Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Android Phone (Verizon Wireless)
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- PlayStation gaming, Android 2.3-powered smartphone with slide-out game controls, 4-inch multi-touch screen LCD display, and 1 GHz processor
- Enabled for Verizon Wireless 3G network; can be used as a 3G Mobile Hotspot for up to five Wi-Fi connected devices; Skype Mobile capable
- 5-MP rear camera/camcorder; VGA front camera for video chats; microSD expansion; Bluetooth stero music
- Up to 7.7 hours of talk time, up to 405 hours (16+ days) of standby time; released in May, 2011
- What's in the Box: handset, rechargeable battery, GreenHeart wall/USB charger, 8 GB microSD card, 3.5mm adapter, quick start guide
- PlayStation gaming, Android 2.3-powered smartphone with slide-out game controls, 4-inch multi-touch screen, and 1 GHz processor
- Enabled for Verizon Wireless 3G network; can be used as a 3G Mobile Hotspot for up to five Wi-Fi connected devices; Skype Mobile capable
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- 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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The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is an Android based gaming smartphone with dedicated gaming controls on a slide-out pad, a large 4-inch screen, and a 2nd-generation 1GHz Snapdragon processor. The Xperia Play also features a 5-megapixel camera, front-facing camera, mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, full browser with Adobe Flash, microSD memory card slot, DLNA wireless media streaming, multi-format music player, and turn-by-turn GPS navigation. This device also offers access to thousands of apps, games, movies, books, and music available on Google's Play Store.
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.
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.
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
Communications & Internet
Verizon Wireless ServicesVisual 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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Top Customer Reviews
Sony xperia build quality impresses. The phone is not as large
as it looks on one of the original ads (girl must have had a
tiny hand lol ) the slide mechanism is a little slippery but
As a game device, it's a bit underpowered, but this doesn't
seem to slow it down! Played all games i tried perfectly!
Have yet to try it as a phone, wifi only so far.
Gingerbread kinda stale by now but, NO ICS for the play.
Sony cites instability issues that would compromise the
Play's core strength, GAMING.
Custom roms around thought (rooted only, I did root only)
The ergonomics of the phone are pretty good too.
The slideout PS controller works great, even the "Digilogs"?
and the device as a whole doesn't feel to clunky in the hand.
Only cons are the slippery slideout hinge and the overall
Glossiness, which makes it a fingerprint magnet for us
greasballs...lol also wish the white was available to
Having had the phone for a bit longer I can say that in the open
position the phone is somewhat uncomfortable to hold for long
periods. I have average hands (large) slender and the slide out
controller feels...to thin, and a bit smallish, leading to hand
fatigue fairly quick. The L & R shoulder buttons are difficult to
maintain your fingers at, while the touchpads feel to close
Also the power/standby button is pathetically small, a small
sliver really. Sure you can use the menu buttons to wake the
phone but eventually you need to use the power/standby button
and it's tiny...
But the phone really is a fun devise even just for gaming.
Plus not being massive makes it a decent handset as well.
Before this phone I've had the following Android phones: Droid 1, Droid X, and HTC Thunderbolt. I was not concerned about the phones speed or anything like that, and thought it would surely be fine. Speed and quickness of the phone this seemed to be the case. Not noticeably slower in most tasks then either the Thunderbolt or the X so full marks there (it is purely stock Android UI though so this is seemingly expected). However, the update system it uses as well as how often it checks for an update and notifies you each time is a tad irksome.
Build quality wise, phone feels cheap. It feels much more plasticy then I expected after using the phone in the store. It gives quite a bit when you're tapping input on the touch screen, likely due to the slider. Given time I'm sure I would've gotten used to this however. Other then that, the battery compartment really didn't want to open and I expect this will break quite readily over time especially if you're the type to swap batteries in and out (and considering this is a gaming phone this seems a likely oft done operation). The screen itself isn't as vibrant or colorful as I expected and in all honesty the Droid 1 looked on par with it. That's not to say that part of it was inexcusable, but I did expect to be a bit more wowed by the display on a phone that's primary purpose is going to be constantly being looked at.
Phone features are fine. Phone makes calls well, calls are understandable and at a good audio rate. Phone did well in low signal areas, and in low reception areas. Battery life too was fine. It did come with some battery eating bloatware but then what Verizon phone doesn't?
How is the gaming? Pretty damn good. The control pad is a little small and the trigger buttons are a little too small and thus difficult to push, but overall this worked quite well. Using some XDA Developers sorcery got my legally copied (yes I own the games) Lunar 1 and 2 onto the device and had some fun playing them on the go. It worked and looked great and I don't have any problems to report overall with the gaming experience...However, very annoyingly This phone has very little built in memory. Inexcusably little memory. I installed Plants Vs Zombies and Peggle from the Amazon App store and the phone was full. I never knew Android had a low memory status bar icon but thanks to the Xperia Play I do now! While these apps can be moved to the SD card and I did manage to fit my modest, 50 or so various apps onto the device the onboard device memory still was 3/4 full. That's simply inexcusable for a gaming phone. It should have MORE space on it then it's competition. That combined with the 8gb MicroSD Sony sends along with the phone makes me scratch my head with what Sony really expected us to use the device for. Gamers that need a lot of space on their phones? Of course they could never see that coming in development. This was making me antsy and once I discovered the next problem with the phone I simply couldn't see myself keeping it as good and fun as it was using the phone for it's gaming functionality.
GPS is where the phone really made it's harshest negative impression. GPS is awful. This isn't too much of a surprise, as many Android phones struggle with GPS reception. My Thunderbolt wasn't a great performer in this arena either often taking up to 5 minutes to get a lock. The Xperia Play though...30 minutes and finally a lock. This is after resetting and re-downloading A-GPS data with GPS Status and also letting it get closer by pinging off WIFI. Still with a pretty much totally clear view of the sky it was very slow to lock taking near a half hour. In contrast my Xoom sitting right next to the Play got a lock in less then ten seconds, and the deactivated Thunderbolt had a lock in a minute. This persisted for a few days and never cleared up. With a cell phone which you expect to be spur of the moment GPS, that's just inexcusable and made me bring the phone back for a different device all by itself. When I brought the phone back to Verizon to do a swap. We did test another Play...same GPS problem so I assume it's endemic to the device. This was the final straw with me and this device, and sadly makes it unsuitable to my uses.
In the end I returned this phone. It's just not equivalent to even a Droid X 1 for example, and that's a shame. If you're looking for a phone to purely use for gaming, will never touch the GPS, just want to make basic phone calls, and will install next to no actual Android apps...You'll love this phone. Otherwise, and likely for most prospective buyers, way too many problems with it. If Sony releases a Xperia Play 2 with a better feature set I'll be interested, but the Xperia Play 1 does not deserve your cash.