"Another great hit from Sony"5.0 starson by RedEagleEXplus
Pros: Able to watch movies (UMD and by Memory Stick Duo), listen to MP3s, and play games with PS2 Graphics.
Cons: Sony should allow open source communities to work with this aswell.
Summary: In the beginning I was a bit skeptic when Sony was entering the Portable Gaming Market as I been a loyal Game Boy fan since the beginning. Even when I had a chance to test drive both the DS and PSP side by side at my local gaming store I didn't quite feel the need to own such a device since my Sony Clie could play movies, and MP3s and just using my GBA SP for the games. However this all changed when I actually had a chance to own the PSP and found it as useful as the GBA and my Sony Clie combined.
After having a large amount of Store Credits left from trading in used games, I decided to pick up the PSP rather then the DS because of one factor. There were way too many DSes that were Preowned at the counter waiting to be sold while there were no PSPs at all for Preowned so I felt kind of awkward to pick up the DS with so many already being sold as Preowned. With that as my deciding factor to purchase it (along with Ridge Racer and Wipeout Pure), I was soon to realize how much use I got from this device.
To help break things down quickly, here are some things I discovered on my own that made me proud to own a PSP:
+ Graphics of the games with the Wide Screen are incredable. Also the movies on UMD seems like HD quality.
+ Reading Digital Manga (Manga Scans and E-Books saved as JPEGS) read clear and with excellent quality. With the Analog Nub for scanning was excellent.
+ In addition to reading Manga, I was able to use my PSP to hold Map Quest Maps (Saved as JPEG) and use my PSP as a Navigation Device.
+ With PSP Video 9 and a 1 Gig Memory Stick Duo, I was able to watch all my recorded shows from TV, and DVDs on it on the go. (Also was surprise how fast conversion to PSP Format was as a 30 minute video took less then 10 minutes at high quality)
+ Surfing the Web using the Wipeout Pure Trick was also impressive and mainly used for reading news when at college and near the library that has Wi-Fi.
+ Listening to MP3s when unable to hold the unit such as while biking/walking or too tired and away from home and just need something to listen to.
Though I gave the PSP a 10, it still isn't quite perfect which is not because of the device itself but with the company.
It would be very nice to be able to use some of the Open Source programs made for the PSP. Such as SNES Emulators for example. (Developers were able to make emulators and such for the PSP before Sony released a update that disabled this feature or atleast made it harder for developers to make such applications) If Sony would let Open Source programmers tinker with this device such as a new Web Browser, new Music Player that could support WMA and OGG, and give it third party apps like Calendars and Drawing Tools would make make this an ultimate portable machine.
But until then, this device meets my main criteria and that is a Portable Gaming Device.