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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Ross Catanzariti

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17 Comments

Peris nibble

1

I prefer the Xperia play it's not figures it real life here

The One

2

The iPhone 4 by far. I mean think about it, the new Sony Playstation Phone is barely better than the iPhone 4, and the iPhone 4 came out a year ago. When the iPhone 5 is released then we will see. Yes it is the most recent iPhone, but it's a year old phone and Sony Playstation Phone can barely Pass it.

mahen

3

screw i phone there is nothing new in i phone no innovation, its as good as any other pone in market, but xperia is different it has got everything in it.
that is smart any entertainment piece both. on other side i phone just a so-n-so gadget go for xperia play.

AJ

4

I think both phones are quite cool. I like iPhone 4 because of its unique features and their neat design in iPhone 4 and I like Xperia Play features because of its dedicated slide joypad for gaming. To me, both phones are quite superb in their very own ways.

leon

5

East or west xperia play is the best!iphone 4 is no match for it!

oras

6

can u play the same games as the iphone? eg frut ninja?

Anti-Apple from Perth

7

The Xperia Play would eat the iPhone4 if they were left on the table together. Just a pity the Play camera is not as good as the Xperia Arc - otherwise it would be the best phone on the planet!

iOS

8

well, Android is java and its alot slower. even it have alot more stuff built in the machine but you can forget the all good games are on iOS and iOS are much faster then Java android that stucks and allways bugs and its very slow. well i prefer iOS(iPhone) and at this fall iOS come out so the iPhone is killing Android this fall.

xperia-addict

9

xperia is the best although i phone got the advantage on the screen but its memory is built in you cant swap memory.but it doesn't have a dedicated gaming button well i don't want my fingers covering the screen of what im playing.and the battery life of the xperia play is outstanding.

rona

10

the best apple iphone your the best

adam ladd

11

i am a htc man, but in my opinion, out of these two phones the iphone 4 is a better option than the experia play. what persuaded my vote was the fact that sony put a ps3 system in a phone, yes its good for children but for an adult that needs a smartphone for business you should get the iphone 4. :)

YallDumbIf U Dnt Piq Xperia

12

YALL CRAZY I HAVE XPERIA PLAY BEST PHONE ON THIS WORLD IPHONE 5 6 OR 7 CANNOT COMPEITE WITH THE ONLY THING XPERIA DNT HAVE IS SIRI

dave

13

xperia has IRIS which I believe is siri backwards, trust me Xperia play is a far better phone and has everything you need for a business on the move.

joe

14

They made it thicker/heavier to make it more comfortable as a gaming device. If it was razor thin, it would be veerry annoying after an hour of gaming or so. Not to mention it is a slider. I also think that a larger screen is more important for gaming on a smartphone than higher dpi on a smaller one. Not to mention that android has emulators that let you play gameboy, playstation one, nintendo 64, and other retro consoles on your phone. Seriously? they only gave ONE win for having gaming controls but 3 wins to the iphone for having a smaller screen with higher DPI?

Josh the Awesome Guy

15

iPhone 4 sucks compared to the awesomest phone on earth the Xperia PLAY!!!!!!! The only downside to this phone is the camera otherwise it would be the greatest phone everrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Matt the Great

16

I have an iPhone 4 and when my upgrade comes I will most definatly be getting an Xperia play I always play classic Nintendo and playstation one games like crash bandicoot which automatically comes on the phone and yes I do own a ps3 which are amazing so don't let me down playstation

att man

17

the xperia play is far more better it has gaming controlos an your screen dont getas dirty as fast as an i phone
go xperia

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