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| "Details" , posted Fri 27 Jan 02:11:|
OK, at first glance, nothing has changed. But on closer inspection there are a few key differences. I'm guessing the screens are the same size as the original, which means that the rest of the device has gotten a tad smaller (obvious). The start and select buttons have moved down and gotten smaller, while the power button has moved off the bottom face entirely. These are welcome changes for sure (I've hit the power button on accident more than once on my DS classic). The hinge for the screen has moved from the center to the outsides, with the status lights on the right side instead of below the bottom screen. This will make it even easier to see the lights with the lid closed, which is also a minor plus (so you can tell when it's done charging). I just hope the hinge isn't in the way of the L and R buttons at all.
The only negative changes I see are the size of the speakers and the location of the microphone. There are now a grand total of 12 holes (visible) exposing the speakers, while the old DS has 56. The microphone is now directly below the top screen instead of the bottom left of the bottom screen. This might make it easier to access, but I can forsee some fogging up of the touch screen when blowing on the microphone and the general grossness of other people breathing all over my touch screen when they use it.
While some of the changes are nice, this is hardly an overhaul. The screen brightness adjustments might be good for making your battery last longer, but the old screen is plenty bright as it is, so I don't think viewing quality is an issue here. I definitely won't feel like I'm missing out by not getting myself an upgrade, unlike the GBA SP.
[this message was edited by Grahf on Fri 27 Jan 02:15]