Sony Ericsson Xperia Play PlayStation mobile was launched last month. It has captured the hearts of all the Game fanatics along with advanced functionality and impressive interface. Xperia play is a combination of Sony’s handheld gaming console “PlayStation” and Android 2.4 Gingerbread based Xperia Smartphone.
Users can play loads of games using playstation controls that are built in the handset. It runs on 1GHz Snapdragon processor and Android Gingerbread 2.3.2 operating system. There is a rear-facing 5 megapixel camera and a front facing VGA camera with LED flash, auto-focus and geo tagging. It comes with 4 inch multi-touch screen display with advanced WIFI capabilities and social networking tools. One can access around 150,000 Google applications from the Android market.
The handset sports a slide-out game pad with integrated digital D pad, two shoulder buttons, two analogue touch pads and four PlayStation icons — cross, circle, triangle and square. One gets the feel of PlayStation while playing games. It is good with multi-tasking operations while gaming.
Some of the pre installed games to keep the users engaged are Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior, Sims 3, Star Battalion, Tetris and FIFA 2010. Many games can be downloaded via the Xperia Play Launcher. This application can be activated by sliding open the gamepad. Some of the recommended games are Assassins reed Altair’s Chronicled HD, Need for Speed, Gun Bros, Galaxy on Fire2, Dungeon Defenders Second Wave, Worms, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell, Backstab, N.O.V.A.2, Zenobia 2 – the lost memories and Guns n Glory. PlayStation original games are Crash Bandicoot, Cool Boarders 2, Jumping Jack Flash, MediEvil and Syphon Filter.
It is a complete entertainment phone. Speakers are way too better than other phones. 400 MB out of 512 MB RAM is available for gaming purpose which is quite decent though not sufficient for gaming freaks who always hanker for more.
Internet browsing is easy with Webkit Browser and searching can also be done with the help of voice search. Battery life of the device is not that great. Icing on the cake is that both the MicroSD cards and SIM card can be accessed without removing any battery.
Xperia Play Game Phone is available on Verizon Wireless and is priced around $199 with a two year contract. Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Gaming phone can be pre-ordered through Wirefly. For gaming the phone is perfect for the users but other phones may end up doing well in terms of endurance and battery life.
What we didn’t like?
- Display has poor viewing angles
- Pretty big for one-handed use
- No smart dialing
- No FM radio
- No video calling over 3G