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Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Review

0. phoneArena posted on 31 Mar 2011, 09:08

Can we say beginning of an era about the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play? In case you are wondering why, it is the first ever smartphone with a dedicated gamepad. Sure, its chipset is not the most powerful there is, and its screen is not with the best resolution out there, but when you slide it open, and a PlayStation-style game controller winks at you, instead of a boring QWERTY keyboard, you know something's shifting...

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posted on 31 Mar 2011, 10:32 3

1. fatexo (Posts: 221; Member since: 21 May 2010)


posted on 31 Mar 2011, 10:42 5

2. fatexo (Posts: 221; 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: 1746; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)

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

posted on 01 Apr 2011, 12:23

8. Jyakotu (Posts: 854; 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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