Why PSP is better than iPhone


Apple vs Sony?

The Sony PSP and Apple’s iPhone are great little devices, each with their own strengths and weaknesses.  Apple is starting to tout the gaming capabilities of its portable device, and although there is no direct competition between the two, people are beginning to question the need for a dedicated portable gaming device.

We all know that the iPhone has a lot of features, but does it do them all well?  I still carry around several gadgets, simply because they all do their specific tasks better than any all-in-one device.  Now the Apple Advertising Phalus is trying to make me believe that the iPhone is a worthy gaming device?

It is my belief that the PSP is the most superior portable gaming device, across all markets.  Here are my Top 8 Reasons why every self-respecting gamer should have a PSP, regardless of what other portable devices you have.

8. The PSP is cheaper
It can be argued that a PSP with extended battery and huge Memory Stick can cost more than the iPhone, but that is simply not true.

In actuality the PSP ($169) with 16GB memory cards($100)  is still cheaper than a 16GB iPod Touch ($299).

The 8GB iPhone 3G ($199) may appear a good value at first, but becomes exhorbitantly more expensive when you consider the additional charges you pay just to keep the iPhone running.  You can pay nearly $100 a month for Voice and Data service, costing you over $1,000 in the first year alone.  Even if you found the best deal in the world, you’re still essentially “leasing” your iPhone from Apple (or AT&T, however you choose to look at it).

7. The PSP’s storage is upgradable
The maximum capacity of the iPhone is currently 16 Gigabytes, but most people will opt for the cheaper 8GB version (there is no way that 8GB of flash memory is worth $100).  That may seem like a lot of space, unless you actually use the iPhone’s capabilities.  If you use this device for music, videos, and games, then you’ll have to manage which entertainment gets priority… you ONLY have a maximum of 16GB so you can either have a lot of MP3s and a few videos, or a lot of TV shows and a handful of MP3s.  And then you have to make some space for your documents and downloaded applications… and the storage isn’t upgradable.

With the PSP you can upgrade your storage capacity with removable Memory Stick cards.  They can be purchased rather cheaply (I bought an 8GB card online for $30, and 16GB can be had for $100).  You can have a 16GB card for large games, another card for your music, another for emulators… and 32GB sticks are coming.

6. PSP batteries are replaceable, upgradable
The PSP comes with an 1800mAh battery, which allows for 4-6 hours of nonstop playtime (or up to 11 hours of audio).  Upgrading to the 2200mAh battery allows for up to 8 hours of gaming.  Assuming you could actually stomach playing an iPhone game for that long, you’ll only be able to do that for a few hours (especially if you have a battery-sucking 3G)… and then you lose the use of your phone until you can find an outlet.

If your PSP dies, you can simply throw in another battery.  You can’t do that with Apple’s devices.

5. Overclockability
Even with a CPU and GPU designed for gaming, a modern PSP game can sometimes slow down to choppy framerates.  The Solution:  Overclock the processor.  The chip in the PSP is rated for 333Mhz and a 166Mhz bus, but is underclocked to 222Mhz by default.  Once running at its full potential, you’ll never experience a slowdown.  You can overclock on-the-fly with some specialized software, or upgrade to Sony’s 3.5 BIOS, which releases any underclocks.


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  2. pimpmydragon

    June 20, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    iPhone, you and your apple goodness will do something great for the phone pda market: inspire better phones. As for gaming… wait a second, are you telling me that this is Apple's 1st gaming console? Quick, somebody call Coleco or Vectrex haha. Mastershredder, your ominous floodgate, well, doesn't mean anything compared to the content already coming out for PSP, like Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions… but I'm sure I'll have fun playing your Diner Dash :)

  3. Delusional

    June 20, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    i guess you people haven't noticed that the app store just came out in the fall while the psp has the advantage of being around for years plus having a big brother called playstation! apple has got so many industries s***ting bricks that they even got you kids talking about the gaming possibilities in the iphone ipod touch

  4. mastershredder

    June 20, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    I would have like have broken this part by part, but since I work on this platform and have little time to spare, I gotta say you seem to know some about the PSP and very little about the iPod Touch iPhone. I would suggest that next time before writing up a "knowledge base" style articl, you do a little more homework. Particularly to your processor and hack comments.
    You really have no idea about the flood gate that was opened when this product was launched do you?

  5. Techni

    June 20, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    I agree with this article completely. Though it's missing a few points. PSP games can be up to 1.8 gigabytes, where iphone games are pretty much limited to around 10 megabytes (the limit to download over cell connections) PSP games support multiplayer (iphone games cant) You can actually get 64 gigabytes using an sd card adapter for PSP. PSP can use TV out for games, has actual buttons.

    Oh and PSP has TWO 333 MHz processors, not one. Making it more powerful than the iphone, which runs at 412 MHz not 620.

  6. dan

    June 20, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Put simply, you have exactly no idea what you are talking about.

    "The iPhone has a resolutoin of 480×320 pixels, and the PSP has a resolutoin of 480×272 pixels. So you're missing out on 23,680 pixels… I call this a draw because the iPhone is meant to be more general-purpose, and the fact that the iPhone doesn't have VGA resolution is a detriment" wtf? you are talking in the context of iphone as a gaming platform but you put that?

    Please do your research before spouting this garbage.

  7. tenko

    June 20, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    The psp is way better than the iphone for gaming. People say the iphone can take over the portable game market but phones haven't done it so far and I doubt they will.

  8. Jenna

    June 20, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Thanks Bob! I mention the resolution on the iPhone because the iPhone is kinda like a Pocket PC, which benefits from a VGA screen. Why the iPhone isn't VGA when many Pocket PCs are is a mystery to me.

  9. "Bob"

    June 20, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    @ dan
    She does, if you hadn't noticed, mention a couple of other reasons, besides the one you seem to get stuck on, why the PSP is a better gaming device.
    You fail dan.

    Great article Jenna!

  10. Prads

    June 20, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    And Techni wrote, "iphone games are pretty much limited to around 10 megabytes (the limit to download over cell connections)"
    I don't know about iphone but in ipod touch, we can download a game from our PC and then use itunes to copy it to ipod.

  11. Prads

    June 20, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    I agree with you, PSP is better for gaming than ipod touch. I have both and I use ipod touch for music and sometimes internet while psp for gaming only.

    "1800mAh battery, which allows for 4-6 hours of nonstop playtime"
    This is not true, I get no more than 3 hours playtime even in econmical screen brightness. 4-6 hours is dead wrong. Don't give people wrong information.

  12. Jon

    June 20, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Well this article is nice n old. Iphone 4 has way better graphics than PSP. When I compare them the PSP just looks dull. Infinity Blade, Dungeon Hunter, Nova, Brothers in Arms, Rage HD are right up there with PSP games, and some look better. Only thing I dont like are the racing games, I hate using motion controls on racing games.

  13. Deathwingo0o

    June 20, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Okay, so u can take up your psp in a forest and call for help. 911! Help me please im stuck in a forest pls help me! yeah right.

  14. Glenn

    June 20, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    the reason i think the psp is better than the iphone: ok one is an interactive phone, the other is a gaming device you can play videos, music, and games on. sorry but i believe phones should just stay phones, i will never get an ipod or anything like that. plus the psp has better games.

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