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Fun, Futuristic, and Fantastic,
This review is from: Apple iPod touch 8GB (Electronics)
Never before having had an mp3 player of any kind, I'm not one used to listening to music from a nifty pocket device, but when I saw the iPod Touch I finally took the plunge.
What can I say that you haven't already heard? Well here's a few things to sum it up:
The iPod Touch looks and feels twice as expensive as it actually is, just 8mm thick (slimmer than a standard CD case) with a nice 3.5 inch widescreen display and only two physical buttons on the whole device and its glossy black finish and chrome back make it something you'd like to own even if it wasn't an mp3 player.
Interface and Userbility:
The touchscreen lets you navigate absolutely everything besides turning it on and off, returning to the home screen, and bringing up the music menu wherever you are. Simple actions like selecting Music or Video are done with just a touch of a finger, as you'd expect. But where the iPod Touch really impresses is the features like browsing through your photos by flicking your finger, and zooming in and out by pinching your two fingers, or browsing through your music by scrolling up and down or flicking through cover flow. This is where the accelerometer comes in. Simply by rotating the iPod the screen will automatically switch to landscape or Cover Flow. It's trully incredible.
While the iPod Touch is not quite the counterpart of its bigger brother the iPhone, it keeps about 95% of the features without the ridiculous £35 per month contract. The iPod touch, having no phone application and other hardware misses out on these features:
Full wireless capability through mobile internet: instead using wi-fi to connect to the web.
Bluetooth: For connecting wirelessly to a headset but not much else.
Camera: Perhaps the biggest blow, instead keeping the ability to sync photos with your PC.
E-mail: To keep your e-mails with you wherever (didn't miss this at all).
Calander Appointments: Why did they put a calander on when you can't make appointments? Perhaps they'll release this in a software update.
Google Maps: While you can still view this via wi-fi, it doesn't have the full package of being able to call places on the map e.t.c...
None of these came as critical blows for me and I doubt they would for many. The iPod Touch still comes with the main stuff:
Music: Naturally, with new cover flow and touchscreen - well, everything.
Video: Supports music videos and movies with great picture and audio quality.
Photos: iPod Touch really comes into its own here. Superb.
Safari: A brilliant touchscreen internet explorer which I find almost as easy as a real PC.
Youtube: For quick and easy access to the video site. Great.
Calendar, Contacts, Clock and Calculator: All the standard functions we've come to expect, with the Contacts feature slightly making up for the lack of Phone.
The iTunes wi-fi music store: This I really like. Instead of having to load up your PC and navigate through the store, just download it straight to the iPod.
The iPod touch is a great little gadget, and while many find its "small" capacity not good enough its plenty for casual listeners like me. Here's a quick summarry of Pros and Cons:
The Touchscreen, 'nuff said.
The Accelerometer polishes the interface.
The most user friendly interface you can imagine.
Cover flow and Photos are nothing short of superb.
Brilliant and scratchproof (yes!) screen.
Wi-fi applications: Internet, iTunes, Youtube e.t.c.
Sound and Video Quality.
Fingerprints on screen, kind of expected though.
Wi-fi iTunes store only houses music.
Battery life could have been a bit longer.
Can only charge when connected to a PC that's awake.
Only works with iTunes, probably the most annoying part, no other USB device will work.
Chrome back is as scratchprone as ever.
Is 8GB too small? Maybe.
I don't know if it's me, but even when the volume's at minimum it's plenty loud enough in a quiet background.
The cons behind the iPod touch are extremely minimal and it's overall a brilliant purchase with which you get more than your money's worth.