PlayStation or Phone? That is the question those viewing the unlocked Xperia Play will be wondering. With a slide out game controller style panel, it is obvious this phone was designed for the gaming market.
The Xperia Play features a 4-inch LCD display with 480×853 resolution and the ability to recognize and display 16 million colors. Viewing from multiple angles is excellent and the display is quite vibrant. Unfortunately, viewing in direct sunlight is nearly impossible. I suppose that’s okay, considering few gamers take their gaming into the great outdoors.
Four standard Android navigation buttons lie just below the display screen. However, the PlayStaion style control panel also allows for navigation of the interface. The game control pad includes menu and start buttons at the far corners for easier transition between gaming and phone uses.
To handle the load that gaming places on a device, the Xperia Play includes a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 512mb of RAM, which works surprisingly well for gaming needs.
To keep it in competition with other smartphones on the market, the Xperia Play features the following desirable smartphone specs:
- Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g/n) for accessing home and corporate networks as well as hotspots while on the go.
- Bluetooth connectivity (version 2.1) includes communication headset, hands-free car kits, and A2DP audio streaming Bluetooth profiles.
- Onboard GPS for navigation (using pre-loaded Google Maps) and location services
- Memory expansion via micro SD card slot with support for optional cards up to 32 GB.
- 400 MB internal memory (user accessible)
- Rear 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, auto-focus, and geo-tagging capabilities.
- Video recording capabilities (DVD quality)
- Front-facing VGA camera for video chats
- Music player compatible with MP3, WMA, and AAC/AAC+
The Xperia Play’s design is geared to entice gamers, yet it also offers value as a smartphone. Sony Ericsson definitely scores a win with this ground-breaking product.