Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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Excellent, until they brought out all the new ones.
Apple iPod touch (2G) 16 GB
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Apple iPod touch (2G) 16 GB
Advantages: Ultimate multimedia device.
Disadvantages: Battery life, IOS 5
The iPod Touch, along with the iPhone revolutionised the way we access content online, because of the "App Store". I've had this version of the iPod for a few years now, and I can have few faults with the product itself; however there is an issue I have with the way that Apple bring out new products to supersede the old. So first I'll run through the benefits of this product, before settling on the issues I have.
==All round media player==
I like to use a fair variety of content - games, music, films, tv series, ebooks and apps are all on my iPod, and it handles them very well. The screen is vibrant and clear, and there is often very little delay or lag when playing games and listening to music. Undoubtedly, the design is superb, something one would expect from Apple, with audacious 4 buttons (the addition of the two volume buttons on the side is a nice addition from the 1G version, because you can increase the volume without having to unlock the device, which was a bit of a hassle.) The device is slimmer than an iPhone, which I prefer, good for keeping tucked into a small pocket in a bag. Frankly, I can have no faults with its performance here - not only does it fulfil all the demands I have of it, it has revolutionised the way we approach them.
If you're someone like me who is forgetful and never charges things, then you won't suffer to much with this. The battery life is good, I've managed to get a good few days out of it if using less draining content, like ebooks and music. If you're planning on watching films, then this does drain the battery life, and games do so even more, but if you're in a car, you can get good car chargers relatively cheaply, and the prevalence of iPods means that you can normally find a lead somewhere if you need one. The one thing that annoys me about the battery life is Push Updates. This is an 'app' which checks sites like Facebook, News Apps and Mail to see if anything has happened, and if it has, 'pushes' it to your iPod. This is great, because you know when stuff comes up, BUT it is a massive drain on your battery life, because it is almost constantly running. So much so, that unless you've got it docked or on charge, it, to me, is a little pointless and frustrating because you're always low on juice. In the end, I turned it off; if I want to know something, I just check the app rather than having the app come to me.
Apple recently released their new software for iPods, iPhones and iPads; IOS 5, which looks wonderful. Embedded in that is iCloud; new cloud computing which lets you store things in the ether to access later or remotely. This is brilliant. It would be even more brilliant if you were able to get it on the 2G version! I only bought this product a few years ago, at significant cost, and already it is out of date because I cannot use cloud computing, I cannot enjoy all the new software that Apple have rolled out. I see this as a ploy to get you to have to go out and buy ANOTHER iPod to replace this one which is now out of date. They've done this before; wheeled out new software to engulf the oldest model, condemning it to an early death, or a cheap eBay sale.
If you only want to use the iPod for music, movies etc; content which doesn't require new apps, then this iPod is for you, but if you want to take advantage of the newest software, which IS excellent, don't think you'll be able to do so on this. It's a shame, because up until a few months ago, I couldn't fault this at all: it's only now that it's outdated before it's time, that I have grievances.
Summary: Perfect for offline content, less so for the modern software.
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