Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Smartphone Review

By Dan Seifert on June 6, 2011, 3:25 AM

The Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY is the first PlayStation certified mobile device to hit the market. This means that it has access to special ports of games from Sony's legacy of PlayStation titles, in addition to the growing number of games available to the Android platform. In order to make good use of its PlayStation certification, the PLAY features a unique slide-out gaming pad with controls that mimic a PlayStation controller, including two touch-sensitive pads in place of the usual analog sticks.

As far as its phone capabilities go, the PLAY is no slouch. It’s fast and responsive, and the version for Verizon Wireless in the U.S. has a basic version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread user interface, instead of the modified one that Sony Ericsson installs on the versions of the PLAY for the rest of the world.

Is the Xperia PLAY the mobile gaming fanatic's dream phone? Maybe to an extent thanks to the gaming pad, but for the rest of us it’s just an average Android phone which is both good and bad. Read on for more details and watch MobileBurn’s videos for some hands-on action with the Xperia PLAY.

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