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DSi versus DS Lite: To Upgrade, or Not to Upgrade?

DSi vs. DS Lite: “To Upgrade, or Not to Upgrade?” Sorry, Hamlet, but where technology is concerned, that is the question. If Shakespeare were still around, he would surely agree; whenever a shiny new version of something you already own is released, it can be difficult to decide whether or not that extra lustre is worth the inevitable extra money. To simplify this comparison, the DS Original will be lumped in with the Lite, as the leap from the Original to the Lite was purely aesthetic: the Lite is smaller, sleeker, features more options for the backlight, and is an all-around better piece of hardware (barring, of course, the Original’s more-attractive price tag and the Lite’s lessened utility as a blunt instrument). The leap from DS Lite to DSi has come with its share of aesthetic improvements, but also with some interesting functional changes, the significance of which will ultimately depend on what you want out of your portable gaming system. If you’re debating a DSi purchase, you’re in one of two camps, generally speaking: 1. You own a DS already, and you’re wondering if an upgrade is in order. 2. You do not own a DS, and are wondering if the DSi, the newest and priciest of the three available versions, is the one for you. In either case, the best way for you to make your decision a well-informed one is to be aware of the changes that the DSi has brought with it. No out-of-ten score can replace the usefulness of a point-by-point comparison in helping you to decide whether or not the new perks are enough to warrant your purchase. First, here are the aesthetic tweaks that this newest member of the DS family is sporting: – The power button (a slider no more) has moved from the right side to the unit’s face, next to the lower left corner of the DSi’s bottom screen, where it is much less likely to be mistakenly triggered as you’re holding the unit. A tap of the button will send you back the DSi’s main menu, and holding it will turn the device on or off. – The volume control has similarly changed from awkward slider to button-based adjustment, and is located on the left side of the unit rather than the bottom. – The Lite was a slim and sleek piece of work, but the DSi is even more thin and pocket-friendly. – Buttons are less prominent on the surface of the DSi, lessening the likelihood that...

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