When evaluating any gadget, you must look beyond the intended use and examine the options available to those willing to step outside the box. For example, how many accessories are available? Can you install emulators or surf the Internet? Does the device load Linux? All these possibilities and more need to be considered.
The iPod wins the accessories comparison. There are so many add-ons that entire stores are devoted to selling things like speakers, FM broadcasters, and more. Keep this in mind because you’ll need to visit one of these stores when you buy your new iPod.
When it comes to extra software, we’re happy to announce that you can run Linux on an iPod. For this I applaud them. But that’s about all I can say. The PSP, on the other hand, has managed to get Windows and Linux running, plus it can run games from about 10 other console systems, surf the Internet with its built-in wireless card, run a web/FTP server, and sooooo much more. In fact, I personally bought a second PSP just because it did all this other stuff.
To make a long comparison short, the iPod has extras that cost money and the PSP has extras that you can download for free. Which would you prefer?