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Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Android Phone (Verizon Wireless)
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Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Android Phone (Verizon Wireless)

by Sony Ericsson
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 4.68 inches, 2.44 inches, 0.63 inches
  • Weight: 6.24 ounces
  • Network Compatibility: CDMA
  • Minimum Rated Talk Time: 460 minutes
  • Minimum Rated Standby Time: 405 hours
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 2.4 x 0.6 inches ; 6.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004UBD066
  • Item model number: Sony Ericsson Xperia™ PLAY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,787 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
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Product Description

Product InformationThe Sony Ericsson XPERIA PLAY brings more than mobile voice and data over Cellcom service in this black and silver model. With the Sony Ericsson XPERIA PLAY R800X cell phone, gamers slide open the screen to reveal a console controller for leisure time activity on the 4-inch screen. Running on the Android platform over a 1 GHz processor, this smartphone handles applications smoothly and offers 16 million colors for gaming enjoyment. With approximately eight hours of talktime and over 400 hours on standby, users of the Sony Ericsson XPERIA PLAY can keep things running without quickly draining the battery. 3G connectivity makes for quick data transfer on the Sony Ericsson XPERIA PLAY R800X cell phone, while 1 GB of memory is available to store memorable moments captured with the 5.0 MP camera. The touchscreen on this smartphone affords easy access to applications, text and email composition, game functions, and Web browsing. Also able to play music, the Sony Ericsson XPERIA PLAY is a mobile entertainment system. In addition, the device is a full-functioning cell phone complete with GPS for keeping on track.

A full-featured Android mobile phone, the Xperia PLAY by Sony Ericsson for Verizon Wireless is also the world's first PlayStation certified smartphone--providing the ultimate mobile gaming experience. Get your game on with the high-res 4-inch multi-touch screen and slide-out game pad, which reveals a directional keypad, dual analog touch joystick, two shoulder buttons, and the four iconic PlayStation symbol keys--circle, X, square, and triangle.

The Android smartphone you need... (see larger image).

The Xperia PLAY pairs the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system with a 1 GHz Snapdragon II processor and an Adreno 205 graphics processor for a faster overall experience and totally immersive gaming. Stereo sound adds additional depth and dimension to gaming, music and video, and the VGA front-facing camera enables easy video chat with fellow gamers.

...meets the PlayStation game console you want (see larger image).

Real console controls and an amazingly brilliant 4-inch multi-touch screen (see larger image).

In addition to high-speed connectivity on the fast and reliable Verizon Wireless 3G network, you can also share the built-in 3G Mobile Hotspot via Wi-Fi among five devices--laptop, another phone, MP3 player, and more (additional service charge). And with Skype Mobile capabilities, you'll get unlimited Skype-to-Skype calls and IM while in the U.S. to anywhere in the world.

Other features include a pre-loaded 8 GB microSD memory card (with 2 GB of pre-loaded games), 5-megapixel rear camera/camcorder, Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking, Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo audio streaming, GPS turn-by-turn directions via free Google Maps with Navigation, access to both personal and corporate e-mail, and up to 7.7 hours of talk time.

Pre-Loaded Content

The Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY comes pre-loaded with seven game titles including, Madden NFL 11 (EA Sports), Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior (Digital Legends), Asphalt 6: Adrenaline (Gameloft), The Sims 3 (EA), Star Battalion (Gameloft), Crash Bandicoot (Sony PlayStation) and Tetris. You can expand your video game library with even more game titles available for download via V CAST Apps.

Android Gingerbread Operating System

The Xperia PLAY runs the Android 2.3 operating system (dubbed "Gingerbread") which features a cleaner, more refined interface with new icons, improved top notification bar, and more intuitive navigation. Multitasking in Gingerbread allows you the ability to run more than one app at a time. If you're playing a game, you can easily switch to an incoming email and then switch back to the game without losing your place.

A new onscreen keyboard makes it easier to type thanks to additional spacing between the keys and larger font sizes. And the more you use the keyboard, the easier typing will be as the enhanced suggest feature records previous input history to make better suggestions.

And like the previous version of Android ("Froyo"), Gingerbread provides support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for access to the full Web.

The Xperia PLAY also brings one-touch access to the popular Google mobile services you use every day, including Google Search, Gmail, Google Maps with Navigation, Google Calendar, Picasa, and YouTube. It also provides easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, calendars, and contacts supported by Exchange Server and Gmail. And through Android Market, you'll get access to thousands of useful applications, widgets, and fun games to download and install on your phone, with many more apps being added every day.

Reliable 3G Network

With support for the EV-DO high-speed data standard, you'll enjoy fast access to the Internet and Verizon Wireless multimedia services (additional charges applicable), with average download speeds ranging from 400 to 700 Kbps and peak rates up to 2 Mbps.

Vital Statistics

The Xperia PLAY weighs 6.17 ounces and measures 4.68 x 2.44 x 0.63 inches. Its 1500 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 7.7 hours (460 minutes) of talk time, and up to 405 hours (16+ days) of standby time. It runs on the CDMA 800/1900 frequencies as well as EV-DO, Rev A 3G frequencies.

What's in the Box

Xperia PLAY handset, rechargeable battery, GreenHeart wall/USB charger, 8 GB microSD card, 3.5mm adapter, quick start guide


  • Fast 3G connectivity thanks to the reliable Verizon Wireless EV-DO, Rev A network
  • GPS navigation capabilities via Google Maps Navigation plus optional VZ Navigator service
  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g/n) for accessing home and corporate networks as well as hotspots while on the go.
  • 3G Mobile Hotspot capability allows you to create a Wi-Fi hotspot using your Verizon Wireless 3G EV-DO connection, which can then be shared among up to five Wi-Fi-capable devices.
  • Skype Mobile compatibility provides unlimited Skype-to-Skype calls and IM while in the U.S. to anywhere in the world. Plus, with Skype Mobile you get low rates to international landlines and cell phones (requires Skype account).
  • Bluetooth connectivity (version 2.1) includes communication headset, hands-free car kits, and A2DP audio streaming Bluetooth profiles.

Google Integration

  • Android 2.3 OS (Gingerbread)
  • Android Market for browsing and downloading thousands of free and paid apps
  • Preloaded Android apps: Browser, Calculator, Calendar (Google or Corporate), Camera, Clock, Contacts, Email, Gallery, Messaging, Music, News & Weather, Phone, Settings, Video Player, Voice Dialer, Voice Search, YouTube
  • Google applications: Gmail, Google Search, Google Voice Search, Google Latitude, Google Maps, Google Places, Google Talk
  • Google Maps Navigation with spoken turn-by-turn directions showing real-time traffic and 360° views of the destination

Communications & Internet

  • Full HTML browser (Webkit 5) with Flash 10.1 Support
  • Personal and corporate e-mail access with support for Exchange ActiveSync as well as personal e-mail accounts (Google push, Yahoo!, POP3, IMAP).
  • Full messaging capabilities including SMS text, MMS picture/video and IM instant messaging
  • Virtual QWERTY keyboard
  • 1 GHz Snapdragon processor (Qualcomm MSM 8655) capable of opening web pages twice as fast as most other smartphones.
  • Powerful Adreno 205 graphics processor for crisp colors and silky-smooth 3D gaming graphics.
  • 4-inch multi-touch display (854 x 480 pixels, 16 million colors) with accelerometer plus proximity and ambient light sensors.
  • MicroUSB port
  • Removable battery


  • Rear 5-megapixel camera with flash, auto-focus, and geo-tagging capabilities.
  • Video recording capabilities
  • Front-facing VGA camera for video chats


  • Music player compatible with MP3, WMA, and AAC/AAC+
  • Video player compatible with MPEG4, H.264, H.263, WMV
  • 3.5mm headphone jack


  • 400 MB internal memory
  • Memory expansion via microSD card slot with support for optional cards up to 32 GB.
  • 8 GB included microSD card (2 GB taken up by pre-loaded games)

More Features

  • Speakerphone for hands-free communication.
  • Hearing aid compatibility: M4, T3
  • TTY compatible
  • Bilingual interface (English, Spanish)

Verizon Wireless Services

Visual Voice Mail

This innovative service enables you to delete, reply, and forward voice mail messages without having to listen to prior messages or voice instructions. Visual Voice Mail is the ideal tool for the busy mobile professional who may need to prioritize which messages he or she listens to first. Features include on-screen access to voice mail message status, save up to 40 messages for 40 days (or archive permanently), create up to 10 different caller ID-based greetings, and reply via call back, text or even voice mail.

VZ Navigator Capable

With this GPS-enabled phone, you'll be able to access the Verizon Wireless VZ Navigator service (additional charges applicable) for voice-prompted turn-by-turn directions, heads-up alerts, local search of nearly 14 million points of interest in the US (such as landmarks, restaurants and ATMs), and detailed color maps.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best. June 15, 2011
I have had my phone for a few days now and I love it. I can work and play on it and the battery holds up. It's not too bulky and the touchscreen is very responsive. This is my first smartphone and I don't know how I'v managed without one this long. Sony did a great job with this phone.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A lot of skewed reviews, to be sure. September 5, 2011
Touted the "PlayStation Phone" by those that don't know any better, the Xperia Play is a Sony Ericsson phone that is loaded with Gingerbread (2.3) Android. It has the distinction of being the only current phone to be blessed by Sony to play certain PlayStation games. Of course, the media and consumers jumped on the assumption - flawed though it was - that this must be an evolution of a PSP. Trust me, it's far from that. In fact, I would liken it more to the N-Gage, but without cartridges, just so happens to be Sony rather than Nokia.

As a phone, the Xperia Play (XP) has its pluses and minuses. I was actually (unlike certain others) impressed with the general build quality. Apple has gotten people hating plastic, which is unfortunate, because plastic done right can actually result in a solid device (see any of the HTC phones). The build of the XP is a hybrid of plastic and metal, and it feels solid to the touch. The idea that the screen flexes when pressing it is quite ludicrous, and I would submit that the user ended up with a lemon, but I digress. The slider technology makes the phone quite a bit thicker than other candidates in the phone lineup at Verizon, and it is this which may be a turn-off to some shoppers. Anyone who has used a Sidekick will know what I'm talking about, because it's basically the same thickness. The XP is quite a bit smaller than other phones though, fits in the hand nicely, and has a nice grip. To its detriment, the power button is extremely recessed in the top and difficult to press one-handed. Not impossible, but it was annoying.

Much has been made of the single core-ness of the XP, and I will tell you this: The single core only matters when typing. That's it. Anything else and the phone is quite fast.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Going on 2 months now July 16, 2011
I picked up the phone when it first came out but wanted to see how it held up before writing a review.

Basically, this is the best gaming phone out right now. If you are a gamer, get it. If not, get something else.

Games that use the controls are a completely different experience from using the touch screen. You will never want to go back to using the screen as a controller once you've used a real controller. In any FPS that mixes Play users and Non-Play users, you can tell who is using the Play, they are the ones getting the most kills. It is sort of like when they mixed Computers and Consoles in that one FPS, they had to separate the servers because the people with the better controllers always won. So if you see me (or my kid using my phone) on your favorite phone FPS racking up the kills and making you cry, you'll know why.

Speaking of the controller, I have zero problem using the touch pads. You have to remember that you are not pushing a joystick around, you are putting your thumbs around the circle (more similar to on screen Android gaming than the 3DS/PSP joystick). The other buttons are just as the buttons should be. Nothing special or noticeably bad about them. I haven't talked to my son about the controllers, but he hasn't mentioned anything either way and he spends more time on handhelds/consoles than I do, so the gamepad can't be too bad compared to them. One semi-interesting note, I have tended to open the gamepad when texting just so I can get a better grip on my phone. It seems easier for me to have my thumbs more vertical when texting than horizontal.

Hardware wise it is an about average android phone with a game pad. What more do you need to know?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent smartphone, excellent gaming device August 30, 2011
I was stuck between choosing this or the Droid 3 and considering the Xperia Play was $0.01 and the Droid 3 was $150 at the time of my purchase, I definitely do not regret it; this phone is absolutely fantastic.

I initially thought the size and weight would be annoying considering other smartphones are thinner and lighter but I definitely appreciate the bulk. The phone is thick but curved perfectly to fit in your hand. This makes holding it feel remarkable compared to other cardboard-like smartphones. It's also more heavy than other smartphones, but not too heavy at all. It strikes a sweet spot for me where it's heavy enough to feel substantial and not cheap but light enough to not be a pain to hold for long hours.

I've heard complaints about the brightness of the screen so I was very worried about that before receiving the phone. I'm not sure if they've update the screen or something but this phone's screen is definitely not dim, it's actually quite bright. I've definitely seen brighter displays but this display is excellent and I've never felt the need to turn the brightness up higher.

The main problem with the display isn't really the display itself, it's the auto-brightness. It works very well most of the time, dimming the display when the lights are off or turning it up outdoors. The main problem is when you're viewing it at a specific angle where your head is blocking the sensor of if you're under the shade outdoors. It can get frustrating and one can only wonder why Sony Ericsson didn't include an option to turn the sensor off. Hopefully they update the phone to add such an options but for now, it's a slightly annoying problem.

If you're looking at this phone then your main concern is definitely the gaming experience.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars DONOT BUY IT???!!!!
First, I am writing this review after 7 months of usage. I dont know what was the company thinking when designing this phone. Read more
Published on July 19, 2012 by Vasudevan Rajannan
3.0 out of 5 stars good phone
This phone is pretty good. I like the playstation gaming pad and the nice size screen. This is my first smart phone and I am happy with my choice. Read more
Published on May 30, 2012 by amberw88
1.0 out of 5 stars I would not trust it in an emergency
Just as M. Yoeun from Chicago stated, this phone locks up and need to force close apps about 60% of the time. Very slow using wi-fi or 3G. Read more
Published on April 24, 2012 by John Jahn
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst smartphone I have ever owned.
I have had this phone for exactly 1 year and this is my review:

I bought into the hype that I could play awesome games on this touted "Playstation Phone". Read more
Published on March 22, 2012 by M. Yoeun
4.0 out of 5 stars All around good. But not the best.
So I have had this phone for a bit now.

As an android phone it out performs My old LG Optimus, and my friend's Samsung Transform, but not my other friend's Galaxy Nexus. Read more
Published on March 2, 2012 by Tim Meyer
4.0 out of 5 stars PSP Phone...kinda
This phone for it to be a single core processor its not to shabby. The best thing about this device is the slide out controller and twits PSP form factor. Read more
Published on November 10, 2011 by Isaiah Jackson
2.0 out of 5 stars Well, it's a phone
I walked into a Verizon store a couple of weeks ago, looking for a replacement phone for my Droid X, which was acting up. Read more
Published on October 20, 2011 by ADavis
5.0 out of 5 stars I look forward to my commute now
Amazon had a deal going for this phone for 1 cent with 2 year contract. I had been holding off for a 4G phone since I didn't really like the current Verizon lineup. Read more
Published on September 10, 2011 by David R. Heffelfinger
2.0 out of 5 stars Awful GPS, poor build quality, very good at games.
I really truly wanted to like this device. Bought it solely for the emulation and for excellent games on the go, as well as it to be a adequate GPS, and provide clear phone calls. Read more
Published on August 30, 2011 by Frank W. Rice
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a Playstation Phone
I have been playing video games since I could hold a regular NES controller in my hands. When smart phone's first came out there was no way I was going to purchase one when my psp... Read more
Published on August 16, 2011 by Killer Reviews
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