Sony Xperia Play Review (AT&T)


Specs

Network
2G Network GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
3G Network UMTS/HSPA 850, 1900 MHz
Dimensions
L x B x H 119 x 62 x 16 mm
Weight 175 Grams
Form Factor Side-Slider
Display
Type TFT LCD Capacitive Touch Screen
Size 4.0 inches
Colors & Resolution 16Million Colors & 480 X 854 pixels
Input/ User Interface Time Scape UI
PSP like gaming buttons
Touch sensitive gaming controls
Mediascape UI
Multi Touch
Accelerometer/ Proximity Sensor
System Properties
Operating System Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS
CPU 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 ARMv7 Processor
512MB RAM
Storage Capacity
Internal Memory 400MB of internal memory
8GB card pre-inserted
Expandable Memory Micro-SD card slot for expansion up to 32GB
Browser & Messaging HTML With Flash support, Webkit browser
MMS, SMS, Threadview SMS, IM, Email, Pushmail
Camera
Still – 5 Megapixels
– 2592?1944 pixels
– LED Flash, Auto Focus
Secondary Yes
Video Recording Capable
Connectivity
DATA GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
Bluetooth & USB v2.1 with A2DP Stereo & v2.0 Micro USB
Headset 3.5mm stereo headset jack
Radio Stereo FM with RDS
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
GPS A-GPS
3G Yes
HSDPA Up to 14.4 Mbps
HSUPA Up to 5.76 Mbps
Video & Audio
Video Formats MP3, WMA, AMR, OGG, AAC, AAC+, WAV
Audio Formats MPEG4, H.263, H.264
Battery
Type Li-Po 1500mAh Standard Battery
Standby Time Up to 425 Hours (2G)
Up to 413 Hours (3G)
Talk Time Up to 8 hours 41 mins (2G)
Up to 6 hours 41 mins (3G)
Other Features PlayStation Suite
Android Cloud to Device messaging (C2DM)
Android Market
Dedicated Android Market specially for gaming
Additional Microphone for Noise cancellation
Google Maps, G-Talk, G-Mail
Facebook, YouTube, Twitter integration
Adobe Flash 10.1
Colors Availability Black, Stealth Blue

Review

When I first heard of the Xperia Play thought it was going to be a horrible idea, but when I started seeing pictures of the device, I was somewhat curious and now that I got my hands on it I was sold on the idea of  true gaming phones.

The Hardware

First thing you’ll notice is that the phone looks amazing, it’s sleek clean shape, its large enough to have a decent size screen and not too small that you’ll fell like your going to break or lose it.

Looking straight at the phone from its closed position you’ll see the standard return, home, menu and search keys. and on the side you have the volume key and the power button on top.

when you flip the phone to what I call “play mode” you can slide out the game pad in which the phone launches the games menu.

In play mode you have pretty much the standard PlayStation controller layout including two touchpad/joysticks and on top to my surprise surrounding the volume key is a left and right shoulder buttons.

 

Call Quality/Battery Life:

In standard use calls, messaging, checking emails, lite browsing i found the battery life lasting me about a day. It was when I started playing games is where I found myself killing the battery, which is easy to do with the games on the phone.

Good call quality is the standards nowadays so there’s no difference here everything was clear and crisp even the speaker sounded great.

Display:

the 4″ capacitive multi-touch screen looks crisp and really shows off the power of the phone, displaying amazing details ad graphics.

Camera:

The phone comes stocked with a 5MP camera and a forward facing camera, the phone also allows you to record in 720 HD. I tried some test pictures and video all of which were excellent quality

Weight:

Probably my only problem with the phone, this phone is pretty heavy it’s not a brick but in comparison to other phones out there its pretty heavy, i myself own a Samsung Focus so i’m feeling the weight carrying it around. But the reason’s for its weight are justified since there’s basically a PlayStation in there.


Conclusion:

If you love playing games on your phone then the Xperia Play is a must buy, it has everything that other standard touch phones have plus the luxury of actual game controls. Xperia Play comes with an amazing collection of games, display and camera. and for an added bonus since this is a Sony phone it come with Sony’s earbuds to give you crisp sound weather your playing or on a call.

Xperia Play is a great phone for Sony fanboy or gamers and it even has Minecraft!, I give the Sony Xperia Play a 8 out of 10 , the Xperia Play is available now .