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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.

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.

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.

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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Thanks to leaked information online, we've found out that Telus will be adding a new Nokia handset to their line-up, the C3-01 "Touch and Type". The C3-01 features a 2.4" (240x320) touchscreen display, in addition to a standard phone keypad. Coming with a 5MP camera with LED flash and video recording capabilities, the C3-01 runs on S40 6th edition, and supports Wi-Fi and bluetooth connectivity, along with an FM radio. Lastly, the "Touch and Type" supports memory expansio up to 32GB via microSD card to hold all of your pictures, videos, and music. No word yet on an exact launch date or pricing, but we'll be sure to keep you updated once more information becomes available.


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Videotron recently launched the BlackBerry Curve 3G, and they're adding a second colour variation to the list of options their customers have. The red Curve 3G is available now from Videotron at the same price points as the standard colour, with the reduced price coming in at $49.95 and contract-free pricing at $349.95. Just to recap on the Curve 3G's specs, it runs on OS 5 (Upgradeable to OS 6 when available), and features a 320x240 display, 3G connectivity, a 2MP camera, and can connect to Wi-Fi. Additionally, it can be expanded up to 32GB via microSD card to hold all of your music, videos, and more.


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Unfortunately we haven't gotten confirmation of exactly when the Android 2.1 update will be coming to the Sony Ericsson X10 as of yet, but we're pretty sure that it will drop sometime fairly soon. What we do know, however, is what you can expect to see with the OS update. TimeScape will be getting a small update that enables autoscrolling of information so users won't need to enter/exit applications to see full messages. Additionally, users will get 5 homescreens (as opposed to the existing 3), and each one will be capable of holding 20 icons rather than just 16. The other big improvement that's set to come with the update is continuous auto-focus, so when users are recording videos, the device will continually auto-focus based what it is capturing - a nifty feature that is sure to improve video recording on the device. No word yet on whether HD video capture or the LED flash will be enabled, but odds are Sony Ericsson would have mentioned those features, so it isn't looking good.


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We've been keeping you updated when it comes to Bell's upcoming exclusive HTC Desire Z launch, and now they've recently updated their site to officially confirm that it will be available in the "coming weeks". Great news for those looking to pick up a high-powered Android device, as the Desire Z will be launching with Android 2.2 Froyo, HTC's newest version of Sense UI, and will support download speeds up to 14.4Mbps. Other features include a full QWERTY keyboard, 3.7" (480x800) touch screen display, and a 5MP camera with LED flash that is capable of recording 720p HD videos. With Adobe Flash and Mobile Hotspot support, this handset is definitely one to look out for!


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With the regular NHL season starting recently, Bell has released an official Montreal Canadiens application for BlackBerry, Android, and iPhone that provides customers with up-to-date news on the team, statistics, and videos showing off game highlights, and more. Additionally, the application will allow users to vote on the game's "3 stars" that are declared shortly after each game ends, and users can even submit photos that could appear on the big screen in the Bell Center! If you're with Bell for your mobile services and are a Habs fan, this application is definitely worth checking out.

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Virgin Mobile is set to launch a new entry-level Android handset - the Samsung Galaxy 5. This new device is expected to launch on or around November 12th for free on Virgin's SuperTab or a 3 year contract, and features a 2.8" QVGA touch screen, a 600MHz processor, Wi-Fi, and GPS connectivity. Running on OS 2.1 Eclair at launch, this device also features a 2MP camera, and can carry a microSD card up to 16GB to hold your music, videos, and more. If you're looking to get an affordable Android device, the Samsung Galaxy 5 might be worth holding out for!


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We recently let you know that Rogers would be releasing the follow-up device to the LG Neon, the Neon 2, and they've done so today. Featuring a 3" (240x400) touch screen, full QWERTY keyboard, and 2 MP camera, this device is worth checking out for those who are budget-conscious. The LG Neon 2 has a built in FM radio and supports bluetooth connectivity. Memory can be expanded up to 8Gb via microSD to store music, videos, and more. The Neon is available now through Rogers for $19.99 with a 3 year contract, or $174.99 outright. We've also seen Futureshop advertise the device for $0 with a 3 year term, so if you're looking to get it on a contract, be sure to check that out as a purchasing option.


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As of yesterday, 2.1 is now available to Telus customers using the Motorola Milestone.

The update cannot be performed OTA(over-the air), so you'll need to download the update on your computer and follow the instructions provided to experience the new features. Before updating, please note that you will lose all media and content added since getting the device, including pictures, videos, and applications.

To get the update and detailed instructions, visit the Motorola Support site at

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Rogers today announced that it will offer iPad price plans for all models from the end of May in Canada.

The iPad lets users browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, all using iPad?s revolutionary Multi-Touch user interface.

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