The PlayStation Phone

Sony Ericsson Xperia PlaySony has been promising us a PSP phone for the longest. In fact the PSP phone rumor has been around about the same time as the iPhone. Apple delivered there’s over five years ago and finally Sony has gone ahead and delivered on their promises and fulfilled the rumors of a million gaming nerd’s dreams.

While the idea for the PSP phone has been around for some time, it appears that the underlining software powering the device must have changed at some point during the research and design stage. Why would we say this? Well to begin with, when we originally heard about the device we heard it was supposed to be a PSP with phone capabilities, basically more PSP than phone. However, what Sony has delivered is an Android device (albeit a highly modified one) that carries great gaming capabilities, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play.

Is this a bad thing? Not necessarily and it all depends on the angle you’re looking at. If you look at it from the angle of Google being able to court Sony into turning one of the most successful gaming platforms into a force to fight against iOS gaming than it is a great thing. However, if you’re the type who is more interested in playing Call of Duty, SOCOM or any other game on a device with the least amount of hindrance, than this might not be the best device.

Hardware and Apps

Xperia PlayAt the heart of the device is a 1GHz processor that powers a capacitive multi-touch screen, 4 inches wide and 480 x 854 pixels (FWVGA). Not the worst screen size, but definitely not the best either. We would be more impressed if those numbers transferred off the page and were not merely representations. Unfortunately, the screen leaves a few things to de desired.

Seeing this is an Android phone, the full power of Google is behind the device and you get everything from Google Maps, Navigation, Earth, Translator, Gmail, Talk and many others. Not only that, but of course the Android Marketplace boasts over 150 thousand apps. With such a wide selection to choose from, it is next to impossible not to find an app that meets your needs.

Other specs of the phone include an 8GB microSD memory card and of course you can expand this to 32GB, 5 megapixel camera that is capable of shooting HD content as well. Sony has been known to produce some top quality cameras for mobile devices and that of the Xperia Play is no exception.

For all the privacy one might desire, there is an included 3.5mm headphone jack, Bluetooth is included as well as aGPS and DLNA Certified which means that you can steam media wireless to your approved TV.

Great Gaming Features and An Impressive All-Rounder

Xperia Play TiltThe gaming capabilities of the phone are obviously it’s major selling features and Sony has gone ahead to include a directional pad as well as the trademarked x, square, triangle and circle buttons. There are dedicated start, select and home buttons as well as a volume rocker. While the controls are spacious and about the size of what you would find in a regular PSP we cannot help but wonder why the company did not include some sort of analog stick for more precise controls.

If we had to give a verdict on the Xperia Play, we’d say it is a great device for those looking for a phone that does good gaming. That said, we will caution that the Xperia Play is no saint as there are a few things we would like changed. But those looking for a device that can offer them a phone when needed and SOCOM for fun will want to check out the Xperia Play. If you're one of them, why not check out the mobile phone deals on offer over at