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Android Phones
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play vs. LG Revolution Comparison

Wirefly Learn » Android Phones

May 25th, 2011


Verizon Wireless has been pouring out the phones lately. Not only has there been a LOT of phones, there has also been lots of diversity among these new offerings, to the point where there really is something for everyone. Two cases in point are the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and the LG Revolution, both recently launched on Verizon. Both are Android cell phones and both can be used to make calls, tackle e-mail, surf the web and text your friends. Both have features that differentiate them from each other, yet both have features in common.

The LG Revolution targets users who want power and speed at a reasonable price. It has a 4.3-inch LCD display and it works with Verizon’s swift 4G LTE network, making it ideal to stream movies with its included Netflix app. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play has a slide-out game keyboard based on Sony’s popular PlayStation model, and the Xperia Play excels at game play. The LG Revolution runs Android 2.2 as its operating system, while the Xperia Play takes that to the next level with Android 2.3 as its operating system. How do these two different phones – both on Verizon Wireless – compare?

LG Revolution Sony Ericsson Xperia Play  
LG Revolution Sony Ericsson Xperia Play
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Wirefly’s Price
(as of publish date)
$199.99 $149.99
Carrier Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless
Operating System Android 2.2 Android 2.3
Interface LG Interface

Native Android

Display 4.3″ TFT LCD, 480 x 800 pixels 4″ TFT LCD, 480 x 854 pixels
Data Speed 4G LTE 3G CDMA
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1 Bluetooth 2.1
Mobile Hotspot Yes – Optional Yes – Optional
Camera 5-megapixel, LED flash and autofocus 5-megapixel, LED flash and autofocus
Front-facing Camera Yes; 1-megapixel Yes; VGA-quality (640 x 480)
Video Capture Yes; 720p HD Yes; 480p (DVD-quality)
Apps Android Market Android Market
Music Player Yes Yes
Adobe Flash Support Adobe Flash 10.1 Adobe Flash 10.2
Storage Space 16GB onboard; 16GB microSD card pre-installed 1GB onboard, 8GB microSD card pre-installed
Keyboard Virtual QWERTY Virtual QWERTY (on-screen) keyboard; slide-out game controller
Battery 1,500 mAh, lithium-ion 1,500 mAh, lithium-ion
Processor Single-core 1GHz processor Single-core 1GHz processor
Memory RAM: 512MB RAM: 512MB
Microsoft Outlook Support Yes Yes
View Word Docs Yes Yes
Weight 5.6 oz 6.2 oz
Dimensions 4.6″ x 2.2″ x 0.6″ 4.7″ x 2.4″ x 0.6″

Key Differences

  • Display: The LG Revolution has a 4.3-inch LCD display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, while the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play has a four-inch LCD display with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. That works out to about 7-percent more pixels (and thus higher resolution) on the Xperia Play
  • Operating system: The LG Revolution will ship with Android 2.2, while the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play ships with Android 2.3.
  • Processor and RAM: Both the LG Revolution and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play feature a single-core 1GHz processor and 512MB of processor RAM. Sony Ericsson say that the Xperia Play’s processor is a “dual-channel Qualcomm Snapdragon” type, but it is not considered a dual-core processor.
  • Keyboard: Both the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and the HTC EVO 3D have on-screen virtual QWERTY keyboards.
  • Storage Space: The LG Revolution ships with 16GB of onboard memory, and comes with a pre-installed 16GB microSD card. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play has 1GB of onboard storage and an 8GB microSD card pre-installed.
  • Camera: The LG Revolution has a 5-megapixel still-image rear camera, a 1-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat and can record HD video at 720p resolution. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play has a 5-megapixel still-image camera that can record 480p (DVD-quality) video. The Xperia Play’s front-facing camera has VGA (640 x 480) resolution.
  • Battery life: Both the LG Revolution and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play have 1,500 mAh lithium-ion batteries that are replaceable by the user.


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