A Playstation phone has been the ...
A Playstation phone has been the desire of many ever since Sony and Ericsson combined forces back in 2001. Soon after the merger, the Sony Cybershot brand was given to the Sony Ericsson range of camera phones, but despite the wishes of many, the Playstation phone never came. In recent times, the fortunes of Sony Ericsson within the industry haven’t always been positive, but the release of handsets running the Android OS has breathed a new lease of life into the brand, and now at long last we have the fabled Playstation phone, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play.
Weighing 175g, the Xperia Play measures in at 119 x 62 x 16mm, and boasts a large, 4.0 inch LED backlit capacitive touchscreen, supporting up to 16 million colours and with a pixel resolution of 480 x 854. The device has a slide out keypad, which houses the gaming control buttons, with a directional keypad for moving characters within games on the left, and the familiar Playstation Triangle, Square, Circle and Cross buttons on the right. There is a touch sensitive pad in between the two control pads, which works much the same way as the touchpad on a laptop.
Soon after launch the Xperia Play will have close to 50 titles available, giving gamers a wide choice of games to choose from. In use the Xperia Play is surprisingly good, with capable graphic presentation and no noticeable lag in game play. The handset has auto rotate facility, which automatically rotates the display to landscape orientation when the control pad is slid out from the phone. There is a proximity sensor for auto turn off when in call, and the display supports multi touch input. Allowing game developers to incorporate an element of touchscreen input for titles released onto the Xperia Play.
Aside from the main focus on the gaming capabilities of the handset, the Xperia Play in its own right is a more than capable all round smartphone. The handset is equipped with a decent quality 5.0 Megapixel camera, with autofocus and LED flash. Touch focus support is included, as is image stablisation, to eliminate those annoying blurred shots. Geotagging is also included, allowing you to capture the location details of pictures caught on the handsets camera, which can be shared with friends when the photos are uploaded online. Video recording is also enabled on the handset, and there is a second camera on the front of the device, for video calling purposes.
Connectivity is a big part of the Xperia Play, and all the main technologies are included, with support for HSPA Mobile Broadband, along with GPRS, EDGE and WiFi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA support, making it a breeze to integrate the device and share media with other compatible equipment across your home WLAN. Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP is included for local connectivity, and there is a v2.0 Micro USB connector.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play will ship with the latest version of Android OS, Android 2.3, and is powered by a 1 GHz processor along with an Adreno 205 GPU. There is plenty of memory available on board, with 400 MB on the device, which can be expanded up to 32 GB with Micro SD memory cards. An 8 GB card is supplied by Sony Ericsson in the box.
The media player on the Play is well featured, with support for all the usual digital file formats, and the device also includes the excellent Track ID feature, one of our favourite options on Sony Ericsson handsets. Track ID allows you to scan elements of a song, which is then uploaded to the Sony Ericsson server, to determine the name of the tune, the artist and album. A 3.5mm audio jack is included, plus the device has built in stereo speakers, which give good sound play when listening to music and playing games.