Pros Great screen
Cons Oppressive copyright restrictions
Required Vita-only overpriced memory cards
Expensive games unlike DS and iPod
Summary Sony has gone insane. They cannot figure out if this is a downloaded game device or a portable console system. So they made it the worst of both worlds. It's not an iPod where you can download a bunch of affordable games or a DS where you can buy used or swap with friends.
Games cost $30-50 each. You can download them from sony with a 10% discount but you have to store them on a overpriced Sony memory card that you buy. Game downloads are about 2GB each so they cost you $10 more each to put them on a 4GB card, good thing you saved $3 downloading it. Even if you shell out $100 bucks for the 32GB then games cost an extra $6. So games don't really cost $30-50 they cost $33-60. If you run out of space you can delete the games from your card to download others but you can only download games that you bought up to 5 times before you have to purchase them again at full price. So losing memory cards is a double whammy. iTunes encourages you to backup the music you buy but does the Vita even allow that? I think not.
So buying game cards seems like the way to go. Except, once you buy a game it can only be played on the device it was first played on which means if your device is replaced under warranty you are either buying all new games or you are in for a hassle to get them all replaced. This also means no trading games with your friends. If you lose the cartridge you are out of luck unless you could back it up.
Rentals are available but they do not include the content key for the downloadable content.
This does not even start to get into movies or music. I can't wait to see where that goes.
Every direction you turn Sony is overcharging you.
Pros OLED Display, Responsive touch-screen, game graphics, overall design of device, all games can be saved to a memory card (no more "mini-discs" to carry), free online gaming through Playstation Network(with WiF, overall navigation layout is excellent
Cons Proprietary power supply (charger,) Proprietary memory card (sold separately) no on-board storage, terrible web browser, battery life could be better... an integrated kickstand would be nice
Summary Just got this device as a gift, and I really really like it. I have an Xbox console, but have had PS consoles and the PSP in the past. The Vita is a beautiful device, and you can feel the quality (weight and balance) when you hold it. The 5" OLED screen is gorgeous, great for Netflix and gaming. The only gripes I have about the device are the ones you have heard before; proprietary charging cable (why not a mini-USB?) and memory cards are a pain, and although standby battery life is great, watching a movie then plying a game will just about kill the battery, but this is expected on a device that can do so much. Tiny analog sticks are kind of awkward for gaming after being on full size console, but Im not sure there is any way around that on a device that can fit in a backpack or mid-size bag.
The one main complaint I have that I dont feel is 'nit-picky' is the browser. It is not a "mobile browser" so webpages accessed are the full-site version of the page, displayed on a 5" screen. The 5" screen is perfect for movies on the go, and mobile gaming, but can be cumbersome to view a webpage that is designed to be viewed on a 19" monitor.
I love the device. If you like mobile gaming in a mini-console experience or are "on-the-go" (especially if you have access to a WiFI connection), this is a solid purchase.. you wont be sorry.
Pros Touch screen very responsive
Cons Touch screen very responsive
"bad bad bad"on by antreasarkoudi
Pros 3G good graphic and skype
Cons need SD CARD for save gameplay,there no SD card free like nintendo 3DS XL and the price is not good
Pros Good graphic. WIFI is strong if you got a good package. controls are sharp. easy access
Cons wifi can be a hassle if you got low package. depending on games, some games can get kicked off.
Summary if i had to do it all over again, id still buy the PS Vita.