Review: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play
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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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.
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.