Product Type: Nintendo Nintendo DS games
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Nintendo DS Lite Internet Browser
Member Name: bubblepop
Nintendo DS Lite Internet Browser
Advantages: easy to use
Disadvantages: very slow
The Nintendo DS internet browser provides access to the internet on the DS using the Opera Browser. You are required in insert a DS cartridge and GBA cartridge into the DS into get the wireless and access to the internet.
Before you start you need to set up a connection this is easy enough to do, the DS can automatically search for available wireless networks, you can then selection the correct one and it will then ask for the correct key code / password which you type in if you have one. It will then test the connection and if it is successful then you will all set up.
Searching is also easy. A selection of buttons on the bottom of the touch screen allow to access different feature such as zooming the whole page or certain areas. This is also where you can find the URL button where when accessed you can type the desired address using the touch screen. The touch screen makes it very easy to search as it can be done quickly, unlike the PSP browser where you have to use the d pad searching through for each letter and is very time consuming.
When you have typed in the address just tap the enter button and it will start loading. You can also save any web address to your favourites which can be access from the star button from the bottom of the screen, and will also be displayed on the home page when you load up the browser.
The Text and pictures are clearly displayed and easy on the eyes. When zoomed in it doesn't become too blurry that you can't make out what the text says.
However video is not available on the DS browser, so you can't go on youtube or anything like that or play music either so definitely would recommend it for that sort of entertainment as you won't get it.
The main problem with the browser is that it's slow. Some simple pages that don't have much on them aren't so bad, still slow, but acceptable enough. But when loading more complicated pages you can be sat their waiting for ages for the page to load, and sometimes it can't handle it and stops loading the page altogether.
Another problem is that with the screen being small as it can't display the page very well. It has overcome this problem quite well however. You can have the page loaded so everything is bigger but this means that there is a lot of scrolling. For example if you were to load goggle images, each image would appear below each other, rather than also next to each other.
You can however have the page displayed properly on the touch screen, using the zoom the displayed the area selected larger on the top screen, and is more aesthetically pleasing this way.
With a price of £23.32 (DS lite version) and £28.98 (DS version) it is quite expensive for a new one but can be brought second hand for a little under £10, so is a little more worth it. However I don't think it would be used to get its money worth, if you're like me.
Overall however I feel that it is just too slow to be enjoyed properly as a browser. I think that if is only really useful for checking email and maybe if you need to look something up with no other way of doing it. It is only really good for simple tasks. It is easy to navigate and looks are nice and clear, but the speed really is a big issue and the screen being small as well means it is not very convenient for most browsing requirements.
Summary: likely to gather a lot of dust