What design of the DS do you like the best?
If you don't want to read my thoughts, it just boils down to this: DS fugly; DS Lite pretty; DSi beautiful
I think that the DS is just plain ugly. Blocky, heavy, and a zany hinge.
The DS Lite looks great, but the gloss can be annoying. It looks classy with the double symbol in the center, and the redesigned buttons. The thin battery indicators look great also. Buttons are mushy instead of clicky now, and is more suitable for 3D games. The Start/Select buttons are nice and clicky, but are too small and at an awkward position. On the top the shoulder buttons are now recessed as flush. The microphone is finally at a sensible spot, too.
For the two DS systems, the OS is just plain ugly. Having to shut down each time is just a plain annoyance, and there is really no reason to even have a menu. All you're going to do is play games and maybe use the useless Pictochat. Then again there is download play.Compared to the games the menu looks oddly pixelated.
Overall the system looks "pretty."
For the DSi, I have to admit at first I thought it looked peculiar. Knocking off the nice DS symbol and adding an unorthodox camera at the corner? Just puzzled me. After looking at it again in a couple months, I think it just looks beautiful. The matte is definitely nice, but what pisses me off is that it's prone to permanent and temporary little scuffs from nails and such. No fingerprints though!It just always looks clean and elegant.
The buttons are now clicky like the original DS, and are more responsive. The Start/Select buttons are the same but larger. Pretty much the system is nice, classy, and sleek like the it's predecessor, but one thing ruins it. The shoulder buttons are raised but a couple millimeters. Instead of small cylinders they actually look like small buzzers. The screens are bigger but with a smaller resolution. The cameras are nice: the internal camera is done very well, but the flushed external camera is just too large and is asking to be scratched.
The OS is a huge step up now. It looks nice and simple; just like the Wii! What disappoints me is that the menu reverts back to the DS menu to access download play.
Overall the DSi looks beautiful!