Verizon has a beefy catalog of Android smartphones that cover a broad spectrum–from low-end to high-end. Although many dual-core smartphones have come out in recent months, three popular smartphones on Verizon still stick out from the crowd despite their being single-core handsets.

In this post, we will take a quick view at the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, the LG Vortex, and the LG Enlighten. Hopefully, the comparison will be able to help you decide which phone is worth having.

Design and Display

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is regarded as the first certified PlayStation smartphone that comes fully equipped with a 4-inch display with 480×854 resolution. Weighing around 175 grams, the Xperia Play is pretty much heavy for the average smartphone. It features a sleek design with certified PlayStation gaming controls and is quite bulky to slip into your pocket.

Meanwhile, both the LG Vortex and LG Enlighten share the same 3.2-inch HVGA display with 320×480 resolution. The two devices are very much identical in dimensions, with the LG Enlighten having a slide-in keyboard for rapid typing.


On paper, the Xperia Play stands out with a much faster processor clock speed–a 1-GHz Scorpion processor. Second place goes to the LG Enlighten with an 800-MHz Qualcomm processor; and, coming in last is the LG Vortex with a 600-MHz processor. Both the LG Enlighten and LG Vortex may have slower processors, but still applications run fairly well and stably on the devices, with some minor lags on the LG Vortex.


The Xperia Play comes out triumphant once again with the onboard 400 MB of internal storage available for games, videos, apps, and other goodies. The LG Vortex shares 170 MB storage with applications while the LG Enlighten deals with a measly 150 MB of internal storage.

The trio shares a disadvantage when it comes to internal storage, as they are way below the average storage space for smartphones. However, they can be further upgraded with up to 32 GB of additional storage space with their built in microSD card slots.

Memory-wise, the Xperia Play takes the lead sporting 512 MB of RAM–enough for memory-intense applications and games. Both the LG Vortex and LG Enlighten reportedly to have 512 MB of RAM each onboard.


The better-equipped Xperia Play will surely entertain you. Armed with a 5 MP camera, the device features autofocus and LED flash capabilities, making it a suitable companion for day-to-day activities. It also has a front-facing camera for video calling.

Both the LG Vortex and Enlighten each have an 3.2 MP camera with autofocus minus the LED flash. A decent shooter in its category, the camera won’t disappoint camera aficionados. The lack of a front-facing camera seriously hampers video calling, though.

Operating System

Fully equipped with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the Xperia Play and the LG Enlighten share the same features when it comes to applications and functionalities. Although the Xperia Play is scheduled for an ICS update in the near future, hands down, it beats the competition way out of reach.

Dating back prior to its release in 2010, the LG Vortex still operates the older version of Android 2.2 Froyo. Not so much of a contender, the device can handle operations smoothly with the exception of some minor lags when doing multi-tasking.

Battery Life

Considering the Xperia Play as a gaming device, it does stand out with its 1,500-mAh battery for all of your gaming addiction. The Xperia Play can provide up to about 8 hours and 25 min of talk time. Surprisingly, the LG Vortex and LG Enlighten also carry comparable battery capacity as the Xperia Play, with the Enlighten sporting a higher battery pack at 1,540 mAh. Expect to see both LG devices lasting up to 6 to 7 hours under normal use.


Credit all goes to the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, having twice as much power, speed and display than its competitors. The device stands out strong in this round of single-core battles. Not only that, it is also one of the unique smartphones to fully feature certified PlayStation controls tucked underneath. If you’re a serious or casual gamer, why not place your bet on the Xperia Play? It offers all the great functionalities of gaming and business combined together in a rich Android experience.

The LG Enlighten is a decent phone for customers who want a device with a physical keyboard. Practically the best choice for business personnel, the LG Enlighten is geared for rapid typing and ultimately for mobile browsing. Sad to say, the outdated LG Vortex didn’t surprise us with its interesting features. The limited hardware specifications, coupled with the lack of Android update, makes this somewhat less attractive. If you’re investing on your hard-earned money, I suggest you go with the Xperia Play or the LG Enlighten.

What about you? What’s your verdict?

Paul Nuñal
Paul and I.T. are synonyms. If you need help with I.T.-related stuff, call on Paul. His experience with Android phones goes way back to the ancient single-core-phone days. But, he keeps himself up to date, so now he has a dual-core beast in his pocket, and is looking forward to getting his first quad-core monster, and when it comes, his first eight-core phone. Perhaps he should be called Mr. X-Core, where "X" equals the number of CPU cores.