PS Vita versus smartphones – Screen
The Vita's 5in OLED touchscreen is larger than most smartphone displays (aside from the 5.3in Samsung Galaxy Note), which makes for immersive gaming. The iPhone 4S' display has a higher pixel density (326 vs 220ppi), but you barely notice when playing.
PS Vita versus smartphones – Ergonomics
Analogue sticks, buttons and a rear touchpad give the Vita more sophisticated controls than any phone. You can attach accessories such as the Gametel controller to iOS and Android phones, but it's neither as accurate nor an elegant solution.
PS Vita versus smartphones – Games quantity
According to Appshopper, there are over 100,000 'game and entertainment' titles available for iOS – and that's without Android. Even if you just pick the good ones, the Vita's launch roster of 33 titles is comprehensively outnumbered by either platform.
PS Vita versus smartphones – Games quality
The Vita is the only handheld able to serve up console-quality titles such as Uncharted. But Android and iOS titles are getting serious, too – witness Shadowgun – and when it comes to instant-on, fiendishly addictive games snacking, they make much more sense.
PS Vita versus smartphones
Sony reckons the PlayStation Vita beats smartphones because it gives you console quality analogue sticks, takes AR gaming to a whole new level and talks to your PS3. We reserve our final judgement for our full review, but suffice to say there are pros and cons for both types of device.