Posts Tagged ‘Sony Ericsson Xperia’

Xperia Play 4G Available at AT&T

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G

The Xperia Play 4G is officially available at AT&T. Previously only available on Verizon, the Play 4G comes with some new features, both in the phone and in the box. Here are the specs:

  • Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 4″ (FWVGA 480×854) 16 million color touch screen
  • 1GHz CPU and Adreno 205 graphics processor (GPU)
  • PlayStation Controller pad
  • 1GB internal memory, expandable to 32GB with microSD card
  • 8GB microSD card included
  • 5MP rear camera with LED Flash
  • Font-facing VGA camera
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 A2DP
  • 3G – UMTS/HSDPA (850/1900/2100 MHz)
  • 4G – HSPA+
  • GSM/GPRS/Edge – 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

Both Verizon and AT&T offer the phone for $49, with 2 year contract. Verizon recently lowered its price to compete with AT&T. AT&T throws in a couple extras, too. It is the only 4G version available, and includes the Sony Ericsson Multimedia Dock (DK300) and music cable (MC100) in the box. The media dock converts the phone into a smart alarm clock, and the music cable can connect to external speakers.

Included Games
Verizon AT&T
  • Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior
  • The Sims 3
  • Star Battalion
  • Asphalt 6: Adrenaline
  • Madden NFL 11
  • Crash Bandicoot

  • Dungeon Defenders Second Wave
  • Tower Bloxx My City
  • The Sims 3
  • Star Batatalion
  • Asphalt 6: Adrenaline
  • Madden NFL 11
  • Crash Bandicoot
Additional Games:
Additional Games:
“Get Games” recommendation screen

Both Verizon and AT&T have app stores in addition to the Android Market, so finding games shouldn’t be a problem on either carrier. I played a couple games on the Xperia Play at E3, and found some of the controls a little awkward, with a combination of on-screen and physical button controls being used together. I’m sure it would just take some time to get used to. Subsequent playing on the phone felt a little more natural, with the controls where one might expect them. I recently played Crash Bandicoot to contrast against the Sony Tablet S version, and found that I progressed further in the game on the tablet. The game played well on both the Play and Tablet S though. I am looking forward to seeing more games in the next few months.

With a recent upgrade adding 720p video recording capabilities, my biggest concern with the Play is the 5MP camera. With other Xperia phones sporting 8.1MP, it seems the camera was overlooked. Given that this is a gaming phone, it is understandable, but I consider Sony’s camera capabilities to be one of the distinguishing factors, and it didn’t differentiate this time.

All in all, you get quite a bit out of this phone. The bonuses in the box make the $49 price tag really attractive. If you have been waiting for the GSM version of the Xperia Play, go ahead and pick it up. It is a pretty solid phone, and will keep getting better as new games are released.

Learn more at AT&T Wireless.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc Coming Q1 2011

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Sony Ericsson announced the new Xperia Arc last night at CES. This is the phone previously referred to as the ANZU. For the most part it is similar to the Xperia X10, but the differences bring the Arc above and beyond the X10. Here are the specs:

  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 4.2″ capacitive touch screen with multitouch
  • 1 GHz Qualcomm Processor
  • Reality Display with Bravia Engine
  • 16,777,216 color TFT
  • Sony Exmor R for mobile for low-light video and pictures
  • 8.1MP camera with LED Flash
  • HDMI connection for display on TV
  • aGPS
  • Bluetooth A2DP
  • DLNA
  • USB mass storage
  • Up to 512 MB internal memory
  • MicroSD support up to 32 GB, 8GB card included
  • Microsoft Exchange Activesync
  • 3D and Motion Gaming

The top of the spec list shows that Sony Ericsson has been listening to its customers. The phone starts with Gingerbread, making it a competitor for the other big players in the market. It has multi-touch and a 16 million color display, which rounds out the list of common Xperia X10 complaints. I have been pretty satisfied with the X10’s display, but it is usually a good idea to improve from one model to the next.

I would have liked to see more internal memory. X10 users can’t download apps to the SD card, which easily taxes the internal memory. With Gingerbread this shouldn’t be a problem though, which is likely the reason the internal memory wasn’t ramped up.

The Bravia engine is interesting to me. It is the first use of Bravia tech in a smart phone, according to the press conference. It is designed to bring an extra clear image to the phone, making the most of the 16 million color display. It enhances brightness, sharpness, and contrast as well as improving noise reduction. The result is pretty impressive.

The camera’s low-light sensor has been upgraded. Sony has been a leader in low-light chips, so it is good to see an improvement on the Arc’s camera. The LED flash is also a welcome improvement. The solid LED light on the X10 was useful, but definitely needed improvement. Sony Ericsson chose not to bump the camera above 8.1MP, which was a little disappointing to me. I was hoping for at least 10MP for an upgraded model.

The headphone jack was moved to the side of the phone, which also improves on the X10’s design. It looks like the USB connector is still on top though. The USB connector works a lot better on the bottom or side of the phone in my experience. I was hoping to see some movement there.

Check out the video below to see the Arc from various angles. It is a pretty sharp looking phone, which is what Sony Ericsson is well-known for producing.

At the press conference it was announced that this is the first of a new line of smart phones. The fabled PSP phone should be announced next month, based on the internet buzz. I think the Xperia Arc is a good follow-up to the X10. It made some much-needed improvements, and should really enhance the user’s experience. I’ll post a full review when I get a test unit. You can check out the full press release here.

The Xperia Arc will be released in select markets in Q1 of this year. Other markets should get it by Q2. Hopefully AT&T is on the Q1 list, though I doubt it will be. AT&T is content to lag behind the competition.

Xperia X10 Upgradeable Kits

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Rikard Skogberg from the Sony Ericsson Product Launch Blog has announced some new kit numbers to watch for. Each phone has a Sales Identification (SI) code near the serial number. You can compare the SI number on your phone to the following lists.

Xperia X10

1232-4526 1232-4364 1232-4365 1235-5976
1235-5977 1232-4482 1232-4483 1234-2560
1234-2561 1235-5978 1235-5975 1232-9912
1232-9915 1232-4474 1232-4475 1235-5522
1235-5523 1242-8854 1242-8855 1232-4428
1232-4429 1232-4480 1232-4481 1231-8220
1246-3427 1240-7824 1240-7823 1240-7822
1240-7825 1238-7363 1238-7364 1233-8175
1234-6287 1235-5525 1237-1373 1238-4174
1238-6986 1242-8859 1240-5861 1238-6985
1238-3340 1237-1372 1232-4307 1232-4308
1243-9598 1236-2094 1236-2095 1237-5861
1237-5862 1237-5863 1237-5864 1233-8176
1233-8179 1242-9697 1242-9704 1232-4375
1242-9702 1242-9695 1235-6166 1233-8174
1235-6167 1242-9698 1242-9705 1232-4370
1242-9710 1232-4371 1242-9711 1232-4372
1232-4373 1242-9708 1242-9709 1232-4363
1242-8863 1232-4376 1242-8862

X10 mini

1236-7043 1236-7044 1236-7053 1236-7054
1236-7055 1236-7056 1236-7071 1236-7074
1236-7377 1236-7393 1236-7397 1236-8763
1236-8796 1236-8797 1236-8798 1236-8801
1236-8802 1236-8803 1236-8804 1236-8808
1236-8812 1236-8813 1236-8814 1236-8816
1236-8818 1236-8824 1236-8827 1236-8828
1237-4315 1237-4320 1238-2562 1238-2606
1238-5444 1238-5445 1239-0569 1239-0570
1239-0571 1239-4404 1239-9417 1240-1753
1240-7655 1240-4092 1240-1821 1240-4584
1240-2799 1240-2800 1243-5118 1243-5119
1243-5120 1243-5121 1243-5658 1244-1584
1244-2054 1244-2059 1244-2062 1244-3156
1244-3162 1244-5347 1244-5349 1244-5350
1244-5351 1244-5352 1244-5355 1244-5356
1244-5357 1244-5358

X10 mini pro

1238-9085 1239-8953 1238-9145 1238-7795
1238-7796 1242-8385 1238-7798 1237-5467
1238-4467 1242-9621 1237-9693 1237-5471
1237-9686 1238-9053 1238-7800 1238-0204
1238-4462 1238-2513 1238-2517 1238-2520
1242-1135 1242-1137 1238-9165 1242-9626
1238-9140 1240-0832 1238-9132 1240-0819
1238-9136 1240-0813 1238-9138 1240-0808
1238-9170 1238-9043 1238-9045 1238-4879
1238-4884 1238-9117 1238-9167 1239-6173
1239-2301 1239-2308 1239-2231 1239-2224
1239-2225 1238-9120 1244-3602 1239-6180
1238-9168 1238-9709 1238-0205 1238-0206
1239-6155 1238-0207 1242-1108 1242-1110
1239-2314 1242-7430 1239-2317 1242-7448
1242-7450 1240-0907 1240-0915 1242-0992
1240-0918 1242-0993 1245-8032 1243-3730

My phone was not on this list. AT&T finally got back to me though, only to say there is no news and I should keep checking back. Not very satisfying, but at least it was a response. If your number is on the above lists, you should be able to upgrade if you haven’t already. More kits are rolling out, so it is only a matter of time before everyone is upgraded.

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