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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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Rogers has recently made an addition to their Pay As You Go handset line-up, introducing the LG Shine Touch. The Shine Touch features a 3" (240x400) touchscreen display, 3MP camera with video capture capabilities, and supports 3G connectivity for voice and data transmission. This bar-style handset can be expanded up to 16GB via microSD card, and also supports Wi-Fi and bluetooth, though it lacks GPS services. The LG Shine Touch is available now from Rogers on Pay As You Go for just $129.99.


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Telus recently stated that four more of their Android handsets would receive the Android 2.2 OS upgrade this winter, great news for Canadian Android fans. The devices that will get the update include the Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate, which is supposed to get the new OS early this winter, while the LG Shine Plus, Motorola Milestone, and Samsung Galaxy Apollo will be getting it sometime later in the winter. We'll be sure to let you know once more specific availability dates are available for each, so stay tuned!


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Tbaytel has officially launched their HSPA network, and along with the launch comes 25 new devices. The line-up matches Rogers pretty spot-on, but here's the full list of devices now available through Tbaytel:

Smartphones: Acer Liquid E, Apple iPhone 4 (16GB or 32GB), BlackBerry 9100 Pearl, BlackBerry 9300 Curve, BlackBerry Bold 9700, BlackBerry Torch 9800, BlackBerry Bold 9780, HTC Magic +, LG Loop, Motorola Flipout, Motorola Quench, Nokia N97 Mini, Samsung Galaxy S Captivate, Samsung Wave S5800 Sony Ericsson X10, Sony Ericsson X10 Mini

Cell Phones: LG Shine Touch, LG Xenon, Motorola VA76R, Nokia 6750, Nokia 6790 Surge, Samsung Corby Pro, Samsung Corby Touch, Sony Vivaz Pro

Portable Data Devices: Rocket Stick ZTE MF668, Novatel MiFi 2372R


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Telus has officially launched the next handset in the Shine series - the LG Shine Plus. This new handset runs on Android 2.1 Eclair OS, and features a 3.2" touchscreen, 5MP camera, a sliding QWERTY keyboard to make typing easy and comfortable, and comes with a 4GB microSD card. The Shine Plus is available now from Telus for $69.99 on a 3 year term, or $299.99 without a contract.


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Telus employees recently began Q3 training, and the device line-up has already been leaked. We already know the iPhone 4 is launching tomorrow, and the HTC Desire, BlackBerry Curve 9300, and INQ Chat 3G already have August release dates in place. In addition to these devices, we can let you know that Telus will be launching the Motorola Charm, a new LG Shine handset, and a new portable Wi-Fi device.

The Motorola Charm is an Android powered device featuring a full QWERTY keyboard, 2.8" (320x240) display, 3.15MP camera, with 3G, Wi-Fi, and GPS connectivity. The new LG Shine is also set to be released, though addition details are scarce. Finally, the portable Wi-Fi device will connect up to 5 others Wi-Fi enabled devices through a 3G data connection, and is the size of a computer mouse. The exact model, and pricing on all of these devices is being withheld until the day of launch, but we'll be sure to let you know if any additional information pops up.


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Rogers now offer a new cellphone, the LG Secret TU750. This device has a 5 mega pixels camera, a very nice brilliant 2.4 display and can take memory card up to 16GB microSD. The Rogers LG Secret TU750 is also compatible with Rogers Vision for video calling and has obviously a Bluetooth connection. Very better of the LG Shine TU720, the Rogers LG Secret is sale for 149.99$ with a 3years agreement.


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Rogers have added to her web site the LG Shine TU720 in black. This device already offers in grey and in pink are now available for the same price in black Color. The LG Shine TU720 has a 2.0 mega pixel camera and is compatible with Vision plan.


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Koodo Mobile has been added to her web site the LG Shine in a exclusive grey. This device is the same of the LG Shine fro Telus but now Koodo user have a choice of a good device. The LG Shine has a 2.0 mega pixels camera and is an mp3 player with build-in microSD slot. He have too a Bluetooth connection and a nice look. The LG Shine of Koodo Mobile is sale for 225$ without contract.


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Bell will launch the new LG Vantage, the respons to LG Shine of Rogers, because he has a very similar design. It?s a touch screen device with a 2 mega pixels camera. The LG Vantage of Bell has a Bluetooth connection 1.2 and support external memory up to 4gig. We have price but its not official price but I think its good source. The LG Vantage of Bell will be sale with a 3 year agreement for 225$, with 2 years 275$ and for 1 years 375$. The price is 425$ if you don?t want contract or with prepaid option.


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