Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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An Impulse Buy I Don't Regret
Apple iPod touch (4G) 8 GB
Member Name: Vixstar
Apple iPod touch (4G) 8 GB
Advantages: Style, Multifunctionality, Simplicity
Disadvantages: Memory for the money
I don't have a huge music collection, although what I do have is somewhat eclectic, and I was enjoying listening to a selection of it on my I Pod Shuffle (which I still have and use for running) when my sister persuaded me to take advantage of an offer and buy myself an I Pod Touch. I hadn't really considered buying one before and I was a little steam rollered into this purchase; something I often would live to regret. Luckily several months on, and a litlle time spent getting to know my gadget, I am very pleased to say that on the whole I love my I Pod and would not give it back. And, in a very non-technical and hopefully non-geeky way, I'll let you know why.
Firstly this is a wonderfully sleek gadget, thin enough to slip in your back pocket (but I would think it would need removing before sitting down) with a shiny silver look back and and smooth touch screen face. To keep it looking this way it is a good idea to purchase some form of cover (finding one specifically for the touch and not the I Phone was tricky but a simple mobile phone sock works well for everyday use) and screen protector.
Now the only reason I bought this I Pod was as a music player and that it does very well, it's easy to transfer music via ITunes on your computer onto the I Pod; at its simplest and if you're not fussy about what goes onto the I Pod, all you need do is plug in the I Pod via its USB cable open I Tunes and it will auto update, selecting the music you want uploading isn't much trickier using I Tunes - a few clicks on the programme and your I Pod is loaded with music. (A point here about all I Pods - you can only download music to them via the I Tunes programme) The music is saved on the I Pod in albums with associated art work. As with all I Pods you can play you music by album, artist or in a random shuffle mode. The only issue I have with the Touch as a music player is that it only has 8Gb of memory, a fair amount but if you have a moderately large music collection (more than approximately 2000 songs) then you'll only be able to upload a proportion of the music. In actual fact due to the other gadgets on the I Pod you don't get the full 8Gb for your music, and thats before we get onto apps and everything else.
Over the last few months I have been expanding my use of the I Pod. The first step was testing out its wifi capability whilst on a long coach journey. The I Pod links simply to wi fi (I needed no instructions to do this) and you can browse all the internet. The slight problem is that browsing via the touch screen (for both its size and functionality) takes a while to get used to (this is where I probably should have read the instructions!). But as an 'emergency' method of using wifi it's fine. A point to note is that the Touch has no 3G capability so to use the internet you need a wifi point.
I have also recently realised that the Touch has camera functionality; it has two lenses - one to takes photos of what you are looking at the other to either take photos of yourself or to use Apple's talktime function (something I haven't tried yet so can't comment on) However the camera itself is fairly decent, I've used it to take photos for a blog and there was no hugely noticeable difference. A couple of minor issues were that it didn't compensate too well for indoor lighting and I couldn't find a zoom function, but for snapshots I can't find fault with it.
It is also possible to get various apps for the Touch and to watch video on it but again I haven't tried either of these yet so again can't comment.
One last point - having used this as a music player mostly I have found that the battery life has been pretty good and its easy to top it up via the USB cable when uploading your music. I would guess though that if you used the Touch to browse the internet or watch videos for any length of time, or purely left it connected to WiFi, then the battery would not last anywhere near as long.
As stated at the start this was an impulse buy that could've been a disaster but has turned into a gadget that I love. The best thing about the Touch is its multifunctionality (and its a pretty good music player too!), its a little pricy (at just under £190) but I think on the whole its worth it - although more memory for my money would be great.
Summary: Who knew a music player could be so handy
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