The answer is yes. I had a DSphat and upgraded to the lite on US release day. It is much better (and in the US only $10 more). It is smaller, lighter, the screens are brighter, the stylus is much better, the serial numbers don't rub off, and the power button has been moved (used to be right next to the d-pad, and it was easy to accidentally turn off, along with other small changes. The only downside to it is that GBA games (and the DS rumble pak) sticks out 1cm, so I can't just leave my rumble pak in all the time anymore.