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Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Android Sim Free Unlocked Mobile Phone in Black

Released on 31 March 2011

Manufacturer: Sony Ericsson

4.0 out of 5 (18 customer reviews) | Write a review

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Xperia PLAY delivers the smartphone functionality that the most serious power users could need, teamed with the immersive gaming experience that any gamer would want.

In portrait mode, the Android smartphone offers all the benefits that users have come to expect from Sony Ericsson's existing range of Xperia smartphones with best-in-class entertainment experiences, a great 5 megapixel camera, a brilliant 4" multi-touch screen and great social networking features.

However, slide out the gaming control and users enter a new world of immersive mobile gaming. The slide out game pad reveals a digital D pad, two analogue touch pads, two shoulder buttons and the four PlayStation icons: circle, cross, square and triangle. Qualcomm's optimized Snapdragon processor with a 1GHz CPU and embedded Adreno GPU graphics processor deliver silky smooth 60fps play-back 3D mobile gaming and Web browsing with minimal power consumption so Xperia PLAY users can enjoy long hours of battery life and game time.

Real game controller
Feel the action with real console controls - dedicated gaming keys, shoulder buttons and an analogue touch joystick. And to make the gaming experience complete, Xperia PLAY provides superb stereo sound and support for multi-player gaming.

PlayStation Certified
The Xperia PLAY is the first PlayStation Certified Android smartphone. It's built on the gaming expertise of Sony Computer Entertainment.

Powered by Android (Gingerbread)
Multi-tasking. Wi-Fi. A refreshed user interface and keyboard improvements. Your Xperia PLAY is powered by Android (Gingerbread), the fastest Android version to date.

More than 200,000 apps for download
Sports, anyone? Or ready to get down to business? Get the latest Google apps from Android Market.

Now Facebook lives inside your Xperia
Your Facebook albums pop up in your phone's gallery. Comment directly on the pictures. Share recommendations and likes from the music player. Don't miss any of your friends' birthdays or other exciting Facebook events - they are all automatically visible in your calendar. Facebook inside Xperia is developed in close cooperation with Facebook to make your entertainment truly social. You only need to sign in once to Facebook during start-up of your Xperia PLAY - and then all the magic happens.

Straight to YouTube
Think that funny moment you just caught on video deserves a wider audience? Upload it to YouTube for all to see, straight from your phone. Or just view clips whenever you feel like it.

Search the web the easy way
A cheap hotel for your weekend break? Game reviews? Find what you want on the web with Google Voice Search. You can also use your voice to navigate, send a text message and more.

Incredible graphics
Crisp colours and silky-smooth 3D gaming graphics: the 4" capacitive multi-touch screen is powered by a Snapdragon graphic processor.
  • Operating system: Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Processor: 1 GHz Snapdragon
  • Memory card included: 8GB microSD
  • Memory card support: microSD, up to 32 GB
  • Phone memory: up to 400 MB
  • Screen: 4 inch 480 x 854 pixels (FWVGA) Capacitive Multi-touch
  • Camera
  • 5.1 megapixel camera
  • Auto focus
  • Flash / Photo light
  • Geo tagging
  • Image stabiliser
  • Video recording
  • Connectivity:
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • aGPS
  • Bluetooth technology
  • DLNA Certified
  • Google Latitude
  • Google Location Service
  • Google Maps with Street View
  • Synchronisation via Facebook
  • Synchronisation via Google Sync
  • Google Services:
  • Android Market Client
  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Gallery 3D
  • Google Latitude
  • Google Maps with Street View
  • Google Media Uploader
  • Google Music Player
  • Google Phone-top Search
  • Google Search widget
  • Google Sync
  • Google Talk
  • Google Voice Search
  • Set-up Wizard
  • YouTube

customer Reviews

 Average rating (18 reviews)

 Perfect phone for gamers and retro fans

| | See all AmigaHarrison's reviews (1)

As a huge gaming fan I was interested in the Xperia Play right from its first announcement, and whilst it doesn't quite live up to all the hype that surrounded it, it is still the best smartphone you can buy for gaming as the dedicated gamepad really does make all the difference.

While it is PSP/Sony certified it doesn't run PSP games, which is the biggest disappointment for a lot of people. But it will run Playstation 1 games and its own selection of Android games enhanced for the Play, so all is not lost.

The bundled games are better than you often given for free and for once they are all full versions and not demos or time limited. One thing to consider is that when you first launch any of the Play specific gaming titles (already installed or new purchases) the game will then need to connect to the internet and download a sizeable amount to the phone's SD card to complete the installation. This can be anything from 20MB to over 600MB, so make sure you are connected via Wi-Fi when you do this or you could quickly eat up your data allowance.

As for the rest of the phone, it might not be as fast as the latest dual core models like the Galaxy S II, but it is more than fast enough and responsive for everything I've tried on it so far, and with Android 2.3 installed it is a very nice experience. It also has a very nice display.

A problem a lot of Android phone owners have is updating their phone's OS to a newer version. On the Galaxy S I had this very issue with the PC software not able to communicate with the phone properly and failing to upgrade it. With the Xperia Play Sony have added the ability to update the phone's OS on the phone itself OTA (over the air), so you don't need to even connect it to a PC. Just go into the Settings and ask the phone to look for any updates, and if it finds them you can let it download the update and perform it all from within the phone itself. I've already tried this with the Play and successfully updated to 2.3.3 so that is good needs and a simple solution compared to requiring PC software to perform the update.

And Sony are supporting this phone for the moment, unlike some others. 2.3.4 is due out as an update in October, and more updates due in the new year, so all good news. The 2.3.4 update will be adding swipe support for typing, and also sweep panorama creation.

Sony have also put their own custom UI on top of Android, much like HTC and Samsung do with their phones. I personally prefer Sony's approach as it is cleaner, but that is personal preference and up to each person to decide. I also like their Timescape widget which lets you quickly see your latest PMs, twitter and facebook feeds, news, and anything else you want in a scrolling stack of messages on the homepage. Nice feature.

Finally, if you are retro gamer, then the Xperia Play is a great choice as there is a large selection of emulators available for Android, and all I've tried so far allow onscreen controls to be hidden and keys to be assigned to emulated controls, so the Plays controller comes into its own for this. And all the emulators I've tried so far work very nicely too.

You also get a 16GB SD card free with the Play so plenty of room to keep you going for some time.

So all in all I highly recommend this phone.

If there were any downsides to this phone it is the weight, which is noticeably heaver than say a Samsung Galaxy, but not so much that it is a problem.

Also the camera is only 5MP, compared to others Sony make like the Arc which has an 8MB camera, but it still takes nice images, and if you really wanted to take more professional photos you would be using a proper camera anyway.

 I love this phone.

| | See all SenseiJim's reviews (1)

This is my first 'smart' phone and I'm very happy with it. It is easy to use and set up. The game play is great and the screen is responsive to touch. I chose this phone because I didn't want an iPhone or a blackberry and I love playstation. I have to say after 2 weeks I am really pleased with my decision. The only problem is the poor battery life but I had to charge my last phone every night anyway so I don't mind too much especially since you can get a spare battery for less than twenty quid. The android software works well and it is easy to use. If you like games but want a good choice of apps this may be the phone for you. An iPhone it's not but that's why I like it.

 A letdown for now at least...

| | See all loyalnick's reviews (1)

Having had this phone for over two weeks now... I can honestly say I don't recommend it at all!

I love android, And 2.3 worked totally fine on the Nexus S. But on this phone the slowdown is very bad.. Games can become unplayable, crashing DOES happen all the time. Maybe this is because I fill all my home screens with widgets but this wasn't a problem with the Nexus S. I have even had the home screen itself crash numerous times...

Nothing will drive you crazy quicker than a phone that you will struggle to text on due to slowdown. Lets just hope a patch comes soon...

On the plus side.... When it works properly there really is no better way to play games on a phone.

 Brilliant phone

| | See all lvlal2k's reviews (3)

It seems to me there are too many bad reviews about this phone. The Play is top notch in my opinion.
The layout is quite similar to the iphone in how the operating system works. It takes a little while to figure out exactly how everything works, but once you do, you'll find it very user friendly.
As for slow down or crashes, I've not experienced any of it. I've played games for 3 hours straight on my phone, to find no glitches or problems at all. The games are slowly expanding and it's now at a point where you have a pretty wide choice to choose from. You can use any old game app from the android market, but most aren't compatible with the game pad. Sony is now expanding it to the point that there are nearly 200 games adapted to work on the game pad, including titles such as Rainbow Six, Fifa and PES.
So, onto the next gripe. Battery life. Can anyone tell me what phone is able to hold out for longer than the Play when you're playing on it constantly? My two bosses have iPhone's and I can tell you that's not one of them.
If you're looking for a phone with battery life to last a week, then you're not looking for a smart phone. Smart phone's have processes upon processes happening in the background and foreground which eats battery life. Go and get yourself an app to monitor them and stop moaning!
Overall, with the games coming out, the similarity to the Playstation and the attention to detail, this phone gets 5 stars from me.

 Great new phone

| | See all Lance2808's reviews (3)

Just got this phone friday, as i had lost my xperia mini and needed an update quick. Must say i am very pleased with the phone, everyting works great on it; responsive touch screen, all up to date apps, good camera and gaming is excellent with the playstation pad. Would strongly recommend if your thinking of getting one, only problem is battery life isnt great, other than that though nice all rounder.

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