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The Technological Swiss Army Knife - Apple iPod Touch
Apple iPod touch (4G) 32 GB
Member Name: McBeer
Apple iPod touch (4G) 32 GB
Advantages: Stylish, simple, compact, everything you need
Disadvantages: If moneys tight it can be a lot to spend
The majority of my friends have their daily essentials. The girls have their bags filled with their magic. I don't dare to ask what they keep in them but I know for a fact its usually a pile of make-up, phone, purse and some form of music player. At least one of these products is normally Apple! Personally I don't have a bag, but keep everything in my deep pockets. One thing I can't leave behind wherever I go however is my iPod touch; another fantastic device from Apple. Before I go on about the love of my life I will add a few basic specifications for those who want them.
Capacity Available: 8GB/32GB/64GB
Size: 111mm x 58.9mm x 7.2mm
3.5" Touch Screen
Camera (Front and Back)
One promise I'm sure Apple can always live up to, is to keep their product designs simplistic, but maintaining a stylish and sleek finish. Now I've had a few toys in my time and design is what really gets me excited. So I guess you can imagine when a new product is unveiled I get pretty giddy. When that product has my favourite fruit embossed on the back, well, that's a whole new level!
Like many of their products the iPod touch focuses on two colours; black and silver. The front has a 3.5" widescreen display with a black trim. The trim extends at the top for a front viewing camera and at the bottom for the one main button. Turn it over and you'll see the familiar Apple trademark centered, with the main camera at the top and product details engraved on the bottom. This is all on a shiny, silver back, which can be engraved if purchased from the Apple Store. A great idea for a gift for any special occasion. However if you wish to keep this in tact I would highly recommend you get a case for your iPod, whether it be made from leather or silicone. The whole product can get scratched very easily and personally I like to keep my toys intact!
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs once said, "Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works". So the iPod might look fantastic and be the perfect shape and size. After all it's a very good-sized screen and only seems millimeters thick! The perfect size for a pocket! If we go by Steve Jobs quote however, it should run smoothly and operate easily too. This couldn't 'be more true!
The main iPod works around 'Apps' (which is short for applications). A screen displays up to 16 polished squares, each which introduce an app. Tapping a single app opens it up into a new window. Holding down it down allows you to drag it to create personalized folders. This is perfect for applications such as games, which if you decide to install more than just a few, make them easier to locate. Once a page seemed cluttered you can swipe the screen to get to a new page just waiting to be filled up with goodies. This makes the process of finding and moving these apps ever so simple. With a swipe to the right you can access a search feature, which includes music, pictures and apps themselves. At the bottom of the screen you can see four blocks, which seem to be sitting on a podium. These can be customized and are for the applications you most use. As this is an iPod one makes sense to be music whilst the other people usually choose themselves. Personally I use these spots for my social networking tools. After all, I like to think of myself as quite a social being.
With all these applications that keep getting mentioned, how do you get to them? These treasures can be accessed two ways; through the App Store on the iPod or via iTunes. I personally prefer iTunes as it's easier to use when you're sitting up at a computer. The iPod plugs in with a USB to any computer, whether it be a Mac (YES!) or a PC (Boo!). iTunes will start up once the product is plugged in and start to synchronize which makes backing up any photos an easy job. If you browse the iTunes store for applications you will start to see a whole new world of technology! There is an abundance of applications that you have to pay for, but I find there is always an alternative that is free and just as good, if not better! Applications can range from social networking sites, DIY tools such as measuring tapes and spirit levels and even fitness software with GPS tracking. Almost any need can be fulfilled in an app! My favourite I would have to recommend are the following:
Facebook - This app speaks for itself. It keeps you updated with any notifications and messages without needing to constantly sign in and check.
Skype - The front facing camera is perfect for having Skype conversations. This is ideal for me as my girlfriend is currently 5,000 miles away and with a video chat, which is free it feels like she never left.
BBC News - I always find myself browsing the BBC news website whenever I am online so why not just tap the app!
WeChat (weixin) - As I mentioned earlier, my girlfriend is 5,000 miles away. WeChat is an online messaging service, which not only allows you to send text messages, pictures and videos, you can send recorded messages! This saves time from typing. A new feature even allows you to have a video chat like Skype.
Back to Basics - Music and Video
Now maybe you think that Apple have spent too much times on these 'apps' and not focused on the original reason for an iPod. Obviously the first iPods out were all about music. Having your music collection all in one tiny device was such astonishing invention and even to this day it can only get better. The iPod display for music gets simpler and simpler. You can search by Album, Artist, Song, Playlist and even Genre. Everything is sorted in alphabetical order to make searching that much easier. I prefer to set my playlists to 'shuffle' where it will be a complete mixture of all of my music. If you hold down the main button on any screen you can also use your voice to control your music. Simply say 'Play...(song name)' for the song to be played. How clever has technology got!?
There are many other great features on the iPod. As well as music there is a video section. Here you can sync movies from iTunes such as television shows or films. If you see yourself as more creative however you could even record your own videos with the camera and show them off to your friends. The HD quality is fantastic for capturing any special moments, however I must admit mine usually captures pets doing stupid things or my friends after a few drinks! Nonetheless, the quality is great for the size of the product.
Few extra points
- I use my iPod every day for many hours and usually find myself charging it overnight. I don't find this a problem as I'm used to doing this with my smartphone.
- The headphones that come along with the iPod are okay for everyday use, but as a music geek I always use my own. You may find a lot of use of the iPod headphones could hurt your ears.
- Compared to many other devices I have used, the touch screen is one of the best. It is on par with my new Nokia Lumia smart phone and miles ahead of touch screen phones that came out 12-18 months ago.
Essentially... an iPhone
Music, apps, games and a camera. What really makes the iPod touch much different from an iPhone? Nothing I would say. "You can make calls and send texts on an iPhone" I hear you say. Whilst that is correct, with so many apps available all of this is achievable. Like I mentioned, I use a mixture of Skype and WeChat to have FREE calls and messages to all of my friends who are all over the world! I admit for these features you do need the Internet, but these days there is free Wi-Fi available almost anywhere. Most trains supply Wi-Fi and almost every coffee shop and pub I can think of has a hot spot. Who really needs to pay for an iPhone when you can get an iPod touch at a third of the price!
Speaking of price, the 32Gb model I have can be picked up for around £230. A big price for a small device, but the vast amount of features available definitely makes it a worthwhile purchase. Its simplicity is perfect for all ages to get to grips and with applications available for free there is always going to be an update that you will want. If you do purchase one however and it doesn't tickle your fancy, then the price doesn't really seem to drop much for the second hand products. Apple seem like a well worth investment!
One last note. This review took me about 3 times longer than I expected due to me constantly getting messages on WeChat and Skype. Caution: Apps may take over your life!
Summary: The technological swiss army knife!
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