Sony Ericsson Xperia Play vs. Apple iPhone 4 – Review

by Jerry D on May 25, 2011

It’s all very well touting yourself as a ‘PlayStation phone’, but does the built-in joypad on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play make it a better games machine than the Apple iPhone 4? Isn’t it all about the number of games? Let’s see which phone is left standing after this mobile punch-a-thon…

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Stat-fight: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play vs. Apple iPhone 4

Highlights: the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play features a 4.0-inch LED-backlit LCD with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels, and a 5.0 MP digital camera. Yes, it’s good. The Apple iPhone 4 boasts a smaller 3.5-inch (640 x 960 pixel) LCD, plus a versatile 5.0 MP camera. See the full smartphone comparison below…

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play VS Apple iPhone 4
Display 4.0-inch LED-backlit LCD 3.5-inch LCD
Resolution 480 x 854 pixels 640 x 960 pixels
Keyboard PlayStation gaming controls No
Processor 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon 1GHz Apple A4
Software Android 2.3 iOS4
Storage Up to 32GB Up to 32GB
Rear camera 5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, an LED flash, geo-tagging, image stabilization plus WVGA (800×480 pixel) video recording 5.0 Megapixels with tap to focus video or still images, LED flash, geo-tagging, VGA and HD video recording (720p) up to 30fps
Front camera Yes Yes
4G No No
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps)
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP 2.1 with EDR
Size 62.0 x 119.0 x 16.0mm 58.6 x 115.2 x 9.3mm
Weight 175g 137g
Talktime 6.5 hours 7.0 hours
Standby 413 hours 300 hours

Analysis: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play vs. Apple iPhone 4

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Best Connectivity: Draw (1-1)

Best Size/Weight: iPhone 4 (1-2)
The Xperia Play has dimensions of 119.0 x 62.0 x 16.0mm; the iconic iPhone 4 is 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm. The Xperia Play is the bulkier handset of the two and carries noticeably more weight than the iPhone 4 thanks to its built-in PlayStation joypad. Compare the two and Sony Ericsson’s phone is 175g and iPhone 4′s’ handset is 137g.

Best Camera/Video: iPhone 4 (1-3)
The design of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play incorporates a 5.0 Megapixel camera with a max resolution of 2592 x 1944 and autofocus, touch focus, an LED flash, geo-tagging, image stabilization plus WVGA (800×480 pixel) video recording. It also features a second, front-facing camera.

The two phones match each other for raw megapixels – the iPhone 4 also packs a 5.0 Megapixel snapper with an LED flash, geo-tagging, VGA and HD video recording (720p) up to 30fps. Another camera located on the front is ideal for video calls. The iPhone’s superior video calling nicks it here.

Best Display: iPhone 4 (1-4)
Sony Ericsson has built the Xperia Play with a 4.0-inch touch-sensitive display. The LED-backlit LCD screen has a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. While, the iPhone 4′s touch-sensitive LCD screen is smaller at only 3.5 inches, it has a far superior resolution of 640 x 960 pixels. Yum.

Best Processor: Draw (2-5)

Best Software: Draw (3-6)

Best Storage: Draw (4-7)

Best Battery life: Draw (5-8)

Best Extras: Xperia Play (6-8)
The Xperia Play also includes GPS/A-GPS and a digital compass. The unique gamepad consists of a digital D pad, two analogue touch pads, two shoulder buttons and the four PlayStation icons. In comparison, the iPhone 4 features GPS/A-GPS, digital compass and a 3-axis gyroscope. The point goes to the Sony Ericsson phone in this final round.

BPF Verdict: The Apple iPhone 4 wins!

See if these two phones make our Top 20 Best Smartphones list…

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