Sony Ericsson Xperia Play vs. HTC Desire HD – Review

by Jerry D on April 7, 2011

Question: which handset would win in a punch-up between the new-fangled Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and the tough-as-old-boots HTC Desire HD? Is the Play’s joypad a help or a hindrance? Let’s find out…

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Stat-fight: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play vs. HTC Desire HD

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. The rival HTC Desire HD, meanwhile, boasts a 4.3-inch (480 x 800 pixel) S-LCD, plus a ding-dong battery that delivers 9.0 hours of talktime.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play VS HTC Desire HD
Display 4.0-inch LED-backlit LCD 4.3-inch S-LCD
Resolution 480 x 854 pixels 480 x 800 pixels
Keyboard PlayStation gaming controls No
Processor 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8255
Software Android 2.3 Android 2.2 (Froyo) with HTC Sense
Storage Up to 32GB Up to 33GB
Rear camera 5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, an LED flash, geo-tagging, image stabilization plus WVGA (800×480 pixel) video recording 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, dual LED flash, face detection capability, geotagging and 720p HD video recording
Front camera Yes No
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/A2DP
Size 62.0 x 119.0 x 16.0mm 68.0 x 123.0 x 11.8mm
Weight 175g 164g
Talktime 6.5 hours 9.0 hours
Standby 413 hours 420 hours

Analysis: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play vs. HTC Desire HD


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

BPF verdict: It’s a tie!

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