When I first opened the DS Lite, it sort of reminded me of the old Game & Watch from Nintendo. It features the same flip open dual-screen configuration, except the G&W only played one game and wasn't in color.
The controls are not over done like what you'd see on a home console. There is a directional pad and a total of 6 buttons for control (X,Y,B,A,L,R). There's also the standard Start and Select buttons. I would have actually preferred if the directional pad was a bit large. Users with larger thumbs may find it hard to manage over a long session of gaming.
There are two small speakers located to the left and right of the top screen. Although small, they provide enough power for gaming on the go.
For voice enabled features of the DS, a mic is also included.
The X,Y,B,A buttons are located right above the Start and Select. They're positioned far enough from the screen to prevent your thumb from blocking your view.
I will admit, one of the main reasons I decided to get a DS Lite was for New Super Mario Bros. The thought of a revamped 2D Mario game was the deal closer. Strangely enough, there is no demo cart whatsoever included with the DS Lite. So when you purchase the system, make sure you purchase a game along with it. The cart is not exactly the cart you may be familar with. It's more along the size of a SD flash memory card.
The below images of nSMB are not even at full brightness. You can adjust the levels through the setup screen of the DS Lite.
The touch screen provides useful information, which in nSMB, tells you how far along you are on the map. During the game, you can also use it to store extra power ups which can be activated by just touching it on the screen.
Oh yeah, the viewing angle is incredible. Here's an un-altered angle shot.
Overall, the DS Lite does not disappoint. The smaller redefined design is a true winner. With the great screen, long battery life and a slew of other upgraded features, this is one portable that's hard to beat. PSP may have UMD and music playing abilities, but no other system out there has Super Mario Bros. nor any of the other unique Nintendo games. Pick one up, you won't be disappointed.