Product Comparison: Nintendo DS Lite vs Nintendo DSi

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General Specifications
DS Lite
About the Product
When the Nintendo DS was first announced it was dismissed by many as a white elephant with a gimmicky interface and underpowered graphics. Over 15 million sales later and the story is a little different. The DS Lite is fully compatible with all existing Nintendo DS (and Game Boy Advance) games.
The SystemThe Nintendo DSi is a high-powered handheld video game system in a sleek, folding design-loaded with features designed to create a unique gaming experience. Like the DS and DS Lite before it, the DSi features Nintendo's trademark stylus-driven touchscreen technology, but determined to make portable gaming simultaneously larger and smaller in all the right places
Key Specs
Screen Resolution
240 p
240 p
Game Sources
Nintendo DS cartridge, Nintendo eShop
DSi Shop
Internal Memory
0.256 GB
0.256 GB
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Nintendo DS Lite Handheld Console (White)
  • The graphics are good, easy to use.
  • Superb console for fun with people of most ages. Just finished Chrono Trigger, a masterpiece.
  • Great for long car journeys or waiting for appointments. Helps occupy youngesters who feel too old to play eye-spy etc.
  • My grandson loves it he is on it all the time it is very well made,and a very good price,excellent quality.
  • Excellent quality, well packaged, good price. My son is delighted with his purchase, to replace his other DS that broke.
Nintendo DSi
  • If you're looking for a handheld game console, then the DSi is still possibly the best one around at the moment.
  • Seems stronger than the original DS and DS light. Love that quality and finally internal storage!
  • You can store photos on an SD card or the DSi's internal memory. Nice addition.
  • The Dsi has internal memory, faster processor and 4 times the ram of previous DS models. If you have not got a DS, this one is well worth the future investment.
  • Internal memory and SD card slot are nice for storing data.
Size & Weight
0.8 in.
2.9 in.
5.2 in.
5.3 in.
2.9 in.
0.74 in.
0.48 lbs.
0.4 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Nintendo DSi
  • All in all a great little product and we now have two kids who will happily sit in the back of the car without squabbling !
  • It's sleek design and lighter weight plus the large screen are just a few things that make the DSi great.
  • A nice little device easy to use lightweight good clear screen images also lots of other features still working on them, camera music etc.Good purchase for gamers.
  • It's small enough to carry with you anywhere and I've found the battery lasts hours, particularly if you have the screen brightness on a lower setting.
  • The only thing I felt was better with the DSlite was that the DSlite was lighter in weight and I found it easier to hold, I could play games for longer with the DSlite.
Screen Type
Screen Size
3 in.
3.25 in.
What customers say about "Screen"
Nintendo DS Lite Handheld Console (White)
  • The screen brightness difference is amazing, the original DS is only just about bright enough to match the lowest setting on the LITE and the other three settings make the gamplay crystal clear.
  • Colours are now vibrant whereas on the old DS colours were washed out.
  • This version is great, the size and screens make it just perfect, so satisfying.
  • The screen is a little dark at the top, and it is not the most sensitive, have to allow for that as it is second hand.
  • In working order and fully charged, but stylus missing although promised and a large hole in the back.
Nintendo DSi
  • Its the DS again but this time with built in camera and a slightly bigger screen.
  • The larger screen is easier on the eye and I've had great fun with taking photo's, recording sounds and using the applications to manipulate them. I would recommend this product.
  • Looks and feels quality and the screens give nicely detailed graphics.
  • Although screen is bigger than the DS Lite's, all they've done is increased the pixel size, so the screen is actually has a lower pixels-per-inch resolution than the previous version.
  • Trying to read text, especially on a website, is just awful. Bad quality screen.
Multimedia Features
Clock/calendar, Internet browser
Internet browser, Photo
Expansion Card
32 GB
32 GB
Front Camera
0.3 MP
Rear Camera
0.3 MP
What customers say about "Multimedia"
Nintendo DS Lite Handheld Console (White)
  • I needed a DS without camera function for a young relative. This was excellent value and was honestly described. Many thanks.
  • Ive got a 8gb micro sdhc card which slots into the m3, and allows me to carry 8gb worth of games all on one cartridge!
  • Excellent, but I need more up to date solataire dsi games, and other card games and better puzzles if you have them.
  • The lack of a camera is not a problem for me, I really like all the other aspects.
  • I love this device, I like absolutely everything, I would like a camera, but without it it’s not bad at all.
Nintendo DSi
  • Cool new software, cameras, bigger screens, internet access if compare with previous model.
  • The built-in cameras, together with the built-in image software, are fun- allowing you to add decorations and change photographs.
  • The camera software is fun and my kids love taking photos and the warping them or drawing on them to give us all funny haircuts etc.
  • Low camera and screen resolution, can't play some of the latest games (3DS-only games), and the web browser is very basic (no flash etc.)
  • Browsing the internet uses the Opera web brower, but this is a truely awful experience: slow, no integrated plug-ins so many websites don't work properly, and you can certainly forget YouTube etc.
A/B/X/Y buttons, Cross control pad, L and R buttons, Start button, Select button
A/B/X/Y buttons, Cross control pad, Select button, Power button, Start button
USB, Audio jack 3.5mm, MicroSD card slot
USB, Audio jack 3.5mm
1000 mAh
840 mAh
What customers say about "Power"
Nintendo DS Lite Handheld Console (White)
  • The battery life is good, and the unit's case seems fairly robust. A real winner.
  • Nintendo quoted 5-9 hours of battery life at the brightest setting. While I have no way of proving their quote, I find myself only needing to charge the Lite once every 2-3 days. That is pretty good.
  • The product itself works great and the battery lasts a decent amount of time. Good purchase overall.
  • Had this for years still working and great battery life!! No complains, only happiness!
  • It does not charge.
Nintendo DSi
  • Battery life is amazing last longer than i thought, unless of course you have wifi turned on the whole time then it goes rather quickly which is to be expected.
  • Very good keeps the kids happy for hours no matter what age and good battery life good on long trips.
  • The battery is very good and I can get the best part of a days travelling out of it, this means a good few hours of gaming.
  • If I have done a good charge, the battery seems to last for a few days which is great.
  • The battery pack once charged lasts a long time so great for journeys.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer warranty
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