Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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Apple iPod touch (4G) 32 GB
Member Name: Idiophreak
Apple iPod touch (4G) 32 GB
Advantages: Easy to use, great interface, so many apps!
It's fair to say then, getting me to use an iPod was a hard sell by any measure. Throughout the various generations of iPods, I've known people with the things and I've always kept the same opinion - expensive and worse than other MP3 players on the market. This year, however, two things happened to sway my opinion.
1) I bought a new phone, the Samsung i8910 HD. I mocked, as I did so, my girlfriend who had decided to opt for the iPhone. My Samsung would have a much better camera, a bigger, brighter screen, it would have more connectivity options, standardised cabling, it would shoot video in HD! Needless to say, a year on, I'm counting the days until I can upgrade to an iPhone - the usability of the iPhone is hands-down better than the Sammy and the amount of Apps available on the iPhone is just phenomenal. This made me think - maybe some of this style, this slick user interfacing on the iPod...maybe there *is* value in that.
2) My brother in law bought a 4G iPod Touch - I was able to play the games I'd got used to playing on my girlfriends's iPhone, but on an incredibly slim little device. I'd not seen anything else around as slim as the Touch.
So, always being open minded, I decided that it was probably worth taking a step back and looking at things objectively. I read reviews, researched various MP3 players, tried a couple out in shops - the conclusion? There's been a change. Yes, the iPod is still expensive. Now, however, it's *better* than anything else available on the market - and that, for me, is a big deal.
So, as it happened, my girlfriend had been watching me doing this research and when our anniversary came round she bought me a 32GB Touch. As I started to use it there was still a little part of me that wanted to just throw the thing on the floor and stamp on it, but I thought I'd better at least see what life is like on the other side - and you know what, it's not too bad.
The device, in itself, is near faultless. It's light enough to hold comfortably for prolonged periods, but heavy enough to feel well constructed. The screen is bright and sharp and the touchscreen works superbly. Coupled with the slick operating system, this makes for an incredibly usable interface - certain games and (especially) Google Maps really bring this to life - and it just seems the easiest, most intuitive way to do things. The sound quality on the Touch (which is, after all, designed to play music in amongst the videos and apps!) is actually surprisingly good. I'd be lying if I said it were the best I'd ever heard, but it's definitely up there.
The applications are, of course, the key strength - there are apps to do most anything available - I must admit, though, that most of my apps are little games...flick football, flick fishing and the Settlers of Catan conversion have wasted more hours of my time than I'd care to admit - and they're great to play when you arrive somewhere early and just need to pass a few minutes in the car (which, incidentally, the Touch integrates with seamlessly - I now have no need for the piles of CDs in my car...)
The package is only really let down by iTunes, which continues to astound with it's awfulness. The thing seems to need upgrading every other day - and often requires 70-80MB downloads to do so. Not a big deal, but seriously - how many bugs can there be in one application!? Synchronising multiple devices is harder than it needs to be - and the way it handles unknown artists /albums is annoying at best. On the upside, I found it surprisingly easy to upload all of my old MP3s into iTunes - and the synch does work very well now it's up and running.
Overall, I think I'm going to have to give a 4 star review - the device *should* be 5 stars, but it's let down by a lack of software options out of the box. Now they actually have the best player, hopefully Apple can stop trying to keep such tight control over what people do with them - open them up as mass storage devices and let people choose which software to use!
Summary: Great looking, easy to use MP3 player.
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