Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Review

World’s First PlayStation® CertifiedSmartphone is now at gamers disposal. It’s a cell phone when you’d like to talk, it’s  a smartphone when you’d like to run your apps or browse the net and it’s the PlayStation in your pocket when you got that spare time. Provided initially by Verizon Wireless on their CDMA network, this phone is also available now for the GSM network by AT&T.

Backed by the PlayStation® certification, and featuring the latest Android Operating System (GinderBread – Android 2.3), the Xperia has the its powerful gaming engine which is the best in class platform w/3D gaming with its dedicated gaming controls; the action buttons, the shoulder buttons and two analogue touch sensitive joystick pads. It comes with pre–loaded games in the pre-installed 8GB microSD slot including Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior, Star Battalion, and Madden NFL 11. Online-gaming mode is supported on this device. A boatload more games–and all the apps you can tackle–are available in the VCASTApps Store from Verizon Wireless.

The Xperia PLAY features a 4.0” capacitive multi–touch screen so the responsiveness of the screen is not a problem as opposed to the resistive screens where you have to push the screen a little. It does have a single core CPU – Qualcomm Snapdragon II 1GHz CPU with Adreno 205 GPU. We might think that a dual-core CPU might have been better for such a smartphone designed for gaming purposes however we believe it’s a trade-off made between the processing power and the battery life where it currently provides 460 minutes of talk time and 405 hours of standby time. Considering the gaming features of this phone the specs should have included the average battery life for continuous gaming. On the other hand, we should still note that the CPU has a dedicated Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) and note that as a big plus.

The Xperia PLAY has a front-facing 5.1 Megapixel camera with an LED flash and auto-zoom feature (a must for a smartphone camera). Without a doubt, it supports Wi-Fi network connectivity and GPS.

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