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April 3, 2006

Filed under: gaming»hardware

The Old Ways

Does it make me strange that I like the way the current DS looks? That I'm not really at all tempted by the DS Lite? I'll admit that I wasn't impressed with the first set of products--who has ever liked that cheap-looking silver paint? But the Electric Blue is, I think, very striking, and I like its size and design. I also like its concave buttons and shallow, precise d-pad. The weight has never been a particular problem, luckily. My only issues have been a sticky right trigger I had to clean, and considering that my DS spends a lot of time being jammed into a tote bag with all of my other random gear and grime, that's a pretty good build record.

Much the same way, now that I think about it, that I like my cheap Nokia cell phone. The phone has no features, practically. No camera, basic color screen, no clever buttons, no .mp3 ringtones. But it feels good in the hand. It's just the right size and weight to be substantial when gripped in one hand. Maybe the DS Lite will win me over once I can physically try it out. But I have to say, I'm a little saddened by the idea that the old model will fade away in a few months.

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