Review by Dan Seifert on Wednesday June 01, 2011.
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The Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY is the first PlayStation certified mobile device to hit the market. This means that it has access to special ports of games from Sony's legacy of PlayStation titles, in addition to the growing number of games available to the Android platform. In order to make good use of its PlayStation certification, the PLAY features a unique slide-out gaming pad with controls that mimic a PlayStation controller, including two touch-sensitive pads in place of the usual analog sticks.
As far as its phone capabilities go, the PLAY is no slouch. Its fast and responsive, and the version for Verizon Wireless in the U.S. has a basic version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread user interface, instead of the modified one that Sony Ericsson installs on the versions of the PLAY for the rest of the world.
Is the Xperia PLAY the mobile gaming fanatic's dream phone? Maybe, but other than that, it is just an average Android phone for the rest of us. Thanks to the aforementioned gaming pad, the PLAY has a substantial thickness to it, something that is definitely noticeable in a pocket or when you are holding the device. As far as the gaming goes, the pad does the job, but there are some issues with that as well, namely with the touch-sensitive pads. In addition, the selection of gaming titles leaves much to be desired at this point. Therefore, while some extreme gaming enthusiasts might be satisfied with the PLAY, the rest of us should either wait for the second rendition of Sony Ericsson's gaming phone, or look for something that fits our other needs more comfortably.
Dan is MobileBurn.com's Editor-in-Chief. Based in Poughkeepsie in New York, Dan can be found on Twitter as @DCSeifert.