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      28.02.2014 16:44
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      should definitely consider it.

      i used to have this phone called the sony xperia play and my parents bought it for me on contract for a smashing price of £400. the contract only costs £21.50 a month though which is a very considerablyy good price for this great phone. it allowed me to play some playstation games and things like that which appeals to the market of gamers. It also featured a stunning camera which took pictures and videos in great detail with no blurr. it is a durable phone to be honest because i threw it in the air by accident one time which made the screen smash ever so slightly with hairline fracture. it then took me being stupid enough to spill a drink on it for it to be broken. it has bluetooth and no restrictions with a fast and active service. very durable definitely a phone to recommend. have fun.

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      17.07.2012 18:04
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      Brilliant handset with innovative games functioanlity but not a rival to the iphone or psp

      The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is arguably the company's most eagerly anticipated mobile handset. Combining the technology of the Xperia line of smartphones with that of Sony's Playstaion range, the Xperia Play is the perfect blend of mobile and console, a PSP phone if you will.

      Of course, like any handset, this on has its fair share of pros and cons.

      Obviously, this is a phone with a serious concentration on games and this is where the real strength of the phone lies. Able to play games from the android market place on a slide out d pad is a dream come true for gamers but that is not where the functionality ends. Perhaps the most exciting feature is the ability of the phone to play full Playstation One games using the slide out controls. The phone comes pre loaded with the original PS0ne Crash Bandicoot game to whet the appetite of owners with plenty of other classics available for download.

      The phone side of the mobile is much like Sony Ericsson's other Xperia products and provides all the features a smart phone does in the 21st century.

      On the downside, the internal memory of the phone is pretty small, especially considering that this is a handset optimized for storage heavy games. An 8GB memory card is included as standard but having that as internal memory like the iphone would be useful.

      All in all, a revolutionary phone on the face of it with innovative gaming controls but rather ordinary once that is removed.

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      14.04.2012 22:08
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      excellent phone!

      Having had this phone for around 6 months i can safely say this is the best phone out at the moment especially if you like gaming and yes i own an iphone 4 aswell. For your average person its proberly nothing special for me its awesome. i love games when i played crash bandicoot on the phone i thought this is good but when i played dead space and fifa12 on this phone i thought holy s@@t amazing. now those of you that now about jailbreak for iphone this phone comes open sourced meaning few tweaks here and there you can download game and apps for free. I was able to get emulators and ps1 games for free. i even had utorrent running on my phone. picture quality and sound is amazing. slightly a big phone but seen bigger. battery life before latest update was terrible but now thats sorted battery lasts for about 4,hours playing games and couple of days on standby. also the slide out pad is amazing.

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      08.04.2012 23:15
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      A few minor niggles but I'd thoroughly recommend this as a good all-round smartphone.

      The main novelty with the Xperia Play is the slide out control pad, which is very cool indeed. Though as a long-term user of the Xperia Play I don't find myself using it much, or at all really. It could be that I'm busy a lot of the time, but I think part of it is that the Xperia Play lacks a little on the gaming front.

      Sliding open the phone and waiting two or three seconds lands you at a screen with all the games you have installed whilst the second tab provides you with games you can purchase. Whilst there are a hefty offering, not many of them appeal personally and the amount of PSX ports is pitiful - there's no Final Fantasy VII, Gran Turismo or Chrono Cross, or old lame favourites like Harry Potter. Which is disappointing.

      One option is FPSE, an application which is available on any phone for a small fee (see Android market place) which allows you to play these games - but not before a headachey task of ripping your old Playstation games only to find that they may or may not play smoothly. The good news is that FPSE will work with the Xperia Play's controls.

      As a phone the Xperia Play is decent. Most of the time it is responsive, though like any Android phone it does run in to the occasional hang or multitasking 'skip' whilst you're listening to music and trying to surf the web.

      The screen nice, if a little on the dim side, but plenty sharp and vibrant. Coming from a HTC I found the screen a little less touch responsive mind you - occasionally it'll miss a keystroke whilst I'm typing.

      Sound from the speakers is excellent - the best I've heard from a phone. The handset has two speakers on the left side of the unit (for landscape reasons) which are incredibly clear and actually have a bit of 'punch' to them. Call quality is also very good albeit it exhibits an occasional 'click'.

      The volume controls can be a little frustrating given that they are mounted in a recessed way; the placement of the lock button also annoys me a little - it can be a little awkward to push sometimes given its on the back half of the handset's slider near the top (many manufacturers have started placing the lock button on the side with how screens have got bigger). The button labels on the front aren't backlit, but you get used to their placement.

      Camera is nothing to write home about. It's acceptable, but by no means anywhere near as good as the iPhone 4S camera. There's a front-facing which is nice, but it's VGA.

      Battery life is usual for a smartphone - you'll find yourself needing to charge it almost every day - unless you don't use it - but I've seen it manage two/three days before.

      Other than what I've said there's only one or two other minor niggles - firstly you only get 400MB of space on this handset for apps. You can move most apps to the SD card however it gets a little frustrating - and not all apps will budge. Secondly the phone will happily play XviD and other formats with third party players but through software emulation only - the phone seems to lack hardware codecs and means HD is a no-go on this phone - not that you would want HD on a 3.2" screen (it can be convenient if you don't want to convert something), but just saying.

      There's not much else to say really - if you have any queries just comment and I'll get back to you.

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      10.03.2012 23:22
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      A versatile product, in between the PSP and a smartphone.

      Smartphones have basically overtaken the mobile phone market and are everywhere. I was converted late, and therefore the Xperia Play is the only smartphone I've owned. It doesn't include original chat features like the Iphone's Ping or Blackberry's BBM but it's primary difference is the inclusion of a slide-out gamer control pad, and the ability to play games equivalent to the PSP or early PS2 on your mobile, or to play PS1 classics, which is what I use the feature for mainly. If you're familiar with Sony game console controls, you'll adapt easily, as the only difference is the (understandable) lack of analog sticks. If you want an extra novelty on your android, or you're quite an avid gamer, you should get this phone. Also, 02 were selling it for £150 so if that ever happens again, snap it up quickly.

      The Xperia Play is quite a bulky phone and it needs to be, but this makes texting more cumbersome and slow compared to other smartphones. This does come with a plus side though, as it's bulkiness seems to make the phone more durable than its counterparts, as mine has had a fair few bangs without any damage.

      The design of the phone is good, with a button to send you straight to the home screen, one to go directly back (wether on the phone or using the internet), another for settings/options on whatever application you're using, and one to go straight to Google. Everything else (apart from the game controls of course) is touch screen, which occasionally becomes hard to control or jump, but most of the time works well. You have access to the android market, which has a huge collections of games, app and films with a good proportion of these are free, meaning you can customise the phone pretty much how you want too.
      The Xperia Play suffers from the problem of fast draining battery life like most phones as it needs to be charged every day (maybe two days at a push if you don't go on Facebook or play music) although playing high quality games doesn't drain it as much as you would think, meaning it survives as long as less power-demanding mobiles. The camera included is 5 megapixels, which is average these days but still means great picture quality with plenty of settings, although strangely it doesn't seem to have a zoom functions, something I expected since around 2006.

      Aside for occasional slowness, glitches and long start up times this product works fine, has a large amount of variety and is the most sophisticated gaming phone of it's size so far.
      8.5/10

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      22.12.2011 16:21
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      Side-slider with dedicated gaming controls,Quad-band GSM /GPRS/EDGE support

      Now a days IPhones have permeated the globe, able to deliver tactile gambling on the go, & Nintendo's 3DS is making waves by bringing transportable 3D fun to the masses.

      The PlayStation phone is the tool equivalent of El Dorado, in that it is spent a long time as a golden fable to trot out when conversation slows. Now the fusion of gamepad & Android phone has emerged in to the modern world in the kind of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play.The PlayStation Pocket game store comes with 50 games at launch optimized for the Play. You'll certainly also appreciate the familiar feeling and design of the gaming buttons. Even within the Sony stable, the Xperia Play has rivals to overcome. There is the NGP, successor to the PSP, on the horizon, which will arrive boasting processing power to run the LHC (well, a quad-core CPU & graphics processor, at least).

      What is more, it must establish itself over a choice of speedy & competent Android handsets, such as Sony Ericsson's Xperia Arc, which will also have the chops for 3D gambling of the non-stereoscopic kind.

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        16.11.2011 00:38
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        The best looking games on a phone

        If your at all familiar with either any of the PlayStation home gaming system controls or the play station portable controlling system then you will find this very familiar.

        At first glance this looks like a standard smart phone. It's not until you slide out the end panel that this phone is transformed into one of the best gaming phones available.
        This is a fully functional Android device with a very responsive touch screen. Android is increasing it's numbers and is only second to Apple at the moment. There are less apps available, but they are growing in numbers. This phone uses the Gingerbread android system this is the fastest available at the moment. It's great for multi tasking as it has Wi-Fi built in meaning you can browse the Internet,read your emails, take photographs and of course play games.

        The Xperia PLAY has a front facing camera, this is great for making video calls with Google Talk or Skype these are free to download from the " Android Market " their version of the Apple App store.
        It has the Google Voice app built in this is good for searching the Internet by simply speaking into the phone for whatever you want to see. For example say FACEBOOK and it will bring you to Facebook. This is a bit temperamental however as it gets it wrong far more often than it gets it right. This means you would be far quicker just typing it in the old fashioned way.


        The thing everyone will want to know is how good are the games. Well they are of around play station 2 quality. And because of the controls being familiar you take to it very quickly.
        The phone is great for making calls as the speaker is good and loud and the mic is very responsive.

        Over all this is a great blend of a high end phone and a expensive hand held gaming device.

        This can be bought at very.co.uk for £199 + shipping.

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