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Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Review

Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY

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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

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
The Gallery - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Review

Strong - Indoor samples - Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Review
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

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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PhoneArena rating:
8.5Excellent
Display4.0 inches, 480 x 854 pixels (245 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
0.5 GB 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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