Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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Apple iPod touch (4G) 32 GB
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Apple iPod touch (4G) 32 GB
Advantages: Great sound quality, excellent screen quality, impressive battery life, range of useful features
Disadvantages: Easily damaged, expensive
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*** Availability ***
Well before I get to the interesting bits, let me just run through the formalities. There are several different versions of the iPod Touch that you can invest in, and of course several different memory capacities. I was interested in buying the 16GB, but it would seem (correct me if I'm wrong) that Apple have stopped making 16GB Touch's and decided to focus on 8GB, 32GB and 64GB. 8GB, personally wasn't big enough for my music collection and apps and 64GB was too big (and expensive), so, like Goldilocks herself I found myself with a 32GB which set me back a staggering £249.99. This was from Amazon and I can now see that the price has dropped by around £30, but still expensive in anyone's book. If Amazon isn't your thing then the Touch is available from a range of on and offline stores to suit you.
*** Setting Up ***
After previously owning an iPhone, I was already familiar with the setting up process for Apple branded products. The iPod Touch is so much simpler though. Simply plug it into your computer or your laptop using the provided USB and iTunes will automatically appear on the screen. All that's left for you do to is register the product (which is a lot easier that it sounds) and involves you entering your Apple ID (your email address and password you use to download songs/apps, if you don't already have one it takes 2 minutes to get one). So that was that, then all that's left to do is to sit back and enjoy your favourite new gadget.
*** Ease Of Use/Touch Screen ***
... and enjoy I did. Despite being used to the 'Apple way of thinking' the Touch is still incredibly easy to get the hang of and within 5 minutes you'll be whizzing around its features like its second nature. To start with, the touch screen is fantastic. The iPhone is quick, but the Touch I personally think is even quicker. I don't know about all the technical jargon, but word on the street (Amazon) is that this new generation iPod has a lightening fast processor which previous generations didn't. The touch screen is incredibly responsive and whether you're surfing the net or just scrolling through your list of music, it's an absolute pleasure to use.
What I love about Apple is that you expect their products to be extremely complicated given the complexity of them, however, they're quite the opposite and that really surprise people. Apple once again keep things simple with the Touch with the home screen showcasing everything you'd want it to, with all the essentials only a touch away. The clarity of the screen has to be mentioned too. I was an iPhone 3GS user and the 4th Gen touch knocks that out of the park. It seems to be on par with the iPhone 4, which has the highest resolution screen for a phone, ever and judging by the iPod Touch I completely agree. It's absolutely breathtaking, colours are sharper and more vibrant than I've seen on any music device before. All I can say is, well done Apple!
*** Music ***
This is why you bought it in the first place, right? So lets get down to business. I'd like to just say that it's fantastic in every way possible, but I know that you probably want a little more than that so here goes.
Syncing your music with your iPod couldn't be easier, however, if you've got a lot of music to sync at once (like the first time you use it) you may need to leave it for a while as it becomes a lengthy process. I added almost 2000 songs at once to begin with and had to leave it alone for around 20 minutes, but wow was it worth it!
The sound quality is absolutely fantastic on this device, but then again this will be partly down to which headphones or earphones you use. I've used this device with both Sennheiser and Beats By Dre earphones and the sound quality is undeniably fantastic, even with the standard Apple earphones the sound quality is good. The device lets you raise the volume extremely loud, which although a nice feature isn't entirely necessary and I tend to have the volume lying half way most of the time.
Before you dash out to buy one... I'm not quite finished, as it's not just the sound quality which elevates this device. The way in which you listen to your music is brilliant too. Flicking through your music is incredibly easy and once you select a song to listen to the cover art for that song/album will appear on screen and tilting the device to the side allows you to flick through artists using their pictures instead of writing. It's not something I use a lot as I find the conventional method quicker but it's definitely an aesthetically pleasing little plus.
Like most iPods you can sort through your music with playlists (you can sync all of your playlists from iTunes) you can use albums, artists or just song titles and they're all in alphabetical order making it easy to search. If you have a lot of music on your device then scrolling through your music may not be the quickest way of finding something, therefore it may be easier to use the letters on the right hand side which take you to an individual letter, making finding a certain song a lot less time consuming.
*** There's An App For That ***
Yes, there certainly is and if there isn't, you can bet your bottom dollar that Apple are in the process of creating it. There are thousands of apps that you can download and play/use on your iPod the possibilities are endless (do I sound like a walking advertisement for Apple?). What's great is if you have or have ever had an iPhone you can easily transfer all your apps to your iPod Touch at no extra cost.
*** Say Cheese ***
A new feature for this iPod is two cameras meaning that you can utilise the FaceTime app which comes preinstalled on this iPod. FaceTime is basically just Skype, but a mobile version and works well, but is a lesser used feature on my iPod. The camera is superb though, it's HD and every shot comes out vibrant and crisp whether it's outdoors or indoors and of course these can be transferred to your computer for you to save.
*** It's A Safari Out There ***
Safari is the equivalent of Internet Explorer and it works absolutely brilliantly on the iPod Touch. You will of course need a Wi-Fi connection to surf the internet (which is just one more excuse as to why you should pop in for a drink at Wetherspoons!). Wi-Fi connectivity is a fantastic little inclusion with this iPod and it's very easy to use as I've had some traumatising experiences trying to connect to Wi-Fi with other devices over the years! It connects straight away and you're free to surf the net for as long as you wish.
*** Aesthetics ***
There's no denying that the Touch is a very attractive device, especially since it lost some weight a couple of years ago. The silver back makes it even more attractive and it doesn't clash with the black front. The back is very easily scratched though so I would suggest getting a case on it straight away and of course a screen protector for the screen. The layout of the iPod is good, if a little flawed. The on/off button at the top is on the slant, so if you're utilising a case it can be a little difficult to get to and the same goes for the volume keys on the left hand side, apart from that I don't have any complaints whatsoever.
*** Battery Life ***
The iPhone has a bad reputation for being a battery guzzler and a lot of people (including myself) have thought that the iPod Touch would continue that trend, however, it's the exact opposite. I use my iPod on a daily basis for around 2 hours a day mainly listening to music with a few apps thrown in for good measure and I can go around 5 to 6 days without having to charge the device and that, compared to the iPhone is absolutely superb.
*** Overview ***
To be honest, I've only just scratched the surface of what this device can do, as the list really is endless and unless you want to read 10,000 words of me babbling on then I think I'll bring this to a close now. All I can say is that there really are no negatives with this device whatsoever. I love it, absolutely love it and I'm sure you will too.
Summary: Apple have blown me away with my first iPod Touch.
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