Review: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play
The Xperia Play is an interesting beast. The hardware is unfortunately typical of Sony Ericsson's recent handsets, which is to say not that great. I had real issues with the buttons and controls, and the overall quality that I like from a handset just isn't there.
Further, it doesn't perform up to par on some of the basic tasks, such as signal quality, browsing, messaging, and battery life.
If you can overlook the hardware and basic performance issues, the Xperia Play is a good gaming device and serves as an excellent camera. While not a lot of software is preloaded, the Android Market makes up for that deficit a bit, and the Xperia Play is a solid multimedia phone.
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Bottom line? If you're a hardcore gamer, like the idea of the dedicated gaming controls, and are willing to forgive the Xperia Play's hardware missteps, then the Xperia Play is at least worth demoing at your local Verizon store. If you're only a casual gamer, though, there's nothing about the Xperia Play that really makes it a worthwhile pick over a standard Android handset.
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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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.