Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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Apple iPod touch 32 GB
Member Name: illogicology
Apple iPod touch 32 GB
Advantages: Great wide screen for films, easy to use, sturdy product, attractive, great associated software
Disadvantages: Less storage space that iPods with Hard Drives
So, what can I say about the iPod touch. Firstly, it is a slimline MP3 player. It has a solid chrome back and a sturdy glass front. The screen, like any other glass product, can scratch but not too often. The back will scratch every time you take it out of your pocket, but that's nothing new for iPods. There is a small power button on the top and USB and headphone connectors on the bottom. Unlike the newer second generation model, this does not include a physical volume control or speaker. It is also shaped slightly differently to the second generation model, the new model having a curved back. However, this iPod has a distinctly solid construction. Aside from water damage, I haven't done anything that seemed to harm it.
The biggest feature of the iPod touch is that it has a touch screen interface. This makes up the majority of the device's face. A 3.5" wide screen makes this the largest viewing area on any ipod, a fact that seems trivial at first but becomes a wonderful bonus when you start watching movies. With 32gb storage capacity you can store millions of commonplace, medium quality MP3s. Other kinds of files might take up more space but as an mp3 player, this is a good amount of storage. However, it should be noted that this is far less than the storage capacity of the iPod classic model range which all contain hard drives rather than flash storage. Still, 32gb is currently more than enough for me and the lack of a hard drive is worth it for the other features of the touch.
The touch is largely the same as Apple's iPhone. If you've used one of those then you can use one of these, if you haven't used one of those you can probably still use one of these. the interface is incredibly simple. Upon starting the phone you will have a dashboard. This dashboard has icons for all the functions and applications on your phone. Tap them to open them. Tap on music, you will be able to browse your music, Tap on Safari and you'll be given the iPod touch's web browser.
The web browser functionality was one of the biggest features in shelling out for the iPod touch personally. I wasn't disappointed. The iPod has a built in wi-fi card and can connect to any home wireless network or public hotspot. The browser is fast and functional with excellent touch controls. It is the best web browser on a portable device I have ever seen and I use it at home every day as a quick and convenient way to look things up when I'm not at my computer. When connected to the internet there are also a range of other applications you can use such as a stock checker or weather application. There is also a music store and application store for adding new media and new programs to you iPod. For very little money it's possible to find an application for each of your needs and you can turn your iPod into a filofax, entertainment centre, bookcase or whatever you like. My iPod currently has applications loaded on to help me track my fitness.
Lastly, I'd just like to talk a bit about iTunes as the products are not only related but interdependent. With an iPod you will be required to install iTunes in order to get your media onto the device. iTunes is essentially a media player and organiser. It catalogues media from your PC or Mac and plays it. However it is also your iPod management hub, from here you download updates, restore factory settings etc. It can also be set to automatically sync any media in its library with your iPod. I have always like iTunes, it's been a great media player for all the years I've used it and it is intuitive to use. However, it really excelled itself when it came to replacing my iPod. In the year or so I had been using my first model I had seen it backup my data every now and then but I never really paid much attention. When the new iPod arrived and I connected it, after associating it with my computer iTunes offered to restore the backup data to the new iPod. I agreed and it sat for a little while doing that. When it was finished and I turned the new iPod on it was exactly as though nothing had changed. All my preferences, settings, tweaks and screensaver were back from my old iPod and it made losing the last one far less of a problem. With iTunes set to automatically backup and update your iPod, all you have to do is plug it into your computer and relax.
I can recommend the ipod touch to people who like music, people who like watching films on the bus, people who use the internet to check who actors in TV shows are and people who like games.
Summary: Not a day goes by that I don't use this for something other than listening to music.
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