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Xperia Play Coming May 26th

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After a long wait, as well as some derision --being a "gaming phone," comparisons to the N-Gage were inevitable -- the Xperia Play is finally ready for its launch through Verizon Wireless. Come next Thursday, the device will be available for $199.99 with a two-year contract. Like most smartphones, a data plan is required for purchase, which runs $29.99 per month. According to the Verizon website, there is no option other than the unlimited plan for 3G or 4G smartphones which, all things considered, is just as well. Background data transfer, particularly automatic updating of applications, can eat up data like nobody's business (my sister recently discovered this disconcerting fact with her AT&T iPhone 4), so it's something to keep in mind, should the Play become available through other carriers. The phone comes pre-loaded with seven games, "Madden NFL 11 (EA Sports), Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior (Digital Legends), Asphalt 6: Adrenaline (Gameloft), The Sims 3 (EA), Star Battalion (Gameloft), Crash Bandicoot (Sony PlayStation) and Tetris," according to the press release.

For you tech geeks out there, the specs include:

1 GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon® II processor with Adreno 205 GPU Adobe® Flash® Player

4-inch multi-touch display

5-megapixel rear-facing camera

VGA front-facing camera for still shots and video chatting

Support for Google Mobile Services including Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Talk™,

Google Search™, Google Maps™, and access to more than 200,000 apps available to download from Android Market™

Mobile hotspot capability- share 3G connection with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices

Time will tell whether this hybrid device takes off. I have the misfortune of being tethered with an invisible rope to Verizon for the next year, but to be honest, the Xperia Play hasn't really piqued my interest. While the thought of having a "gaming phone" is interesting, it's not exactly $200 worth of interesting, especially with the PSP at $129.99.

via Joystiq

2 Comments

Shin Gallon said:

It looks okay, but I already have an iPhone 4 (and unlimited data thanks to being grandfathered in) and a PSP and a DS and plan on getting a 3DS.
I guess if I only had a GBA and a Razor or something this would be very tempting, but it looks like it has the same awful d-pad that the PSP Go has (which is somehow even worse than the default Sony d-pad).

Super Swede said:

I'm really curious to see how these faux-analog nubs work. They don't look terribly inviting... Even if i wasn't under contract, i'd probably take the iPhone over the Xperia Play. I've grown to adore Honeycomb (which if course the phone isn't running) since getting my tablet -- it has a few kinks, but on the whole it's a wonderful interfaces that's sure to make work much more efficient -- but the availability of apps, and therefore games, on the App Store is still far greater than that offered on the Android Marketplace. Plus, it certainly bears a striking resemblance to the Go, and one of my chief complaints with the system was that it was terribly uncomfortable to handle -- it actually gave me hand cramps a couple of times -- something that seems like it would be exacerbated when taking into account the size of a cell phone.

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