Sony Ericsson Xperia Play vs. Google Nexus S – Review

by Jerry D on April 13, 2011

Which phone is better? The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play that proclaims itself as a ‘PlayStation phone’? Or the Samsung-built Google Nexus S, which introduced NFC before anyone really knows what to do with it? As usual, we compare the two in a stat-based showdown…

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Stat-fight: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play vs. Google Nexus S

Highlights: the new 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. The opposing Google Nexus S boasts a similar 4.0-inch (480 x 800 pixel) screen but uses Super AMOLED technology. Like the Play, it also includes a 5.0 MP camera. Read the full smartphone comparison below…

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play VS Google Nexus S
Display 4.0-inch LED-backlit LCD 4.0-inch Super AMOLED
Resolution 480 x 854 pixels 480 x 800 pixels
Keyboard PlayStation gaming controls No
Processor 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 ‘Hummingbird’
Software Android 2.3 Pure Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) build
Storage Up to 32GB Up to 16GB
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 Autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus and 720p video recording
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 63.0 x 123.9 x 10.88mm
Weight 175g 129g
Talktime 6.5 hours 6.7 hours
Standby 413 hours 427 hours
Extras 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. Will run PlayStation game content via the PlayStation Suite service GPS/A-GPS, haptic feedback vibration, a 3-axis gyroscope, digital compass, curved Contour Display and integrated Near Field Communication (NFC) technology for digital payments.

Analysis: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play vs. Google Nexus S

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Best Connectivity: Draw (1-1)
Best Size/Weight: Nexus S (1-2)
Best Camera/Video: Nexus S (1-3)
Best Display: Xperia Play (2-3)
Best Processor: Draw (3-4)
Best Software: Draw (4-5)
Best Storage: Xperia Play (5-5)
Best Battery life: Draw (6-6)
Best Extras: Xperia Play (7-6)

BPF Verdict: The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play wins!

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