my nds got stolen along with my r4 and g6. so since my girlfriend has a white ds, i decided to go with the black. i've never handled a black ds before. i was rather disappointed to see that it was just black plastic, without the clear plastic coding like the white. it also feels that the directional pad is of less quality, i'm sure that's just in my mind though. i can't see why the button build quality would be different.