The PlayStation Vita won't replace your smartphone.
But if you love gaming on the go, you'll find room for the Vita in your jacket or your carry-on bag. It's the most beautifully designed portable game console ever, built to deliver the kind of adventures you can't get in Apple's App Store or in the Android Market.
The Vita feels immediately comfortable to a gamer who's spent years with a PlayStation controller in his hands. For the most part, the buttons are close to where they are on Sony's DualShock — including, most importantly, analog directional controls under each of your thumbs.
Two "thumbsticks" are essential to many games, allowing you to move your character with one stick and look around the environment with the other. In between the thumbsticks is the real showstopper: a dazzling 5-inch OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screen with vivid colors and sharp contrast. "Golden Abyss" is the system's real graphics showcase, delivering jungle landscapes that are nearly as lush as those in its PS3 cousins. And as bright as the display is, the Vita's battery life isn't bad, allowing about five hours of play between charges.
The Vita is targeted at gamers who want to take PlayStation-quality games on the road, and it delivers beautifully.
Image: Sony's PlayStation Vita and its predecessor, The PlayStation Portable.