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Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Sim Free Smart Phone with 8GB Memory Card

by Sony Ericsson
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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  • Worlds First Playstation Phone
  • Super fast graphics and dedicated game controls deliver the ultimate smartphone gaming experience
  • Xperia PLAY combines a PlayStation quality gaming experience with the very latest Android smartphone technology
  • 5 megapixel camera, a brilliant 4" multi-touch screen and great social networking features
  • The Android Xperia PLAY handset offers all the benefits of Sony Ericsson's Xperia smartphones
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Product details

  • Item Weight: 272 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
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  • Item model number: 1256-6228
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 5 Oct 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,634 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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  • Warning: Not suitable for children under 36 months

Product Description

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Lifestyle image utlising game pad on Xperia PLAY handset
Super fast graphics and dedicated game controls deliver the ultimate smartphone gaming experience. See a larger image of controls and screen.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

Xperia PLAY delivers the smartphone functionality that the most serious power users could need, teamed with the immersive gaming experience that any gamer would want.

In portrait mode, the Android smartphone offers all the benefits that users have come to expect from Sony Ericsson's existing range of Xperia smartphones with best-in-class entertainment experiences, a great 5 megapixel camera, a brilliant 4" multi-touch screen and great social networking features.

However, slide out the gaming control and users enter a new world of immersive mobile gaming. The slide out game pad reveals a digital D pad, two analogue touch pads, two shoulder buttons and the four PlayStation icons: circle, cross, square and triangle. Qualcomm's optimized Snapdragon processor with a 1GHz CPU and embedded Adreno GPU graphics processor deliver silky smooth 60fps play-back 3D mobile gaming and Web browsing with minimal power consumption so Xperia PLAY users can enjoy long hours of battery life and game time.

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Xperia PLAY combines a PlayStation quality gaming experience with the very latest Android smartphone technology.


The Xperia Play is an exciting new handset from SonyEricsson which combines a phone and a games console. This HSDPA phone with Gingerbread has a 4" Multitouch 854 x 480 pixel LCD screen. The Xperia's screen produces deep, rich blacks thanks to the screen being closer to the glass as well as a Bravia engine for improved video playback. The 1Ghz processor produces blistering speeds in conjunction with the 512MB of onboard ram, this is one speedy phone. The four android buttons will help you to navigate your way around the phone functions with ease. The 1500mAh battery will keep you talking and gaming for hours. The MicroSD slot supports up to 32GB which will be plenty for your music collection and videos.

Push the screen up to reveal the PlayStation DualShock-style gamepad. The layout will be very familiar to PlayStation users with all the buttons in the same place as well as two analogue stick style trackpads.


The preloaded Android 2.3 Gingerbread is a very stable system with many applications available for it. The gingerbread features include a Wi-fi hotspot, new status icons, new text selection tool and a glowing visual aid when you hit the top or bottom scroll menus. The phone can also support 720p H.264 video clips, making watching HD videos easy. The Play also incorporates Sony Ericsson's new homescreen feature of pinching on the homescreen to bring all widgets onto one screen, making it easier and quicker to find what you want.


The 5MP camera takes some quality, sharp pictures with vibrant colours as well as fine macro shots. Web browsing with minimal power consumption so Xperia PLAY users can enjoy long hours of battery life and game time.

Product Description

The Android smartphone with everything you need, and the one thing you want. Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play is the long awaited PlayStation phone, tailored towards those who want to combine hardcore gaming with a high-quality handset. Push the springed screen upwards and you uncover familiar PlayStation-style controls, complete with a pair of shoulder buttons, which is comfortable to hold for extended gaming sessions. The Xperia Play comes with some quality games pre-installed and a new PlayStation app that gives access to the PlayStation Suite, Sony's new gaming platform and download store that promises to bring PlayStation games to Android 2.3 and above handsets. The Xperia Play will massively boost Android's gaming credentials.It isn't just about the Playstation controls though; the Xperia Play comes with an excellent 4 inch 854 x 480 pixel resolution multitouch LCD screen. There's also stereo speakers, and a 5 megapixel camera with sharp pictures, as well as a front facing camera for video calls and pictures. Sony Ericsson have used the Android operating system (Gingerbread) for a superb mobile experience and plenty of goodies, including access to the tens thousands of apps in the Android Market and Google Maps.Features you'll love: The first Playstation phone, with dedicated slide out game controls and touch joysticks and superb graphics and audio Android powered smartphone running Gingerbread, the latest and fastest version yet Superbly bright and clear 4 inch touch screen with WVGA Display (854 x 480 resolution) Comes with five games pre-installed, plus access to an ever-growing selection in dedicated store Smart 5MP rear camera and front-facing VGA camera 8.5 hours talk time and 415 hours standbyWhat we say:“This gaming-controller packing smartphone is an Android-powered winner; you get all the benefits of a great gaming device wrapped up with a high spec Android smartphone. The large multitouch screen is smooth

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I wanted 10 Jan 2012
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I'm a mobile games developer, and a big fan of Android, and had high hopes for this device.

I wasn't disappointed.

I did my research, and had lots of experience with Android devices, so knew their limitations. But when I saw this device drop so drastically in price I couldn't resist. It also helped that my girlfriend had been angling for my current handset (Samsung Galaxy S - not my first choice!) so I had a good excuse to treat myself too.

Good selection of new games - Need for Speed Hot Pursuit is my current favourite
Lots of free or cheap emulators for old consoles optimised for Xperia Play (PSX, Megadrive/Genesis, NES, etc)
It runs Android - an app for every requirement (usually free) nuff said
Android OS has barely been tweaked by Sony - it's very stable
Even does everything a phone needs to - calls, texts, alarm...

Not thin - it's got a freakin gamepad, what do you expect?
Battery life is normal for smart phones - one of the best I've had but still two days tops
Whole Playstation certified Android is likely to be a slow start - don't expect too much too soon
Weak PSN account integration at present
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars xperia 21 Nov 2011
this is one of the best phones i have every owned if you ever get bored just flip up the game pad and then play it is easy to use every thing is easy to find when you pull your fingers together on the main screen i reconmend you buy this phone thank you sony ericsson
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sony experia play 25 July 2012
haveing had this phone before i can clearly say its by far the best phone ive ever had, as with any phone its not without its faults and as a reasult they were actually all called back and taken off the shelves, despite that youd easyily get 2-3 years constant useage out of this phone. its by far the easyest phone to use ever and the games run smoothly.
i do STRONGLY advise ignoring those that say to upgrade the memory, ive NEVER known one to pass 8gigs and run smoothly i thought the same at first and upgraded to a 12 gig card, only to find 10 used gigs slowed the phone and even caused it to crash several times, this was the same for other people i know who bought the phone untill the memory usage was dwindled down to around 8gigs.
the battery life is actually very good and did allow me roughly a solid 3 to 4 hours straight on a game which is good considering games on phones now days will give you about 2 hours max _
the good by far out weighs the bad on this phone, 10 fold.
5/5 not sure its worth the price but it is the best phone ive ever had.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sony Ericsson Xpeia Play 10 Aug 2012
I got this phone because it was a really good gaming phone i would recommend phone over the iphone 4 there are many reviews show how this phone is a lot better then the iphone, i have seen this in action because i have a friend with an iphone and he broke his iphone 2 and it was to do with crashing.

the graphics are brillian to watch the really good thing about this phone is that you get a controller attached to the phone so if you are a gamer you will enjoy more screen for gaming because there wont be any touch screen controller on the screen.

I give this phone 10/10
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars like it! 28 Oct 2012
By cameron
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was lookin at i phones then decided to get something a bit cheaper and went with this phone because i thought it was a different, i actually love the phone itself being able to go up to people and go "can your phone do this!" nope didnt think soo, however it does feel now as the phone is slightly dated that there are not many updates but there are still plenty of aps, i love all the buttons on the phone and the tactile analogues are really cool (once you are use to them), how ever games for it are verry limeted but when a game that uses all the phones buttons is released it's awesome!(recomend downlaoding dead trigger for it, as it's free and uses the analogues), apart from those let downs it's a great phone plenty quick enough for games and music, great phone i like it! psp games are non downlaodable on this phone!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 1 Dec 2011
This is my favourite phone ever. The games are run awesome. It feels sturdy and is fun to use. My only criticisms would be the hardware keys on the front and the fact that some of the SE programs start services that run in the background which uses up memory. Dont let these things bother you though. It is worth it and with Ice-cream sandwich coming soon, it will only get better. I just downloaded FIFA 12 and it looks amazing. You wont regret buying this.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING! 25 Nov 2011
incredible phone, great weight so its not like holding air, it would be terrible if it wasnt heavy. performs great for gaming, and the 4 inch screen makes it simple for texting and typing. buttons really nicely set out and love the back triggers,they sort of go in and down rather than just in, if you know what i mean! only thing i can say i dont like about the phone is the volume rocker, its in the middle of the phone rather than slighty further up, but that couldnt be avoided with the triggers. all in all the best phone on the market! and with this HUGE discount, i cant recommend anything else!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its good. 3 Mar 2013
By Bert
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This phone , l thought , was getting a little long in the tooth for 2013, l was a bit right but not enough to matter,its a good phone and a good place too play games,,at this reduced price as against an original 400 it is a real steal and well worth a punt ,,lf you allready have lots of android games you will find that a lot ,,,( but not all) work with the gamepad.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
This phone is incredibly good. Not only does it work like clockwork but it is also almost invincible. I have dropped mine on concrete and slates and it has came out fine.
Published 3 days ago by Fudge
1.0 out of 5 stars offers4u
The above company has the worst customer service I have had the misfortune to deal with. It is late, unable to answer e-mails quickly, and i would never deal with the company again... Read more
Published 6 months ago by alan
1.0 out of 5 stars it is faulty
i bought this it and to my amazement it is faultyi am very disapointed and would like if i could get my money refunded. Read more
Published 6 months ago by lol
2.0 out of 5 stars Great to start with but the camera has packed up already!
I bought this and it was fine for a while but then it started to do weird things and now the camera has packed up!!!! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jim
2.0 out of 5 stars BAD
Sluggish, lacking in games, fails to make use of the game pad. The way to get the most out of this device is to download an emulator and play SNES games or some N64. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ben
2.0 out of 5 stars Screen from hell
A decent phone for a short while until it gets a little use. The screen slides out to the side which enables it to play games but the hinges that allow the sliding are terrible and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Henry
2.0 out of 5 stars i brought this phone and couldn't use it.
I brought tihs item tried to turn it on and i could not, so i brought a new battery and a new screen for it but in the end i had to throw it in the bin. Read more
Published 8 months ago by lansford hibbert
3.0 out of 5 stars complaint
i didnt get the 8gb memory card for the sony erisson i want to know why not
and are u going to send one to me concidering i paid for it with the phone
Published 9 months ago by hannah isaac
1.0 out of 5 stars Very bad
Was missing the memory card,and the phone wasn t great I gave away,looks damaged the cover too,very disappointed!!! The battery wasn't working proper. Just money throw away
Published 9 months ago by carmine
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Phone Iv Ever Owned
The Xperia Play is amazing
There were many glitches and issues when it was first released but all the updates that you can download from the android stores that are available... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Chris
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