Review: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play
The messaging options on the Xperia Play are standard Android fare. SMS/MMS messages are displayed in a conversational, threaded format. It's easy to attach media and information to your messages, including pics and videos, as well as navigation coordinates and contact info.
For instant messaging, the Xperia Play comes with Google Talk. Like many Android phones, there are no other IM apps on board, but there are good options available from the Android Market.
For email, there is Gmail and then there is the app for everything else. Everything else can include Exchange accounts, with support for multiple Exchange servers, as well as POP3 and IMAP4 mail accounts. The Gmail app is superior in my opinion, with more features for managing, organizing, and labeling messages. The generic email app for Exchange and other accounts does a fine job, too.
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I wonder if Sony Ericsson is making a subtle jab at its perceived market, given the lack of any social networking software on the Xperia Play. Does Sony Ericsson think mobile gamers are a socially inept and awkward lot? Does Verizon believe gamers to be lacking in the friend department? Whatever the reason, it stinks that there are no social networking apps on board the Xperia Play out of the box. You have to go to the Android Market and download them yourself.
Video chatting software? Also missing. At least visual voicemail, Skype, and Latitude are on board, but that's not saying much.
In sum, only the basics are present and accounted for. If you want more than that, you'll have to forage for it on your own.
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.