It took long enough, but Sony Ericsson's long-awaited Xperia PLAY smartphone
is finally available from a U.S. carrier. That carrier would
be Verizon Wireless, the exclusive home to this handset in the United
States. It seems like an eternity ago when we first heard about this
phone, and now, the actual launch of it just seems to be a forgotten
fact. SE didn't do the greatest job keeping this one a secret, and in
turn, tons of other, higher-powered phones have stolen the limelight in
recent months. It's just brutal reality that phone makers live in: by
the time you ship a phone, it's outdated.
Still, the PLAY offers a control experience unlike anything else out
there on the market, and hardcore gamers will still be willing to check
it out. It's powered by Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), and offers those
PlayStation-sourced controls that have evaded phones up until this
phone. The price? $199.99 with a 2-year agreement, or $449.99 without
any string attached. So, you PLAYing, or what?