Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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Apple iPod touch 16 GB
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Apple iPod touch 16 GB
Advantages: Easy to use, Many applications available, Good screen, Good battery
Disadvantages: Slow start up, Pricey
The iPod Touch comes in a cute little box, which looks very sleek. You will find the device in there with a pair of official Apple earphones, a charging dock and some brief instructions. Mine also came with a cleaning cloth for the screen, which is made of suede. The official Apple earphones aren't excellent but are more than fair for when you get your iPod. I'd still recommend getting some others to boost the sound quality such as from Seinheisser or Panasonic or another leading brand.
The best way to get to know the iPod Touch is to get stuck in. It may need a little charge to top up the battery but it is meant to come with full battery. You must connect it to your computer using the USB cable within the box, so you can sync it to your computer. You will need iTunes to make full use of the iPod, which is available for download through the Apple site and it's completely free.
After adding music to your iTunes from CDs, downloads or the iTunes Store (on iTunes), these can be synced automatically or manually to your iPod. The way in which music, videos, games, photos and more is synced to your iPod is fully customisable through the iTunes options.
The iPod Touch takes around 30 seconds to start up, depending on how many applications you have on there and the memory you have taken up as it must load it all on start up. The screen is very vivid and the brightness can be adjusted in settings. You will find a selection of items on the home screen such as Safari, Calender, Mail, Address Book, Weather, Google Maps, YouTube and more. Safari is the official Apple web browser, which you can make full use of on the iPod Touch. You can scroll around using the touch screen, zoom in and out by pinching your fingers and then just tap where you want to click - it feels very natural!
The other applications that come with the iPod are useful such as the weather as you can add your own locations and flick through them to get a rather accurate forecast. The notes application enables you to jot down unlimited notes too, which can be used to create shopping lists, remembering phone numbers or names or pretty much anything.
On the iPod Touch, you can watch videos as well as listen to music. The video quality seems excellent as the screen is so small, but it's also a very well-lit screen. The controls are easy to use - all in the style of Apple from Quicktime Media Player. The music is very easy to browse too - you can do so in list-form or by flipping the iPod horizontally, you can flick through album artwork and select songs or albums from there. Playlists can be created both on iTunes and on the iPod Touch so you can play a selected portion of your full music library.
The YouTube application is very useful with YouTube now being an enormous and popular video site. You can browse all the videos on your iPod as long as you are within reach of a wireless Wifi spot. You can also view featured videos and the most popular.
The App Store and iTunes Store are also both available on the iPod itself. This means you can download applications and music, videos, movies and more straight from your iPod to your iPod. Obviously you do need wireless internet connection for this as mentioned before, which is one of the drawbacks of the iPod Touch compared to the iPhone where you have internet on the go. The range of applications available is vast and of all different genres such as games, entertainment, medical, educational and many more. There are hundreds of thousands of applications now available in the App Store, which enable you to do so much on your iPod. A lot of them are free but some must be paid for - usually they are well-worth it!
The menus and screens are very easy to navigate as the touch screen is so very responsive. Viewing photos is enjoyable in slide-show format or just by flicking through and using your fingers to zoom in and out and scroll around them.
Overall this is an excellent gadget and is very capable and fun to use. You can buy the 16GB latest version for around £200 nowadays, which comes with added features such as volume controls on the iPod with a speaker. The battery life is very good and it can easily be charged with your computer or even in a wall-socket if you buy a separate adapter. I'd highly recommend this excellent gadget!
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Summary: An excellent gadget for music, videos, photos, games and more!
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