Three days after Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play debuted at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, CNET takes a closer look at the long-awaited "PlayStation phone."
Gaming controls on the Xperia Play are mostly comfortable and intuitive. It's not the prettiest device, though, and the circular touchpads can't quite compare with the joystick you'd find on a standard PlayStation controller. The touchpads are responsive but a bit slippery, and the sensitivity appears to vary. On the upside, the the phone doesn't feel top heavy when held in the gaming position.
Sony Ericsson typically succeeds with its displays, but the Xperia Play is a mixed bag. The 4-inch screen supports 16.7 million colors, but I would have liked to see a higher resolution than 854x480 pixels. Gaming graphics look pretty good, though Sony Ericsson might have kicked it up a notch.
The Xperia Play has a slightly modified version of Sony Ericsson's Timescape application. It's a little cleaner than on previous Xperia handsets, and it still shows all your messages and social media alerts.
Here you can see the media player in action. It supports album art, and the player controls are large and conveniently placed. At the bottom center is the control for Sony Ericsson's Infinity feature. Pressing it will take you to a list of all media associated with that artist.