Nintendo Switch Lite vs. Apple iPod Touch: Which is the best $200 gaming handheld for kids?

CNET | 7/11/2019 | Joshua Goldman
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The Nintendo Switch Lite.

Nintendo's Switch Lite, a $200 simplified version of the gaming giant's Switch system, arrives on Sept. 20. The Lite's smaller, all-in-one design is for handheld gaming only. Unlike the original, the controls are part of the body -- not removable Joy-Cons -- and there's no way to output to a TV, so you're always playing on its 720p-resolution 5.5-inch touchscreen. The more compact body should make it easier for gaming on the go, however, and Nintendo promises more than 6 hours of battery life.

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The Lite's release puts it in play for holiday shopping season. However, that also means it's up against the launch of Apple Arcade, Apple's subscription gaming service. Expected this November, Arcade promises more than 100 new and exclusive games available for on- and offline play and should make the 2019 iPod Touch, also $200, a formidable handheld gaming opponent for the Switch Lite.

Which device is best for you and your kid's mobile gaming needs is not as straightforward as you might think. Here are a few ways to help you decide.

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Built for games! vs. Built for games?

Nintendo being Nintendo, the Switch Lite is purpose built for gaming and, more specifically, it's "dedicated to handheld play." Compared to the 6.2-inch Switch display, the 5.5-inch Lite's compact body will no doubt make it easier to manage for smaller hands. It's a lot more jacket-pocket friendly than the regular Switch, too, and with its built-in controls it doesn't flex or creak as much, according to CNET's Scott Stein's hands-on experience with the Lite.

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A new true D-pad on the left side replaces a set of four buttons on the Switch's Joy-Con that offered those same functions, which should make it easier to play the older games available with the company's subscription service, Nintendo Online. Plus, if you still...
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