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Apple's Generation 5 iPod vs. Sony's PSP

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Matthew David compares the Gen 5 iPod to the Sony PSP and reluctantly concludes that Sony will come out the loser. Again.
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If you’re a tech-head, you won’t have missed the recent release of Apple’s fifth-generation iPod that now supports video. With this new release, it’s worth taking a look at competitive products to see how Apple’s latest version of the iPod stacks up. We all put our heads together to think of a worthy product that can compete against the iPod. Our choice is Sony’s PlayStation Portable (PSP).

Why the PSP Is a Great Device

Sony PSP is a great device. If you pick one up, you can’t help but be awed by the way it looks, feels, and responds. You can play games that—if you believe the news releases from Sony—are technically more advanced than the PlayStation 2 game system. Pictures and video can be played on the PSP; you can connect PSP systems together with built-in WiFi connectors. A new playback format, Universal Media Disc (UMD), allows you to watch movies in beautiful widescreen, play games, and do all sorts of other things.

You have to give Sony their due. The PSP is an elegant tool, with a massive wide-dimension screen, cool game environment, and solid handheld experience.

And yet, I fear it will die a fast death.

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