Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play vs Apple iPhone 4: Smartphone showdown

Which is the better phone – Sony Ericsson's XPERIA Play or Apple's iPhone 4?

Sony Ericsson's XPERIA Play Android phone has also been dubbed the 'PlayStation phone'

Sony Ericsson's XPERIA Play Android phone has also been dubbed the 'PlayStation phone'

After months of rumours, Sony Ericsson finally confirmed it will launch its XPERIA Play Android smartphone — dubbed the 'PlayStation phone' — in the coming months. Does this gaming smartphone have what it takes to compete with the Apple iPhone 4?

Check out our detailed preview of the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play and see our roundup of the best upcoming smartphones in 2011.

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play has a large, 4in multitouch display, a touch-sensitive joystick, a D-pad and four of the PlayStation's famous control buttons: triangle, square, circle and X.

With this in mind, how does the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play stack up against the iPhone 4 when it comes to specifications?

Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play vs. Apple iPhone 4: Specifications

Feature Apple iPhone 4 Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play Verdict?
Operating system (OS) Apple iOS Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread Draw
Display technology Capacitive retina IPS LED-backlit LCD iPhone 4
Display size 3.5in 4in XPERIA Play
Display resolution 640x960 pixels 480x854 pixels iPhone 4
Multitouch Yes Yes Draw
Camera 5 megapixels, LED flash, autofocus, geotagging 5 megapixels, LED flash, autofocus, geotagging, image stabilisation XPERIA Play
FM radio No No Draw
GPS Yes Yes Draw
Internal memory 16GB or 32GB 380MB iPhone 4
Expandable memory No microSD card slot XPERIA Play
Dimensions 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm 119 x 62 x 16mm iPhone 4
Weight 137g 175g iPhone 4
Application store Apple App Store Google Android Market iPhone 4
Processor Apple A4 Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon (1GHz) Unknown
3G networks HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 HSDPA 900/1900/2100 iPhone 4
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n Draw
Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP 2.1 with A2DP Draw
HDMI-out No No Draw
Quoted talk time Up to 7 hours Up to 6 hours 25 minutes iPhone 4
Quoted standby time Up to 300 hours Up to 413 hours XPERIA Play
Adobe Flash support No Yes XPERIA Play
Dedicated gaming controls No Yes XPERIA Play

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