Back in the days when the DSi
was young (November), Eric demonstrated
how slowly the system's browser operated, documenting the agonizing process of trying to read DS Fanboy on the device. Agonizing only
in that it took a long time, we must clarify -- reading any incarnation of our site is a soothing and life-affirming experience, of course. But how much more
agonizing is the process on the DSi browser than on the DS/DS Lite Opera browser
? DotEd of the Opera N+ blog did a comparative speed test to find out.
According to science
(i.e. the one test seen in the video after the break), the DSi's browser loads the New York Times
site much quicker than the DS Lite version; even better, it loads the text first
, so you can read even while images are coming in. The browser on the DSi will end up getting a lot more use than the other one (on account of being free
and not requiring two separate cartridges), so it's kind of nice that it actually works better.
Don't worry if you haven't been following the DSi for the last few months -- your crazy friends at Joystiq Nintendo have been all over it. Check out our unboxing of a Japanese system for a hands-on rundown of features, and have a look at the awesome DSiWare downloads that have come to Japan. Then torture yourself with the limited-edition FFCC: Echoes of Time DSi that probably won't make it here!