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Just under a month ago, Rogers launched the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY, the world's first PlayStation certified mobile device. The PLAY runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and has an impressive range of features. It has a 4" (480x854) touchscreen display, and is powered by a 1GHz processor, along with 512MB of RAM. It has a 5MP camera along with a VGA front facing camera for video calling. Sony Ericsson has included their custom UI/launcher TimeScape, which has changed dramatically since the X10 line-up. The most unique feature is its PlayStation style game pad, which can be used for a variety of PLAY optimized games including PS1 Classics. So, how does the PLAY hold up as a smartphone and for gaming?

Beginning with the hardware, the PLAY is very nicely designed. It is a little bit thick compared to most current devices, but that is expected with the full game pad hidden under the screen. It has 3.5mm headset and microUSB ports on the left edge, while the right edge holds the volume and shoulder keys. Even though the casing is made of plastic, it feels relatively sturdy and durable, and the sliding mechanism is surprisingly solid. When you slide out the game pad, the PLAY really starts to shine, bringing that familiar PlayStation feel to your phone. The device fits fairly well in your hands when slid open, but might take a little bit of getting used to. The touchpads meant for use where joysticks or analog sticks would normally come into play, are a nice addition to the controls, though very strange to use at first. Like most gamers know, any new controller design takes some time to get completely accustomed to, and the PLAY's game pad is no exception. Still, it really brought a new element to mobile gaming, one previously found only in devices like the PSP or Nintendo DS. After using the Xperia PLAY, games on touchscreen-only devices seem weak and difficult to play, so beware when trying out your friend's new PLAY.




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The games themselves are entertaining, and the PLAY comes with 6 full version titles built-in: NFL 11, Star Battalion HD, Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior, Crash Bandicoot, Fifa 10, and Tetris. There are 5 more PS1 games available for purchase in Market for $5.75 USD each, and about 50 other PLAY optimized games and apps. Crash Bandicoot ran well and gives a great idea of what PS1 games will be like on the device. The sports games (Madden NFL 11 and FIFA 10) are great fun, and far more complex than you might think, and the other games were just as entertaining and immersive. Unfortunately Tetris didn't make use of the slide-out controls, but it is a simple enough game that the touchscreen is fine.




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As a smartphone alone, the PLAY runs just as well as most current Android handsets. OS 2.3 Gingerbread performs well, and TimeScape doesn't seem to have as strong of an impact on performance as with the X10. The application tray features custom sorting, and there are a variety of widgets pre-installed. There are media widgets that include music controls, shortcuts, and a scrolling image/video wheel. There are also a couple of clock widgets available, all of which can be used on any of the 5 home screens.

Other parts of the device that are worth mentioning include the display and camera. The display isn't very bright when turned all the way up, though it can get you by. To those who normally enjoy very bright and crisp displays like super AMOLED equipped devices may be let down however. The Camera is of decent quality, coming in at 5MP with an LED flash. It actually handles close-up shots very well, though mid and long range photos are of average quality. It can also record video at WVGA resolution, and surprisingly doesn't capture at 720p. Videos recorded with the PLAY are also average, looking great on your mobile screen but mediocre on larger displays.




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Lastly, battery life. The PLAY surprisingly held up very well, lasting longer than many devices in the current market. Even while gaming for a few hours, the battery indicator only dropped a sliver. Unfortunately it still doesn't compare to the life of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 or a few other devices, but considering its large screen and game pad, does very well.

Overall, the Xperia PLAY is a great device. It is a full-featured Android smartphone and really makes mobile gaming possible. Kudos to Sony Ericsson for producing a great, and very unique device! Hopefully they continue to create great handsets that stand-out and bring a new element to smartphones.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY is available from Rogers for $99.99 on a 3 year term or $549.99 contract free.


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We recently let you know that Bell was preparing to launch the HTC HD7 in just a few short days, but for those who can't wait until the February 10th release date, we have some leaked pricing to share. The HD7 will cost $99.95 on a 3 year term for both new customers and existing ones eligible for a full upgrade. Outright pricing is set to be $599.95, but some discounts can be applied for existing customers with partial upgrade eligibility.

The HTC HD7 features a 4.3" (480x800) display, 5MP camera with dual-LED flash and 720p video recording, and connectivity options including Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and GPS. The HD7 is a great device for gaming and media, so if you're thinking of Windows Phone 7, this is definitely one to consider.


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Their has been quite a bit of buzz about what Sony would be doing next when it comes to their mobile gaming platform PlayStation, and with rumours flying out every corner of the internet, it looks like we're finally getting some official confirmation. February 13th, Sony Ericsson intends on officially announcing the Ericsson Play, the next Ericsson Android handset and the next PlayStation portable device all rolled into one!

The Play is expected to feature a 4.2" (480x854) LED touchscreen display, a 5MP camera with LED flash, and will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread at launch. Other specifications include a 1GHz processor, 380MB of RAM, and connectivity options including Wi-Fi, GPS, and bluetooth. What sets the Play apart from other Android handsets is the PSP-style controls that slide out where a QWERTY keyboard would normally be located, giving hardware control for gaming to users where they'd normally need to use touchscreen controls. No word yet on pricing, or when the device will launch, but we should be getting that information at the official announcement, which is just around the corner on the 13th.


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Windows Phone 7 has been doing alright since the recent launch of the new OS from Microsoft, but some Canadians have been holding off for a larger variety of devices to choose from. Luckily, Bell is getting ready to add the HTC HD7 to their line-up, and it should be available come February 10th. The HD7 features a 4.3" (480x800) touchscreen display, 5MP camera with dual-LED flash and 720p HD video capture, along with connectivity options that include Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and GPS. Powered by a 1GHz Scorpion processor, the HD7 also has it's own GPU, ensuring a great experience for anything visual, including gaming, video playback, and more. No definite word yet on contract pricing, but we should see this handset become available on Thursday, so if you're considering the HD7 as your next device, keep an eye out!


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Apple has recently made iOS 4.1 available for download to the public, which fixes a number of bugs, and adds a few features to supported devices. The update, which is available in iTunes now, adds Game Center functionality, which is basically an online gaming community for compatible iOS devices, along the lines of Xbox Live or PlayStation Network. Compatible devices include the iPhone 4, iPhone 3Gs, and the 2nd-4th generation iPod Touch models, and allows users to play games online with friends, family, etc. Along with the introduction of the Game Center, Apple has also updated the App Store to include a specific section just for compatible games, and though the list is currently small, we should see it grow more and more as time progresses.

What do you think about Apple's "Game Center"? Would you be interested in playing mobile games online with others? Let us know in the forums!


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Apple held their annual WWDC conference today, announcing the launch of the Apple iPhone 4. The new iPhone boasts a considerable upgrade to the existing line-up, featuring a 3.5" (640x960) display, 5MP camera with 720p high definition video recording capabilities at 30 fps, and the upcoming iOS 4. The device will be available in black or white, in both 16GB and 32GB variations, and reshapes the design of iPhones as we know it today coming in at only 9.3mm thick. Powering the device is the Apple A4 processor, which clocks in at 1GHz, and users can expect added features such as video calling over Wi-Fi(b, g, n), HSPA connectivity, and GPS. The freshly announced iPhone 4 will also include a built in gyro-sensor, creating 6-axis control for even more gaming possibilities.

The iPhone 4 is slated for launch on June 24th in 5 countries, though Canada is not included among them unfortunately. Though no exact date is available, it is confirmed that Canadians can expect to get their hands on one sometime in the month of July. Pricing is expected to be $199 for the 16GB model, and $299 for the 32GB model on 3 year terms, though Rogers will be offering it at these prices on contracts of only 2 years, so we can remain hopeful.


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The company Commodore Gaming, to decide to re-use c'est old play of the Eighties. Indeed the old plays Commodore, Jupiter Land, Attack Jack. Commodore these to join, in Kiloo Aps to make available its plays. Then, opinion with all the fans of Commodore, you will be able to play with your cellular.


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Bouygues have announced an agreement with Nortel for network voice and High Speed Internet. The advanced UMTS network which is based on HSDPA technology from Nortel will enable Bouygues to provide services such as live TV high quality, high-definition video on demand and online gaming. These high quality services will be available in France by 2007. This is a contract of 5 years for the Canadian company.


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