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Apple iPod Touch Review

Posted January 11, 2010 12:00 AM by Jaxy

Disclaimer: I have never owned an Apple product of any kind, as I found them to be overly expensive compared to the Sansa product I'd been using to listen to music. However, this year I splurged for Christmas and bought myself an 8GB iPod touch.

The Apps

I will not lie; my main objective when getting the 8GB version was to put as many applications (kindly referred to as apps) on it as possible; this included the useful and the incredibly useless (but fun to have anyway – you never know when you are going to need a dog whistle!). By the time I actually received the iPod touch in the mail, I already had 51 apps queued and ready to download.

There are so many fantastic games and utility apps out there that reaffirm the reason I wanted an iPod touch. Using TextPlus, you can send text messages for free, something that I didn't have with a tracfone. You can also use the Skype app to turn your iPod touch into a phone (almost), by using headphones with a built-in microphone. Skype allows you to converse with other Skype users for free.

Included Features

There are a couple features preinstalled on this gadget before it reaches your hands. E-mail, calendar, contacts, calculator, and weather are just a few applications. Some apps, like the mail feature, require internet in order to work.

WiFi or Bust

The iPod touch, when combined with WiFi or wireless internet, is a wonderful, miraculous thing. Without internet, quite a few applications don't work. Luckily, there are some great games that you can use without internet. These games can be quite fun to use while on car trips. I suggest, however, that unless you plan on spending a majority of your time in an area with a wireless internet source, that you may be best not getting an iPod touch.

Learn From My Mistake

Because I was unfamiliar with iTunes, I decided that after I loaded the apps onto my iPod touch, that it would be okay to delete them from iTunes. It was one of the worse experiences I have ever had. If you sync your iPod touch with iTunes after that, and don't choose to transfer your apps, they will be removed from the device. Luckily enough, I had not yet emptied my recycle bin on my computer, so they were easily recovered. Losing 50+ apps in a matter of seconds is very stressful, so I suggest you learn from my mistake.

I would recommend an iPod touch to anyone. I would suggest buying one with more memory for those who plan on using it primarily for music. The number of applications for this device is vast; a great number are also free, so you don't have to spend another penny after buying the iPod touch.

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01/11/2010 11:52 AM

As a college student, I love my Ipod Touch. I have discovered many useful apps that have assisted me in my lower level math classes and chemistry. Plus it is nice to have a dictionary in my pocket at all times (and yes I found one that works offline). The quick graph app is still useful in math classes because it lets me see the line of a function I am working on, the multiconvert app is also wonderful because it will perform over 60 different categories of conversions with hundreds of different units.

You mentioned games, but not navigation, books, news and so much more. The commercial on TV that says "there's an App for that" isn't kidding. The only downside is the price. I understand that you get what you pay for and if you want quality you have to pay for it. But my problem with Ipod is the fact that a simple wire to plug it in can be $20! I bought mine before the bluetooth and mic were activated so it didn't come with any kind of mic. To buy the official Ipod one is $80!!! I found an aftermarket one at Best Buy for $35, still not cheap. I would hazard a guess that there is a reason the parts cost so much, and it is not because you are paying for quality in this case.

As I said, mine came with the 2.0 software and as I found out later, it has bluetooth and recording hardware installed, it just didn't work until I downloaded (and paid for) the 3.0 software. I don't understand that whole mess.

The reason I bought my Ipod Touch was because I was in college and going to Iraq. I wanted a pocket device to replace the phone I was not going to be able to carry and I wanted a pocket computer to replace the old HPac(??) who's touch screen no longer held calibration. I got what I wanted and more, now I just have to pay for the privilege.

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01/11/2010 10:34 PM

Was gonna buy one for myself (16G) for Christmas but thought I'd wait until the next logical upgrade...iPod Touch with Camera. The iPhone has it and recently the iPod Nano 5th Gen comes with a camera. Even though Apple have not announced this (they do keep tight sealed lips on these things) to me it seems the next logical step. So I'll wait.

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01/11/2010 11:31 PM

I've been using a Palm Treo 650 for maybe four years now. It has been doing all these things and more including still and video camera. There are literally thousands of applications available cheap or free. I haven't looked at the Palm Pre yet (no need) but I expect it will be just as great.

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01/12/2010 5:09 AM

Guys, with most of my family, children, grandchildren living with iPhones and iTouch I have stayed away 'cause I just want a simple PDA! Or a device that will emulate PDA functions and the one that I miss most - after the death of my 5th PDA - is Excel which i use for so many things - i even use it at the gym! On genealogy for data collection and sorting and a myriad of other uses.

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01/12/2010 9:05 AM

There is a reason that Apple holds around 90% of the MP3 player marketshare… because their players are better than most of the competition.

That being said I could never trade my 160GB iPod Classic for a iPod touch with 1/10th of the storage capacity with a higher price. If you want it for games then the iPod Touch is right up your alley but if you're interested in having your music collection with you at all times then the larger capacity iPod Classic is the way to go.

Also, a semi unknown fact, storage size is not the only difference in current iPod Touch models. The 8GB iPod Touch has the inside hardware of last generation models while the 16GB and 32GB iPod Touches comes with a 800MHz processor (compared to the 533Mhz), faster graphics chip and twice the amount of RAM.

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01/12/2010 11:08 AM

YAY! A few years ago my wife wanted one... I got her the one with a 16GB drive and the Bose headphones. I'd see her with it on, listening to her music or pod casts... So one day I tried it - without her conscent and was thrilled by everything, music, games (free & pay), and everything else she had. For me it was mostly the music. So the next day I asked her if I could check it out... And needless to say I 'went to town.' At first I was mostly into the music and some movies - and then started looking around iTunes. I found Professor Lewin's 'videos' on his class at MIT... Needless to say I grabbed them all! They were free!!! There's just so much I love about my iTouch (32GB v1) that I could go on for days... I highly recommend one - if you can. OH! "We" were in the market for one of those systems where you can hook it up to the audio in the car... Our car is fairly old and it has a cassette and CD player... Our friend tried some of those 'radio patch' setups and didn't like it... So one day I saw a cassette adapter and bought it for something like $12! Works like a charm :)

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01/12/2010 11:14 AM

I got one of those cassette adapters for my car for Christmas and I am so glad I got it!

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