Xperia PLAY – six month review

by XB on 11/10/2011

in Featured Content, Hands On, Reviews, Xperia PLAY


Xperia PLAYFollowing on from our Xperia arc six month review, we wanted to pen our thoughts on Sony Ericsson’s other flagship, the Xperia PLAY. The Xperia PLAY is rather an odd phone as it sits somewhat unique in the smartphone ecosystem. Much like the Nokia N-Gage, its objective was to marry a portable gaming system with day-to-day phone features. After all, who wants to carry two devices when one will do?

These days the smartphone you buy, is not normally the same phone 6 or 12 months down the line. The eco-system is ever-changing and we especially expect this to be the case with the Xperia PLAY that will see the Playstation Suite introduced in 2012. However, after six months of solid use, we feel in a position to share the positives and negatives of the PLAY right now and outline these below.

What we like

Ergonomics - If you believe what every manufacturer is trying to peddle these days, it’s that your phone should be as thin as a piece of paper. A lot of reviews criticised the Xperia PLAY for being chunky (16mm thick) and heavy (175g) when it launched. We think this is a little unfair, the phone has a slide-out joypad for goodness sake. Also, any thinner and it would just be plain uncomfortable to use. We think Sony Ericsson got the ergonomics right on this one, yes the design could be more attractive, but it feels right when you’re gaming (even more so than the original PSP we have lying around). Also, the weight, gives the unit a solid feel, but I wouldn’t say the PLAY is too heavy even then. Even though the design doesn’t set hearts racing, the white and orange colours of the Xperia PLAY do look fantastic.

Slide-out joypad - Much like the slide-out mechanisms of other Xperia handsets, the joypad opens and closes with ease and feels sturdy at the same time. The d-pad and PS buttons have good feedback. The analogue pads are a nice idea too, although we feel that in most games they haven’t been implemented too well. Hopefully, this will improve over time as developers get used to the hardware. The L and R trigger buttons are also easy enough to reach, although much like the PSP, it can introduce cramp if you’re gaming for a while using the triggers.

Xperia PLAY hardware tour

Price - Early adopters might be miffed, but the price of the Xperia PLAY has crashed in recent weeks. Whilst the handset cost around the £500 mark in the UK on launch at the end of March/early April, the price is now down to between £160-£200 in a number of retailers. The £500 launch price always looked like the wrong price to us, however at current levels, the PLAY represents a true bargain. It’s just a shame the company could not have priced the handset more competitively at launch to drive early sales.

Growing games support - One commendable area in which Sony Ericsson is working tirelessly is driving Android developer support for the handset. Near enough every major Android game release has been exclusively released on the Xperia PLAY first. This includes everything from Minecraft and the soon-to-be launched FIFA 12. The company has also done well in supporting the independent game developers through the new developer program “Stand Out“. There are still many people who want to see a wider range of original PSOne classics to be released onto the Xperia PLAY. The good thing is that this is likely to ramp up early next year when the Playstation Suite is officially launched.

Xperia PLAY

Good all-rounder - The gaming side of the phone steals all the headlines, however putting that to one side and the Xperia PLAY is still a very competent Android smartphone. It houses the 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Chipset with Adreno 205 graphics that comes with most of the 2011 Xperia line-up and proves itself to be perfectly adequate for most tasks. Couple this with good battery life from its 1500mAh battery and you have a perfectly good Android smartphone for day-to-day use. The in-ear speaker is loud and calls are conducted with ease.

Emulator support - Obviously one of the great things about the handset is the sheer number of emulators that are available on Android. These include FPSE, N64oid, MAME4droid and others. The fact that keys can be mapped to the joypad controls is the icing on the cake. This gives you access to hundreds of games, as long as you legally own them of course!

Xperia PLAY

Stereo speakers - The Xperia PLAY has stereo speakers, which not only benefits games but other media content such as video. The speakers are placed at the bottom of the joypad, which means your fingers/hand have little chance of blocking the sound. The audio is loud enough for most situations when out and about.

SE software support - Sony Ericsson continues to listen to customers and acting where necessary. Recent additions include the Android 2.3.4 update that enabled you to disable auto-brightness (a bugbear of many Xperia PLAY owners) as well as introducing 720p HD video recording. Like the rest of the Xperia line-up, the company continues to support its handsets with timely updates and we hope this continues once Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is released.

What we don’t like

Game download management - One of our biggest peeves over the Xperia PLAY is that there is no central game management utility. A normal Android handset will have the Android Market where you can download your apps and games. Whatever apps or games you buy stays with you on whichever Android handset you use. You simply log in with your details and voila you can download all of your content easily. Now with the Xperia PLAY, you have the game launcher but managing your content is a pain. First of all, you are directed to the game publishers mobile site to actually buy the app. This can be a frustrating experience as you jump through holes trying to purchase content. Then you are faced with another nightmare if anything goes wrong and you need to re-download content that you own. In an ideal world, all game content that you buy should be managed in one account ID. Whether it be a Gameloft, EA or PSOne classic game, the whole process of buying and managing paid-for content needs to be stream-lined and much improved.

ROM size - Okay, whoever thought that they can get away with only 380MB of usable internal memory (from a 1GB ROM) on a gaming phone needs a rethink. There has been constant gripes from Xperia PLAY owners over seeing low memory warnings on their handset. Yes, you can move apps to the SD card, but this is not possible with all apps or games. You can make the phone install everything to the SD card using an ADB command, but this is past most users knowledge. Any users facing problems should download App 2 SD Pro that automatically checks if certain apps/games can be moved to the SD card.

Xperia PLAY

Camera - Not a deal-breaker for us, but considering that Sony Ericsson positioned this phone as one of their flagships we don’t understand why they couldn’t have included the same 8.1MP Exmor R camera sensor found in other handsets. It’s either one of two things, 1) space or 2) differentiation. We don’t think this was a space issue as given that the sensor could fit in very thin phones like the Xperia arc or Xperia ray with no problems, we doubt that they couldn’t fit it in the PLAY. In our view the company made a conscious decision not to cannibalise sales of its other line-up by not including a great camera. We imagine the cost played a part too, which is a shame.

Xperia PLAY hardware tour

Small front hardware buttons - The Xperia PLAY is the only Xperia handset to have the full suite of four hardware buttons on the front of the handset (back, home, menu and search keys). We’re not entirely sure why this is the case, perhaps something to do with those Nexus rumours? Whatever the reason, the result is four small buttons crammed together which means you have to be careful not to press the wrong button.

Xperia PLAY hardware tour

Tiny indicator light - The indicator light on the Xperia PLAY is very small. Not only is it small but it sits near enough the top of the handset but on the underside. The light is part of the power button that itself is angled downwards, this means that when on a desk you’ve got pretty much no chance of noticing it.

Xperia PLAY

Volume buttons - The volume buttons for the Xperia PLAY are nestled into the middle of the right side of the phone. This means that when holding your handset it is not as easy to change volume as if the buttons were placed towards the top (like most other handsets). Also, because the Xperia PLAY is a slider, when pressing the volume buttons it can be difficult to get grip as the top part of the phone slides out. The keys are well placed when in gaming mode with the joypad slid out, but is not ideal if you’re using it as a phone.

Xperia PLAY

Headphone jack placement - Like the Xperia arc, the headphone jack is just on the wrong side of the phone. The 3.5mm jack should be on the top/bottom of the handset so that if listening to music, the wire won’t stick out at a 90 degree angle. We’re not going to beat SE up too much about this though as the placement works well if you are gaming with your headphones on. I suppose they couldn’t please everyone on this particular point.

Xperia PLAY hardware tour

Biggest omission

No HDMI - This one leaves us more perplexed than the omission of a better camera. The Xperia PLAY is a gaming device after all, so why did Sony Ericsson think that it wasn’t a good idea to stick a HDMI output in it. Being able to connect the handset to a big screen while gaming sounds like an obvious feature that many would have used. The fact that other handsets such as the Xperia arc and Xperia neo carry HDMI just rubs salt into the wounds. The additional cost of HDMI is the only reason we can think of in terms of its absence here. What really irks us is that Sony Ericsson obviously thought this feature was important enough for its dev units – so why not the wider public? The fact that its LiveDock accessory didn’t have any kind of TV out was another kick in the teeth.

Final thoughts

The Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY is a gaming handset with so much potential. Yes, it doesn’t have the best specs out there in the Android world, but we’ve not found any games that have been limited by this. Plus, Sony Ericsson has been working hard to keep the software fresh as well as providing a string of Android exclusives. Next year, things will step up another notch with the arrival of the Playstation Suite, so there’s plenty to look forward to.

There are a few issues though, namely the absence of a HDMI output, however our biggest day-to-day issue is the lack of any centralised game hub (something like Steam on the PC). Sony Ericsson needs to make it easier for users to both purchase and manage game content. It’s probably a big ask, but we’re sure it is losing sales given the clunky interface. Also, every different games publisher has its own standards that diminishes the overall experience.

Despite this, if you are into your games, then the Xperia PLAY offers excellent value. The handset can be purchased for under £200 in the UK, which is a steal in our eyes. Especially as you get a smartphone that has sturdy build quality, great ergonomics and a long shelf-life in terms of software updates and gaming content (not forgetting all of the Android emulators that are around). We really hope that sales of the handset have been strong enough to warrant an Xperia PLAY 2. With a few tweaks here and there and with all the lessons learned, we have every confidence a new iteration would be a killer gaming smartphone.

Xperia PLAY

  • adsada

    I think that although its a shame they left out an HDMI port, I can kind of see why. On the arc they provide a cable that is really  short, and want you to control the phone using the tv remote. To be able to play games comfortably on the TV you’d need a cable of length of at least 2 metres which would be expensive. Secondly the Livedock would make no sense have HDMI out for the play because that would only be connected when the phone is docked so you wouldn’t be able to use the gamepad anyway. The only thing I am thinking of is if they had included an HDMI out on the Livedock you could plug in a game controller via usb and use it this way

  • And

    I really don’t understand why is so hard to see the real reason behind the lack of HDMI support. It’s obvious that sony don’t let them do it because playing games on TV will compete with consoles (ps3). I’m not saying that the xperia play is in the same league as the ps3, but using it you can play games on TV, simple as that. The most obvious fact is that the next PSP, Vita, will not come with tv-out support too. How can you explain that? It’s because they fear it will hurt the ps3 sales too (Vita is also much more powerful than the Play).
    I intended to buy a Play (instead of a xbox/ps3) but the lack of tv out stopped me. I don’t have the time to play BIG console games, but instead on the phone is much more comfortable. The Play optimized titles are premium (well above the usual games on Android), you get console style gameplay, it’s great. I hope that the next version (play 2) will indeed support hdmi. They cannot stand against the trend. Most smartphones offer hdmi out, it would be stupid not to do the same with the next gen of Play.

  • Anonymous

    Great six month review, pretty much tackle everything  good/bad about it in daily use.

    Overall, I like this phone and I will continue to support it by buying more games. Hopefully that will entice more devs to support it, and SE to release the XperiaPlay 2 next year.

    Eurogamer reported this from SE, http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011-10-10-sleepy-jack-an-xperia-play-exclusive

    “80%t of Xperia Play owners play games at least once per day,
    eight times more than on other leading smartphones, the company claimed.

    75% of downloads are premium paid for content. The maximum industry average on other handsets is 25 per cent.”Till now I couldn’t confirm their sources

  • goosepig

    Good review, except for one thing – you don’t mention how good the camera is. You do mention the camera but only talk about what the camera is not (ie, it is not an 8MP Exmor sensor)

    Any chance of updating to say how you have found the quality of the camera?

    I am assuming that because you desire the 8MP Exmor sensor, the current 5MP sensor is pants?

  • Tomace2k3

    On the xperia arc u can use a wii remote to control games when connected via hdmi, this would of worked even better on the xperia play and even better still if ya could use a ps3 pad!

  • Ripley

    I do like my Xperia play and would like to keep this as my phone until my upgrade on 4-2013 but I can already tell this is not going to happen.  The small internal memory is one of the stupidest things SE did to this phone.  I am constantly having to delete apps to keep from getting the warning.  And yes the hard buttons at the bottom are starting to become a real pain, as you can easily hit the screen instead when your trying to back out of something.  For me the camera is fine and find the pics clear.  Gaming is a blast on the phone, screen is clear and  bright now, thanks to the recent update to disable auto brightness(another stupid SE move to not initally include this option).  I am with Verizon in the states and root for this thing is impossible, unless you pay some guys over at XDA to remotely unlock the phone, not to mention that devo support for the r800x is about gone at this point.   It does not cost much, but would prefer to use the money towards a new phone and/or carrier.

  • Ripley

    I do like my Xperia play and would like to keep this as my phone until my upgrade on 4-2013 but I can already tell this is not going to happen.  The small internal memory is one of the stupidest things SE did to this phone.  I am constantly having to delete apps to keep from getting the warning.  And yes the hard buttons at the bottom are starting to become a real pain, as you can easily hit the screen instead when your trying to back out of something.  For me the camera is fine and find the pics clear.  Gaming is a blast on the phone, screen is clear and  bright now, thanks to the recent update to disable auto brightness(another stupid SE move to not initally include this option).  I am with Verizon in the states and root for this thing is impossible, unless you pay some guys over at XDA to remotely unlock the phone, not to mention that devo support for the r800x is about gone at this point.   It does not cost much, but would prefer to use the money towards a new phone and/or carrier.

  • Panzerlink

    Make it Bluetooth with a Connector for the TV *Optional buy* 50$ or less.. i mean sounds reasonable. and kicker here… would be compatible with most of the handsets out there. 

  • Anonymous

    The camera itself isn’t too bad for a 5MP shooter, pictures are a little on the soft side, but if you have enough light the pictures are certainly good enough for sharing on social media sites. It’s a bit of a shame that you get the stock Android camera UI and not the SE UI as there is less flexibility in the settings. We hope that SE would change this at some point, but it’s not happened so far.

  • Anonymous

    No. It was actually cost only.

  • Anonymous

    No. It was actually cost only.

  • goosepig

    Thanks for the reply, muchly appreciated.

    I am looking to buy this now that the price has dropped to around £180 (which seems like an amazing bargain to me). The average camera performance seems to be the biggest downside of this phone IMO. My usual incentive for buying a particular phone is because it has the best camera on the market (which is currently the Nokia N8 by a mile) however that device is over a year old now and still pricey, especially compared to this.

    For me the gaming features of this phone just make it irresistible, especially at the current price. 

    Just have to wait for it to come back in stock now!!

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  • ace

    Nice review, I will just add some bad thing on this phone.. Tha Back Button.. Sometimes even if you slightly pressed it, it fires up twice or trice

  • ace

    And one more thing, I will surely miss this site.. This is one of where I read some recent news and reviews..

  • JamesDean

    Rooting is so insanely easy. Download fastboot (google fastboot xperia play download xda) And also the same search but for RootXperia.zip from XDA, and download recoveryPLAY.img (again XDA). Open fastboot after its downloaded and move the rootxperia.zip to your phones SDcard, move recoveryPLAY to the fastboot folder. Press and hold the shift key on your PCs keyboard and right mouse click, select Open Command Prompt Here. From there type in the following.

    Fastboot boot recoveryPLAY.img (then press enter)
    Anywhere from 5sec to 30sec your phone will show a menu screen.
    Use the voulme up/down buttons to select apply zip from SDcard (press the power button to execute)
    select apply install zip from sdcard. (again press the power button)
    Your SDcards info will show up and scroll to the fodler with the rootxperia.zip file in it
    Once you are in the folder highlight the rootxperia file and press enter. then scroll down the folling screen to apply zip.
    It will then root your phone. Press the back button to go all the way to the first screen and select Reboot System. BAM…. your phone will reboot with root. I would highly recommand installing Titanium Backup as it will force move all apps to the sdcard (and you can select what apps you want moved) Even if the app does not support apps2sd it will move it. I have like 50games and still have 200mb of internal storage. This phone is still superfast. Loving it.

  • JamesDean

    Rooting is so insanely easy. Download fastboot (google fastboot xperia play download xda) And also the same search but for RootXperia.zip from XDA, and download recoveryPLAY.img (again XDA). Open fastboot after its downloaded and move the rootxperia.zip to your phones SDcard, move recoveryPLAY to the fastboot folder. Press and hold the shift key on your PCs keyboard and right mouse click, select Open Command Prompt Here. From there type in the following.

    Fastboot boot recoveryPLAY.img (then press enter)
    Anywhere from 5sec to 30sec your phone will show a menu screen.
    Use the voulme up/down buttons to select apply zip from SDcard (press the power button to execute)
    select apply install zip from sdcard. (again press the power button)
    Your SDcards info will show up and scroll to the fodler with the rootxperia.zip file in it
    Once you are in the folder highlight the rootxperia file and press enter. then scroll down the folling screen to apply zip.
    It will then root your phone. Press the back button to go all the way to the first screen and select Reboot System. BAM…. your phone will reboot with root. I would highly recommand installing Titanium Backup as it will force move all apps to the sdcard (and you can select what apps you want moved) Even if the app does not support apps2sd it will move it. I have like 50games and still have 200mb of internal storage. This phone is still superfast. Loving it.

  • JamesDean

    Rooting is so insanely easy. Download fastboot (google fastboot xperia play download xda) And also the same search but for RootXperia.zip from XDA, and download recoveryPLAY.img (again XDA). Open fastboot after its downloaded and move the rootxperia.zip to your phones SDcard, move recoveryPLAY to the fastboot folder. Press and hold the shift key on your PCs keyboard and right mouse click, select Open Command Prompt Here. From there type in the following.

    Fastboot boot recoveryPLAY.img (then press enter)
    Anywhere from 5sec to 30sec your phone will show a menu screen.
    Use the voulme up/down buttons to select apply zip from SDcard (press the power button to execute)
    select apply install zip from sdcard. (again press the power button)
    Your SDcards info will show up and scroll to the fodler with the rootxperia.zip file in it
    Once you are in the folder highlight the rootxperia file and press enter. then scroll down the folling screen to apply zip.
    It will then root your phone. Press the back button to go all the way to the first screen and select Reboot System. BAM…. your phone will reboot with root. I would highly recommand installing Titanium Backup as it will force move all apps to the sdcard (and you can select what apps you want moved) Even if the app does not support apps2sd it will move it. I have like 50games and still have 200mb of internal storage. This phone is still superfast. Loving it.

  • JamesDean

    Rooting is so insanely easy. Download fastboot (google fastboot xperia play download xda) And also the same search but for RootXperia.zip from XDA, and download recoveryPLAY.img (again XDA). Open fastboot after its downloaded and move the rootxperia.zip to your phones SDcard, move recoveryPLAY to the fastboot folder. Press and hold the shift key on your PCs keyboard and right mouse click, select Open Command Prompt Here. From there type in the following.

    Fastboot boot recoveryPLAY.img (then press enter)
    Anywhere from 5sec to 30sec your phone will show a menu screen.
    Use the voulme up/down buttons to select apply zip from SDcard (press the power button to execute)
    select apply install zip from sdcard. (again press the power button)
    Your SDcards info will show up and scroll to the fodler with the rootxperia.zip file in it
    Once you are in the folder highlight the rootxperia file and press enter. then scroll down the folling screen to apply zip.
    It will then root your phone. Press the back button to go all the way to the first screen and select Reboot System. BAM…. your phone will reboot with root. I would highly recommand installing Titanium Backup as it will force move all apps to the sdcard (and you can select what apps you want moved) Even if the app does not support apps2sd it will move it. I have like 50games and still have 200mb of internal storage. This phone is still superfast. Loving it.

  • JamesDean

    Rooting is so insanely easy. Download fastboot (google fastboot xperia play download xda) And also the same search but for RootXperia.zip from XDA, and download recoveryPLAY.img (again XDA). Open fastboot after its downloaded and move the rootxperia.zip to your phones SDcard, move recoveryPLAY to the fastboot folder. Press and hold the shift key on your PCs keyboard and right mouse click, select Open Command Prompt Here. From there type in the following.

    Fastboot boot recoveryPLAY.img (then press enter)
    Anywhere from 5sec to 30sec your phone will show a menu screen.
    Use the voulme up/down buttons to select apply zip from SDcard (press the power button to execute)
    select apply install zip from sdcard. (again press the power button)
    Your SDcards info will show up and scroll to the fodler with the rootxperia.zip file in it
    Once you are in the folder highlight the rootxperia file and press enter. then scroll down the folling screen to apply zip.
    It will then root your phone. Press the back button to go all the way to the first screen and select Reboot System. BAM…. your phone will reboot with root. I would highly recommand installing Titanium Backup as it will force move all apps to the sdcard (and you can select what apps you want moved) Even if the app does not support apps2sd it will move it. I have like 50games and still have 200mb of internal storage. This phone is still superfast. Loving it.

  • JamesDean

    Rooting is so insanely easy. Download fastboot (google fastboot xperia play download xda) And also the same search but for RootXperia.zip from XDA, and download recoveryPLAY.img (again XDA). Open fastboot after its downloaded and move the rootxperia.zip to your phones SDcard, move recoveryPLAY to the fastboot folder. Press and hold the shift key on your PCs keyboard and right mouse click, select Open Command Prompt Here. From there type in the following.

    Fastboot boot recoveryPLAY.img (then press enter)
    Anywhere from 5sec to 30sec your phone will show a menu screen.
    Use the voulme up/down buttons to select apply zip from SDcard (press the power button to execute)
    select apply install zip from sdcard. (again press the power button)
    Your SDcards info will show up and scroll to the fodler with the rootxperia.zip file in it
    Once you are in the folder highlight the rootxperia file and press enter. then scroll down the folling screen to apply zip.
    It will then root your phone. Press the back button to go all the way to the first screen and select Reboot System. BAM…. your phone will reboot with root. I would highly recommand installing Titanium Backup as it will force move all apps to the sdcard (and you can select what apps you want moved) Even if the app does not support apps2sd it will move it. I have like 50games and still have 200mb of internal storage. This phone is still superfast. Loving it.

  • JamesDean

    Rooting is so insanely easy. Download fastboot (google fastboot xperia play download xda) And also the same search but for RootXperia.zip from XDA, and download recoveryPLAY.img (again XDA). Open fastboot after its downloaded and move the rootxperia.zip to your phones SDcard, move recoveryPLAY to the fastboot folder. Press and hold the shift key on your PCs keyboard and right mouse click, select Open Command Prompt Here. From there type in the following.

    Fastboot boot recoveryPLAY.img (then press enter)
    Anywhere from 5sec to 30sec your phone will show a menu screen.
    Use the voulme up/down buttons to select apply zip from SDcard (press the power button to execute)
    select apply install zip from sdcard. (again press the power button)
    Your SDcards info will show up and scroll to the fodler with the rootxperia.zip file in it
    Once you are in the folder highlight the rootxperia file and press enter. then scroll down the folling screen to apply zip.
    It will then root your phone. Press the back button to go all the way to the first screen and select Reboot System. BAM…. your phone will reboot with root. I would highly recommand installing Titanium Backup as it will force move all apps to the sdcard (and you can select what apps you want moved) Even if the app does not support apps2sd it will move it. I have like 50games and still have 200mb of internal storage. This phone is still superfast. Loving it.

  • JamesDean

    Rooting is so insanely easy. Download fastboot (google fastboot xperia play download xda) And also the same search but for RootXperia.zip from XDA, and download recoveryPLAY.img (again XDA). Open fastboot after its downloaded and move the rootxperia.zip to your phones SDcard, move recoveryPLAY to the fastboot folder. Press and hold the shift key on your PCs keyboard and right mouse click, select Open Command Prompt Here. From there type in the following.

    Fastboot boot recoveryPLAY.img (then press enter)
    Anywhere from 5sec to 30sec your phone will show a menu screen.
    Use the voulme up/down buttons to select apply zip from SDcard (press the power button to execute)
    select apply install zip from sdcard. (again press the power button)
    Your SDcards info will show up and scroll to the fodler with the rootxperia.zip file in it
    Once you are in the folder highlight the rootxperia file and press enter. then scroll down the folling screen to apply zip.
    It will then root your phone. Press the back button to go all the way to the first screen and select Reboot System. BAM…. your phone will reboot with root. I would highly recommand installing Titanium Backup as it will force move all apps to the sdcard (and you can select what apps you want moved) Even if the app does not support apps2sd it will move it. I have like 50games and still have 200mb of internal storage. This phone is still superfast. Loving it.

  • JamesDean

    Rooting is so insanely easy. Download fastboot (google fastboot xperia play download xda) And also the same search but for RootXperia.zip from XDA, and download recoveryPLAY.img (again XDA). Open fastboot after its downloaded and move the rootxperia.zip to your phones SDcard, move recoveryPLAY to the fastboot folder. Press and hold the shift key on your PCs keyboard and right mouse click, select Open Command Prompt Here. From there type in the following.

    Fastboot boot recoveryPLAY.img (then press enter)
    Anywhere from 5sec to 30sec your phone will show a menu screen.
    Use the voulme up/down buttons to select apply zip from SDcard (press the power button to execute)
    select apply install zip from sdcard. (again press the power button)
    Your SDcards info will show up and scroll to the fodler with the rootxperia.zip file in it
    Once you are in the folder highlight the rootxperia file and press enter. then scroll down the folling screen to apply zip.
    It will then root your phone. Press the back button to go all the way to the first screen and select Reboot System. BAM…. your phone will reboot with root. I would highly recommand installing Titanium Backup as it will force move all apps to the sdcard (and you can select what apps you want moved) Even if the app does not support apps2sd it will move it. I have like 50games and still have 200mb of internal storage. This phone is still superfast. Loving it.

  • JamesDean

    Rooting is so insanely easy. Download fastboot (google fastboot xperia play download xda) And also the same search but for RootXperia.zip from XDA, and download recoveryPLAY.img (again XDA). Open fastboot after its downloaded and move the rootxperia.zip to your phones SDcard, move recoveryPLAY to the fastboot folder. Press and hold the shift key on your PCs keyboard and right mouse click, select Open Command Prompt Here. From there type in the following.

    Fastboot boot recoveryPLAY.img (then press enter)
    Anywhere from 5sec to 30sec your phone will show a menu screen.
    Use the voulme up/down buttons to select apply zip from SDcard (press the power button to execute)
    select apply install zip from sdcard. (again press the power button)
    Your SDcards info will show up and scroll to the fodler with the rootxperia.zip file in it
    Once you are in the folder highlight the rootxperia file and press enter. then scroll down the folling screen to apply zip.
    It will then root your phone. Press the back button to go all the way to the first screen and select Reboot System. BAM…. your phone will reboot with root. I would highly recommand installing Titanium Backup as it will force move all apps to the sdcard (and you can select what apps you want moved) Even if the app does not support apps2sd it will move it. I have like 50games and still have 200mb of internal storage. This phone is still superfast. Loving it.

  • JamesDean

    Rooting is so insanely easy. Download fastboot (google fastboot xperia play download xda) And also the same search but for RootXperia.zip from XDA, and download recoveryPLAY.img (again XDA). Open fastboot after its downloaded and move the rootxperia.zip to your phones SDcard, move recoveryPLAY to the fastboot folder. Press and hold the shift key on your PCs keyboard and right mouse click, select Open Command Prompt Here. From there type in the following.

    Fastboot boot recoveryPLAY.img (then press enter)
    Anywhere from 5sec to 30sec your phone will show a menu screen.
    Use the voulme up/down buttons to select apply zip from SDcard (press the power button to execute)
    select apply install zip from sdcard. (again press the power button)
    Your SDcards info will show up and scroll to the fodler with the rootxperia.zip file in it
    Once you are in the folder highlight the rootxperia file and press enter. then scroll down the folling screen to apply zip.
    It will then root your phone. Press the back button to go all the way to the first screen and select Reboot System. BAM…. your phone will reboot with root. I would highly recommand installing Titanium Backup as it will force move all apps to the sdcard (and you can select what apps you want moved) Even if the app does not support apps2sd it will move it. I have like 50games and still have 200mb of internal storage. This phone is still superfast. Loving it.

  • JamesDean

    Rooting is so insanely easy. Download fastboot (google fastboot xperia play download xda) And also the same search but for RootXperia.zip from XDA, and download recoveryPLAY.img (again XDA). Open fastboot after its downloaded and move the rootxperia.zip to your phones SDcard, move recoveryPLAY to the fastboot folder. Press and hold the shift key on your PCs keyboard and right mouse click, select Open Command Prompt Here. From there type in the following.

    Fastboot boot recoveryPLAY.img (then press enter)
    Anywhere from 5sec to 30sec your phone will show a menu screen.
    Use the voulme up/down buttons to select apply zip from SDcard (press the power button to execute)
    select apply install zip from sdcard. (again press the power button)
    Your SDcards info will show up and scroll to the fodler with the rootxperia.zip file in it
    Once you are in the folder highlight the rootxperia file and press enter. then scroll down the folling screen to apply zip.
    It will then root your phone. Press the back button to go all the way to the first screen and select Reboot System. BAM…. your phone will reboot with root. I would highly recommand installing Titanium Backup as it will force move all apps to the sdcard (and you can select what apps you want moved) Even if the app does not support apps2sd it will move it. I have like 50games and still have 200mb of internal storage. This phone is still superfast. Loving it.

  • Lesthur

    how can you play with your headphones connected if the jack is placed on top you dumbass? and how in the hell can SE place the volume rocker at the top right corner if there’s a shoulder button? no wonder SE wants to shut you down you moron,stupid piece of shit.

  • Ross

    another this is that the volume button just falls off after a while and there is no way of reattaching it, i have had this problem myself and don’t know what to do and i have heard of many other users having the same problem. 

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