The new Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is perhaps the most obvious mobile handset that has never happened. By that we mean that super brand Sony have produced both the best selling PSP portable gaming machine as well as their excellent range of mobile handsets alongside mobile phone veterans Ericsson.
It was almost inevitable that these two formats would merge, especially in this age of phones sporting processors that would have been impressive on a laptop a year or two back. The gaming principles and design where already in place, so its essential that the Play performs as a top quality smartphone in order to establish the manufacturer as a major force in the mobile phone industry, and it seems as a cell phone, this is up there with the very best. In terms of screen, the Play sports a great quality screen that can display resolution of 480 x 854 pixels, meaning everything from photographs to web pages and most vitally graphics look vivid and crystal clears. The screens performance is also aided by a 3D graphics chip that is fitted. Being a capacitive panel, responsive is good and the 4 inch diameter adds to this by allowing plenty of room for even the most complex of visuals. An accelerometer chip is fitted which flips the screen when you hold the phone in landscape mode, which is more vital than ever on this model because this is the position where the games are played. A modern mobile needs to have excellent web connectivity whether you are at home or the move thus the 3G and the WiFi that are incorporated offer an excellent online experience regardless of your location. Local connectivity is also supported by virtue of a micro USB socket for easy PC synchronization along with Bluetooth for wireless connection to compatible products such as earpieces and in ca entertainment systems.
For this model to perform equally as well on the gaming side of things, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play needed to really offer a control system to rival those found on devices such as the PS3 and the Xbox 360. For this to me achieved, a slider mechanism needed to be incorporated in order to give an almost blank canvas on which to fit the necessary controls. Such system are common on mobiles, with the Blackberry Curve 3G and the HTC 7 Pro sporting them, but in their case to hold a keypad for messaging, When you operate the slider on the Play, you are faced with a D-Pad and on the opposite side a set of four buttons. Sandwiched between these two are two circular touch sensitive areas designed to offer alternative and more accurate control on certain games. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is the first phone of its kind, a handset that perfectly blends gaming principles with a top end mobile device. Both areas perform exceptionally, and it seems the manufacturer may well have hit the jackpot with this model, especially with the millions of keen gamers out there.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia play and the Blackberry Playbook are coming soon.