Product Comparison: Nintendo DS vs Nintendo DS Lite

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General Specifications
DS Lite
About the Product
The Nintendo DS is no ordinary console. What on the face of it appears to be merely an upgraded Game Boy Advance is packed with a suite of never-before-seen features which make it unique within the gaming world. The most obvious new feature is the two screens, the bottom of which is a touch screen.
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.
Key Specs
Screen Resolution
192 p
240 p
Game Sources
Nintendo DS cartridge
Nintendo DS cartridge, Nintendo eShop
Internal Memory
0.004 GB
0.256 GB
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Nintendo DS Handheld Console
  • A very handy little console. Clear screen.
  • The graphics were brilliant.
  • Internal memory and SD card slot are nice.
  • Excellent picture quality in games.
  • Games look great, great resolution.
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.
Size & Weight
1.14 in.
0.8 in.
5.85 in.
5.2 in.
3.33 in.
2.9 in.
0.6 lbs.
0.48 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Screen Type
Screen Size
3 in.
3 in.
What customers say about "Screen"
Nintendo DS Handheld Console
  • The touch screen feels so natural.
  • Good condition. Volume good. Both screens work.
  • Both screens are backlit, and surprisingly visibility is better in the dark!
  • The screens are good. Graphics more than adequate.
  • The touch screen is very cool and the game's stand out from anything I have ever seen.
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.
Multimedia Features
Multiplayer, Internet browser, Clock/calendar
Clock/calendar, Internet browser
Expansion Card
1 GB
32 GB
What customers say about "Multimedia"
Nintendo DS Handheld Console
  • The DS has loads of good features.
  • Lots of features and memory slot.
  • The DS is a nice little console.
  • Excellent that the Wi-Fi connection has.
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.
Power button, D-pad, Select button, Start button, L/R sticks, A/B/X/Y buttons, Volume control
A/B/X/Y buttons, Cross control pad, L and R buttons, Start button, Select button
Audio jack 3.5mm, Wi-Fi, USB
USB, Audio jack 3.5mm, MicroSD card slot
850 mAh
1000 mAh
What customers say about "Power"
Nintendo DS Handheld Console
  • Battery last a long time after charging.
  • With a battery life of between 6 and 10 hours the Nintendo DS gets pretty much everything right.
  • The Nintendo DS has a very good battery life.
  • The battery has managed to last well over 7 hours every time I have played.
  • Excellent sound and fantastic battery life.
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.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer warranty
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