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Sony Xperia Play

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1201 reviews of Sony Xperia Play. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. People really like the screen and performance. The usability and portability also get good comments, whereas there are some mixed reviews about the reception. There are some critical opinions about the apps and connectivity.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Sony Xperia Play is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for Sony Xperia Play


alaTest has collected and analyzed 90 user reviews of Sony Xperia Play from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones on Views about the design and durability are generally positive. The portability and usability are also mentioned favorably, but the connectivity and reception get negative views.

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83% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Sim Free Mobile Phone Includes 16GB memory card Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Sim Free Smart Phone with 8GB Memory Card Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Extended Life 2600mAh Battery ( With new back cover ) Black

May, 2015

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Sony Xperia Play


alaTest has collected and analyzed 276 user reviews of Sony Xperia Play from 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 Reviewers really like the battery and price. The usability and portability are also mentioned favorably. The reception and size get negative views.

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82% of the reviews on 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 Android Phone (Verizon Wireless)Sony Ericsson R800IEUBLK Xperia Play R800i Unlocked Phone and Gaming Device with Slide-Out Gamepad and Android OS - Unlocked Phone - No Warranty - Bla

May, 2015

Expert review by: Raymond Wong (

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: Shayne Rana (

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play - Revolutionizing Mobile Gaming?


Mobile gaming is a big part of the smartphone agenda, or even the lower end segment. The Xperia Play was all set to revolutionize the mobile gaming industry and I was looking forward to it doing so. But I'm sure after the preview; most of you are...

The Price tag on the Xperia Play is Rs. 35,000 (MRP) with a Market Operating Price of about Rs. 32,000 (depending on your location). It’s a tad expensive even for its USP. The weight and bulk of the handset could be a make or break decision for some...

Apr, 2011

Expert review by: Kent German (

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 (

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G (AT&T)


Four months after making its U.S. debut on Verizon Wireless, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G is now available on AT&T. Not much has changed. In fact, it's nearly the same exact smartphone. But on AT&T it's sporting a bargain bin $49.99 price, a free...

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

Doesn't play PlayStation games. Big and bulky

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.

Sep, 2011

Expert review by: Armando Rodriguez (

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 (

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 games. So to say the Xperia Play is a long time coming...

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

Bulky ; Menu navigation stutters ; PlayStation Suite needs work

After years of rumors and wishful thinking, the PlayStation phone is real — but is it worth the wait?

Jun, 2011


Expert review by: Nick Mokey (

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play


What do you get when you breed a portable game console with a smartphone? Sony Ericsson's new Xperia Play — the long-rumored “PlayStation phone” that combines the slide-out gamepad of Sony's PSP Go with all the functionality of a modern Android...

Slide-out game controller ; Clean Android install ; Vibrant 4.0-inch LCD ; Attractive Sony styling ; Acceptable 5.1-megapixel camera

Bulky design ; Controls work with limited game selection ; Touch-based analog controls ; No 4G ; Smudgy screen

Unless the bulk bothers you, the sacrifices made for hard game controls are quite livable, making the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play a worthy consideration for smartphones gamers sick of swiping at glass.

Jun, 2011

Expert review by: LAPTOP Magazine (

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 (

Get Your Game On With Sony’s Xperia Play Android Phone


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 Xperia Play, big is beautiful.

May, 2011

Expert review by: Kyle Fitzgerald (

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

Product Specifications

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.

Processor Brand:QUALCOMM
Processor Number:MSM8255


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Camera:Double Camera
Built-in Flash: Yes
Video Resolution in Pixel:WVGA


Audio Playback: Yes
GPS Receiver:Built-in
I-Mode: No
Integrated Radio: No
Integrated TV Tuner: No
Java: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Push to Talk: No
Realtone: Yes
User Interface for Text:TOUCH+GAMINGKEYS / Touchscreen + Gaming Keys
Video Client: Yes


A2DP: Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Memory Card Slot: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Near Field Communication: No
USB: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
WiFi Data Exchange: Yes

Data Transfer

Technology:GSM/PCN / WCDMA (UMTS)


Display Technology:TFT Display
Number of Display Colours:16 Millions / 16 Mio / 262.144
Number of Displays:1

General Features

Elderly Friendly Phone: No
Operating System:Android
Operating System Version:Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Operator:3 / EE / MVNO / O2 / Orange / Sim Free / T-MOBILE / Talk mobile / Tesco MB / Virgin / Vodafone
Product Type:Mobile Phone / Smartphone
Way of Buying:Contract / Prepay Pack / Sim Free


E-Mail Functionality: Yes
Instant Messaging: Yes
Push email: Yes


Processor Brand:QUALCOMM
Processor Number:MSM8255