Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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Another Useless Gadget You Can't Do Without
Apple iPod touch 32 GB
Member Name: AliceWonderland
Apple iPod touch 32 GB
Advantages: Fast, touchscreen easy to use, fun.
Disadvantages: No phone, no camera.
I had an 80GB iPod that I used for music purposes over the last 5 or 6 years, but when my partner got a new generation iPod Touch he passed his old one on to me.
The iPod Touch operates on a much higher plane than my old iPod. I never had a problem with the touch wheel operation system from the iPod but the whole touchscreen design of the iPod Touch is definitely a massive step up. It's fun to use and certainly lets you get from point a to point b in the menu a lot faster. I think that Apple really have done a great job with the sensitivity of the touchscreen. It's sensitive enough to pick up all your movements really quickly and easily but I don't find that it's oversensitive in terms of you often clicking on things you never wanted to click on. The only time that this can be a tiny bit of an issue is when you're scrolling through your email inbox on the machine. You have to pick up your fingers and swipe them on the screen again to scroll through your mails but sometimes the initial touch does actually make you click on an email in your inbox and you end up on that individual email and rather scrolling through the whole inbox. This doesn't happen that often though, so isn't a big problem.
The iPod touch moves very quickly through all local applications like mail and music and games. It can be a tad slower when you're actually connected to the internet and surfing, but not bad in comparison to other smartphones, just a tad slower than if you're on a laptop I would say.
I have downloaded a few apps to my iPod Touch, mostly a couple of free games and a weather application etc. The process was really very easy and smooth, can't complain about that at all. While I don't have too many apps on my iPod Touch, so it's still easy to find everything, if you do have a lot you can also set up little folders on your main screen to group things together, like all games or all news apps etc, so that you don't have so many pages to scroll through to find what you're looking for.
In terms of using the iPod Touch for music, it is easier to operate than the old style iPods because, as I said, the touchscreen allows you to move much faster through your music list and between songs/artists/albums etc. That said, it has a much smaller memory and if you have some photos and a few games and apps on there, then you may find that you can't get your whole music collection on there. The 32GB is enough for me, because I have hardly any apps on there but it's a consideration for some people.
The iPod Touch doesn't have phone capabilities obviously, and also has no camera, so those are the two main reasons you may prefer to get an iPhone. But if you're just looking for a replacement for your MP3 player, and you already have a phone you're happy with, then this is definitely a good option. You don't have to pay for the internet (just operates via WLAN) and it's a heck of a lot cheaper than the iPhone.
I wouldn't have bought one for myself, and I mostly use it for music and playing some silly arcade style games (massive time-waster, but fun!), which is why I say it's another useless gadget, but once you do have one you tend to quickly find you can't do without it!
Summary: Good if you can't afford an iPhone.
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