Under the hood
For your money, and when you’re not playing games, you’ve also got a well-specified smartphone with the latest Android OS and a good performance from the latest Snapdragon processor.
While it isn’t dual-core, it still has a very capable Adreno 205 Graphics Processing Unit combined with dual-channel DDR2 RAM, allowing the display to run at 60 frames-per-second. This does mean sacrificing the Mobile BRAVIA Engine, but it makes a real difference to the gaming.
You get a decent camera too. The 5-megapixel camera, with flash, doesn’t have an Exmor R sensor for low-light photo performance, but it still gets you results you’ll be happy with.
What’s bad is the standard Android camera interface instead of Sony Ericsson’s far better application. This means barely any camera options and no HD video recording (instead you can film at 800×480 pixels).
Like the Google Nexus S, it is frustrating to know the camera and processor could record in HD, but Google’s native camera app has left the feature out. The PLAY also has a front-facing camera for video calling, or taking self-portraits.
There are two Sony PSP live wallpapers and a Sony Ericsson launcher, allowing you to put apps in folders and sort apps in one of four ways; custom, alphabetical, most used or recently installed.