Review: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play
The Xperia Play runs the stock Android browser. When first opened, it jumps to Verizon's landing page, which offers shortcuts to content assembled by Verizon. While the controls of the browser are identical to other Android handsets, the performance was not. It what appears to be a result of the Xperia Play's poor signal capabilities, browsing performance via 3G was spotty. Pages often took more than 30 seconds to load (under optimal conditions), which is just way too long for a modern smartphone. Flash video played, but in fits and starts. The Xperia Play's browser performance is truly disappointing.
The Xperia Play is slightly less customizable than some competing models. While the home screen panels can be fully adjusted, it's a shame that the main menu can't be rearranged into a more suitable order, or even into a list view. Sony Ericsson also is behind the competition when it comes to themes, device profiles, and so on. Sure, you can change up the wallpapers and ringtones, but HTC's Sense phones, for example, allow you to do a whole lot more.
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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?
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