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Sony Xperia PLAY / R800a / R800at / R88i

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1550 reviews of Sony Xperia PLAY / R800a / R800at / R88i. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and screen. The portability and performance are also appreciated, but many are less positive about the reception and reliability.

usability, performance, portability, screen, size

battery, reliability, reception

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Sony Xperia PLAY / R800a / R800at / R88i is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony Xperia PLAY / R800a / R800at / R88i

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 130 user reviews of Sony Xperia PLAY / R800a / R800at / R88i from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the battery and screen. The usability and price also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the reliability. There are some mixed reviews about the camera.

portability, price, usability, screen, battery

reliability

82% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Sim Free Smart Phone with 8GB Memory CardSony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Sim Free Smart Phone with 8GB Memory Card

Apr, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony Xperia PLAY / R800a / R800at / R88i

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 323 user reviews of Sony Xperia PLAY / R800a / R800at / R88i from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com. Reviews about the durability and price are generally positive. The portability and usability also get good feedback. Many are less positive about the reliability, while there are some mixed views about the reception.

performance, usability, portability, price, durability

reliability

81% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play R800i Unlocked Phone and Gaming Device with Android OS and Slide-Out GamepadSony Ericsson Xperia Play R800i Unlocked Phone and Gaming Device with Android OS and Slide-Out Gamepad

Apr, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Sony Xperia PLAY / R800a / R800at / R88i

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Sony Xperia PLAY / R800a / R800at / R88i from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.ca. People really like the price, but many are negative about the usability and durability.

price

durability, usability

100% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Ericsson R800IEUWH Xperia PLAY PlayStation Certified Android Smartphone with 5MP Camera, Touchscreen, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth - Unlocked Phone - InternaSony Ericsson R800IEUWH Xperia PLAY PlayStation Certified Android Smartphone with 5MP Camera, Touchscreen, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth - Unlocked Phone - Interna

Apr, 2018

Expert review by : Raymond Wong (ubergizmo.com)

Xperia Play Review

 

Xperia Play Review - this complete review of the Xperia Play smartphone goes over its gaming capabilities and titles, but also its smartphone abilities.

Today, the smartphones in our pockets aren’t mere cellphones. They're powerful portable computers that are capable of multitasking and functioning as an all-in-one device, whether that includes a little or a lot of calling, Web browsing, playing...

Jun, 2011

Expert review by : Kent German (cnet.com)

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G (AT&T) review: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G (AT&T)

 

Editors' note: For this review, we focused on the performance differences between AT&T's phone and the Verizon model. For a full analysis of the Xperia Play's design and features, check out our review of Verizon's Xperia Play .

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G integrates phone and gaming features like no other handset before it. It offers all the essential smartphone features, and call quality is respectable.

Some of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G's gaming controls are unresponsive. It lacks an HDMI-out port, photo quality is poor, and data speeds are unimpressive.

AT&T's Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G is ideal for gamers, but we'd prefer to see more-accurate controls, a few more features, and a faster data network.

Oct, 2011

Expert review by : Alex Colon (pcmag.com)

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G (AT&T)

 

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G is an excellent phone for gaming, and a solid phone in its own right; just make sure it has games you want to play.

Fantastic gamepad. Good ‘4G’ speeds. Comes with multimedia dock. Inexpensive.

Doesn't play PlayStation games. Big and bulky.

Sep, 2011

Expert review by : Armando Rodriguez (pcworld.com)

Xperia Play 4G Review: Mobile Phone Gaming at a Hard-to-Beat Price

 

To the delight of mobile gamers on AT&T, Sony Ericsson has brought the Xperia Play to the carrier's HSPA+ network. When I reviewed the Xperia Play on Verizon, I praised the phone's physical gamepad--a godsend to people like me who hate using...

Slide-out gamepad ; HSPA+ Connectivity

Sub-par camera ; Small internal memory

The Xperia Play 4G is a great gaming device and phone, with a few quirks that can easily be overlooked.

Sep, 2011

Expert review by : Ross Miller (theverge.com)

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (CDMA) review

 

Rumors of a "PlayStation phone" — most likely borne of wishful thinking more than anything else, especially early on — have been lingering for almost as long as I've been writing about gadgets and...

Android 2.3 largely untouched ; Gamepad is snappy ; Crash Bandicoot is still addictive

Bulky ; Menu navigation stutters ; PlayStation Suite needs work

Subpar hardware and a games lineup that leaves much to be desired — with no firm support on horizon

Jun, 2011

Expert review by : LAPTOP Magazine (laptopmag.com)

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (Verizon Wireless) Review

 

Sony PlayStation Portable fanatics looking to consolidate their mobile gaming and messaging devices into one will find a lot to like in the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. It's a stylish device with a bright and colorful display, and it has performance and...

Fast performance, Big, bright screen, Great for mobile gaming, Long battery life

Small Android buttons, Analog touch joystick not very responsive, Lacks 4G, Doesn't support video chat apps yet

Jun, 2011

Expert review by : Mike Isaac (wired.com)

Review: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

 

Mothers, lock up your gamers. The PlayStation phone has arrived. And while it's a bit on the chubby side, we think that, for Sony Ericsson's...

May, 2011

Expert review by : Kyle Fitzgerald (slashgear.com)

Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Review – To Play or Not to Play?

 

The Xperia Play is being touted as the “World's First PlayStation Certified Smartphone”. Does that make it a good phone? Or even a good gaming system? We've been putting the phone through its paces. Sony Ericsson certainly has a great idea of adding a...

As for my own personal opinion, I think this phone is like a great firework: the fun fades a little too quickly. It’s really neat to show off the game pad and let people play around with it, but it feels more gimmicky than an actual mobile gaming...

May, 2011

Expert review by : Nicole Lee (cnet.com)

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (Verizon Wireless) review

 

Although advancements like dual-core processors and gyroscopes are creating convincing and satisfying gameplay on smartphones, there are those who yearn for something closer to a dedicated gaming device. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play was envisioned as...

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread without a complicated overlay. It has a slide-out game pad that makes gameplay more immersive, and it comes preloaded with popular game titles like Crash Bandicoot and Asphalt 6. Features...

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play's touch-screen gaming controls are not as responsive and precise as we would like, photo quality is average at best, and it lacks an HDMI port and 4G LTE.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is a significant step forward in mobile gaming, but it suffers from key hardware limitations.

May, 2011

Expert review by : Sascha Segan (pcmag.com)

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (Verizon Wireless)

 

The Android-based Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is a unique phone designed for gaming, and it games well.

Gamepad is a terrific way to play. Latest version of Android. Overall solid specs.

Doesn't integrate with the world of PlayStation. Not the latest graphics hardware. A bit thick and heavy.

The gamepad adds a huge amount to the gaming experience. Playing games on a touch screen is always a little awkward, because your finger covers the field of play. Touch screens also involve a lot more hand motion, which takes longer than just moving...

May, 2011

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:1500
Battery performance:1500
Continuous audio playback time:30.35
Gaming time:5.35 / 5.5
Standby time (2G):425
Standby time (3G):413
Talk time (2G):8.25 / 8.3 / 8.4 / 8.41
Talk time (3G):6.25 / 6.3 / 6.41

Call Management

Call hold: Yes
Call timer: Yes
Call waiting: Yes
Caller ID: Yes
Conference call: Yes
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Speed dialing: Yes
Vibrating alert: Yes
Voice commands: Yes
Voice dialing: Yes

Camera

Auto focus: Yes
Built-in camera: Yes
Built-in flash: Yes
Flash Type:LED
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.3
Geotagging: Yes
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Main camera resolution (numeric):5.1
Night mode: Yes
Rear camera resolution (numeric):5.1
Rear camera type:Single camera
Second camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:0.3
Video recording: Yes
Video recording modes:480p
Video stabilizer: Yes
Zoom capability: Yes

Certificates

Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified:Y
DLNA Certified: Yes

Design

Color of product:Black / White
Form Factor:Bar / Slider

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:4
Display number of colors:16.77 / 16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:854 x 480
Display Type:TFT
External display: No
Orientation sensor: Yes
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard Layout:QWERTY
Keyboard type:QWERTY

Memory

Internal RAM:0.5

Messaging

Chat:No / Yes
E-mail:Y / Yes
Instant messaging (IM): Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service): Yes
Short Message Service (SMS): Yes
Text prediction system:T9
Text prediction system type:T9
Text-to-speech message reader: Yes

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:AAC, MP3 / MP3 / MP3, MP4, OGG, WAV
FM band:87.5 - 108
FM band range:87.5 - 108
FM radio:No / Yes
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG / BMP, JPG, PNG, TIF
RSS reader: Yes
Speakers:Stereo
Video compression format:3GP, H.263, H.264, MPEG4
Video formats supported:3GP,H.263,H.264,MPEG4

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS): Yes
Electronic compass: Yes
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):Y
Position location:Y
Wi-Fi positioning: Yes

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850, 900, 1800, 1900 / 850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE,GPRS,GSM
3G: Yes
3G bands supported:800, 850, 1900, 2100 / 800, 850, 900, 1900, 2100 / 800,850,1900,2100 / 800,850,900,1900,2100 / 800,900,1900,2100
3G standards:HSPA / HSPA,WCDMA / WCDMA
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP / A2DP, AVRCP, GAVDP, HFP, HSF, HSP, OPP, PBAP, SPP / A2DP, AVRCP, GAVDP, HSF, HSP, OPP, PBAP, SPP
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR
Data network:3.5G, 3G / 3G
EDGE multislot class:12
GPRS multislot class:10
SIM card capability:Single SIM
SIM card type:MiniSIM
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Other Features

Active toolbar: Yes
Camera included: Yes
EDGE: Yes
GPRS: Yes
Java technology: Yes
Music player: Yes
Network standard:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n
Polyphonic ring: Yes
Ringer type:MP3 / Polyphonic
Rotating: Yes
Video playback: Yes
Voice recording: Yes
Volume Control:Digital
Wireless connection:Y
Wireless connections: Yes

Packaging Content

Cables included:USB
Headset included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Customisable video ring tones: Yes
Customizable video ring tones:Y
Flight mode: Yes
Office support: Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:2.3
Personal info management:Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Countdown timer, Games, Notes, Recorder / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Countdown timer, Games, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes / Alarm clock, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Countdown timer, Games, Notes, Recorder / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Countdown timer, Games, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes / Alarm clock, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts, Widgets
Proximity sensor: Yes
Subscription type:No subscription / Sim-lock free
Support for contact groups: Yes
Video call: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Docking connector: Yes
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB connector type:Micro-USB A / Micro-USB B
USB version:2.0

Processor

Processor architecture:ARM7
Processor frequency:1

Software

Office support: Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:2.3

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Internal memory:1024 / 400 / 512
Internal RAM:512
Maximum memory card size:32
RAM capacity:0.5
USB mass storage: Yes

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Video

Video call: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.63
Height:2.44 / 4.69
Weight:6.17
Width:2.44 / 4.69