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Get Your Game On With Sony’s Xperia Play Android Phone

Posted by admin | Posted in Gadget Reviews | Posted on 29-05-2011

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Where most slider phones have a keyboard, Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play sports Playstation controls. Photo: Jon Snyder/Wired.com.

Mothers, lock up your gamers. The PlayStation phone has arrived.

And while it’s a bit on the chubby side, we think that, for Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play, big is beautiful.

You could almost call the Xperia Play the shorter, fatter cousin to the svelte Xperia Arc, which Sony Ericsson once described as the “world’s thinnest smartphone.” At .62 inches, the Play looks positively bulky compared to its Xperia-line relatives — a veritable Jan Brady to the Arc’s Marcia.

But Sony Ericsson had to make some trade-offs in size in order for the slide-out frame to hide the PlayStation controller underneath. If you’re a gamer, it’s worth it. We felt right at home with the familiar PlayStation controller configuration — D-pad on the left, with the square, circle, triangle and X buttons on the right.

And unlike other, flimsier slider phones, the plastic hardware isn’t chintzy. The Play still feels sturdy in hand, even in its open position, and most likely won’t break under the pressure of an excited gamer’s grip.

Instead of the centered joysticks found on a PS3 controller, two pressure-sensitive touchpads take their place. So rather than hog up precious screen real estate steering with your fingers on games that require touch-sensitive direction, you can use the two physical touchpads. It’s a nifty concept, and fairly well-executed. The games I played that utilize the pads were decent enough in reaction time, though I found the sensitivity a bit wanting.

The phone comes bundled with seven games, though only one was exclusive to the Play: Crash Bandicoot. It’s a PS One classic, and I was psyched to see it on the roster. But if I’m buying the long-awaited PlayStation phone, I want it to be running PlayStation games. Plural.

When I asked if Sony Ericsson would continue publishing PlayStation classics to the Xperia Play, the answer was cagey, though promising: “It’s the first step we’re taking down this path.” I’ve got my fingers crossed for a Twisted Metal port by the end of the year.

I actually enjoyed the experience of gaming on the Play. For the first time, I didn’t feel like I was playing a game slapped onto a phone interface. It feels like a standalone portable gaming device. That’s no easy feat to accomplish.

Polygons rendered beautifully on the Play’s 4-inch capacitive touch screen, which was plenty big enough to view the games we played. I did wonder if I’d be wanting more screen surface area while playing a first-person shooter like Call of Duty (or if we really wanted to get old school, Doom) — but since those games aren’t available for the Xperia Play, it’s a moot point for now.

You might think the Play is underpowered, given that its processor is a single-core, 1-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, not the dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor found in many recent smartphone and tablet offerings. But that’s not the case: the Play ran games and rendered menu screens like a charm. We didn’t experience any noticeable lag while gaming, nor while running Google’s proprietary smartphone apps like Gmail or Calendar.

Oh, and did we mention that the Xperia Play is also an Android phone? Because it is, and not a shabby one at that. Over the five days we spent with the phone, Verizon’s network coverage was ample. From Seattle to San Francisco, we didn’t experience any dropped calls or have much of a problem finding a signal. One big bummer, however: The phone uses Verizon’s 3G network, not the newer, faster 4G network.

Like many other smartphones, it’s got two cameras — VGA on the front as well as a 5-megapixel back-facing brother — but they’re not the greatest. The few shots I took looked washed out, a bit grainier than I would have liked. But as far as camera phones go, they’ll get the job done.

But let’s be honest. Cameras aren’t the reason you’re buying this phone. It’s a gamer’s toy, and bells and whistles like front-facing cameras should be judged with that in mind.

Our verdict after a week with the Play?

Game on.

Wired: Unskinned version of Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) makes us happy. Sturdy hardware stands up to a frustrated gamer’s kung-fu grip.

Tired: Lacks 720p video recording capability, now a standard in smartphone releases. Wireless data is slower 3G standard, not 4G. Only one PlayStation title available at launch.

Sony Ericsson W950i: Play it Right…always

Posted by admin | Posted in Cell Phones & Plans | Posted on 24-08-2010

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The other popular members of the Walkman series are still standing tall on the demand charts, but it was not enough, as the popular duo (Sony Ericsson) once again came forth to release another music powerhouse – the Sony Ericsson W950i. Undoubtedly, the Sony Ericsson W950i epitomises the hugely popular Walkman series phones with something extra to offer. Aptly empowered by UIQ 3.0 and Symbian 9.1, the Sony Ericsson W950i is all set to usher a new era of music phones while bringing the hard times for the conventional MP3 music players.

Well, the Sony Ericsson W950i is based on the same platform as the other popular Sony Ericsson M600, but it has been further powered by various music features. The Sony Ericsson W950i is much more comfortable and convenient, as it comes with a three-way scroll wheel for navigation with a touch screen – using it is just fun. As far as memory is concerned, it would certainly leave you awestruck, as the Sony Ericsson W950i is loaded with 4GB of flash memory, which is good enough to treasure more than 4,000 tracks – undoubtedly, more than enough. Besides, its Walkman player can play music in various popular formats with MP3, WAV, AAC, M4A, AAC+, and eAAC+ — you would certainly love to have this multifunctional gadget. The Sony Ericsson W950i is backed up by the new improved battery, which supplies you power to play uninterrupted music for ten hours.

The overall appearance of the Sony Ericsson W950i is based on the iconic design of the Walkman family with a blend of orange colour and mystic purple to make it a perfect enticer. It’s touch sensitive TFT QVGA display is capable to produce larger than life pictures, while supporting with colours up to 262k. Moreover, its jog-dial wheel makes entering data easier and convenient. Besides music, the Sony Ericsson W950i scores well in other features with substantial office tools and various other features like document viewer. The Sony Ericsson W950i is also a cool performer, when it comes to consummate Internet connectivity. Do various things, while indulging your senses in the ecstatic world of music with your Sony Ericsson W950i.

Samuel Herrick provides articles with full description of mobile phones.

Blackberry Curve 8900 Javelin: Keep the Balance Between Work and Play

Posted by admin | Posted in Blackberry | Posted on 14-03-2010

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The BlackBerry 8900 Curve smartphone comes with impressive 2.4 “display a captivating window and a full QWERTY keyboard makes it easy to communicate with one or two-thumb typing. Targeted at business users BlackBerry javelin provides Internet access and calls that you have everything you need to follow up on work. You have all the features you need and want at your fingertips with the flexibility and freedom to manage your busy life and to have some fun along the road.

The new BlackBerry Curve 8900 is a smartphone with a touch of elegance. The pixel display this mobile phone is amazing. The screen is 480 x 360 pixels and offers many of the parties to all their communications needs. With the BlackBerry Curve 8900 Javelin, you can access tons of features including video, images, text and do not forget those maps, but you will also have tons more features for this phone.

The phone offers a 3.2 megapixel camera, a 2.4-inch screen with 480 x 360 resolution, a microSD slot supporting up to 16GB, WiFi and GPS. Equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity for high-speed browsing and downloading ‘curve’ lets you search through Google or access social networking sites like Facebook at any time. Javelin BlackBerry Curve also includes a media player with a standard 3.5 mm jack so users can listen to your music through your own headphones instead of those provided.

The small size of the BlackBerry allows you to just slip in your pocket and forget about it until you need to use it. The phone is not much weight at all. Gone are the days when we had cell phones that were heavy and hard to put up.

The BlackBerry Curve 8900 provides GPS satellite navigation technology with BlackBerry Maps to find routes, attractions and travel planning, while in motion, with built-in GPS and the ability to BlackBerry Maps you text-based step by-step directions to help you find out where and how to get to where it needs to be. The phone measures the dimensions 109 x 60 x 13.5mm. The battery of the BlackBerry 8900 is a lightweight, weighing only 110g.