I really want to like and buy the PSP. But I just can’t.
I admit that I have never been a Sony fan. The brand really means “more expense while lacking innovation and style” to me (with a few notable exceptions). And I never cared for the Playstation. I always had a Nintendo growing up and now have both a Gamecube and Xbox and have rarely cared about any Playstation specific games like Grand Theft Auto.
When it comes to the PSP, I would be buying it solely for the gaming ability since EVERY OTHER function is absolutely horrible. Who is going to buy the proprietary UMD movies? Or buy the proprietary special type of Memory Stick that includes Sonys MagicGate copy protection to listen to music?
But even the gaming comes at a HUGE flaw: you get at most 6 hours of battery life. Compared with the Nintendo DS which lasted the entire 20 hour plane trip to Indonesia, that is pretty lame.
So as much as I want to love the gaming and the beautiful screen (which shows scratches and fingerprints really quick), it just isn’t good enough for me. And I don’t want to pay $100 premium over the DS that will give me 1/4 of the battery life and have features I will never use.
If Sony will get off its proprietary kick and come out with a version 2 with better battery life I would buy it in a second. Then I think they really could overtake Nintendo in the handheld wars.