Try the Vita out at a nearby Target or Best Buy, see what you think of it. I own one and I can say it's a pretty cool device. It's not perfect but it's near perfect. Also, if you buy one from a store there will be a return date trial period, which means you can buy it and if you're not happy with it you can return it for a full refund. I bought mine from Walmart and it had a 2 week return policy. But ask at your store about that.
Here some pros and cons about the system, what I think:
* Nice, big, screen. Screen is very colorful and somewhat vivid. Also the screen is highly sharp, due to its resolution. That makes it nice to look at.
* Very powerful harware for a handheld. I wish it could have been slightly more powerful, which Sony acknowledged but said that it needed to be able to run 3-5 hours, and the cost would probably be much higher. Even so, it's capable of very good graphics. It's just up to the game developers to make a game look great. Unit 13 and Uncharted are shining examples of the graphical capability of the Vita.
* Control inputs. The Vita has dual analog sticks, and dual touch screens which add almost complete control in games that utilize them. And it's very well implemented. No problems whatsoever.
* Some of the best games are coming out for it. Call of Duty, Resistance, Bioshock, and Grand Theft Auto are to name a few. I like Sony's games better than what Nintendo offers. And they're much deeper and more in-depth than tablet or smartphone games.
* Online features. The Vita has many games that support online multiplayer play, which is very nice. That's one of the best options in games as it's some of the most fun times you can have.
* The apps for it work flawlessly. I use Netflix on it and it plays without a hiccup. There's also Facebook and Skype and few other social networking sites. Haven't used the other ones though. The only problem with Skype is if you have too many friends (say 250) Skype won't work.
* It's quiet this time around. Because the Vita uses flash memory for its game cards it makes no sound, which is quite the opposite of what the PSP did. The PSP made a loud searching-loading noise for its UMDs, which I didn't like at all. The Vita has none of those problems.
- Only one PSN account per Vita. Sony stated that they wanted the Vita to be used by one person only. The PSP was also like this, but they could have added the ability to have sub-accounts like the PS3, so that two people could use the Vita with two diff accounts. But that's what they decided to do.
- Graphics could be better in some games. But again that's up to the developers, they're the game creators and they are the ones that fashion a game for the Vita. It's up to them to optimize a game for the Vita's hardware, which is not always done properly. And hence you get games that don't look as good as they could be.
- Power cable must be plugged in only one way. You are able to plug the USB power cable into the Vita either way, which is a big design flaw. Every electronic device today has only one way to insert the power cable, but the Vita messed up in that regard. But I don't recommend inserting the cable in backwards as I don't know if that'll break the connection chip in the port hole. I've never tried it but Gamespot has said that it can be inserted either way. It will only charge one way though, which is in the correct way to insert it.
That's all I can think of for right now. Overall I recommend the Vita, I've tried the 3DS and the Vita is miles better than that one I think. The Vita feels good in the hands, and it looks professional. Everything that Sony does is made of quality, they've done that throughout their history. But as you've never tried the device I recommend trying it out in stores if you can. That way you can get a glimpse of what it's like, the screen and the user interface. I'm proud to own a Vita, since I'm into handhelds. And the Vita is the best handheld out there I think, better for games than the tablets and smartphones. Vita games are just more expensive, but deeper and richer in content and story.