Nintendo DSi Browser Review
Guest Post By Jamie
It’s review time (again!) This time it’s the DSi Browser.
I’m going to do all reviews like the WarioWare one, since not everyone wants to read a huge review. I’ll do an overview, then, if you want, you can read the in deapth review of it.
Since Day 1 of the DSi’s launch, there’s been a browser available – for free – on the DSi Shop. The good thing about this browser, along with the fact that it’s free, is that it supports your DSi’s connection settings, so it should be alot faster than that old browser you could buy for the DSLite and DSPhat.
It takes roughly 30 seconds to download, and only takes up 88 of your 1025 blocks of DSi Memory.
When you start it up and get to the homepage, you are given a few options:
- Enter Web Address
- DSi Menu
All of those are pretty self explanatory, so I won’t go into any depth.
As for speed, it’s not lightning fast, but you can’t expect much more from a portable device like it. It’s bearable though.
That’s it for the overview. I’ll be covering the hand-writing recognition, rendering, capabilities and special features in the in-depth part, which you can read by clicking the More link below.
Handwriting recognition is a key part of a lot of portable devices today. If it has a touch screen, and a stylus, you at least expect some bare form of it. But the DSi Browser masters it almost perfectly. While typing The Quick Brown Fox Jumped Over The Lazy Dog (A phrase that uses every letter of the alphabet, check if you don’t believe me), it got just 2 letters wrong (a T and an H), which is actually amazing. And I’m pretty sure that was my handwriting anyway. 😉
Rendering times are good for images, since they are one of the first things to appear after text (the last is normally the background image). They are shown in full resolution, and it easily out smarts other portable browsers in the sense it keeps all the quality.
As for capabilities, I tested 4 popular email providers (Yahoo, Hotmail, GMail and BtInternet), and all rendered fine, as they would on a desktop browser, except GMail. On Gmail, I had to use the Basic HTML mode Google offers for a slow connection. But once I was there, it was just like being on a computer.
The DSi also offers a Column view, but I don’t recommend it. It compacts everything into a small comlumn, and makes it look ugly and hard to read. Boo.
Oh, and one more thing. No flash, which means no youtube or heavily addicitive games.
Sorry this weeks review wasn’t as long as last weeks, but it’s not as easy to review an app as it is a game. Anyway, score time!
Graphics: 10/10 – For the rendering ability, it’s graphics are supreme
Gameplay: -/10 – Can’t count this I suppose
Fun Level: ?/10 – Depends on if you like the internet or not
Play-a-bility: 10/10 – This is one DSi App you can use every day, and never get bored. 😀
Next weeks review, which will be on monday, will be of FlipNote Studio!