Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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Just need to remember I'm supposed to play music on this
Apple iPod touch (4G) 8 GB
Member Name: tinkerbell18
Apple iPod touch (4G) 8 GB
Date: 14/09/11, updated on 14/09/11 (102 review reads)
Advantages: Uses, easy to use, music playability
Disadvantages: can forget to use it for music, battery life
So, what exactly is the Ipod Touch? It is a music player that is very portable (it's insanely thin!) that can connect to Wi-Fi. It does not connect to 3G, there is no 3G Ipod, and apart from the IPhone (it's surprising how many people ask me that during work and how angry they get when you tell them unfortunately there isn't one). However, what makes the Ipod Touch stand out from the crowd is that it doesn't only play music on it. Oh no. It plays videos, you can install and play games (both free or purchased, both from the Apple App Store) on the Ipod, you can use it as a planner/organizer as it can be linked to your emails; there's an address book and calendar/diary type application. Thanks to its Wi-Fi capability, you can download applications (apps) from the App Store, and music directly from ITunes to your Ipod, without having to bother with a pesky computer!
As the name may suggest, the Ipod is primarily touchscreen. The screen is wonderfully sensitive, but not in a bad way. I don't need to poke and prod the screen (unlike with my phone) to get it to do what I want. When typing on the keypad I had to practice a little, just because the keys are small and Qwerty (so laid out like a computer keyboard), and due to the sensitivity and lack of actual button, I would accidentally press the wrong ones. But, never fear, there is an auto-correct feature, so you never have to worry about spelling again! Unless, of course, the Ipod starts getting presumptuous. This is when bad spelling or grammar errors occur. But this is a minor annoyance, and I am digressing slightly. So, other than learning how to type without mistakes, I quite like the touch screen. It's wonderful to use, I haven't know it to freeze or crash in the almost year I have owned it, or diminish in its sensitivity. I would advise a screen protector to keep the fingerprints off, and a case to prevent scratches (I have neither - whoops!).
The look of the Ipod can be described as sleek. It's very slim, very lightweight, and very shiny. The front is all black (this is the screen), and the back is silver, with the size of the Ipod and Apple details inconspicuously near the bottom. Even though I don't have a case, my back looks a little scratched, but nothing major, and the screen is intact. I'd say it looks well-loved! There's a button at the bottom that's in a little circular dent, perfectly finger-sized that is used to get to the main screen, or if double-clicked will bring up a bar at the bottom of your Ipod of your favourite apps (this took me ages to work out!), which if you scroll can control music if you have any playing, or go through you most used apps (in used order!). The button on the top/back of the Ipod is to lock it and turn it off if you hold it down long enough. There are two cameras, one on the front and one on the back, which take pretty decent quality pictures and videos for a media device.
The music playing functionality of the Ipod touch is brilliant. You can view your music by artist, by album, by each song or by any playlist you have created. It will then play through your chosen category, or if you put it on shuffle it randomly plays songs in the category, rather following through them in order. If you don't lock the Ipod when in use, if you shake it, you can skip to the next song. Sometimes this is really sensitive and will do it when in your pocket, but sometimes it needs a good forceful shake to make it work - or I just haven't got the hang of it as I just manually scroll through. Volume can be controlled by using the touchscreen, or by the buttons on the side of the Ipod. These are great as they aren't very noticeable but are a good size to be able to find just by touching the Ipod, and work when it is locked. I think the sound quality of the Ipod is brilliant, both with headphones and without. Yes, it plays music without headphones. You can't get it as loud as you would when you are using headphones, and if you wanted to use it without headphones a lot, I'd recommend buying some speakers. But if using it just for you, it is perfectly fine without.
Now one of the non-music features of the Ipod that I especially love is Facetime. I had thought it was a feature of the IPhone and it needed calling capabilities. However, all you need is an email address, an internet connection, and a friend with an IPhone and voila, you can video call to your heart's content. I love using it, even though it can freeze up if the internet connection is bad. It's very similar to Skype, but can be handheld. And of course, there are the applications. The one I use the most is Angry Birds, where the point is to fire birds at weird green creatures. Odd but very addictive! I think the main problem with my Ipod is the size - 8GB is nowhere near enough, mainly because I tend to fill it with odd, free applications rather than music. I'll just have to learn to limit the applications on it, and actually put music on there!
There is also an internet browser, through which you can access pretty much any website, and you are able to zoom in so you can actually read the writing! I tend to use this to quickly look up things on Google, or watch programmes on BBC Iplayer (which there is no app for, oddly). There are apps for 40d and ITVPlayer, as well as YouTube. These all work really well, but if you want to use any other video playing website, you may encounter problems as Apple do not allow Flash player to work on their devices.
The Ipod can be connected to your pc or mac with the cable provided. Using this, you can charge your Ipod from your computer, or 'sync' it to your ITunes - which makes sure any music on either the computer or Ipod is saved to each one. I tend to turn off automatic syncing, because I have to select what songs are on my Ipod and I don't want it filling up with all the music I own. Also, through this you get software updates for the Ipod. They don't occur very often, but they do ensure that the Ipod continues to run smoothly.
The actual cost of the Ipod. At the moment, the exact one I own is £184.99 usually (in Currys anyway), but when I bought it I spent £189, and got a speaker dock (which plays music through it and charges the Ipod), £15 ITunes voucher (which surprisingly took me a while to spend), and a universal charger for car, home etc (which is handy, as there isn't one supplied with the Ipod). What are supplied in the neat box are the classic white headphones, and an usb cable which links the Ipod to the computer or to the charger. I would say to perhaps buy a non-Ipod pair of headphones, as the ones I got failed relatively quickly, and these seems to be a common fault brought into work.
One all important thing I've managed to miss out - the battery life. I think this is the one thing that lets the Ipod down. Fully charged and playing music it can last for I'd say 12 hours, longer if you're barely using it. However, even when left alone, the battery life diminishes quite quickly. As I use mine for music, apps and such, I have to charge mine every 6 hours or so I find - which isn't handy when you're out and about. There are many times I've finished my shift at work and found that my Ipod had no battery, and all it had been doing was sitting in my bag, perhaps getting a notification about an email or Facebook alert. It frustrates me, and I tend to carry around a charger with me, just in case!
Overall, once you get the hang of the sensitive touch screen, the Ipod is really easy and pretty self-explanatory to use. It did take me a while to use all the features (such as connecting my email accounts to it, or using the calendar as my diary), but now I do I really appreciate how versatile this music playing device is. Between the extra features, and all the applications I can download onto it, I really do need to remember to use it for what I bought it for - to play music! But definitely have a look around the applications available, perhaps even before you buy an Ipod Touch, just so you can make sure you get the right memory size for you; mine is definitely far too small for me!
Summary: A wonderful little gadget
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