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Apple iPod touch (3G) 64 GB
Member Name: rosebud2001
Apple iPod touch (3G) 64 GB
Date: 10/12/09, updated on 10/12/09 (163 review reads)
Advantages: Responsive touchscreen, excellent screen for video, applications, 64GB hard drive
Disadvantages: Only 5 hours battery life for video, can be slow to sync with iTunes
I am a bit of a music junkie however and by the time I had transferred all my CDs to MP3 the thing was nearly full, and within a couple of years it was completely full.
Also, as time moved on, iPods were getting larger memories and better features, including the ability to play video, and within 4 years mine looked almost obsolete.
I decided if I ever got the opportunity I would upgrade - in fact it had been my intention to sell the iPod Photo and put the proceeds towards the cost of a more up to date model just before my husband died, however his death made me realise I wanted to keep it as a momento of him, so the idea of upgrading fell by the wayside.
Last month I won a £100 House of Fraser voucher in a competion on Ciao, and this was the impetus I needed to finally do an upgrade. Whenever I have vouchers they have invariably been spent on something for my daughter, but this time I vowed I was going to treat myself for once.
At first I had decided I would buy a new iPod Classic120 GB, but having read several reviews of the iPod Touch, I found myself drawn more towards this device - particularly the newly released 64 GB model, despite the large price difference between it and the iPod Classic.
What drew me to the Touch was the fact it has a large screen so it can be used to watch movies on the go, and its wifi capabilities, enabling internet surfing.
I will also be really shallow and say this is a far sexier piece of kit than the iPod Classic, which is ironic really considering how sexy I found my original iPod back in 2005.
~~What's in the Box?~~
The small hard plastic box holds your iPod Touch, a docking station adaptor, ubiquitous iPod earphones, instruction leaflet and USB lead.
That's it - there's no software CD-ROM or huge instruction manual for your edification.
This is an Apple product and it goes without saying that you need iTunes installed on your computer to use it.
I am not a huge fan of iTunes for music - they use the AAC format which I really don't like, and I also resent the fact for years any songs you purchased were copy protected and limited to 5 computers. This copy protection has been removed but it's something that stopped me downloading legally for so long until Amazon started selling MP3 downloads - and that's where I get all my music these days and will continue to buy from until the day iTunes ever get round to selling MP3s.
However the iTunes store also sells music videos, movies (you can rent films too) and the new Apple phenomena - the Application, or "App" as it is commonly known.
I digress however - to get started you need to connect your iPod Touch to your computer and let it synchronise with iTunes. Cleverly, iTunes will recognise your iPod's serial number and you can then register it with Apple.
You can then add music and other media to the iPod Touch - I found this to be a reasonably quick thing to do, but I have to say that sometimes it takes rather a long time for the iPod Touch to synchronise with iTunes - possibly due to the large amount of media I have stored on my computer.
~~What's It Like?~~
Well I have already concluded that this is a sexy piece of kit - visually it really is lovely.
It's black with a highly polished silver back and a 3.5" screen. There are only two control buttons on the Touch - a locking key which also functions as the power switch at the top, and the main control button on the front. Everything else is done via the screen. The Touch is very similar to the iPhone in design and functionality.
I have been using a Samsung Tocco mobile phone for most of this year and thought the screen on that was pretty good but it's put firmly in the shade by the screen on the Touch. Everything is sharper on the iPod screen and there is a marked difference in quality. It helps that the screen is larger on the Touch but surfing the internet reveals better clarity and also better responses to touch than I get on my Tocco phone.
~~Using the Touch~~
Once you have added media to your player using it is a piece of cake - there are Apps already installed for some of the more obvious features you would need, such as Mail, Calendar, Clock and Settings. At the bottom are the four main Applications - Music, Video, App Store and Safari, which is Apple's internet browser.
Navigating from one function to another is easy using the main control button on the front of the Touch - this will always take you to "home" so to speak.
Playing Music is easy and if you are in the mood for a similar style of songs, you can choose one and touch Genius which will result in your Touch compiling a playlist for you of songs it believes are linked.
Failing that you just choose the song by either artist or title - and navigation is easy using the self-explanatory buttons on the touch screen.
The iPod also has voice control - meaning if you are so inclined you can tell the Touch what song to skip through via the microphone on the headset. I have used this function with varied results - but being taken to Girls Aloud when I requested Madonna hasn't particularly impressed me.
You can use the microphone to make voice notes, which is a useful touch and I have found this works far better than using the more temperamental voice control.
Sound quality is very good - definitely an improvement on my old iPod Photo, but as usual Apple give us a sexy little piece of kit with some really rather awful white headphones. Why they still issue the same style of headphones, which do not offer much in either the way of comfort or sound quality after all this time is a mystery - especially with a device as sleek as the Touch. They do offer ear buds with a microphone but at nearly £60 it's a step too far for me - I'd rather buy something by Sennheiser or Bose for a little more and guaranteed sound quality.
Sound quality through the loudspeaker isn't too good however - why they bother with this feature when it's so bad is a mystery to me - and it tends to only be used by young kids on public transport showing off sadly.
Surfing the internet is easy - so long as you can find a free wifi spot you can connect, and it will work on secured networks with the security key. I have used it at home and particularly like how I can use this in bed without the hassle my laptop brings.
I like how easy it is to enter a web address - a QWERTY keypad comes up on screen and as someone who can touch type and is completely familiar with QWERTY I find it easy to use. My daughter, who cannot touch type, similarly finds it easy to use.
I live in quite a large house and sadly the Touch doesn't pick up wifi at home if I am downstairs, despite a booster on my router.
I already mentioned Apps, and you can navigate directly to the Apps store from your Touch and one of the first thing I did once I had it up and running was visit the Apps store.
Applications can be anything really - a link to a website, a game, a useful device such as the IKEA catalogue - and these little devices add to the fun of the Touch.
Before you go crazy and start buying every App you see in the iTunes Store, my advice is to work your way through the free ones first. If you access the Apps Store from your phone it's easy to find the free apps in various categories and choose from there. Take your time to get used to Apps and then hit the store running.
The Touch remembers passwords and if you are a regular user of iTunes then I cannot stress enough the importance of protecting your Touch with a Passcode PIN at start up. This will protect your iTunes account if your Touch is stolen and any other sensitive information you have stored on your Touch.
At £299 this isn't a cheap toy, but it's still something I can recommend wholeheartedly.
The 64GB memory means you can easily have 5000 songs on here and room for several films and thousands of photos.
Battery life is a decent 30 hours for music and 5 hours for video - I have to say a little longer battery life for video would have been better and it's probably my only real gripe with the Touch, but it's a minor one.
I would also add that it's imperative to ensure you buy a protective case for your Touch - the silver at the back gets grimy quite easily and the touchscreen needs protection from fingerprints. I purchased one from Gear4 in HMV which protects the Touch without hiding it under a bushel.
Overall however this is such a lovely little gadget which opens up a whole new world of Apps and downloading movies as opposed to buying DVDs and internet surfing on the go which will help you pass the time on your commute, travelling on holiday or just to help you drift off to sleep. Needless to say, I love mine!
Summary: New new iPod Touch with large memory and large range of features
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