The current Vita: obviously, not ready to be a phone. Yet.
I've had the PS Vita for a week. In that time, I've been impressed with the system's potential, and I appreciate the effectiveness of its dual analog sticks, but I've come away with one conclusion stronger than all the others:
The Vita needs to be a phone.
By that I mean, in a phone. The current PS Vita, despite coming in a 3G flavor with AT&T mobile broadband, is far too large, and obviously couldn't be a phone, unless you used a Bluetooth or wired headset. However, the fingerprints of a phone-like OS are everywhere. The large, multitouch OLED screen, the gesture-based motions, the Android/iOS-like app icons, the open app pages, the web browser, the Twitter app, the front a rear-facing cameras...the PS Vita is so much like a phone that it becomes a hard device to describe to anyone who hasn't heard of it before.