Engadget has a thorough review of the new Sony Ericsson Playstation Phone. Actually, it’s called the “Sony Ericsson Xperia Play,” which is a fine example of throwing 17 years of branding out the window. Playstation Phone? I know exactly what that is — it’s an iPhone from Playstation games. Xperia Play? What is that — an avant-garde community college theater production? I have no clue.
Anyway, Engadget has some nice things to say about the internal build quality, but calls the external plastics “brittle,” some of the controls “capricious,” the dedicated Android buttons* “inconsistent and frustrating,” it’s CPU and memory are “simply not powerful enough,” the display is so dim that it’s “borderline dysfunctional,” and the number one reason to buy one, the games, will have a “barren” selection at launch time.
Oh, and the battery life isn’t great.
Pricing has yet to be announced, but wait a few weeks after release and you’ll likely find one in the bargain bin.
*Hey, it’s an Android phone, too? I got none of that out of “Xperia Play.”