Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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A triumph for Apple
Apple iPod touch (4G) 32 GB
Member Name: TheNightingale
Apple iPod touch (4G) 32 GB
Advantages: Great music player, sleek look, fantastic array of apps and features, a computer-in-your-pocket
Disadvantages: Only connects to the internet with WiFi, mediocre in-built camera
When writing a review of the Apple iPod Touch, I essentially want to try and answer the questions that I myself asked and deliberated over before purchasing the product. What it ultimately comes down to here is whether the product is worth the money. The short answer is yes. The long answer is that this is the best piece of technology I've ever owned.
I'm in no way an Apple junkie - the only product I have owned previously is the iPod Classic. So for me, this was like entering a new technological realm.
How's the look? I chose a model in sleek black. It's comfortable. It's classical. In hindsight, I wish I'd gone for retro white, but I keep mine in a cover anyway, so I don't suppose this is a huge problem. The product is small and slim - absolutely no bulk. The screen is crystal clear and, like phones and laptops, you can adjust the brightness levels easily under 'settings.'
What's the storage capacity like? Ah. Now there's the question. How much storage is enough? For the average music-user and media junkie the 32 GB model is more than enough. I've had my iPod Touch over six months and store over a hundred albums, thirty audio books, pictures, notes and a fun-bag full of apps and I still have plenty of room remaining on the device.
From what I have read, storing movies on the device does eat into your storage capacity quite considerably. But frankly, the iPod Touch's primary job is NOT movie-watching. It's great to be able to store a few films on there for long car journeys. But watching them on the iPod screen is not a hugely satisfying movie-experience due to the size of the screen. For this reason, I don't imagine many people will use the iPod Touch to store more than a few films.
All-round media player? It's easy to forget that the iPod Touch is primarily a music player - and it does an excellent job as a music player. The sound is superb and is up to the high standard we have come to expect from Apple. White Apple earphones are included with the device and these make for a fantastic listening experience. The artwork from the artists' and bands' singles/albums can also be displayed in full-screen on the screen, which is a nice aesthetic touch.
Although the iPod Touch is an immensely powerful music player, its real strength is in its applications and functionality as an all-round media player. What apps are there? What apps aren't there? My iPod contains everything from the classic 'Angry Birds' to a NASA app, to flashcards, children's entertainment and personal organising apps - almost all of which are free. In short, the iPod Touch helps me organise my live and now I wouldn't be without it! IOS software updates are provided regularly and are quick and easy to install.
One small downside is that the iPod Touch's in-built camera is only reasonable at best. I like the ability to switch the camera's view around (this makes taking photos of yourself really easy.) But many pictures are blurry and lack clarity. I didn't buy this expecting digital-camera quality, however. So for me the in-built camera was just an extra bonus.
The iPod Touch and education - iTunes U provides a rich source of educational assistance - with lectures streaming from the best universities around the world on a mind-boggling array of subjects. Similarly there are many free audio books of classic literature, which you can download in just a few seconds. The iPod Touch opens up a brighter and more enriching world!
An endnote - So, is there anything I don't love about this product? The safari internet browser is brilliant, but the fact that it can only be accessed on a wifi connection is frustrating. Luckily, I live in a large city, so I don't have much difficulty finding a connection when out and about. It is one of the sacrifices you have to make when choosing an iPod Touch over an iPhone. If having internet 24/7 is important to you, then you might want to look into stretching your budget. However, if the iPod Touch is all you can afford, then you cannot go far wrong with this superb, computer-in-your-pocket device.
Summary: A superb technological device for those on a budget
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