The Xperia PLAY is the PlayStation certified smartphone powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and a 1GHz Scorpion processor. It features LiveView with Facebook, slide out game controls, and a 4 inch LCD display.
"So with almost no differentiating software of its own, the Play is really relying on the strength of its gamepad to round up willing participants in its gaming revolution. We concur that that's indeed the phone's main strength, with good ergonomics and an extremely durable sliding mechanism. Nonetheless, the poor quality of the screen and good, but not great, hardware spec force us to be reluctant about recommending it as a sage purchase at present. Perhaps it picks up a loyal following, from both developers and fans alike, and within a few short weeks, we're all looking at a device with a rich ecosystem of compelling tailor-made content and a ton of reasons to own it. But as for today? We'd rather spend our cash elsewhere in the Android cosmos and hold out hope for the PlayStation Phone 2.0."
"The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play is a great all-around device for any hardcore gamer and smartphone enthusiast. The slide out game control is a nifty innovation that makes gameplay far superior to devices using only the touchscreen. Some have speculated that the XPERIA Play is a transitional device between the PSP and the NGP. We predict that the XPERIA Play’s success will likely be determined by the availability of cutting edge games."