Thanks to the DS homebrew community, you can enjoy at least one rudimentary web browser, and thanks to Nintendo, you can enjoy ... well, one official rudimentary browser. Come the time of the DSi, a browser will be included, and web browsing will just become a part of the DS experience.
Or will it? Not only was the official browser not very engaging, but we just never felt much need for net-surfing from the DS. Does that appeal to you?
Reader Comments (Page 1 of 3)
10-19-2008 @ 10:49AM
I don't know about anyone else, but browsing on screens of 256 x 192 px doesn't sound very fun. Nintendo should really up the resolution to something bigger than QVGA.
10-20-2008 @ 1:04AM
Silicon Siren said...
Indeed they should, but I'm getting a Blackberry Storm soon so I doubt I'll ever need or want said web browser.
10-19-2008 @ 11:15AM
I web-browsed on my DS Lite's DSOrganize web browser.
Until it can view images, it's junk. My PSP web browser works wonders in comparison, just without a good keyboard.
10-19-2008 @ 12:54PM
The sites you view with the PSP browser are limited because of the lack of RAM. Then again, it has more RAM than the DS so I could only imagine what websites on the DS look like.
10-19-2008 @ 4:05PM
Do you have a PSP? If you do, I don't understand.
So far, I haven't found one website that doesn't work due to lack of RAM. The only thing that doesn't work would probably be videos, but there's still homebrew to view Youtube videos o:
10-19-2008 @ 4:44PM
DSO did have small image support though. Also, bunjalloo, which has still been developed for a while, has full image support and is less crashy than DSO's browser. Check it out sometime.
10-19-2008 @ 5:14PM
I know, that's why I used it. Unfortunately, you can only view thumbnails. Any large images won't load, you can't save any of them, and viewing more than about 4 at once will crash the browser (among other things).
Thank god for DSi's built in one, fixing that, I think. (:
10-20-2008 @ 4:40AM
I mentioned bunjalloo, which loads images of all sizes and lets you save them too. It's gotten a lot better than DSO's browser now. See http://code.google.com/p/quirkysoft/
10-19-2008 @ 11:15AM
You might not feel like web browsing on the DS, but I, with only a cell phone capable of the stupid EDGE even without a fully working internal explorer(can't open pictures at all) capable to display about half the resolution of the DS and urging need to know vital information to do my homework(xD) I _definitely_ feel like browsing my only device capable of using the open Wi-Fi of my school...
(You see, that was a damn long sentence. xD)
10-19-2008 @ 6:49PM
Totally agree. Actually, im browsing below EDGE, on EGPRS and i have a nice experience thanks to Opera Mini. It's available for free at Operamini.com from your computer or from your mobile browser.
My own experience tells me it works best with mobile sites of course, and looks way better than the regular mobile browser embeded by default on most phones.
10-19-2008 @ 8:09PM
what phone do you have look into Opera Mini it works wonders even on GPRS.
10-19-2008 @ 11:25AM
Psalm Bowser said...
Web browsing on any handheld is pretty fail. If you can't drag yourself from the overwhelmingness of communication and gadgetry for five seconds, if you constantly need a device to keep you hooked onto the distraction that is the web, without some solace of meaningful silence, then you, as a person, are pretty fail.
We're well too attached to mindless chitter-chatter, browsing, and all that. Sometimes we need to shut up, look up at the sky, and take in some silence. And smile.
10-19-2008 @ 12:55PM
You said "pretty fail" twice. That's pretty fail.
10-19-2008 @ 1:35PM
Psalm Bowser said...
No, that's a major fail. Don't they teach you kids anything.
10-19-2008 @ 10:03PM
I agree with you that we have become too attached to our gadgets; however, the iPhone and iPod Touch web browsing experience is anything but "pretty fail." It is, at times, even nicer than web browsing on my notebook.
10-19-2008 @ 10:14PM
10-19-2008 @ 11:36AM
I personally own the official Nintendo DS Browser, and I find it very useful when I travel to see relative's so I can quickly check my email through the iGoogle mobile without having to carry my laptop, especially since I have no car (travel on bus) and I like to travel with as less stuff as possible.
The web browser isn't very fast on normal web pages, but on mobile-optimized web pages it works reasonably fast.
I guess that with the additional on-board RAM, it will render much faster compared using the turtle-slow GBA RAM expansion.
I plan on getting a netbook one day, but this is the best inexpensive wifi device that I own that can do the bare minimum.
10-19-2008 @ 6:55PM
finally someone who agrees with me! i've found Nintendo DS Browser quite useful if used on mobile sites.
I use it perfectly on m.gmail.com (but i like regular gmail on html better), m.twitter.com, m.facebook.com, google mobile, wapedia.mobi instead of wikipedia and skweezer.com to squeeze any other websites so they render better on nintendo ds.
10-19-2008 @ 9:37PM
NetOperator Wibby said...
Ditto to virtually everything you said. When I heard that the DSi was having a built-in browser I finally realized why the Opera DS Browser was discontinued [lack of sales might have helped that as well].
I only hope that it is a full-fledged browser. At least support Flash for crying out loud!
10-19-2008 @ 10:41PM
One note regarding Wikipedia on mobile, it is now officially supported through the Wikipedia website here