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Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Review

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The shooter on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is 5MP with LED flash. It is not the 8MP Exmor R sensor we have on the Xperia arc and the Xperia neo, but it is still very capable, as most of Sony’s cell phone shooters are. The camera interface is the stock Android one, although we have our hopes that we might see a personalized UI, since on the Xperia arc and neo the camera interface was skinned with large enough icons to be touch-friendly, and plethora of settings. A rundown of the custom camera UI in question can be found in our Xperia arc preview here.

The camera interface of the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Review
The camera interface of the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Review
The camera interface of the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Review
The camera interface of the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Review

The camera interface of the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY


Outdoor samples made with the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Review
Outdoor samples made with the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Review
Outdoor samples made with the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Review
Outdoor samples made with the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Review
Outdoor samples made with the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Review
Outdoor samples made with the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Review

Outdoor samples made with the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY

The Gallery - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Review

The Gallery


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Medium - Indoor samples - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Review
Darkness with flash - Indoor samples - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Review

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The photos turned quite detailed, with a good tradeoff between noise reduction and sharpness. The color representation is on the warm and joyful side, even in the cloudy day we shot, and it is noteworthy that the shot-to-shot times were very short, when you turn the preview option off.

For some odd reason, there is no 720p HD video capture option with the 5MP camera, and the highest you can go is a 800x480 video at 30fps, which exhibits the same warm colors, and good focus and detail, as the stills. Weird, we know, as it has become mandatory for 1GHz chipsets to be able to do HD video, so it is most probably coming with a software update of sorts, like what SE did with the Xperia X10. This, and the stock Android camera interface, made us wonder if there will be any last minute tweaks to the firmware, , so we are in the process of checking with the company on that, and will update upon reply.

UPDATE: Sony Ericsson told us that there will be some more software tweaks, and the unit will ship with HD 720p video capture option, but the camera interface will stay the stock Android one, as you see it now.

Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Sample Video:



Overall, you will be very satisfied with the results from the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play's camera, despite that it is not at all what the handset is focused on.

The music player is the same one with the unobtrusive interface we are used to from the rest of the Xperia line, and offers no less than ten preset equalizers. We have to once again praise the excellent loudspeaker unit we find on a handset from the Xperia line. It is a joy to listen to, with strong and crisp sound, and we wish every manufacturer took a page from Sony’s book in that respect.

The music player - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Review
The music player - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Review

The music player


Now multiply that by two, since the Xperia Play has two outstanding stereo speakers facing you when you play games, and we cringe just imagining if we had to listen to game audio for hours on anything less capable. Not to mention you don’t need a boombox for some improvised street dancing now.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play’s video playback goes all the way up to HD 720p video without a hiccup, but for DivX/Xvid files you will have to hit Android Market for players.

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posted on 31 Mar 2011, 10:32 3

1. fatexo (Posts: 93; Member since: 21 May 2010)


First..!!

posted on 31 Mar 2011, 10:42 5

2. fatexo (Posts: 93; Member since: 21 May 2010)


it would be better if they kept the Bravia Engine in this one..
it would have given it nice viewing angles and colors giving a better gaming experience.

posted on 31 Mar 2011, 10:57

3. yoyofellow (unregistered)


It seems to be experiencing some software-related problems. May it be only for the UK devices?

http://readatech.com/2011/03/27/sony-ericsson-xperia-play-delayed-at-o2-because-of-software-problems -2848/

posted on 31 Mar 2011, 12:48 2

4. Seylan Naidoo (unregistered)


error, the sides of the phone aren't chrome...its just shiny plastic!
Yeah, I agree since its a gaming phone, they should have put the Bravia mobile engine...or why not give it an OLED display with that 960 X 544 resolution like on the Sony NGP ? And this really needs a dual core...Imagine how owners will feel in a year when they wont be abled to play "new" games?
And wheres the 6-axis gyroscope????
Plus the phone is pretty thick, if the Xperia Pro could have an 8mp exmor R camera, why couldnt this? And no HD video recording out of the box, whats up with that?
I 'was' thinking of getting this...but i decided that its all just hype about the "first Playstation phone" Maybe if it were called the Nintendo phone, people would understand its 'out-datedness'

posted on 31 Mar 2011, 13:41

5. videophone (unregistered)


ugh.. just like all sony ericson phone.. indeed prone to color fade out, especially those plastic keys. anyway, i thought this phone has a dual core cpus..-_-

posted on 31 Mar 2011, 13:43

6. videophone (unregistered)


if they put all those bravia engine, hires screen etc.,all of watever you desire on a high end phone.. then this phone will fail! no one will buy it because it'll be too xpensive

posted on 02 Apr 2011, 08:37 1

9. Junior in Jamaica (unregistered)


Exactly. This is not marketed to be a high end Android. I'd say by today's standards it is midrange.

The only issue I have is that for a gaming device, they should have definitely made the screen better.

However all else considered I am sure they didn't want to pack it all with the latest greatest hardware features and make the price unmanageable for their first gaming phone.

posted on 31 Mar 2011, 17:10 2

7. cheetah2k (Posts: 817; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Its a great concept, but will it blend???

posted on 01 Apr 2011, 12:23

8. Jyakotu (Posts: 819; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Still want it. Seems like the first true "gaming phone" that I've seen.

posted on 03 Apr 2011, 10:50 1

10. Bob Smith Jr. (unregistered)


apparently the play has a plastic screen.
Really SE? This isn't 2004. All high end phones need scratch resistant Glass.

posted on 25 Dec 2011, 10:13

17. jellytime (Posts: 135; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


it´s Glass

posted on 03 Apr 2011, 11:46

11. Sean Johnstone (unregistered)


Eh, the screen is whatever but they really should have put dual core in this phone. That is my only concern. Looks like I won't be having this phone for long but it's a flagship so I must get.

posted on 27 Apr 2011, 15:38

13. Mini_Pritchy_18 (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


This phone is insane, everything is great except the camera, just the lack of zoom can get annoying but still good, don't think twice about it, just get it :L

posted on 16 May 2011, 09:25

14. phonejak9 (Posts: 3; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)


Hey i'm curious, does any one know anything about the texting? I was wondering if you could use the key pad to text too that'd be kinda cool something like a PSP. Anyone know anything about that?

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 22:31

16. julio (unregistered)


Ihave a xperia play and a sony bravia 2011 series dlna certified and i can only stream pictures nit videos why ?

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