Nintendo just released their latest portable gaming console in the United States, the DSi, that has a retail price of $169.99. This new device gives you two larger displays, integrated web browser capability, audio player, two VGA 0.3 megapixel digital cameras, Secure Digital HC slot, and DSi Shop on-device store. The photo software is lots of fun and may result in lots of new photos being taken.
When you sign up for the DSi Shop you will received 1,000 free points to use to buy games. 1,000 points is worth $10.
The first thing you will find is a Quick Start Guide and thick manual.
This is all the paperwork you will find in the box, contained in a long plastic bag.
The DSi is off to the right, wrapped in a sleeve.
There is nothing under the DSi.
There is already a stylus in the silo and you get an extra in the box in case you lose the original.
An A/C adapter is found under the left side.
Here you can see the matte black finish on the DSi.
There are two cameras on the DSi and this is the outer one. A small red indicator light is adjacent to the camera lens.
The indicator lights are viewable when the DSi is open or closed. Here they are in closed mode.
This is a photo of the back where you can see a removable panel (via screws) in case you need to replace the battery.
The stylus fits into the device side/back.
The game cartridge slots is the same as that found on the DS Lite with a spring loaded release mechanism.
The charging port is different than what you find on the DS Lite and the upper left and right action buttons also stick out more so they are easier to press during game play.
There are lanyard openings and the upper right action button located here.
The volume button is found on the left side and is similar to what you find on phones instead of a slider or dial.
The Secure Digital (SDHC-compatible) card slot is found on the right side above the stylus silo.
A rather durable door covers the SD card slot and protects it from dirt.
The headset jack is found along the bottom of the DSi.
The screen size increased from 3 inches to 3.25 inches.
When you have the display open you can see what each indicator is showing you after looking at the icons for wireless connection, charging, and power on status.
There is an inner forward facing camera located next to the microphone on the bottom of the top display area.
The familiar gaming buttons are found on the right side.
The directional pad is the same, but the power button is a bit different and located on the lower left side.
The grill style speaker opening has been replaced by a single opening on both the right and left side. Sound is still quite good though.
Here we see the latest two Nintendo DS units. You can see the increase in display size on the left DSi and the slightly different speaker openings.
The bezel around the DSi is smaller than around the DS Lite.
The DSi is a couple mm longer than the DS Lite. The width is the same though.
The DS Lite is thicker than the DSi as you can see here.
Here are the two in closed mode.
Here are a few of what we have in my household at the moment.
The Gameboy was a college gift from 1989 and the DSi is my latest personal gaming purchase.
One of the biggest physical differences is the loss of the GBA cartridge slot. You lose the ability to play these older games on the DSi.
The image manipulation software lets you add some things to your photos.
A cool effect shown in triangle mode here.
Mal really doesn't have a moustache ;)
The resemblance lens tries to determine how closely related you are. As you can see my two oldest are determined to be related.
I am not sure how accurate the software is as it determined my daughter and I were 30% related.
There are ten frames to select from currently on the DSi. I think this is one are where we may see downloads available.
Here is just a standard shot using the default lens.
One of the coolest lenses is where everything appears black and white and then you tap on a part of the image to turn that part, and any other part with that same color, into color.
Here is a shot using the inner camera located below the upper display.
Another crazy frame you can use.
Here is where your image appears on the viewfinder as happy, angry, or sad.
The distorted lens messes with the entire image.
You can tap around on the viewfinder to add different elements in a photo too.
By repeatedly tapping on the image the colors can be varied through different levels.