Xperia Play : Is It Worth The Money?

There has been growing anticipation in the smartphone world as to the rumors that have been flying around Sony Ericsson and their X10 derived gaming handset that some have said will be just another over-hyped flop and others claiming it to be the future of mobile gaming. As of 13th February 2011 it is now official; the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play has arrived and will be available for purchase as soon as March 2011. But will it be able to live up to the hype or will it just end up as a gimmicky waste of overactive imaginations and engineering?

Although most do not realize it, but this is a big risk for Sony Ericsson as prior smartphone hybrids that have attempted to follow the same path as the Xperia Play, such as the Nokia N-Gage, have only ended up as expensive mistakes with poor sales and harsh reviews. However, many experts have said that the timing of the release of Nokia's N-Gage handset was poor and right now it seems that with the amazing popularity of downloadable smartphone applications and games, the time for releasing a gaming smartphone could not be better than it is at this moment in time.

The brains and brawn behind this superb looking exterior need to be able to handle the kind of graphics that modern games on portable handsets are capable of. The means 3D real-time rendering with advanced physics and per second frame rates at least in the early 40s. Well, it seems Sony Ericsson have done as best they can with this area as they have incorporated into the specifications not only the great Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz processor, but also an onboard Qualcomm Adreno 205 GPU, making this one of the speediest handsets on the market today.

Aside from the gaming aspect, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play seems like a great phone. Running the latest version of Android, version 2.3, the navigational menus are well designed, everything seems easy to use and learn and there are very few bugs in the system. It also comes with a five megapixel camera that is surprisingly good, although unfortunately there is no support for high definition recording for videos.

Ultimately it is very common for hybrid devices that try to do more than one thing end up not being able to do anything particularly well and fail because of this. However, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play does not seem to be showing any of those characteristics and it is quite clear that it is a formidable device and could very well pave the way for the future of mobile gaming, changing the sector as we know it.

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