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17 Jul, 2011

Xperia PLAY – Final Impressions

Mobile Feature | A final look at Sony Ericsson’s dedicated gaming phone.
Earlier, PALGN reviewed the Xperia PLAY as a smartphone in Xperia PLAY Impressions: Part 1, and then again as a gaming device in Xperia PLAY Impressions Part 2. In this article – our final impressions feature – we wrap up our experiences with the Xperia PLAY and let you know what we thought of the smartphone overall. Below, you’ll also find summarised all of your questions about the Xperia PLAY, provided with answers direct from Sony Ericsson.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY is a solid choice for anyone looking to buy an Android (Gingerbread 2.3) smartphone. The mobile is user-friendly, easy on the eyes ( featuring a 4 inch multi-touch screen), and importantly, supports all the modern conveniences, including a 5MP camera and LED flash, social media, music player, apps, GPS, web browsing and more.

As a gaming device, the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY features the best setup for playing games on the go, with a dedicated controller pad and face buttons, designed by PlayStation. The controls work suitably with the Xperia PLAY’s exclusive games, as well as those other casual titles used to pass time. Further, as we mentioned in our earlier article, the device has no trouble keeping up, with a frame-rate to rival the PSP.

You can certainly find plenty of games on the Xperia PLAY, including PSOne classic Crash Bandicoot, which emulates fantastically, and many other mainstream Android-enabled titles. Looking forward, it would be great to see even more titles on the Xperia PLAY developed for the core gaming audience. If the device’s online marketplace can match that of the other mobile stores, then gamers will have a real incentive to choose the Sony Xperia PLAY as their next smartphone. There is already a vast array of games for the Xperia PLAY and more being launched every day, including Minecraft, which is available exclusively on the Xperia PLAY.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY is currently availability with Optus and Telstra, carrying a RRP of $960. You can find out more on the Xperia PLAY at Sony Ericsson’s Australian YouTube channel.

Now, onto the questions:

What’s the battery life of the Xperia Play under normal circumstances?

With 4 hours of gaming (with no other application running at the same time), it takes somewhere between 30-50% of the battery.

What size is the internal hard drive?

The internal Memory is 512MB, some of this is used by the OS but most is for you to have your way with. The Xperia PLAY also comes with an expandable 8GB SD which you can also move most apps to.

The screen does not adjust its brightness according to ambient lighting conditions.

If you keep the brightness at max all the time, you will be able to see the screen properly, no matter how light or dark it is.

With regards to the games, I recall that the games are actually downloaded from the Android store as opposed to the PlayStation Store?

Correct. Games for the Xperia PLAY are purchased from the Android store.

I would play a heap more games on my Android if it had a D-Pad.

That's the best thing about the Xperia in my opinion. The controls do make the phone a little thicker than a regular one.

Are there four shoulder buttons on this phone, or only two?

There are only two shoulder buttons - L1 and R1.

Are there any prepaid plans?

Both Optus and Telstra give you the option to purchase the Xperia PLAY outright. You can then choose a prepaid plan that works for you.

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3 Comments
2 years ago
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The screen does not adjust its brightness according to ambient lighting conditions.

If you keep the brightness at max all the time, you will be able to see the screen properly, no matter how light or dark it is.
I'm confused at this...

The handset (annoyingly) has an auto brightness feature. The auto brightness CANNOT be turned off.

I hate this feature, the brightness changing all the time drives me wild, the only way of getting rid of it is to root the device and install a mod.
2 years ago
So if there are only 2 shoulder buttons, how am I supposed to execute 2/3 of the grabs when playing CoolBoarders? I think I'd rather stick with a regular smartphone.
2 years ago
^PSP only has 1 set of shoulder buttons as well. I wonder how it could manage games that uses 2 sets.

Not only the price is a bit too steep imo, the games are to be purchased from the Marketplace instead of being able to purchase/import from PSN. I'll stick to my smartphone+PSP solution.
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