Sony Ericsson Xperia Play vs Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo

Vs Tony Crammond 14:49, 14 Feb 2011

We pit the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play against the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo to see which device is worth your time and money

Sony Ericsson has been making waves at this year’s Mobile World Conference, held this week in Barcelona, and two of the devices that have been making such a splash for the mobile giant are the Xperia Neo and the Xperia Play.

One is a high-end, hi-def smartphone, the other is a market-changing gaming phone, but both promise to make Sony Ericsson a serious contender in the mobile world in 2011. So what better way to judge these two great devices than by pitting them against one another?

The Xperia Play is geared towards more than just gaming, and with its 4-inch (480 x 854 pixels) TFT capacitive multi-touch display, with auto-rotate, is capable of displaying 16.8 million colours – so it’s amply endowed to deal with any media you could wish to view.

The Xperia Neo actually has exactly the same screen specs as its brother, though is a miniscule 0.3mm smaller, and features a scratch-resistant coating that the Play lacks. Where the Xperia Neo shines, though, is with the Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine, which draws on the technology Sony use in its television sets, to offer a crystal clear display.

Winner - Xperia Neo

The Xperia Neo really comes into its own in the camera department, featuring an 8-megapixel snapper with features that include touch focus, geo-tagging, face and smile detection. As well as this list, which reads more like that of a dedicated compact, the Xperia Neo also records 720P video at 30FPS, and offers continuous autofocus and video light. It also has boasts HDMI-out functionality, so that you can view all of your Hi-Def videos through your television.

The optics on the Xperia Play may not pack the same punch as that of the Neo, but it’s no slouch, with a 5.1-megapixel camera featuring auto focus, flash, geo-tagging and 720P video recording it's more than adequate for capturing your special moments.

Winner - Xperia Neo

When comparing the Xperia Neo and the Xperia Play, some features are clearly better on one device than the other. In some cases however, it’s horses for courses, and the media category depends entirely on taste. On paper, the Xperia Play, with its PlayStation pedigree would be a clear winner to a lot of people, thanks to its 3D gaming optimization.

However, some people simply do not want a games console in their pocket, and would far prefer the simplicity of the Xperia Neo, which offers better video and music options than its stable-mate, like the inclusion of an HDMI-out for viewing your media through a big screen display.

However, for its sheer versatility and entertainment potential, we have to give this one to the Xperia Play.

Winner - Xperia Play

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