Pros the new cameras are cool, the image editing software is fun.
the voice and audio tweaking program is fun.
looks higher quality than ds lite
free web navigator
Cons So far, only japanese interface.
The battery life is OK, not exceptional. The power adapter runs only on 100V (but you can get an usb charger for a few bucks)
Summary This is my first nintendo ds, so I lack a comparison point for the lite version.
I got this gadget in Japan, and so far it is a japan-only product, so, the interface is in Japanese, and there might be software incompatibility issues (which I still have to meet). I have not found the way to change the language so far.
The new cameras are a lot of fun, you can run editing software on the fly and make funny pictures, my 2 year old kid loves this feature.
There is also a program to record voice snippets and edit them, transform them into parrot-like, robot-like and so on. Again, lots of fun for my kid.
The wifi connection works OK, it supports wep2, and is easily set up. I had to register in their "club" to get access to the shop, where the web browser is to be found (free of charge).
I have not used many games yet, only nintendogs (which seems to be the same standard as in the lite version, I guess, can you call the dog by voice on the lite?), lodge runner (just OK) and a japanese dictionary which also works well.
I have not yet tested the connection to other nintendo ds or multiplayer games.
Finally, a good game gadget, quite successful in entertaining my kid, easy to use, fun.
Pros The DSi Store is inspired. The case feels much less "toy-like" and more durable. The increased screen size is helpful, especially when using the touch screen. The sound is far better both in terms of volume and dynamic range.
Cons No GameBoy Advance slot is a shame, and even some DS games require it (Guitar Hero, and of course the rumble pack). Yet another new charger!
Summary This is the best DS yet. The loss of the GBA slot is a pain, but you're probably not still playing GBA games.
The store is a great idea. The hardware is even better than the DS Lite (which lets face it was nice). Playing games that need the touch screen is easier (it's only a little bigger, but it does make a difference).
The sound is much improved, I don't know what they've done, but everything sounds much improved. I also liked the new menu system (you can move the items around too, it's quite customisable) and the addition of the soft-reset is a brilliant touch.
The power key needs a little pressure to push and that seems to stop it being pushed by accident (unlike the original DS). I actually quite like the change to the volume control, as I found the slider on the DS Lite often got changed without me meaning to, and it was hard to get the volume you wanted (fully on or fully off were easy - in between was more difficult). This unit is much louder.
Here in the UK we have black and white cases, the black one is a big improvement on the older DS Lite as it isn't a finger print magnet, I have no idea what the white one is like.
The Camera application is a fun distraction. The cameras aren't of amazing quality, but drawing on the pictures, and bending them is surprisingly addictive and time passes quickly. It's odd as you don't initially think it'll hold your interest. The sound application is similar but less so. It is odd just how often you'll find yourself wasting time with these applications to comic effect.
The browser is Opera, it seems quite feeble. It is slow, and lacks many of the modern toys, you'll not been enjoying a "web 2.0" experience on the DSi. However it can log you into Internet gateways and serves for light surfing. But this isn't the main event here and it isn't worth buying the DSi for the browser.
This isn't a "must have" upgrade for the casual DS Lite player (though that might change over time). But if you have an original DS this is a far nicer system. For potential DS buyers, this is the system to have. The DS has a huge library of games, and they cover a wide range for child friendly titles through hardcore (GTA etc) to casual and games for seniors, the DS has something for everyone. Highlights include: "Mario 64 DS", "Zelda Phantom Hourglass", "Mario Kart DS", "Professor Layton and the Curious Village", "Animal Crossing: Wild World", "Metroid Prime Hunters", and "Korg DS-10". If you're a serious player of the DS you'll probably find it worth the upgrade even from a DS Lite.
"Just Terrible"on by 2008Chipo
Pros NONE! Zilch Zipo 0 nada
Cons My screen cracked when i shut the dsi ever so lightly and then I turned it on one day and everything had been deleted EVEN my pics! not good! :(
Cons hard to modd
horible resalution camera with low frame rate
Summary great for modding
Pros 2 cameras
Ability to upload photos to Facebook
Cons Bad quality camera
Only 10 seconds of audio recording