Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play Review: Bring Your 'A' Game: Unboxing, 360-degree Spin, Gaming Controls

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Unboxing the XPERIA Play

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play packs a compact charger, which couples with the microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) cable (a long, solid-looking cable). You also acquire a one-piece headset and some manuals, plus the 8GB microSD card.






Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play box and leather pouch

We also had a carrying pouch in the box – it’s sturdy and thick to protect your precious XPERIA Play. It’s not a luxury leather pouch but it’s pretty nice nonetheless (haged in mind that it might be a region specific accessory).

Sony Ericsson XPERIA PLAY 360-degree spin

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA PLAY stands at 119 x 62 x 16mm – smaller than its PSP Go counterpart despite the bigger classy screen (the PLAY has a 4” classy screen vs. the 3.8 inches of the Go) but bigger than most phones, even those that come with a full hardware QWERTY keyboard.

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Display and dedicated gaming controls

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play was made with comfortable two-handed utilize in mind. It’s thick and heavy as a phone. The back and the corners are tapered – when you hrecent it landscape with both hands, it fits like a glove but otherwise it’s quite gigantic to handle.

The XPERIA Play weighs in at 175 grams, which certainly is heavy for single-handed use. All that weight is well balanced though for a firm and comfortable grip when held in both hands during play.

Let’s first see at the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play as a gaming device – examining the classy screen and game controls.

Sony Ericsson decided against using their Bravia Engine based Reality display. Instead, they put a 4” 16M-color FWVideo Graphics Array (VGA) (480 x 854) Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) classy screen on the XPERIA Play.

The classy screen is quite fine to view straight on, with fine contrast and color rendering. It’s not very colorful though even at the brightest setting.

Viewing angles are not that remarkable – at an angle high-contrast things (like black text on a light background) remain visible but colors acquire washed out and contrast degrades pretty fast, making gradients appear as a solid color. IPS Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) or AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) displays don’t have this viewing angle issue.




The XPERIA Play display has its ups and downs

Moving on to the game control deck, the slider mechanism is spring-assisted and quite smooth. It locks firmly in place, keeping both halves of the phone very stable in fully open position.

The deck has a set of dedicated gaming buttons modeled after the DualShock controller for the PlayStation console.

There are four types of controls. The directional keys are on the left and the action keys are on the right. They are placed into two recessed circles – that means the keys don’t catch against the slider, but they bulge out enough and have a fine solid click. Those keys are very easy to locate by touch.






The dedicated gaming controls • The action keys up close

There are two analog touch pads, which stand in for the analog sticks of a DualShock controller. Those aren’t all that gigantic and you might not acquire all the precision you want out of them, especially if you have gigantic fingers.

The L and R trigger keys are on the top side of the phone (when held horizontally). They are big, perfectly positioned under your forefingers and overall very comfortable to use.






L and R trigger keys

There’s a standard set of game controls too – Start and Select, along with a handy Menu key (which is a shortslit to the game settings). These keys are small and out of the way, so you won’t hit them accidentally during play.



The Start and Select keys

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play isn't the smallest phone around but, again, comfortable hrecent during gaming was the designers’ top objective. A solid grip is essential to fine gaming experience, especially since you have your index fingers and thumbs moving around quickly on the control deck and behind the classy screen on the shoulder keys.

We only wish the back was made of something grippier than glossy black plastic.

Anyway, the phone is more comfortable to hrecent horizontally in two hands than with one hand up to your ear. One-handed utilize isn't hard by any means, it just takes some getting used to.






Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play held in the hand


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