Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Review

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Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Review

Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Review


Introduction

Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY is a play station phone. It is half phone and half portable game console. It has touch screen side-slider with dedicated gaming controls. Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY has gained immediate fame in the smart phones and gaming communities. The operating system of Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is Android 2.3, also known as Gingerbread. This is the latest version of Google's renowned software. One of the main benefits of this is that it allows users to download additional applications from the ever expanding library available from the Android Market.

Design

Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY is stylish handset with its standard black and silver livery and gently curved design Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY build feels solid and adds to the feeling of holding a capable machine. On the top edge of the phone is button of the power/lock switch. The right-hand side has the shoulder buttons and a volume rocker, which is in a great place for adjusting volume on the fly during calls. There are Back, Home, Menu and Search buttons also.

Advantages

  • User can access the sim slots and microSD card without removing the battery.
  • Slide out gaming controls are well built and comfortable.
  • Its interface is fast because of good speed.

Disadvantages

  • It's the screen that is the biggest disappointment .It has dim display and screen is a bit dull.
  • Selection of games is limited.
  • When user carries Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY in his purse or pocket, he might find the Xperia Play a bit heavy. 6.2 ounces ( 175 grams ) is a lot of weight.

Camera

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play has a built in digital camera which operates at 2592x 1944 (5 megapixels) and provides an LED flash as well as the ability to capture video footage in WVGA quality. It offers image stabilization and geo tagging, and records the location at which the camera was used, with the support of built in GPS. Flash Lite is also provided, and this allows embedded videos and games to be viewed and played.

Advantages

  • The camera itself is a 5 mega pixel unit that has both auto focus and an LED flash. It will also shoot HD video.
  • Images have a good level of detail, with pleasing colors and reasonably low levels of noise.
  • It's an SLCD panel with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels, which is ever so slightly higher than most smart phones, so is nice and sharp.
  • Colors look accurate and viewing angles are good as well.

Disadvantages

  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Play brightness is quite low, and there isn't an automatic setting for keeping the screen at an appropriate brightness level in different conditions.

Gaming Controls

Instead of a hardware keyboard, the it has slide-out gaming controls There are four types of controls. The directional keys are on the left and the action keys are on the right.

Advantages

  • Xperia Play has dedicated gaming controls buttons which are fun to use for user because of their positive functionality.
  • These gaming controls will complement web surfing, email and other typical smart phone features on the 4-inch touch screen display, which offers a 480x854 resolution.

Internet Browsing

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play comes with a full HTML browser with Flash Lite. It has the internet connection which is provided by either 3G or Wi-Fi. It offers the fastest connection whenever users have access to local wireless networks. The minimalist User Interface is quite powerful to hit the menu key and six keys pop up. User can open a new tab, switch tabs, refresh the page, go forward, and open bookmarks. The last button reveals even more options and they are text copying, find on page, etc.

Advantages

  • Xperia Play 1GHz processor speed is among the fastest in recent phones.
  • The web browser is powerful and fast and of course supports Adobe Flash so user can view online videos.
  • User can log into your Gmail, Facebook and Twitter accounts and user can find all his contacts updated with profile pictures and his friend's latest updates.

Multimedia

Multimedia functionality plays a big part in the popularity of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. Numerous video and music file formats are supported, with a great support of a pre-installed 8 GB microSD slot (upgradeable to 32 GB) users can easily store their entire digital music collection on the phones. For many users, this will eliminate the need to carry a standalone MP3 player. No need to buy any music player if user has this handset. For music lovers, the Track ID app is also pre-installed which allows users to identify unknown tracks simply by activating the application and holding it near a speaker. It will search its database of music tracks and display the details when it finds a match. User can easily listen to his favorite music.

Advantages

  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Playing screen offers all the standard music controls, shortcuts to the library and the Infinite key, which lets you quickly, look up a song or album on YouTube.
  • The Xperia Play has a rich selection of equalizer presets.
  • Its pre-installed 8 GB microSD slot (upgradeable to 32 GB) users can easily store their entire digital music collection on the phones.
  • It can also search its database of music tracks and display the details when it finds a match.

Battery

Sony Ericsson claims the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play offers 505 minutes of talk time with it's 1500 mAh battery. If it lives up to that claim, it will be convenient.

Advantages

  • The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is going to be powered by 1500 mAh battery that will be providing decent amounts of power for satisfying the needs of the game lovers.
  • Its phone battery will be offering around two days of normal usage on a single full charge.

Memory

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is going to be available with 400 MB of internal memory, which should be excellent in order to store the small files like messages and contacts. However, for larger files, that is the 8 GB external memory card, while one can also use a 32 GB memory, along with the phone.

Advantages

  • It offers Wi-Fi (b/g/n) with DLNA support USB v2.0 and Bluetooth 2.1.
  • The inbuilt storage is 400MB only, but you can expand it up to 32GB via the microSD card slot. The phone ships with an 8GB memory card.

Android Operating System

The operating system of choice for the Xperia Play is Android 2.3, also known as Gingerbread. This is the latest version of Google's renowned software. One of the main benefits of this is that it allows users to download additional applications from the ever expanding library available from the Android Market. The apps available vary greatly in price, however it was recently announced that there are now more free apps on Android Market than the famous Apple AppStore. The apps cover many different categories, and give the user the opportunity to truly make the phone their own, and infinitely more useful.

Advantages

  • Android Operating System allows users to download additional applications from the ever expanding library available from the Android Market.
  • Android Operating System apps cover many different categories, and give the user the opportunity to truly make the phone their own, and infinitely more useful.

Should I buy Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY or not?

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is very stylish handset, excellent for gaming and has good battery life. It is an ultimate gaming phone. The phone has a dropout Joy pad which makes any game enjoyable to play. So users know PlayStation games work extremely well. It is a beautiful handset but like every handset it has some pros and cons.

Users can pass their free time with playing games but selection of games are limited. It runs of Android 2.3.1 (Gingerbread RC1) which isn't bad at all. Sony Ericsson Xperia Play does add efficiency and functionality to games with its game pad. Naturally, it's better to play with hard keys than soft keys which is why despite all the negative points, makes this phone one of a kind. Although it hardware is trouble maker but if user wants a portable emulation-station, PS1 as well as a phone then this device is for him.