Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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I love love love my iPod touch! Couldn't be without it.
Apple iPod touch (4G) 32 GB
Member Name: col81
Apple iPod touch (4G) 32 GB
Advantages: So very many uses, easy to use and very swish!
Disadvantages: Camera quality is rather poor so that loses a star for me!
****As an MP3/media player****
The iPod Touch is a fantastic MP3 player. Songs can be synchronized through iTunes on your PC or laptop or songs can be purchased direct from the apple iTunes store on your iPod Touch. It is very easy to purchases songs, videos, iBooks, films and television programmes this way but can end up becoming a little expensive if, like me, you're a bit tap happy and buy things left right and centre! Download speed is fast unless there is a lot going on at the same time or you're using another application while waiting for downloads to complete. There is a much better external speaker on the 4th gen iPod Touch so listening to music or watching films, etc without headphones is definitely quite feasible. With headphones the sound quality is excellent and of course, any headphones will fit the jack so you don't have to use the apple headphones included in the pack. The screen quality is amazing. Featuring Apple's Retina display, the colours are sharp, blacks deep and dark and movement is crisp, just like your HD telly. Text is very sharp and thus easy to read.
The interface is easy to use and clear and simple to look at whilst looking quite swish! Icons on the home screen can be rearranged by holding your finger down on one until they all wobble, then dragging them around accordingly and pressing the home button at the bottom of the screen to finish. A feature new for the 4th gen Touch is that you can select a picture for the background wallpaper of the homescreen. This is a lovely feature and I can't see why Apple didn't do it sooner! There is a nice feature of being able to sort icons into folders to help keep your home screen uncluttered. For example, I have all my game apps in a folder and you can name the folders yourself so mine is called...Games. Clever eh!
This is one of my most used features on the iPod Touch. The calendar is very easy to navigate and nice and simple to insert new events. Events can be easily edited to change the time or date and repeating events can be entered. Birthdays can be identified separately from other events which can be useful at a glance.
****Surfing the net****
Using Apple's Safari browser, it is so easy to surf the net on the iPod Touch. It is super fast and the touch screen allows you to scroll up, down and zoom in and out with ease. Most websites can be viewed on the iPod Touch just as they can be on a laptop or pc but anything which uses Flash will not be able to be viewed. This isn't a major problem, or I haven't found it a problem at all. With some websites which offer an app such as online retailers or newspapers, a notification will pop up asking you if you want to download the app to view the website instead. I have done this with a clothes retailer and it made the shopping experience smooth and simple. Bookmarks can be set and the browser remembers your history to help aid quick navigation. There is also the option of having multiple pages to allow you to easily flick between websites, a bit like opening a new tab on your pc browser.
There are lots of Apps which can be bought or downloaded free from the app store which is accessible from your iPod Touch. Some are easier to use on the 4th gen iPod as it has an internal microphone which the previous generations did not have. This means that apps which require an input of sound to allow them to work such as a tuner for musical instruments and voice recorders will work on the 4th gen Touch. The Touch comes ready with YouTube which is very fast and loads up quickly unless your battery life is running a bit low. Another fantastic app which is ready for you to use is FaceTime. This allows you to make a video phone call to another iPod Touch or iPad (I'm assuming also the iPhone 4 but don't know this for sure) via a wifi connection. I have yet to try this particular feature but I have used the Skype app to make video calls to someone who has the Skype app on their Samsung Galaxy S and it worked a treat. The iPod Touch has a front facing camera as well as a rear facing camera and either can be used in a video call. Cameras can be switched mid call if needed! I think it's great that what is essentially a music player can also be used as a video phone without the expense of a contract!
The camera is where, in my opinion, the 4th gen Touch is let down a little. The camera takes rather poor quality pictures (although pictures taken with a digital camera which have been uploaded to view on the Touch are in excellent HD quality!) and there is no flash so pictures in dim light are a non starter. The fact that it has a camera at all is great though and the front and rear facing cameras are a great idea. You can also shoot video clips and edit them with iMovie (which you need to get from the app store!) which I have yet to fully explore. The photos are automatically stored on the Camera Roll and they can be sorted into folders, faces automatically identified and locations of the photos located on a map when you next plug into your computer. This information is then transferred to your iPod when you sync. It's all very clever!
While you are in reach of a wifi connection, the iTouch can locate your current position and if you are needing directions, put in the postcode and it will use Google Maps to give you directions. It doesn't speak the directions out loud although I'm sure there'll be an app which does do that but it will give you step by step directions, following the route on the map whether you're going in a car, by foot or by other public transport. I have found this a very useful tool.
While an app is running, if you quickly want to flick to another app such as the calculator or calendar to quickly check something, all you need to do is double click the home button at the bottom of the screen and the app icons will appear along the bottom of the screen in the order they were last used. This is a very handy feature and allows for much quicker use of the iPod and is meant to help prolong battery life.
I use my iPod Touch regularly every day and need to charge it up every other day. Of course, having push notifications enabled or heavy game play will reduce the time you'll get from your battery but I find it very good for my level of usage.
I have a good strong case for my iPod as I'd hate to smash the glass screen by dropping it and the shiny metal rear casing can scratch easily if not protected. The shape of the Touch is very slim, much slimmer that the 3rd generation one and makes me feel like I'd drop it easily if I didn't have a case for it.
I hope this review has been useful; there is so much to say I feel like I've only scratched the surface! All I know is that I get so much use from my Touch and I'd never have an iPhone because I've got all I need with the Touch!
Summary: A fantastic multimedia device!
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