Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo vs. Sony Ericsson Xperia Play – Review

by Jerry D on July 6, 2011

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play are two very different smartphones. The Neo is a tech-trimmed step down from the Xperia Arc – good, but in a tubby, mid-range sort of way. While the Play is the curious offspring of a one-night stand between an Android phone and a PlayStation Portable. Which phone do you like the look of?

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Stat-fight: Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo vs. Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

Highlights: The Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo features a 3.7-inch LED-backlit LCD (480 x 854 pixels), and weighs in at only 126g. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, meanwhile, rocks a 4.0-inch (480 x 854 pixel) LED-backlit LCD, and tips the scales at a hefty 175g. See the full smartphone comparison below…

Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo VS Sony Ericsson Xperia Play
Display 3.7-inch LED-backlit LCD 4.0-inch LED-backlit LCD
Resolution 480 x 854 pixels 480 x 854 pixels
Keyboard No PlayStation gaming controls
Processor 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon
Software Android 2.3 Android 2.3
Storage Up to 32GB Up to 32GB
Rear camera 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch-to-focus, LED flash, image stabilization, geo-tagging, face and smile detection and 720p video capture 5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, an LED flash, geo-tagging, image stabilization plus WVGA (800×480 pixel) video recording
Front camera Yes Yes
4G No No
3G 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps) 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP 2.1 with A2DP
Size 57.0 x 116.0 x 13.0mm 62.0 x 119.0 x 16.0mm
Weight 126g 175g
Talktime 7.0 hours 6.5 hours
Standby 400 hours 413 hours

Analysis: Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo vs. Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

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Best Connectivity: Draw (1-1)

Best Size/Weight: Xperia Neo (2-1)
Unsurprisingly, the Xperia Play is the wider of the two thanks to its slide-out PlayStation joypad. It measures 62.0mm to the Xperia Neo’s 57.0mm.

The Xperia Play is also the taller handset of the two combatants, measuring 119.0mm to the Xperia Neo’s 116.0mm. Finally, the Play is much tubbier than the Xperia Neo, weighing in at a pocket-bulging 175g. The Neo is a whopping 49g lighter at 126g.

Best Camera/Video: Xperia Neo (3-1)
The Xperia Neo comes packing a built-in 8.0 Megapixel camera with advanced features such as: autofocus, touch-to-focus, an LED flash, image stabilization, geo-tagging, face and smile detection plus 720p video capture. Oh and there’s also a camera on the front for making video calls.

Despite autofocus, touch focus, a matching LED flash, geo-tagging, image stabilization plus WVGA (800 x 480 pixel) video recording, the Play’s 5.0 Megapixel camera drops the round here. Like the Neo, a second camera on the front can be used for video calling. Handy, as Skype has just launched video calling for Android.

Best Display: Xperia Play (3-2)
As for screen size, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo features a decent 3.7-inch (480 x 854) touch-sensitive, LED-backlit LCD. At 4.0 inches, the Xperia Play’s own LCD uses the same technology but has slightly more room. The 480 by 854 resolution matches the Xperia Neo. It’s not great. But it will do.

Best Processor: Draw (4-3)

Best Software: Draw (5-4)

Best Storage: Draw (6-5)

Best Battery life: Draw (7-6)

Best Extras: Xperia Play (7-7)
The Xperia Neo also includes GPS/A-GPS, DLNA content sharing, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality, a digital compass, HDMI out and a stereo FM radio.

In comparison, the Xperia Play features GPS/A-GPS and a digital compass. Its unique slide-out gaming controls consist of a digital D pad, two analogue touch pads, two shoulder buttons and the four PlayStation icons.

BPF verdict: It’s a tie!

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