A full-featured Android mobile phone, the Xperia PLAY by Sony Ericsson for
Verizon Wireless is also the world's first PlayStation certified smartphone--providing the ultimate mobile gaming experience. Get your game on with the high-res 4-inch multi-touch screen and slide-out game pad, which reveals a directional keypad, dual analog touch joystick, two shoulder buttons, and the four iconic PlayStation symbol keys--circle, X, square, and triangle.
The Android smartphone you need... (see larger image).
The Xperia PLAY pairs the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system with a 1 GHz Snapdragon II processor and an Adreno 205 graphics processor for a faster overall experience and totally immersive gaming. Stereo sound adds additional depth and dimension to gaming, music and video, and the VGA front-facing camera enables easy video chat with fellow gamers.
...meets the PlayStation game console you want (see larger image).
Real console controls and an amazingly brilliant 4-inch multi-touch screen (see larger image).
In addition to high-speed connectivity on the fast and reliable Verizon Wireless 3G network, you can also share the built-in 3G Mobile Hotspot via Wi-Fi among five devices--laptop, another phone, MP3 player, and more (additional service charge). And with Skype Mobile capabilities, you'll get unlimited Skype-to-Skype calls and IM while in the U.S. to anywhere in the world.
Other features include a pre-loaded 8 GB microSD memory card (with 2 GB of pre-loaded games), 5-megapixel rear camera/camcorder, Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking, Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo audio streaming, GPS turn-by-turn directions via free Google Maps with Navigation, access to both personal and corporate e-mail, and up to 7.7 hours of talk time.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY comes pre-loaded with seven game titles including, Madden NFL 11 (EA Sports), Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior (Digital Legends), Asphalt 6: Adrenaline (Gameloft), The Sims 3 (EA), Star Battalion (Gameloft), Crash Bandicoot (Sony PlayStation) and Tetris. You can expand your video game library with even more game titles available for download via V CAST Apps.
Android Gingerbread Operating System
The Xperia PLAY runs the Android 2.3 operating system (dubbed "Gingerbread")--the fastest version of Android available for smartphones yet. It features a cleaner, more refined interface with new icons, improved top notification bar, and more intuitive navigation. Multitasking in Gingerbread allows you the ability to run more than one app at a time. If you're playing a game, you can easily switch to an incoming email and then switch back to the game without losing your place.
A new onscreen keyboard makes it easier to type thanks to additional spacing between the keys and larger font sizes. And the more you use the keyboard, the easier typing will be as the enhanced suggest feature records previous input history to make better suggestions.
And like the previous version of Android ("Froyo"), Gingerbread provides support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for access to the full Web.
The Xperia PLAY also brings one-touch access to the popular Google mobile services you use every day, including Google Search, Gmail, Google Maps with Navigation, Google Calendar, Picasa, and YouTube. It also provides easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, calendars, and contacts supported by Exchange Server and Gmail. And through Android Market, you'll get access to thousands of useful applications, widgets, and fun games to download and install on your phone, with many more apps being added every day.
Reliable 3G Network
With support for the EV-DO high-speed data standard, you'll enjoy fast access to the Internet and Verizon Wireless multimedia services (additional charges applicable), with average download speeds ranging from 400 to 700 Kbps and peak rates up to 2 Mbps.
The Xperia PLAY weighs 6.17 ounces and measures 4.68 x 2.44 x 0.63 inches. Its 1500 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 7.7 hours (460 minutes) of talk time, and up to 405 hours (16+ days) of standby time. It runs on the CDMA 800/1900 frequencies as well as EV-DO, Rev A 3G frequencies.
What's in the Box
Xperia PLAY handset, rechargeable battery, GreenHeart wall/USB charger, 8 GB microSD card, 3.5mm adapter, quick start guide
Fast 3G connectivity thanks to the reliable Verizon Wireless EV-DO, Rev A network
GPS navigation capabilities via Google Maps Navigation plus optional VZ Navigator service
Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g/n) for accessing home and corporate networks as well as hotspots while on the go.
3G Mobile Hotspot capability allows you to create a Wi-Fi hotspot using your Verizon Wireless 3G EV-DO connection, which can then be shared among up to five Wi-Fi-capable devices.
Skype Mobile compatibility provides unlimited Skype-to-Skype calls and IM while in the U.S. to anywhere in the world. Plus, with Skype Mobile you get low rates to international landlines and cell phones (requires Skype account).
Bluetooth connectivity (version 2.1) includes communication headset, hands-free car kits, and A2DP audio streaming Bluetooth profiles.
Android 2.3 OS (Gingerbread)
Android Market for browsing and downloading thousands of free and paid apps
Preloaded Android apps: Browser, Calculator, Calendar (Google or Corporate), Camera, Clock, Contacts, Email, Gallery, Messaging, Music, News & Weather, Phone, Settings, Video Player, Voice Dialer, Voice Search, YouTube
Google applications: Gmail, Google Search, Google Voice Search, Google Latitude, Google Maps, Google Places, Google Talk
Google Maps Navigation with spoken turn-by-turn directions showing real-time traffic and 360° views of the destination
Communications & Internet
Full HTML browser (Webkit 5) with Flash 10.1 Support
Personal and corporate e-mail access with support for Exchange ActiveSync as well as personal e-mail accounts (Google push, Yahoo!, POP3, IMAP).
Full messaging capabilities including SMS text, MMS picture/video and IM instant messaging
Virtual QWERTY keyboard
1 GHz Snapdragon processor (Qualcomm MSM 8655) capable of opening web pages twice as fast as most other smartphones.
Powerful Adreno 205 graphics processor for crisp colors and silky-smooth 3D gaming graphics.
4-inch multi-touch display (854 x 480 pixels, 16 million colors) with accelerometer plus proximity and ambient light sensors.
Rear 5-megapixel camera with flash, auto-focus, and geo-tagging capabilities.
Video recording capabilities
Front-facing VGA camera for video chats
Music player compatible with MP3, WMA, and AAC/AAC+
Video player compatible with MPEG4, H.264, H.263, WMV
3.5mm headphone jack
400 MB internal memory
Memory expansion via microSD card slot with support for optional cards up to 32 GB.
8 GB included microSD card (2 GB taken up by pre-loaded games)
Speakerphone for hands-free communication.
Hearing aid compatibility: M4, T3
Bilingual interface (English, Spanish)
Verizon Wireless Services
Visual Voice Mail
This innovative service enables you to delete, reply, and forward voice mail messages without having to listen to prior messages or voice instructions. Visual Voice Mail is the ideal tool for the busy mobile professional who may need to prioritize which messages he or she listens to first. Features include on-screen access to voice mail message status, save up to 40 messages for 40 days (or archive permanently), create up to 10 different caller ID-based greetings, and reply via call back, text or even voice mail.
VZ Navigator Capable
With this GPS-enabled phone, you'll be able to access the Verizon Wireless VZ Navigator service (additional charges applicable) for voice-prompted turn-by-turn directions, heads-up alerts, local search of nearly 14 million points of interest in the US (such as landmarks, restaurants and ATMs), and detailed color maps.
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With space at a premium and no real amount of hanging clothing to worry about (nothing another closet elsewhere can't handle), I said, "why not?"
The distance between the end of my bed and the start of my desk was too short - it made sitting at my desk a pain. Plus, the desk was fairly long - so, I could either move the desk away from the bedroom door, thus making entering and exiting my desk chair a complete cluster OR move it towards the door, which made sitting easier, but the path from door to bed very very narrow. I opted for the latter, but it was pissing me off.
Then, the rain came and an old roof leak began again - right over the computer (damage - one copy of the complete Bone comic series. The computer NEARLY bought it.) That's a tale for another time, but while it's fixed now, it was the camel crippling straw that put me to work.
All I needed was to empty the closet. Then I bought a jigsaw ($20, Canadian Tire), to saw an old Ikea table (my old desk - I dislike desk desks, and prefer worktops) length wise (taking about one third off.)
The back legs I repositioned forward (I was afraid that the corners would have some sort of extra wood for anchoring, compared to the body, which is cardboard honeycombed between laminate wood - it turns out, that's not the case. The legs really just screw into the laminate, just in five places, creating some vague stability on the cheap
AND WAS STUNNED TO FIND...
...that the desk length is 1cm shorter than the length of the closet. Talk about perfect.
I drilled a one and a half inch hole through the back right corner of the tabletop for running cords through, and set up my computer. An old coat hook on the wall got turned into a wire hook - my 4 port USB hub hangs there, allowing my to plug in a variey of things (iPod, camera, PSP, phone) which I then place on top of the computer case. I may move it down below, but for now...
In a moment of insane inspiration, I decide to use the remaining desk to make a second shelf. This would require braces on the sides and back, which I didn't have, so I went down to the laundry room and found three legs from some old table someone abandoned. They were, as you see, wavy, which was a bitch to place, but kind of look cool. The best part is that the hanger bar (which I don't want to remove, as I will be moving out some day and the new tenants will likely want a closet again) sits just under the original shelf, acting like those book braces you see on ships, to keep them falling off. Not that I need them, but it's nice that it's not in the way.
Quick, dirty, cheap
- took maybe three hours total and less than $100 bucks.
And now I've got a mini-office.