Editors Liked

  • Excellent display, game controls work great, camera takes great stills and videos, 1st PlayStation certified mobile device
  • Slideout gamepad, HSPA Connectivity
  • The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G integrates phone and gaming features like no other handset before it. It offers all the essential smartphone features and call quality is respectable
  • Excellent gamepad; Impressive sound quality; Rigid slider; Great battery performance
  • Comes with six games; ­supports Flash games; gamepad works well; decent and loud ­speakers; runs Android 2.3
  • Controller makes this phone feel like a dedicated gaming device, Nice camera, Great sound quality
  • The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play comes with an unskinned variant of Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), and the strong hardware set of the camera can take a couple of blows from a frustrated gamer
  • Feels solid for a sliding phone, Buttons afford much better control in certain types of games, Phone gives a new platform for old-school favorites like Crash Bandicoot, Analog pads are an innovative compromise
  • Slide-out game controller, Clean Android install, Vibrant 4.0-inch LCD, Attractive Sony styling, Acceptable 5.1-megapixel camera
  • Great gaming controller, sharp display, excellent speakers, atttractive and solid build
  • Android 2.3 out of the gate, Fast in regular Android, Good UI tweaks like folders, PlayStationlike experience in the best cases, Solid gamepad controls, Reasonably good battery life
  • Stock Android is very smooth, with few bugs, The gamepad is wellbuilt and works exactly like you would expect it to, Speakers are of above average quality, and that really adds to the gameplay experience, The
  • Stock version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, fast processor, gamepad
  • Gamepad is a terrific way to play. Latest version of Android. Overall solid specs
  • The gamepad works perfectly with most existing Android games, PS One classics emulate great, Fast and snappy interface, Great for emulation
  • The dedicated slide-out gaming pad helps provide as close a gaming experience as the likes of a Sony PSP or Nintendo DS Lite that we’ve seen on a smartphone
  • Dedicated game controller, Able to run numerous old emulator games with gamepad keymapping, Excellent stereo loudspeakers, Very good photo quality
  • Gamepad works well, Stereo speakers, Good graphics performance
  • This handheld video game console from Sony is also a cell phone
  • Gameplay hits a whole new level for cell phones because of the integrated slideout controller

Editors Didn't Like

  • No mini HDMI, SoC only singlecore, a bit bulky, poor frontfacing camera performance and weak amount of internal storage offered
  • Subpar camera, Small internal memory
  • Some of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G's gaming controls are unresponsive. It lacks an HDMI-out port, photo quality is poor, and data speeds are unimpressive
  • Tacky looks; Unimpressive specs; Buggy software; Lacklustre display; No TV Out; Expensive
  • Can't download PlayStation games; screen is ­difficult to view outdoors; default keyboard is a pain to use; no HD video recording; some games don't fully utilise the gamepad
  • Volume button placement not optimal, Controller doesn't work with all games, Display could be brighter, Notification LED oddly placed
  • The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play doesn’t have the 720p video recording ability, which now a days is standard in many of the smartphone releases. The wireless data here is not the latest faster 4G; it’s the conventional slower 3G.Random PostsTags:
  • L and R buttons are a little awkward, making games like Battle Bears cumbersome to play, None of the buttons are backlit, Screen is on the dim side
  • Bulky design, Controls work with limited game selection, Touch-based analog controls, No 4G, Smudgy screen
  • No dual core CPU and no 4G LTE
  • Unexceptional gaming performance on a phone that needs it, Minuscule mixed PlayStation Suitenative game library right now, Subpar camera, especially knowing Sony Ericsson's other models, Underwhelming call quality
  • Thick and clunky, cheap build quality, lack of gaming titles available
  • Doesn't integrate with the world of PlayStation. Not the latest graphics hardware. A bit thick and heavy
  • Looks and feels bulky, Analog thumbsticks are touchsensitive only
  • Downloading and storing games can be a tad confusing due to the various platforms you can purchase them from.Look and Feel
  • Not futureproof due to the singlecore chipset, Game catalog still in its nascence
  • Dim, woeful screen, Lack of compelling content, Poor video recording (no 720p)
  • The Sony Ericsson Xperia does not allow you to watch movies or television shows
  • Lacking 4G LTE and a dualcore processor, this advanced device could become dated quickly