Review: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play
The Xperia Play offers a 4-inch capacitive display with 480 by 854 pixels. It doesn't look any better or any worse than the myriad similar displays found on most of today's Android handsets. It looks really great, but doesn't dazzle; it's bright, but not blinding; it's good enough for gaming, but would be better if it stepped up to qHD resolution. Perhaps most importantly, the display washes out almost entirely when out in the sun, making the Xperia Play difficult to use outdoors.
The Xperia Play is a 3G phone, and not a very good one. The Xperia Play showed significantly lower signal strength when next to other Verizon Wireless handsets. Throughout most of my testing, it rarely captured more than two bars of coverage. Calls connected most of the time, but not all the time. It lost the signal entirely in my basement and in the NJ vault test (my local Shop Rite), and in those places, it wouldn't connect calls. Thankfully, the Xperia Play didn't drop any calls (especially the one with my mortgage broker). Data sessions were also iffy. Most often, web pages were slow to load. Speedy web performance was hard to come by.
Quality of the calls that went through was actually quite good. Voices were clear in the earpiece, with little-to-no extraneous noise at all. The earpiece volume left a bit to be desired, though. Set to maximum, it would work well in a quiet home, but even a TV was enough to make phone calls hard to hear. The ringers were very loud, as were alert tones, and alarms. The speakerphone was plenty loud, but the vibrate alert was hardly strong enough to be felt in my pocket.
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When the Xperia Play is used only as a smartphone, I was able to eke a full day's use out of it consistently. When I say use it as a smartphone, I mean you have to completely ignore the gaming functions. If you use it for calls, email, SMS/MMS, Twitter, Facebook, and light browsing, you should get through a day no problem. Extended gaming sessions, however, will chew through the battery in what feels like moments. Playing Crash Bandicoot, I was able to destroy the battery from a full charge in just three hours. Ouch. Game on, but only with the charger on.
We go hands-on with the new Xperia Play from Sony Ericsson, the Android / PlayStation gaming phone coming soon to Verizon Wireless. Does it live up to the hype of a Super Bowl ad?
We're live from the Sony Ericsson press conference at MWC, where they've promised to spill full details on the Xperia Play Android gaming phone.
May 1, 2012
Verizon Wireless is offering a system update to the Sony Xperia Play gaming Android smartphone. The update adds continuous auto-focus when shooting 720p HD video, improves the user experience when loading games, and lets owners use the right trigger button as a camera/shutter control.
Mar 30, 2012
Sony today indicated via its web site that it will push the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update to the Xperia arc S, neo V, and ray starting in mid-April. The update will be distributed over the course of four to six weeks.
Mar 28, 2012
A company called Graphics Properties Holdings recently filed a lawsuit against Apple, HTC, LG, RIM, Samsung, and Sony, alleging that the companies' products violate its intellectual property. Specifically, the lawsuit covers a patent pertaining to how mobile devices process data and text into pixels on a display.