equalizer settings as before. Clear and crisp sounding, we’re content with the tunes being blasted by the handset’s stereo speakers.

Music player - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
Music player - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
Music player - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review

Music player


Again, the handset flexes its muscles, as it’s able to perfectly play a video encoded in DivX 1280 x 720 resolution without any hiccups.


Internet and Connectivity:

Finding the “4G” branding in its name, data speeds aren’t all that different from 3G devices as we’re able to get average results of 4Mbit/s down and 1.5Mbits/s up. With the overall web browsing experience, it’s able to handle Flash heavy sites with relative ease.

The browser of the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G handles Flash heavy sites with relative ease - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
The browser of the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G handles Flash heavy sites with relative ease - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
The browser of the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G handles Flash heavy sites with relative ease - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review
The browser of the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G handles Flash heavy sites with relative ease - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G Review

The browser of the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY 4G handles Flash heavy sites with relative ease


Global traveler can jet their way to any part of the globe with this GSM smartphone, since it’ll work with most networks abroad. Meanwhile, it packs other connectivity features like 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and aGPS.

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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: 1501; 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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