Say hello to Xperia Play and Arc!

So if you know me ‘offline’ you know I’m a big phone guy. And by that I really just mean, I’m a phone whore. Definition: A person, who is the lady of the night when it comes to phones. (Thanks Treatz).

Which brings me to the main point. You’d think I’d have a favourite brand? Maybe a favourite OS? Or just a favourite phone?

You would be wrong on all three counts.

Every few months a new phone is out, from a new manufacturer and it’s my civic duty to go out and grab it and be a guinea pig. However, I’ve lately not seen anything REALLY exciting to write about.

That was, until I got my hands on the Sony Ericsson(SE) Xperia Play.

SE 1

SE 1

SE 3

SE 3

I was a dedicated PS gamer, and have owned a PSP at one point in my life as well. PSP was one fun handheld gaming device, but the lack of games on it, and time on my part really forced me to put that device down.

But, why didn’t Sony combine the two you ask? I wonder the same! That is, till the Play came out.  Just take a look at the pics of the yet-to-be-released phone, along with another phone unknown at this point. The phone just looks amazing, and the design is purely aimed at current and future PSP owners. This is just a preview, as I didn’t get a chance to play around with it a make a phone call and such. The SE sibling beside is SE Arc but will probably be named Xperia HD, and has a massive 4.2” screen. I presume SE is launching this gauntlet to compete with the upcoming 4.3” devices (which frankly aren’t THAT big in real life usage).  Don’t ask me about specs about the devices because I didn’t get a chance to use them for that long. I’ll update the post once I get a chance to review them both thoroughly (hopefully before MWC).

Both the phones were running an unstable version of Android 2.3.1 ROM’s, but still seemed very snappy in usage. I did encounter an annoying crash on the SE Arc.

SE Arc

SE Arc

What is that cute little pebble like thing beside them you ask? Oh, that’s the HP Veer. You know, the WebOS phone announced last week.  I can see the Veer being a HUGE hit among pre-teens, and women. Seriously, that device is mighty impressive for it’s size.  Chalk it up for another preview as well because the phone was too small for me to use it. And here's the good news - all three are confirmed to work on Rogers 3G bands without a hiccup. When will they arrive? Hopefully soon.

SE and HP

SE and HP

These are just 3 devices that will make official appearances in MWC 2011 very, very soon and I’m glad to have been given the privilege of messing around with them. Maybe I’ll get a hands-on with more devices in the future!?

Phones

Phones

Feedback is always appreciated!

Cheers