Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (Verizon Wireless)

The Good The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread without a complicated overlay. It has a slide-out game pad that makes gameplay more immersive, and it comes preloaded with popular game titles like Crash Bandicoot and Asphalt 6. Features include a 5-megapixel camera plus a front-facing camera, Wi-Fi, and GPS.

The Bad The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play's touch-screen gaming controls are not as responsive and precise as we would like, photo quality is average at best, and it lacks an HDMI port and 4G LTE.

The Bottom Line The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is a significant step forward in mobile gaming, but it suffers from key hardware limitations.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 8.0
7.3 Overall

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Review

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (Verizon Wireless)

Although advancements like dual-core processors and gyroscopes are creating convincing and satisfying gameplay on smartphones, there are those who yearn for something closer to a dedicated gaming device. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play was envisioned as such a hybrid--more advanced than the disastrous first attempts at cell phone-gaming device combinations (the Nokia N-Gage and N-Gage QD), but less specialized than a separate Nintendo DS or Sony PlayStation Portable.

That's why the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play arrived to such fanfare early this year at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. At last, the world would see Sony's interpretation of the mythical PlayStation Phone. The result is indeed quite intriguing. The Xperia Play ships with the latest Android OS, version 2.3 Gingerbread, and its hardware specs, while not the absolute top of the line, are still commendable. They include a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, a 4-inch display, a rear 5-megapixel camera, and the usual Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $450
  • Brand Sony
  • Service Provider Verizon Wireless
  • Diagonal Size 4.3 in
  • Weight 6.2 oz
  • Sensors Accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, digital compass
  • Technology GSM / UMTS
  • Additional Features OpenGL 2.0 support, multitasking
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