Even though the iPhone has only been out for a matter of months, it seems that Apple have decided to be revolutionary one again with the new iPhone 3G. Apple’s strange like that. Only Steve Jobs himself and students with no money use their computers, but when they put their minds to something else the world tends to take notice. Although I’m not sure why. The iPhone looks incredibly good – I certainly want one – but what the hell kind of phone needs a 612 MHz processor? That’s more than one of my old desktops and is enough to run most computer software*. So is this phone essentially a Mac Mini Mini? Sure looks like it.
Of course, you wouldn’t actually be able to run any software on it – it only has 128 MB of RAM – but it’s still surprising all the same to find that what would have passed for a decent computer 10 years ago is now available in a phone. Apple deserve a pat on the back.
Actually, no they don’t. The iPhone doesn’t do anything unique, and I have a heartfelt dislike for companies that release slightly upgraded versions of alrealdy existing hardware. Like frickin’ Nintendo. The DS is selling incredibly well. It has officially flattened the PSP in terms of sales – it’s sold twice as many – and the train is showing no sign of slowing down. So what do Nintendo do? They announce the DSi, which looks damn good but is completely pointless.
I personally have an original DS, which I am extremely pleased with. Over the last three years it has served me well and still feels as sturdy as the day it came out of it’s shiny black box. Contrast this to the DS Lite, which feels like you could snap it in half with any force at all. And contrast this to the DSi, which is a DS Lite with two cameras – one on the inside, one on the outside, bigger screens, an SD card slot and access to ‘DSWare’, which seems to be a DS version of WiiWare. But it’s all unnecessary really. Anyone likely to buy a DS will have bought one by now, new model or not. All this is going to do is create a rift between regular DS games and DSi games with camera support and the like. Do Nintendo really think I’m simply going to sell my trusty DS ‘fat’ and rush out to buy this thing? Of course not, and neither is anyone else.
Here’s an idea, Nintendo. Why didn’t you make the original DS like this? Think of people in my situation. Even if I wanted a DSi – and I don’t – I wouldn’t be able to ask for one for a birthday/Christmas because my parents alrealdy bought me a DS, and the changes are not significant enough to warrant getting the latest model. Now, if they’d made a new handheld, that would be a completely different matter.
Nice try, Nintendo, but not good enough.
*Not very well, of course, but it can run it.
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