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Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone

Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone

Gaming on phones will no longer be the same again. Sony Ericsson has finally done the inevitable and combined a PlayStation Portable gaming console with a Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread powered smartphone to launch the much-awaited Sony Ericsson Xperia Play smartphone. (Photo:Dr. Sanjay Nigam)

Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play features a not-so-bright 4-inch display. A Braviaengine powered screen similar to the Xperia Arc would have been ideal but. despite that, the experience while playing games and watching video is pretty enjoyable. (Photo:Dr. Sanjay Nigam)

Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone

For clicking photos, the phone features a 5 mega-pixel auto-focus rear camera with flash and a front VGA camera for video calls. The rear camera takes above-average photos indoors and outdoors. But, it does not record HD video. With a device that features a 1Ghz Snapdragon processor and an Adreno 205 GPU, we expected 720p video recording. (Photo:Dr. Sanjay Nigam)

Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone

Sliding the screen up reveals the “Dual Shock” like controller, similar to the Sony PlayStation Go gaming console. It also features the usual six-axis motion controls that allow controlling games by moving the controller in different directions.(Photo:Dr. Sanjay Nigam)

Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone

It compensates for analogue controller sticks by using touch-sensitive touch-pads. The pads have a dot in the centre that helps you orient your thumbs while playing, but they take some getting used to. We preferred using the D-pad to the analogue pads wherever possible. (Photo:Dr. Sanjay Nigam)

Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone

You can download games from a large library on the device via a pre-installed app called the PlayStation Pocket store. Six games come free with the device and more than 30 are available for download on the PlayStation Pocket store. The games library will also include PSOne classics in the future, adding to the nostalgia of gamers. (Photo:Dr. Sanjay Nigam)

Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone

There are 4 physical keys at the bottom of the screen for navigation – back, home, menu and search. That these buttons are physical rather than touch sensitive is a plus, but they are not backlit which makes it impossible to use them in the dark. (Photo:Dr. Sanjay Nigam)

Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone

All device manufacturers ‘skin' the stock Google Android system with added functionality. Sony Ericsson's skin is called Timescape. Though it looks stunning in the beginning with its flick-able interface, it can get a bit annoying if you get lots of updates on your phone. But, it works pretty well for pictures. (Photo:Dr. Sanjay Nigam)

Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone

The “L” & “R” gaming buttons are large and well placed for the gaming experience, but can be a bit uncomfortable for users with bigger hands. The volume rocker has been adjusted between the L and R buttons. Strangely, this positioning of the volume rocker feels very comfortable while talking on the phone but is a little uncomfortable if you wish to control the volume while playing games. (Photo:Dr. Sanjay Nigam)

Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone

The placement of the headphones jack and the micro USB port has also been adjusted to suit a more gaming ergonomic need. Switch to using the device as a smartphone or music player, and you will realize that their placement isn't the best. (Photo:Dr. Sanjay Nigam)

Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone

The sleep/wake button rests on the top of the device on the slide-out gamepad. Though the button is a bit small, it is comfortable to use and the chrome touch to it gels well with the design. (Photo:Dr. Sanjay Nigam)

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