Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Review - Page 2
Ok so once you get past the plasticy rear cover you will be so pleasantly surprised that both the SIM and MicroSD card are very easily accessible WITHOUT removing the battery. It also has stereo speakers, something not many other phones can boast. Now while they aren't Beats Audio they are slightly better quality than you get in other smartphones.
Running the show under the hood is a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon chip, also comes along with Adreno 205 GPU while neither is a slouch in any term however you could have gotten more for your money. Looking around at similarly priced phones you can get a lot more to offer especially when it comes to the RAM department. You only get 512MB of it on the Play. You just have to keep reminding yourself that the Play is all about playing the games. Every game will make use of every drop of RAM that is available. However it just doesn't seem powerful enough for our tastes
Another thing knocking against the Play is it's battery life. Light usage can get you pretty far but as far as the heavy phone user (surfing, Twitter, Gmail, gaming) will do best to keep the charger near by.
Now the display for me was hit or miss. I crank up the brightness and still found it to be dim. I couldn't believe it. In the afternoon I would take the Play out to have a little FIFA 12 fun and the screen was hard to view. The players were atleast three shades darker. Making afternoon gaming outside near impossible. The better part is the wide viewing angles and the resolution is adequate however we have seen better.
You got a 5 megapixel camera around back able to capture relatively decent quality photos. On the video aspect you get 800 x. 480 isn't all that great but we thought you should be getting 720p video standard on most Android phones. I took one video with the Play and saw just how awful it was pointless for me to use this for video capturing. Back to the photos which were surprisingly decent quality, the only downside was the focusing in low light. The lack of a dedicated shutter key (though the shoulder key would have been PERFECT for it) really took just a little off from the camera aspect.Continued on the next page