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Apple iPod touch (3G) 8 GB
Member Name: jstinger100
Apple iPod touch (3G) 8 GB
Date: 28/06/10, updated on 28/06/10 (15 review reads)
Advantages: Improved processor and graphics capabilities
Disadvantages: Poor battery after an extended period of time.
I originally had a 2nd generation iPod touch, which was a fantastic leap forward in terms of their ipod range. It blended many of the iPhones advancements, such as the superb multi-touch capacitive touch screen, youtube playback, app store and wifi capabalities, whilst retaining a slim attractive design.
A few months ago i sold my 2nd generation touch and upgraded to a 3rd generation and although on the outside the two are undeniably identical, internally it boasts a number of improvements on the already fantastic Ipod range.
One of the main differences is the speed of the device, with the 3G incoporating an 800mhz processor as apposed to the 2nd generations 533mhz processor. What this does is allow for a much faster and smoother experience all round, with applications opening much faster and commands being recognised almost instantly. The 3rd generation touch also includes improved RAM over the 2nd generation touch taking it from 125mb to 250 and for the first time on an iPod now includes bluetooth capablities for speedy and mobile data transfer. There is also an emphasis on gaming with this 3rd generation model, with significantly improved graphic support allowing for far greater realism and simulation.
Of course the iPod still incorporates all the wonderful features that have made past touch models so impressive, including the infamous app store, video playback, photos, calendars, maps etc. In terms of music quality, in-ear sound is excellent, but the built in speakers are pretty lackluster and the official Apple headphones leave a lot to be desired with a definite tinny quality. You should really look to invest in some better headphoes if you want to really benefit from the iPod's superb sound quality.
My only realy gripe is with battery life, as although at first it can offer around 30 hours of music playback, this will not be the case a year or son on as the batteries capabilities will diminish, meaning you will probably have to consider purchasing and fitting a new battery after 1-2 years. Apart from this however i have no complaints with the product what so ever.
What you essentially have is simply the best iPod to date of any range. The 3G has managed to improve upon what was already a near faultless mp3 player, making lots of minor improvements to make up an all round much more satisfying experience. Just be weary of the storeage size as an 8GB model will not be enough for the majority of heavy users.
Summary: Fantastic piece of engineering and a must for any music lover.
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