Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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Apple iPod touch (2G) 16 GB
Member Name: sparkymarky1973
Apple iPod touch (2G) 16 GB
Advantages: Great looking, easy to use.....
Disadvantages: When it goes wrong, tricky to get fix it yourself, expensive for Apple to do so for you!
My wife recently passed onto me her Ipod Touch as she had bought it off Ebay to use in her car but had found she never actually got round to using it. With a 16 GB memory, this seemed a vast improvement on my little Ipod Mini (4GB) and looked pretty cool and stylish too! In point of fact, the Ipod Touch closely resembles an Iphone except it does NOT have the ability to make phone calls!
The good thing about the Touch is that it is also 3G meaning that you can use it to wirelessly connect to the Internet for things like Facebook, Twitter etc and that there are lots of Apps (some useful, some pointless) and games that you can also download for it, though some available on the Net are not Touch compatible and only work with Iphones so best to check before you attempt downloads!
It is easy to use, with its Touch Screen technology and you can adjust the layout so that the features or Apps you most are the most prominent. Music is stored in the usual I-way and easy to find and play. It has a small speaker but this does not produce good quality of sound so unless you are going to plug it through your car stereo or use headphones, you will want to invest in speakers.
My main problem with this product is that, like all I-technology, it is prone to fault. I cannot speak for newer items but second-hand wise, I-pods seem to be short-lived and unreliable. I have had problems with my Mini freezing (meaning I have had to reset it by holding down the Home and Menu buttons) and not keeping a charge on the battery but put that down to a one-off because I had bought off Ebay.
This Touch recently died on me when it ran low on battery to the extent that it will not switch on and none of the solutions I have used to reboot my Mini have any effect on bringing this back to life! I cannot even get the Apple logo up when holding down the Home and Stand-by buttons and have failed at everything suggested on the Internet as a possible solution and have had to accept that this Ipod Touch is probably "Bricked". This essentially means, as far as I can gather, that it is now no more than an expensive piece of plastic and defunct hardware!
A look on the Net confirms this is a common problem with many people experiencing similar situations, sometimes with their Touch not being very old either. Which is why I would think carefully before buying this item.
Whilst it works, the Ipod Touch is fine but there seems to be a fundamental flaw with I-technology that Apple are doing little about. From my own experience, I can put it down to the age of the items in question and the fact that they have been bought second-hand off Ebay but if people are having similar issues when they have bought these products from new, that worries me! It is not like the old Sony Walkmans where you could just change the battery. To replace a battery in one of these can cost anything up from £50 and to get this repaired would cost not far short the price of buying a new one!
In short, this Ipod Touch was great while it lasted but recent experiences have kind of put me off Ipods in genreral. Will I be buying another similar item off Ebay...possibly because this was a good bit of kit that I enjoyed using and having about my person. Am I entirely trusting in that if I buy another one I won't have the same issues? Not so much!
Talking from the viewpoint of someone who doesn't know a great deal about modern technology, I personally am not sure I have a lot of faith in Ipods any more. But if you have had good experiences with their other range, then no doubt you will find much to rave about with this because the Touch is certainly a half-decent music storage device whilst it lasts!
Summary: Great while it lasted!
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