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Hi.

I'm on the fence on switching from an iPhone 3G to an xperia play. I'm kind of hesitant about the music control in xperia play, since I've never used Android before but the gamepad is slowly drawing me in since the iPhone emulation scene (the ones that I like) is mostly dead due to zodttd quiting ios and pandora scene.

Here are my questions:
1. Does this phone have a shortcut like the iphone where you can quickly control the music by pressing the home button twice and clicking on a media playback icon?
2. Does number 1 work when the phone is on sleep like the iphone?
3. Can 2 be done on just inside the pocket of you pants with minimal eye contact with the phone?
4. Does the position of the 3.5 jack feel weird/flaky when the phone is vertically set in your pocket with earphones attached?
5. Is it worth buying the phone now? I'm thinking this phone will end up being worth $350 at some point in a few months here? It's currently $534 here. I'm thinking of either waiting for the iPhone5 or buying this.
6. Is true this phone is picky on earphones? I tend to break my earphones (only one ear works) a lot so I tend to buy cheap ones. I think I've broken 3 official iphone headsets, 2 sony earphones and 2 sennheiser earphones, so cheap is in for me as of now.
7. I'd also like to ask if there is an application like flicktunes where you can control the player by flicking up, right, left, down with one or two fingers?

Thanks in advance.
 
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letmedanz

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Let me have a crack at this :)

1. You have shortcuts for almost anything on any android device.
Configure it the way you please for any application, with settings & options almost unlimited.
2.You need to specify if you mean phone is in sleep mode with the screen guard enabled or not.
If you are talking wen screen guard in enabled, certain apps have an option to not let the phone lock.
3. i'll skip this cos am not sure why you want to do this.. it's not very difficult to pull the phone out and stop music (or whatever) from the notification bar.
4. Feels quite fine.
5. IS it worth buying this phone? am not sure about that.. depends on your preference. but my advice would be an android device is a definitely more user friendly and customizable.. and free.. open source remember
6. any kind of ear phone will work... keep ur ears safe :)
7. almost any app there is for the iphone or windows fone or anything that has some usability, there is an android app.

thanks for asking!
 
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axiomjunglist

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I was a former 3GS owner and I can't say enough good things about the Xperia Play. I don't miss my iPhone at all.

The only gripe I have is that the level of brightness is never going to be as high as it is on the iPhone. Other than that you can customize Android to do a lot of things like the iPhone. Starting music is as easy as putting a music control widget on your homescreen. If you root you can also use a button remapper app to map media controls to any hardware key on the device, so in your pocket... easy to play/stop/ff/rewind with blind button pushing. You can even use an app called Tasker to do even further automation of almost any kind.

The headphones jack feels solid, never flakes on me, doesn't feel weird on the side. I use Sony Bluetooth headphones 90% of the time and it never has problems connecting either (cords annoy me on any device).

If you like emulation and games, get this device. It's easily the best phone to handle it. Touchscreen gaming will never be able to match the tactile response and level of control you get from real built-in controller keys, period.
 
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speedyink

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Hi.

I'm on the fence on switching from an iPhone 3G to an xperia play. I'm kind of hesitant about the music control in xperia play, since I've never used Android before but the gamepad is slowly drawing me in since the iPhone emulation scene (the ones that I like) is mostly dead due to zodttd quiting ios and pandora scene.

Here are my questions:
1. Does this phone have a shortcut like the iphone where you can quickly control the music by pressing the home button twice and clicking on a media playback icon?
2. Does number 1 work when the phone is on sleep like the iphone?
3. Can 2 be done on just inside the pocket of you pants with minimal eye contact with the phone?
4. Does the position of the 3.5 jack feel weird/flaky when the phone is vertically set in your pocket with earphones attached?
5. Is it worth buying the phone now? I'm thinking this phone will end up being worth $350 at some point in a few months here? It's currently $534 here. I'm thinking of either waiting for the iPhone5 or buying this.
6. Is true this phone is picky on earphones? I tend to break my earphones (only one ear works) a lot so I tend to buy cheap ones. I think I've broken 3 official iphone headsets, 2 sony earphones and 2 sennheiser earphones, so cheap is in for me as of now.
7. I'd also like to ask if there is an application like flicktunes where you can control the player by flicking up, right, left, down with one or two fingers?

Thanks in advance.

1. There is a music widget, which you can place on any one of your homescreens, which has all the controls.
2. I'm not sure how you can use on screen controls while the screen is off...considering this isn't possible on iphone either I'll assume you mean lock screen controls, in which case yes, you can.
3. If you have an in-line remote you can. I've also heard of assigning long press volume up and down for next and previous track, for pocket navigation.
4. If you have a 90 degree jack on your earphones, then it's fine.
5. That's all a matter of opinion. In my opinion, I'd much rather go for the play rather than the iphone, ESPECIALLY if your doing console emulation. On screen controllers have NOTHING on physical buttons, period.
6. No, no issues here.
7. Yes, because you can download different music players in the market, you can choose the one that best suits your needs. I have seen ones with gesture controls.

All in all, in the switch to Android you can literally feel the grip on your balls loosen once you figure out all the options you have.
 

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If you are going to use headphones for listening to music, you can install poweramp and use heatphone button to control your music. A single press of the headphone button can be used to start or pause the music. Similarly double press can be used to skip to next track and triple press to skip to previous track.
 
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ncaissie

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2. I'm not sure how you can use on screen controls while the screen is off...considering this isn't possible on iphone either I'll assume you mean lock screen controls, in which case yes, you can.

Yes it is. If your iphone is in sleep mode you can double click the home button and it brings up the music player. You don't need to unlock the home screen.
And no I could not do this from the play. It would be nice.

I also came from the 3GS. It is different for sure but worth the adjustment.
 
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speedyink

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Yes it is. If your iphone is in sleep mode you can double click the home button and it brings up the music player. You don't need to unlock the home screen.
And no I could not do this from the play. It would be nice.

I also came from the 3GS. It is different for sure but worth the adjustment.

So what's wrong with lock screen music controls? I know it doesn't behave exactly like the iphone but the end result is the same, music controls without unlocking.
 

ncaissie

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So what's wrong with lock screen music controls? I know it doesn't behave exactly like the iphone but the end result is the same, music controls without unlocking.

Umm. That was the question. He asked if there was a lock screen controls.
I said I have not seen any controls from the lock screen. Gees, why don't you relax? I said he will get use to the difference.

Edit: And yes you can do it on the iphone and you said you can't
 

speedyink

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Umm. That was the question. He asked if there was a lock screen controls.

No, he didn't

I said I have not seen any controls from the lock screen.

Try a different music player

Gees, why don't you relax? I said he will get use to the difference.

Was I yelling?

Edit: And yes you can do it on the iphone and you said you can't

...What? When did I say that?

Why do I get the feeling you just like arguing...
 

ncaissie

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2. I'm not sure how you can use on screen controls while the screen is off...considering this isn't possible on iphone either I'll assume you mean lock screen controls, in which case yes, you can.

This is where. I just said it is if you double click the home button. It brings up the music player without unlocking the phone.
I haven't found a way to do this on the Play is all I said. I didn't say it's not possible.

Edit: and I'm not trying to argue. I was just pointing out that you can do it on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
 
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speedyink

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This is where. I just said it is if you double click the home button. It brings up the music player without unlocking the phone.
I haven't found a way to do this on the Play is all I said. I didn't say it's not possible.

Edit: and I'm not trying to argue. I was just pointing out that you can do it on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.


2. I'm not sure how you can use on screen controls while the screen is off...considering this isn't possible on iphone either I'll assume you mean lock screen controls

You completely missed the first part of the sentence, I was obviously referring to something else. I didn't know about the double click home while sleeping while playing music feature.
 
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Thanks for all the replies most of them were really helpful. I'm still on the fence though since I'm still thinking of the number of apps in the app store vs android market (I have an ipad, so this point maybe moot except for camera apps).

I am also worried about the possibility of a follow-up to this phone and the dpad functionality on fighting games (see other thread). I'll probably buy the XP (if ever) after 2 weeks since the Zagg here will only have it by then (Considering buying the dock and too lazy too remove case every time).

Hopefully I'll adapt to the quickly to the controls in the widgets and the syncing using iTunes through 3rd party software.
 

Laird_Attwood

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Yes it is. If your iphone is in sleep mode you can double click the home button and it brings up the music player. You don't need to unlock the home screen.
And no I could not do this from the play. It would be nice.

I also came from the 3GS. It is different for sure but worth the adjustment.

DoubleTwist has this option, puts a skip/pause and play controls on its own lock screen. there is also a tap to unlock button which then goes to the handsets lock screen.

Coming from iPhone its also great as the desktop app uses iTunes and has wireless syncing as well.
 
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chokonen888

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Thanks for all the replies most of them were really helpful. I'm still on the fence though since I'm still thinking of the number of apps in the app store vs android market (I have an ipad, so this point maybe moot except for camera apps).

I am also worried about the possibility of a follow-up to this phone and the dpad functionality on fighting games (see other thread). I'll probably buy the XP (if ever) after 2 weeks since the Zagg here will only have it by then (Considering buying the dock and too lazy too remove case every time).

Hopefully I'll adapt to the quickly to the controls in the widgets and the syncing using iTunes through 3rd party software.

Have the iPad and the play, you won't miss anything if you have both :p
 

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    Let me have a crack at this :)

    1. You have shortcuts for almost anything on any android device.
    Configure it the way you please for any application, with settings & options almost unlimited.
    2.You need to specify if you mean phone is in sleep mode with the screen guard enabled or not.
    If you are talking wen screen guard in enabled, certain apps have an option to not let the phone lock.
    3. i'll skip this cos am not sure why you want to do this.. it's not very difficult to pull the phone out and stop music (or whatever) from the notification bar.
    4. Feels quite fine.
    5. IS it worth buying this phone? am not sure about that.. depends on your preference. but my advice would be an android device is a definitely more user friendly and customizable.. and free.. open source remember
    6. any kind of ear phone will work... keep ur ears safe :)
    7. almost any app there is for the iphone or windows fone or anything that has some usability, there is an android app.

    thanks for asking!
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    I was a former 3GS owner and I can't say enough good things about the Xperia Play. I don't miss my iPhone at all.

    The only gripe I have is that the level of brightness is never going to be as high as it is on the iPhone. Other than that you can customize Android to do a lot of things like the iPhone. Starting music is as easy as putting a music control widget on your homescreen. If you root you can also use a button remapper app to map media controls to any hardware key on the device, so in your pocket... easy to play/stop/ff/rewind with blind button pushing. You can even use an app called Tasker to do even further automation of almost any kind.

    The headphones jack feels solid, never flakes on me, doesn't feel weird on the side. I use Sony Bluetooth headphones 90% of the time and it never has problems connecting either (cords annoy me on any device).

    If you like emulation and games, get this device. It's easily the best phone to handle it. Touchscreen gaming will never be able to match the tactile response and level of control you get from real built-in controller keys, period.
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    If you are going to use headphones for listening to music, you can install poweramp and use heatphone button to control your music. A single press of the headphone button can be used to start or pause the music. Similarly double press can be used to skip to next track and triple press to skip to previous track.
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    2. I'm not sure how you can use on screen controls while the screen is off...considering this isn't possible on iphone either I'll assume you mean lock screen controls, in which case yes, you can.

    Yes it is. If your iphone is in sleep mode you can double click the home button and it brings up the music player. You don't need to unlock the home screen.
    And no I could not do this from the play. It would be nice.

    I also came from the 3GS. It is different for sure but worth the adjustment.
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    Yes it is. If your iphone is in sleep mode you can double click the home button and it brings up the music player. You don't need to unlock the home screen.
    And no I could not do this from the play. It would be nice.

    I also came from the 3GS. It is different for sure but worth the adjustment.

    DoubleTwist has this option, puts a skip/pause and play controls on its own lock screen. there is also a tap to unlock button which then goes to the handsets lock screen.

    Coming from iPhone its also great as the desktop app uses iTunes and has wireless syncing as well.