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…
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|
|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|
|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|
|Talktime||6.5 hours||7.0 hours|
|Standby||413 hours||300 hours|
Analysis: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play vs. Apple iPhone 4
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!
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