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« on: June 06, 2007, 01:34:43 PM »

No, it isn't an episode of SNL, it's just me, posting from my DS!

I've been messing around with the new Opera browser a bit. The touchscreen keyboard sure beats cellphone style text entry.

It's pretty slow to load pages, and I'm still getting the hang of it, but it's not half bad.
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« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2007, 02:19:04 PM »

Quote from: Misguided on June 06, 2007, 01:34:43 PM

No, it isn't an episode of SNL, it's just me, posting from my DS!

I've been messing around with the new Opera browser a bit. The touchscreen keyboard sure beats cellphone style text entry.

It's pretty slow to load pages, and I'm still getting the hang of it, but it's not half bad.

They finally got the browser out for the DS?  My want for one has been kicked up a couple of notches.
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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2007, 02:29:49 PM »

Any pages not loading?  Also, when you say "pretty slow to load pages," how slow are we talking?

I'm thinking of picking this up today, although since I picked up a laptop, my need for one has certainly dropped.
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« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2007, 02:36:28 PM »

I picked it up yesterday and quite frankly I am very disappointed.  Very, very slow to load pages and the little keys on the keyboard are so small, it's easy to miss with the stylus.  I guess the upside is if I'm not near one of my 4 pcs, my laptop, ps3, or psp, then it's a good 6th or 7th option to check my e-mail.  I do like the way when you scroll pages, they shift from the bottom screen to the top one almost seamlessly.  That's pretty neat.

I could have pimped this thing if it were $19.99, but at $34.99, it may be the biggest ripoff on the DS.
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« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2007, 03:06:27 PM »

Level of want dropping....
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« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2007, 03:25:38 PM »

I haven't had issues missing the keys, but sometimes, my taps don't register (note I have the same issue with games frequently...I think it's the angle I hold the stylus at or something).

I've loaded some fairly complex pages, like bluefly.com
I didn't try a ton of different sites or anything, but had no issues.

It looks really good. There's a variety of tools to help view different pages.
For instance, you can switch between a style where it spreads the page across both screens or one where the page
is shrunk down really small on one screen and the other displays one portion of that area zoomed in. In the latter mode you can
use the touch screen to move the zoom box around then tap a key to swap the zoomed area to the lower screen to tap
a button more easily. If you make a page a favorite, you can set the default viewing style for the page.

The narrow width of the screens imposes some limitations on viewability, but I'd say given the limitations
of the system, it's implemented pretty well. There's some nice touches, like being able to turn images on or off
at the tap of a button.

Note that I haven't so much as opened the manual. There are probably some additional things in there that
improve usability further, but I wanted to see how easy it was to just pick up and use.
Everything I've mentioned I just figured out by tapping buttons to see what they do.
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« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2007, 04:24:54 PM »

I was thinking what good could this thing serve...But I guess if you're out and about and have your DS and are near a hotspot it might be neat to be able to buzz around the web.
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« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2007, 04:31:56 PM »

I gave up on this after reading reviews of it's release in Japan.
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« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2007, 04:38:03 PM »

Quote from: ATB on June 06, 2007, 04:24:54 PM

I was thinking what good could this thing serve...But I guess if you're out and about and have your DS and are near a hotspot it might be neat to be able to buzz around the web.

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« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2007, 06:43:22 PM »

35 seems steep considering that their other portable versions are $24, nevermind the free nature of the pc version.

even though the ds is my current portable of choice, if i want to surf the web from the "reading room", i'll use the psp.
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« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2007, 06:46:29 PM »

Does this thing take up the game slot in your DS or is it loaded to memory somehow?
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« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2007, 07:14:17 PM »

I believe it uses both Slot-1 and Slot-2 (the GBA slot).
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« Reply #12 on: June 07, 2007, 03:25:46 AM »

Quote from: unbreakable on June 06, 2007, 07:14:17 PM

I believe it uses both Slot-1 and Slot-2 (the GBA slot).

Correct. The browser resides on a DS cart and there's a memory expansion that goes in the GBA slot.
Note there are 2 versions. The one in stores works ONLY in a DS Lite.
You can get the other version online from Nintendo, and it works in both.
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