An official "PlayStation phone" had been rumored since before the release of the original Sony PSP way back in 2005, and it’d been the subject of many a leak leading up to its announcement. However, it wasn’t until this February that we got our first official glimpse of the
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play


. With mobile gaming on the rise, and already a major draw for iOS, the PlayStation-certified Xperia Play was seen as an integral part of efforts to promote Android as a viable platform for games developers.

But can the Xperia Play live up to this promise, not to mention all the years of anticipation and hype that preceded it? And more importantly, is it a good smartphone in its own right? Join us after the jump to find out, in our review of the European Xperia Play. And you might also want to check out Andrew’s
full review


of the Verizon model if you’re considering picking up that version.


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