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Functionality of PSPs for travel

I'm considering picking up a PSP, what attracts me to them from a travel standpoint, is they are a unit that does a lot of things in a little amount of space. The one function I'm really wondering about is internet. How fuctional are then when it comes to traveling europe, and jumping on a WiFi Hotspot, and doing some simple web surfing, e-mail, and maybe even some photo uploading. Do they work well for that? Are there any issues in using them in europe?

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My husband and daughter use the PSP on the internet all the time. They both are gamers and proficient texters, and don't mind surfing on the PSP at all. The "old version" PSP has some hang-ups that my husband says are fixed on the newer, smaller version. We haven't loaded pictures to the internet, but both of them use it for music, internet, and games. They download music all the time. Husband used it at the hotel in Germany for email to kids, reading the local news, whatever. I'm not a texter, the lack of a keyboard makes me crazy, but they jump on and off the internet all the time with it. I think the new one has some data transfer features that the old one didn't, like USB connectors instead of just memory sticks. It fits in your pocket, is pretty durable (my 12yo son hasn't destroyed it in 3 years), and if you like to game there are a whole lot more options.

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Perhaps an IPHONE would be a bit better - unless you really just want all the games on the PSP!

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With Iphones and PSPs you can't install third party software like Skype. With Skype installed on a PDA you can make free PDA to computer calls, and PDA to land line/mobile calls at dirt cheap rates. You get more flexibility with a PDA.

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WiFi works the same here as it does in Europe. A lot of McDonald's and Starbucks will give you 30 minutes of free access, you have to pay for more time. If you not a into video games you many want to consider a high-end PDA instead. In addition to internet functions you can also use them a for music, videos, text/PDA files. Most important you can also install third party software like the "Tube 2" package which gives you interactive street and subways maps for most cities. The best PDA on the market is currently the HP iPAQ 211-about the size of a calculator.

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I have a Palm TX and really like it. I also bought a folding keyboard that when folded is about the same size as the Palm, but when opened it's a full size keyboard. It's also wireless.

It won't play video games but I have games such a Sudoku, Scrabble and Backgammon on it. Plays mp3s. I also load my itinerary on it as well.

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I know I've seen that Skype is either coming for PSP or is aviable, which was another thing that made me have interest in the PSP.

And thanks to everyone so far for the info you've shared!