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Shame about the browser,
This review is from: Nintendo DSi Handheld Console (Black) (Video Game)Well, it certainly is a desirable little object, and the cameras, despite being only 0.3mp, offer so many options for messing about with your pictures, that you almost don't need game cartridges. The new user interface is stylish and appealing, and wireless setup is as painless as you would expect from Nintendo.
However, the downloadable Opera web browser is an appalling waste of time. I tried to connect to Facebook, and got the message "out of memory, page may not display correctly", and indeed, it did not. Next I tried eBay. After a few minutes of waiting for it to load I got bored, and decided to try accessing my Googlemail. Again, "Out of memory". If this browser is good for anything, I've yet to discover what!
Then there is the music player. It certainly offers a wide variety of fun ways to mess around with your music ... if you can find a converter to get it into the AAC format the player understands. It's a bit like buying a printer and then finding that it only accepts an obscure paper size, found only in Mongolia. How difficult would it have been to include an MP3 player, or even a CD Rom with conversion software to convert your MP3s or WMAs to this obscure format??
Don't get me wrong. I love my DSi, and I'm glad I spent the money trading in my DS lite, but the browser is a waste of time, and the 'Mongolian' music file format will take a lot of getting around, hence, sadly only three stars from me.
Maybe a bit more thought could be put into usability for the DSi II?
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Initial post: 7 Apr 2009 20:04:33 BDT
Mrs. W. Mitchell says:
Help! DSi or ipod touch for my sons 12th birthday, I am now confused! Have read both reviews. Don't understand the opera web browser comment, sorry am not up to date with the new tech jargon!
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2009 18:49:49 BDT
Stuart Lowe says:
hmm, he's pratically saying that the opera browser (Which is the software thats used on the dsi to access the internet.) finds it hard with some web pages to load quick or load at all. I'd say if you were just buying your son something to browse the internet effectivly then i'd sugest the ipod touch. Hope thats cleared it up for you.
Posted on 10 Apr 2009 20:25:19 BDT
David Vick says:
um... iTunes, the biggest music player out there, converts MP3 to AAC. Don't give the DSi such a bad review just because of that.
Posted on 11 Apr 2009 17:21:25 BDT
Sam Getliffe says:
If You would like to convert onto the AAC format, just use Switch Sound Converter. It's free. I think you may find this very helpful to get your music collection onto a DSi.
Posted on 13 Apr 2009 09:04:35 BDT
T Hornbeam says:
It seems the browser will work with facebook and other sites if you use the mobile versions of these sites, i.e. m.facebook.com
Posted on 7 Jun 2009 18:16:55 BDT
Romeo Whiskey says:
AAC is fine. It's used in a wide range of Apple/Sony products and is hardly obscure and 'Mongolian'. Nintendo would have to pay licensing fees to play MP3s or WMAs on the DSi, so they did right to avoid them really. I'd rather convert my collection myself than pay an extra ten quid for my DSi.
Posted on 29 Jul 2009 14:48:03 BDT
With regards to using Facebook, it is best to use the mobile version on the DSi (m.facebook.com) as this utilises less images and works perfectly on the system, mobile versions of websites are best if you are using your DSi for internet browsing.
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Sep 2010 12:10:19 BDT
Ms. S. J. Lamb says:
if ur son is under 30 he will love the dsi :P
i wouldent worry too much about the browser, bigger memery shuld fix it
if he is under 16 i wouldent get the ipod touch, my nephew got 1 of each and never plays with his ipod touch.
failing that you could ask one of his friends you trust to do the "motobike or car....tv or pc....ipod or ds"
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