yes its returnable, but theres vertical lines just like in the psp 3000 scan lines. its normal. call sony and they will give you good advice. the black splotches are normal in dark scenes. be sure to deativate your unit before you return it!!! theres a limit to 2 vitas so be careful. if you deactivate from the website, its only once every six months. be careful.
Yes this is normal for the OLED screen to have smear marks or dark blotches visible when the screen is dim.. i had an abnomally large amount all over the screen with my Day 1 vita.. returned it a couple weeks later and the new vita was a slight improvement (the blotches were small and only on the edges).. i then learned this was normal when the screen went dark.
Most retailers are honoring a 45 day return policy to cover you from defective purchases made around black friday.. i dont know about Game stop though call them and ask them
my 1st two vitas, the black splotches were beyond bad. looked like the unfinished swan went crazy. my 3rd one after returning the 2, was way less. every oled is different. but 3rd time was the charm for me.
Glad to hear I'm not alone with the black splotches on the black loading screen. It doesn't affect my screen at all, everything looks purtty and it doesn't bother me.
my vita has this wave of dust along the bottom. only noticeable on a black screen while playing in the dark.
This is also due to a bad batch, some Vita's were made and got dust sealed in the screen. Technically the Vita is not that hard to take apart from my point of view but I guess that depends on the person. I actually had the same problem, I had these little metallic specs, looked like metal dust or something from the factory when I bought my Vita in the top right corner.
Being the perfectionist I am, I just took it apart gave it a good blow with some dust off and good as new but I am sure many of you aren't willing to do that. I just have experience taking a lot of crap apart so it doesn't bother me cause I know I won't break it. Woudn't be surprised if someone on youtube has made a video of it or something, if you are willing to go to such lengths to fix really small flaws.