Visit our Business Solutions website >>

Sony Xperia Play

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1115 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the camera and screen are on the whole positive. The usability and battery also get good reviews, whereas the apps and features get less positive views.

responsiveness, battery, usability, screen, camera

portability, reliability, features, apps

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 91/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 1115 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

Showing 265 review(s)

Expert Reviews User Reviews
Showing 1 - 10 of 265 Show Reviews: in English | in other languages (326)

Consumer review by:

Still in the review-phase.


With the upcoming PS-suite to be released, one can only sit, wait and hope that gamers will not be let down(as was the 1st Gen Nint. Wii). As gaming is the main concern with this phone, let's hope Sony doesn't keep anything in and release this phone's ultimate use with the PS-suite.

Configurability, Apps, Battery, Build quality

3D, Camera

Consumer review by:



I think this is brilliant because now i don't have to look like a kid carrying my PSP GO about with me, this phone is like 2 birds with 1 stone and i have loads of ps1 classics for my PSP GO and I am sure they will work on it I just have'nt tryed yet, I am sure it will connect to my Playstation 3 but the battery is not brilliant, they need to creat a new battery with twice as much storage.

Screen, Sound, Reception, Social networking functionality, Portability, Text input, Configurability, 3D, Responsiveness, Apps, Usability, Design, Value for money, Features, Connectivity, Build quality

Camera, Battery

Consumer review by:

pretty good phone


I do everything on this phone. One of the few probs with this phone is that it stutters a little when I am texting. I have had a Droid and a Droid X and the xperia play does a few things better than those that I have had.

Configurability, 3D, Apps

Battery, Build quality, Camera


Consumer review by:

best phone for gamers


The phone is perfect for gamers, the games have good graphics and the controls are good. But also for other matters is also handy to have the internet you may very well in watch and it is great for social networks suitable. The camera is not the best but I'm surpised that she still shoots excellent photos. I find if you play like it's the best cell phone buy what you can.

Camera, Features, Social networking functionality, Configurability, 3D, Apps, Design, Battery, Build quality, Sound, Keypad, Portability

Value for money

Expert review by:

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...

Expert review by:

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...

Expert review by:

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.

Expert review by:

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.

Expert review by:

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.

Expert review by:

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...

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


Expert review by:

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.

Expert review by:

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (Verizon Wireless)


Fast performance, immersive gameplay, and long battery life make the Xperia Play a compelling Android phone.

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...

Expert review by:

Get Your Game On With Sony's Xperia Play Android ...


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.

Unskinned version of Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) makes us happy. Sturdy hardware stands up to a frustrated gamer's kung-fu grip

Lacks 720p video recording capability, now a standard in smartphone releases. Wireless data is slower 3G standard, not 4G. Only one PlayStation title available at launch

Expert review by:

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...

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.


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 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
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
Find the right phone for you Let our interactive guide help you! >>