PSPgo Dissection Reveals Questionable Long-Term Durability

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In case you missed it in our PSPgo review, iFixit performed one of their notorious teardown on the handheld. The biggest news is that the Go's battery is tucked under a warranty-voiding sticker. Other tidbits:

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• You can dissect the Go with a standard Phillips #0
• Sony still uses 802.11b Wi-Fi
• Battery not soldered to board
• No metal framework (the structural integrity relies on outer plastic shell)
• Sony processor, Samsung's 16GB of flash storage (in case you cared)

Even though iFixit is pretty positive you can slide the battery out and leave the sticker intact, it's pretty lousy for Sony to hide a component that will need not-so eventual replacing under a warranty-voiding seal. Also, the lack of an internal framework (or much real metal) matches our impressions of the Go's somewhat flimsy, plastic feel.

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Couple these two points and add a sliding mechanism, and it's hard to imagine how well a Go will hold up two to three years down the line. Then again, Sony is probably banking on you replacing the Go with another new product by then anyway, just like every other CE company. [iFixit]

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DISCUSSION

So, help me out: Why did Sony release this thing, again? Does Sony have a quota on stupid decisions per year and this was needed to break a new record?

The device seems like a nice idea in concept, but they have done absolutely everything wrong. It is poorly constructed, does not include the additional pad, no word on ways to convert existing UMD software, it costs way too much money ... The list goes on and on.

Wait! I've got it! They decided to put all of their stupid decisions into a single device, and from this point forward Sony will only make brilliant machines! Oh, if only it were true ...