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Review: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

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Camera

The Xperia Play has a 5 megapixel camera. Camera features include auto-focus and an LED flash.

The camera controls and user interface are more or less stock Android. The left side of the display is empty, but the right side has five icons floating next to the shutter button to quickly adjust certain settings. Simply press the icon, and then swipe up or down to cycle through the options. It’s nice and easy. The Xperia Play doesn't offer as many imaging options as some high-end Android phones, but it offers the right ones, including: focus mode, exposure control, scene modes, white balance, and flash control. The Xperia Play doesn't, however, offer touch-to-focus.

The Xperia Play focuses in about one second, and then takes about another second to capture and process images. Once captured, images can be sent, shared, deleted and fired off in pretty much every way imaginable.

 

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Gallery

The gallery is the stock Android option, with its neat 3D look and feel. Thankfully, the gallery application performed fluidly. I was worried it might be sluggish, but it was speedy and didn't let a sizable photo album slow it down.

Sadly, editing options are severely limited. Crop and rotate are all you get. At least the sharing options are solid.

 

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