Since first hearing about the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play we had high-hopes for this smartphone / handheld console hybrid, however if Engadget’s recent review is anything to go by it may not be as impressive as it should have been.
In our article we will summarize some of the main points made by Engadget, however if you would like to see their fully detailed review check out this link.
Engadget scored the Xperia Play just 6/10, they were particularly impressed by the graphical performance, stereo speakers and gamepad, however were disappointed by its dim, “woeful” screen, poor video capture and lack of content.
After reading the review it is clear that one of the things which holds it back is the fact that there aren’t enough games which truly require a dedicated gamepad, obviously if the device gets a large following developers will invest some time into making games which utilize the Play’s dedicated controls.
As previously mentioned the display isn’t up to scratch, apparently the glare from the sun makes it impossible to play when you are in sunny conditions and there is no way to turn up the brightness either, such fundamental problems could be the difference in success and failure of this hybrid device, however currently there is not much on offer.
As you would expect build quality is pretty good and the slide-out mechanism seems solid, however just as we start talking about the good points we have to tell you that the cheap plastic material lets it down, apparently the glossy finish will scratch / mark easily and the back cover feels brittle.
Finally we must briefly mention the camera, its 5 megapixel sensor is pretty good for stills, however the video capture lets it down. There is no 720p video capture and the microphone muffles and distorts sounds, the 480p video captured is by no means awful, but not great either.
We have been put off the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play by Engadget’s findings, have you?