Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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A great multi media machine
Apple iPod touch (3G) 8 GB
Member Name: brady58
Apple iPod touch (3G) 8 GB
Advantages: music sounds great, video player is great
Disadvantages: battery life whilst watching videos isn't great
I really wanted an iphone but as I already had a contract phone that wasn't near to being renewable I decided on getting an ipod touch as it had a lot of the same features as the phone but without the always on 3g connection. I didn't really see this as a problem at the time as I was going to be using it mainly as an entertainment device as I travel a lot for work and I thought it would be perfect to keep me entertained on the train.
First of all let me say the ipod touch is another stunning product from apple. They design their things so well and it's easy to see why they are so desirable. The touch is incredible sleek looking and surprisingly thin for the size which is 4.3 inches high and 2.4 inches across with a thickness of 0.33 inches. The back of the touch is made from polished metal and the front from a clear screen with a black background. Be warned however that your pristine new touch will not stay that way for long and will end up scratched and damaged extremely easily. Mine was put into a case on the same day as purchase and already i had managed to scratch it.
It's a real shame that apple didn't think of this when designing the touch as any case is immediately going to make it less thin and light.
The touch is unlike the nano and classic in that instead of having a scroll wheel to operate the functions it is done entirely by the touchscreen. This really doesn't take much to master and you will soon be scrolling up and done like you have done it for years. It is incredible responsive and the lightest touch of your finger is enough to make it work. Because it is so responsive I do sometimes select the wrong thing but it is simple to go back so it doesn't really cause me any problems.
Of course being an apple ipod music sounds fantastic but the touch is so much more than a music player it is an all singing all dancing wonder machine.
It has a 3.5 inch widescreen display and you can download movies and tv shows onto it from the itunes store and these look absolutely amazing. Honestly I never ever expected that I would make such use of the video player as i assumed it would be too small to be useful but video is rendered to beautifully you see every detail and don't even notice you are watching a small screen. This is definitely my favourite thing about the touch and the thing I use the most.
There is opportunity to download literally thousands of aps from the itunes store. There are aps for every kind of thing you can possibly think of from the fun to the useful. My personal favourite are the facebook ap which manages to make facebook more than just a paired down version of the main one. The game aps are also fantastic and the driving games are especially fun. They are controlled by movement and it takes a little while to get used to using the touch in this way. You have to make sure that you don't move to much or you will shoot off the screen.
There are much more practical aps such as ones to help you budget, cook healthy meals, etc in fact you can probably find an ap for anything you want.
The only thing I dislike about my touch is the fact that you have to be near a wifi connection to access the internet. Originally I didn't think this would be a problem but the internet is such a joy to use and web pages load super fast and look great, definitely the best mobile internet experience I have ever used that I often wish i could access the internet wherever I was.
The battery is not great when you are using the video player or games but for music play back it is more than adequate for a whole days use.
I personally love my touch and always take it with me when I am travelling as there are so many options for entertainment and for around £140 for the 8gb version the touch offers great value for money compared to other devices out there.
Summary: The best entertainment device out there
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