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The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is a high-end Android smartphone that doubles as a dedicated gaming device.

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Pros

4" multitouch display (854 x 480px)

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powerful hardware - rumoured to be the 1.2GHz capable Snapdragon MSM8655, Adreno 205 GPU, 512MB of RAM

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runs the latest version of Android (2.3)

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sits nicely in the hand

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1GB of internal storage

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WiFi, 3G and Bluetooth connectivity

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quality 5MP camera

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quality slide out gamepad gives you the best of both worlds - full use as a mobile gaming platform, won't block your view of gameplay or smudge your display

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FM receiver and transmitter

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sturdy spring-loaded slide mechanism

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Cons

no HD video recording

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nerdy to have as a phone - better to have a smartphone and a PSP Go

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pretty chunky and unattractive as a phone

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very dim display

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poor overall build quality - squeaks and creaks, cheap looking glossy plastics, metal looking accents aren't actually metal

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doesn't quite seem as impressive as the latest dual core Android offerings with more memory, internal storage

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The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is a high-end Android smartphone that doubles as a dedicated gaming device. It features a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor, 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM and a 4-inch capacitive touchscreen. The Xperia Play's defining feature, however, is its slide-out dedicated game pad reminiscent of the PSP Go's.

The Xperia Play's slide-out game pad is meant to greatly enhance Android gaming, offering physical controls over touch-only setups. The game pad features the standard Playstation layout: circle, triangle, X and square buttons, a D-pad and shoulder buttons. However, the slide-out section also features a multi-touch touch panel for touch-only games. Meanwhile, the Xperia Play's 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor and 512MB of RAM ensure enough power to handle any mobile game available at the time of its release.

Features
  • 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 1GB of internal storage
  • 4-inch capacitive touchscreen
  • Slide-out dedicated game pad
  • MicroSD card for memory expansion
  • Google's Android OS
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Dom
05/20/2011 12:08

It looks as if Sony Ericsson is becoming the #1 brand for Android phones! Not only is their design top-notch, but they also deliver all new phones with the latest OS version, unlock their bootloaders (great for CyanogenMod & co), and their UI mods to Android are the least intrusive. I also love how they have high-end small phones coming with the Xperia Mini and Mini Pro. Not everyone wants a 4.3", 4.5" or even 5" phone (though personally, I think 4" is the sweet spot).

Dom
02/16/2011 10:57

perhaps not sporting the latest hardware, but this thing really rocks. It's very innovative from Sony Ericsson to combine a mobile gaming device and a phone in this way. Now all we need is Qualcomm's FlashLinq to enable wide-range, high-speed multi-player gaming.
http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/16/qualcomms-flashlinq-long-range-peer-to-peer-communications-tech/

Omar

Omar

02/17/2011 10:51

Ya, Sony's whole Playstation Suite concept is really interesting. It broadens the Playstation brand to envelop the "lower end" game market that's in the mobile world which lets them swing for the fences in the dedicated handheld gaming world. Compared to Nintendo which is still limiting their Nintendo games to Nintendo handhelds, the potential reach of Playstation games becomes a lot larger.

And the Xperia Play provides a nice middle ground for people that want just to carry around one device, but still are pretty serious about gaming.

Yale

Yale

02/17/2011 11:59

I don't know who would be serious about gaming and not be happy with a dedicated device. This isn't an iPhone with better gaming capabilities, it's a Playstation Go with a built-in phone. I don't see it really working, but that's just me - it will be interesting to see what kind of multiplayer capabilities this combination will provide for though!

BrileyKenney

BrileyKenney

08/02/2011 10:48

I think a lot of folks missed the point when considering this device. It was never meant to be a game changer, no pun intended. It's not necessarily meant for hardcore gaming, nor is it really touted as a handheld gaming console like the PSP or PSPGo. It's simply just a phone with added gaming functionality. End of story. :)

Dom

Dom

08/08/2011 11:06

In the current form this can't compete with a dedicated device, that's true, just look at the Adreno 205 graphics -- good for a phone, but not enough for a serious gaming device. And the number of titles still lacks too, I suppose.
However, I still consider it a 'game changer', because it foreshadows, by years, in what direction the industry will move. In the long run, smartphones will do to PSPs etc. what they have done to portable music players, GPS navigation units, and even (to a lesser degree) point-and-shoot cameras. Read this interesting article http://www.tgdaily.com/opinion/57697-qualcomm-hopes-to-make-game-consoles-obsolete
SonyEricsson has shown that it recognizes this and has pushed it in a meaningful way, way ahead of the curve.

Dom

Dom

08/08/2011 06:43

To further illustrate my view of what a 'game changer' is and what it isn't, let's look at the initial iPhone, undoubtedly considered a 'game changer'. Here's a list of things this phone lacked: GPS, Bluetooth music streaming, memory expanision, 3G data modem, a reliable network (AT&T), a replaceable battery (soldered to the motherboard), ability to unlock the SIM and use it on another network, and an acceptable camera. Heck, you couldn't even install any applications on it, so it wasn't even a smartphone at all. However, it was of course still a 'game changer' with its finger-UI concept and mobile browser.

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