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      14.10.2013 03:47
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      I was given my iPod touch as a birthday present around four years ago. At the time I had a cheap MP3 player and desperately wanted an iPhone because most of my friends had one, but my parents didn't want to spend that much money so they bought me an iPod touch instead. I was really pleased with my present because even though it wasn't actually an iPhone it did almost everything that the iPhone did and it also looked almost identical apart from the black strip on the back of the iPod at the top.

      == MY THOUGHTS.. ==
      My iPod touch is a second generation iPod which was released in 2009. I think that this version is slightly outdated now and not as modern looking seeing as the newer versions have got cameras and 3G etc, but the lack of camera is not that big of a disadvantage if you have a digital camera or a phone with a camera, and as this is an MP3 player and not a tablet or phone, I don't think that the fact that it doesn't have a camera will be much of a disadvantage to many people. The physical appearance of the iPod is similar to the older iPhones. It has an on/off button on the top, volume control on the side and a home button on the bottom centre. The touch screen took some getting used to at first as this was the first touch screen product I owned but it didn't take long for me to adjust to it.

      The screen itself is quite a good size and it can be tiled clockwise/on its side which is what I do whenever I am typing on it as it makes the keyboard a little bit bigger and easier to type on. My iPod came with a white USB cable which I used to connect to my laptop when I wanted to charge it but now I connect it to a wall plug. My iPod also came with Apple earphones, a cloth to clean the screen and instructions. The 2nd generation iPod has got loads of features. It can connect to iTunes, the App Store and the internet (as long as you have wireless internet) and the apps which came pre-installed on it included calculator, clock, calendar, weather, notes, YouTube, maps and contacts. It also has a photo app which stores any photographs that you save from the internet and you can also transfer photographs to it from a computer or laptop using a USB lead.

      My favourite out of the apps that came pre-installed on it is the notes app as I can write down any thoughts or start writing a review wherever I am as the internet isn't needed to use it. I have also downloaded several apps from App Store (you need to be connected to the internet to use this) including Instagram, tumblr and several other apps. I thought that when my iPod and iPhone updated to iOS7 that my iPod touch would too but so far there has been no new software notifications on it so it still has the 'old fashioned' icon design but this doesn't bother me. The default internet browser on the iPod is safari which I find fast and efficient. There is no way of setting up a home page though so you will be greeted either by a blank page each time you open it or the page you were last on.

      Downloading and listening to music on the iPod is simple and I like that when you click on a song it brings up the album artwork. Whilst listening to the song you can drag the play bar to get to a certain part of the song and you can also skip songs easily. The sound quality of the songs are all really good with earphones in but when the iPod doesn't have any earphones in the sound quality isn't that good, it's a bit tinny but with earphones in it is really good. The iPod came with free apple earphones but I have been using some gumy earphones with it for the past couple of years. The earphone jack can fit any brand of earphones so it's good that I'm not limited to just using apple earphones with it as I'm not too keen on them.

      The settings option of the iPod gives access to changing the time and date, turning the internet on or off, turning on Bluetooth, turning on location services, resetting the iPod and so on. The option to change my wallpaper and lock screen seems to have stopped working and the background on my iPod is just black, which seems strange. Another thing I've noticed is that my iPod can run out of battery quite quickly now - within an hour or so of been turned on, when the battery used to last for ages. Resetting the iPod would no doubt fix this issue but I have loads of music on it so I can't really be bothered to back it all up and then reset it! My iPod can store up to 8gb of data which is the minimal amount but seeing as this is the equivellant of around 1600 songs, this is more than enough for me.

      There are also 16gb and 32gb 2nd generation iPod touches and more recent models can store up to 64gb of data. The more data that the iPod can store the more expensive it is. As for wear and tear, after four years of regular use, my iPod does look quite battered, although admittedly I haven't been that careful with it. When I first got it I vowed to look after it and keep it in its protective cover, but after six months or so this wore off and as a result it began to get scratched. The scratches are all over the back of it, and also the screen on mine is partly smashed on the right hand side from where I accidentally stood on it - however, the glass must be very strong and durable because it still works perfectly despite this and there are no sharp edges where the glass has smashed, there is just a large crack.

      The scratches on the back of the iPod show up really obviously as the back is silver and mirrored, I did used to have a protective case for it but found that it bulked the iPod out considerably so stopped using it after a while. As for the cost, mine was bought so long ago and I didn't purchase it my self I can't remember how much it was, but I think it was over £200 and my parents bought it from tesco. Nowadays you can pick one up (brand new) for approximately £150, and a second hand one can easily be found for under £100. I'm surprised that the price hasn't got down by much but I suppose this shows how popular iPod touches are.

      == CONCLUSION ==
      All in all, I highly recommend the 2nd generation iPod touch. Like I said it does seem a bit outdated now but it does almost everything the newer generations of iPods do apart from not having a camera. It is durable and easy to use and it can hold plenty of data without lagging or freezing. Five out of five stars, I can't fault it.

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        21.08.2012 17:07
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        I've always been a big fan of apple and trusted that their products consist with exceptional quality despite their considerably higher prices than most other technology based companies. I'm glad to say that this is no exception to their iPod touch. I purchased my 8 GB iPod touch about 3-4 years ago when they were fresh and new to the market. The main reason I bought the product was because touch screens were also new-ish to the market and I couldn't wait to try it out along with all of the other additional features that aren't available with some of their other varieties.

        PRICE
        I paid £200 for my iPod when it first came out however you can get one of these for about £100-£150 in good second hand condition or buy the newer generation from about £160-£200 depending on where you shop, catalogues tend to be more expensive due to interest charges and places such as eBay and comet tend to do the best offers.

        APPEARANCE
        One of the biggest let downs for me was the fact that you could only purchase a black iPod touch and there was no selection of colours to choose from, however despite my initial pessimism when I opened and started to use my iPod I could appreciate the sophistication and subtle design choices apple have made. The contrast between the black and stainless steel silver really makes the product pop and stand out without using all the colours under the rainbow, and I also always find that black products look more expensive and sleek due to the shine you get off them and how well the colour hides dirt etc.

        The generation I have is very old compared to the ones they have out today and mine is a lot chunkier in the depth and has less buttons and features on the outside. I'd have preferred the product if it was slimmer like the ones today however I think the lack of buttons makes the item look tidier and enhances its sophistication.

        EASE OF USE
        As I stated before this product has minimal buttons due to the fact that it is a touch screen player. The fact there is only 2 buttons confused me at first however it only takes a few minutes to get the hang of it. The top button on the depth of the iPod is to turn the screen on and off whether that's on standby or turned off completely; the distinguish which function you want the iPod to perform there are different time periods to hold the button down for. The second button is placed in the bottom centre of the product this has the primary use of taking you back to the home screen. Both buttons have a sense of firmness to them and generally don't get pushed in your bag or pocket which I find prolongs the battery life compared to other players I've had.

        Once you have a handle on the buttons everything else is very easy to use the product because you literally touch whatever it is you want to use and it's done, this is also made a lot easier by the tidy layout Apple has designed which allows you to clearly see everything.

        FEATURES
        Obviously the main feature which sells this product is the fact that it has a touch screen, I was surprised to learn that the screen was heat sensitive which means that you cannot use a stylus or the tip of your nail as the iPod will generally only react to the temperate of human skin (your fingers). I thought this was a great piece of technology however the fact that you use your fingers all the time does have an impact on how easy it is to keep your iPod clean. With this in mind you do get given a free screen cleaning cloth with your purchase so Apple does try to compensate for this.

        With this product you can listen to music, watch movies, play on apps, browse the internet, write notes, arrange a calendar, look at photographs and much more. One of the built in features which makes using the other apps and features easier and more interesting is the motion sensor; when you turn your iPod on its side it recognises the movement and turns the pixels on the side to create a widescreen effect.

        RELIABILITY
        This product is generally reliable however it does have its moments. Once in a while I'll be listening to my music and it'll just cut off and when I switch the screen on to see why it stopped it'll be on the homepage, I'm not quite sure what this error is but it's the most common one with my personal iPod. About a year after I first bought my iPod I found that it kept freezing for about 5 minutes which was fairly alarming seeing as it wouldn't even turn off! I just had to sit, wait and pray for it to turn back on and thankfully it always did. I haven't had this specific problem for a long time now so hopefully it won't come up again.

        OVERALL EXPERIENCE
        My overall experience with this product has been a pleasant one to say the least, over the few years it has been with me there have been minimal issues that always seemed to sort themselves out in time and the product has also proved itself to be exceptionally hard wearing. The features are practically foolproof and very clear to understand, I don't think I ever needed to refer to the instruction booklet once!
        In addition to my review on the product I'd also like to include that when I had a problem with the iPod not turning on I sent it to apple and had it back within a week fully working again through their guarantee. So my overall experience with the company Apple has also been exceptional.

        RECOMMENDATIONS
        I would definitely recommend this product to people who like a variety of features in an MP3 player rather than just the function to play music, this iPod isn't the best if you like to keep updated on Facebook or if you like to browse the internet whilst out and about as you need WiFi and it's not always accessible. This is probably the next best thing to give your kids for Christmas rather than the iPhone. Personally I wish I had an iPod touch with more memory space but 8gb is more than enough for most people's basic needs.

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          20.02.2012 23:50
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          Great device, would definitely recommend!

          For my 16th birthday I recieved an Ipod touch with 8GB capacity. I had been wanting it since they had been released. So when my parents presented me with this, I was completely in shock and couldn't wait to get all the newest music, apps and games onto this little bundle of fun.

          -- Appearance of the Ipod Touch --
          When you recieve your Ipod it comes in a very small box which contains everything you would need, USB Cable, Head-phones, an Ipod Dock Adapter and a quick start guide, which is a tiny little square booklet (very cute!)

          There are two different colour choices which are white and black. The Ipod Touch is surprisingly thin, you would think that because of everything you can do on the Ipod and the amount of memory it has it would be much bigger. But it is only 58.9 mm wide, 111 mm in height and 7.2 mm in depth which is extremely thin. The Ipod is very light only weighing 101 grams. The screen is 3.5 inches wide when faced diagonally with a widescreen touch display, showing a 960x640 pixel resolution at 326 pixels per inch.

          There are only four buttons on the entire ipod. There is one on the front which is the one you press to take you back to the home page when you need to, also you press this when your ipod is in sleep mode, for you to be able to see see the slide bar you need to unlock all the ipods functions. There is a button displayed on the top of the ipod which enables you to lock your ipod with one push, to stop any interferance whilst the device in in your pocket, handbag ect, also if you hold the button down whilst the ipod is unlocked this will bring up a power off menu, which you simply either slide the screen to turn your Ipod of or press the cancel button displayed at the bottom. This screen will also dissapear back to whatever page you were on before after roughly 30 seconds. There are also two buttons connected to each other on the left side of the Ipod, these enable you to increase or decrease the volume.
          The use of the buttons and knowing which one to press in certains situations does take a little time to get used to, but once your used to it, its very easy and simple to get on with.

          -- The Touch Screen --
          I found the touch screen to be an absolute joy to get on with, so much easier than touch screens on phones. As my fingers are fairly small, using the keyboard was very easy and not very often did I make mistakes by pushing the wrong keys, because of this I do think this could be a bit more difficult for something with larger fingers and may tend to get a bit more fiddly and may tend to take longer to get used to. The size of the app icons on the otherhand are a perfect size and very easy to get on with.

          -- All About Apps --
          The ipod touch comes with 17 previously installed applications which are: Game centre, Calendar, Photos, Contacts, YouTube, Stocks, Maps, Weather, Notes, Utilities, iTunes, App Store, Settings, Music, Mail, Safari and Videos.

          Quite a few of these apps do require internet access like YouTube, Maps, Weather, Mail, Safari, App Store and Came Centre.

          There are also thousands of great apps that you are able to get your hands onto with WiFi access and going onto the Apps store. You can get pretty much apps for everything games, Education, Music, Social Networking, even the News and much more.

          Apps are very easy to download you simply go onto the apps store and search either the catorgory of the type of apps you want or if you already know the name of the app you can also enter this into the search bar and it will find the app for you and everything related to that app. Some apps do require a small payment anything from 50p to £3. There are plenty of free apps available including demos of games and programmes.

          To delete apps is very easy to do, simply hold down on the icon of the app you wish to delete until it starts to wobble, once this appears it displays an 'X' which you press and a confirmation screen showing 'Delete' or 'Cancel' will show up.

          -- Music --
          The music app is displayed at the bottom of the screen amoungst three other apps. When you go into the app a screen will appear, at the bottom of the screen are five icons which will display your Playlists, Artists, Songs, Albums and an icon which displays More. Whilst searching through these icons, if you currently are playing a song, in the top right hand corner is a black arrowed shaped box which states 'Now Playing' pressing this will instantly take you to the song you are currently listening too. On this display screen you will find a number of icons which rewind and foward the songs, play/pause the song, and two bars which you slide across to either, increase the volume without playing with the buttons on the side of the ipod or to quickly take you to a part of the song. If you have album artwork, this will also display as a background picture on the 'Now Playing' display screen.

          As there are speakers installed directly inside of the ipod this allows you to play your music out loud with needing to use the headphones or Ipod dock station.

          -- Videos --
          The video app allows you to search through and watch videos whereever you are whether your at home, at work or on the train. It's fantastic! The screen may be a little small, but having a portable video player makes it so worth while! Now every occasion can become fun!
          At the moment I haven't currently got any videos on my Ipod as you do need to purchase these and they can be quite costly. Also I haven't found the need to use them recently as I don't have to sit through a boring bus or train journey anymore due to passing my driving test.

          -- Photos --
          The photos app enables you to flick through your photos using your fingertips and keep all memorable moments with you. My hard-drive on my computer is completely jammed pack full of music, pictures ECT. So when I copied all of it over to my Ipod I was completely shocked at how little space this takes up. It's fantastic!

          -- Using iTunes --
          Itunes is essential for you to be able to transfere music from your computer/laptop to your Ipod. Also with the Itunes app already installed onto the Ipod this allows you when you are in range with WiFi to dowload music, videos ect without needing access to the computer which I think is extremely convienient and very clever. The instruction manual provides everything you will need to know in order to get your Ipod up and running including how to download iTunes and the steps to take to get your Ipod on its way!

          -- Speakers --
          I find the speakers to be fairly good, obviously there not going to be the best quality but they certainly do the job for this little 7mm in depth Ipod! I find that if you lay the Ipod facing upwards, you get the best quality of sound from the speakers.

          -- Battery Life --
          The Ipod touch has up to 36 hours of battery life which I think is absolutely incredible. This ipod doesn't run on double or triple A batteries, instead there is a battery contained inside the Ipod. There are various ways of charging, either plugging the USB end into a power adapter and then plugging it into a socket just like you would with a mobile phone or by plugging the USB cable into your computer. What I find great about being able to charge it through your computer, is that you don't even need your computer to be on for it to be able to charge!

          -- 8 GB Memory --
          You can store hundreds or songs and pictures on your Ipod touch and still have room for more. I did find once I started to download apps and games that it took up the space a lot quicker and I had to end up deleting them because of no space, but as I don't have time to play games as much anymore I don't tend to download them. If you think you would be purchasing or downloading a lot of apps, music and games then I would reccomend purchashing the 16 GB as it will allow for much more space. I find that I hardly use any of the space up on my Ipod at the moment as I only use it for music rather than pictures, videos and apps.

          -- The Positives and Negatives --
          There are endless postivies with this device so I will only explain the most evident ones to me. Firstly in my opinion I absolutely love the style, layout and icons on the Ipod Touch. The layout is spread out nicely with large icons which are a very good size so no matter the thickness of your fingers, its hard to get muddled up! The apps that are already pre installed and displayed I think are brillaint as they to me are the most important and the most useful. The design is very easy to follow and stands out very well. Once you have got an idea of where everything is, what buttons and icons do what, you will be away and your get used to it very quickly.

          I love the ease of being able to scroll and find what music you want. It offers you ways to find music you may either not know the name of or the artist who sings it. So displaying different ways, makes life so much easier for you.

          What I didn't like about the ipod touch is that I thought the keypad could be larger, as when my mum tried to use it she had great difficulty as she has thicker fingers than I do. She kept pressing the wrongs keys and got very frustrated! I also think that there could be more apps pre installed onto the Ipod, to give a more wide variety and choice of apps.

          -- Price and Availability --
          The Ipod Touch is widely available in Apple stores, online stores or other electrical stores such as Currys and Comet. The price does tend to vary and you can never pin point as offers are constantly displayed. The price does tend to vary on the storage amount and where you get it from but roughly the prices are:

          8 GB- £165.00
          16GB- £214.00
          32GB- £282.00

          The think the price is really good for the high quality you are recieving, obviously there could be some small improvements to make it more usuable but I think it is such a brilliant device!

          -- Conclusion --
          They may be a few slight problems with the Ipod Touch that may vary between people, but I think it's absolutely awesome! This would be such the perfect gift for anyone and any occasion! It comes everywhere with me, I couldn't imagine going back to my MP3 player now! I would definitely recommend this and I'm sure the more upgrades they tend to do on the Ipod Touch the better it will get and hopefully correct some of the problems people have came across!

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            20.01.2012 03:02
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            Great for casual use, if going to use daily I would reccomend one with more memory

            I bought the Ipod Touch after being a fan of Apple and their Ipods, and after having used all their other types of Ipods, I decided to give this one a try. I mainly use this as my walking to college and work Ipod, hence the small gb size, and fill it mostly with songs or apps to pass the time as I wait for classes.

            It is a pretty sleek design, as it is quite thin, with a shiny back cover. Although the problem with the back cover of these products is that they can get scratched easily and quickly. I have also heard from my friends accounts of their touchscreen breaking, cracking and scratching - though this has never happened to my Ipod. But when it does you can be faced with an expensive repair cost.

            Remember, with any iPod you'll need to have iTunes installed, so you are able to add songs, photos and apps! Setting up the iPod itself is not really difficult with iTunes as all you will really have to do is name it and then select your preferences which are all clearly shown to you throughout the process of setup. The thing I love about having my iPod connected to iTunes though is that it clearly shows me what is taking up the most space in my iPod. That way I am able to delete the things that are taking up too much space.

            This Ipod is different to many of the previous ones, mostly due to the touchscreen! The touchscreen is a great feature to have on a Ipod, as it allows for effortless gliding to select songs and new apps. It also has the handy feature of locking itself so you do not find your Ipod turning on unwelcomed and wasting the battery life. Navigating around the iPod is really easy, as even my mum who isn't great with technology was able to play around with it and understands how to use it.

            The battery life lasts long, as I only really fully charge my iPod once a week. However, if you are someone who will use the apps heavily and for long amounts of time, you may find that your battery life drains more faster than you expected it to. Coming with a USB adaptor to plug into your computer, laptop or Apple charger makes charging your products easily and quickly.

            The Appstore is a great addition to my Ipod, as it lets me download many apps that have been useful to my everyday life such as the pedometer app, random games to keep me entertained and language converters. The download speeds are also very quick, although a big downside is you have to have an Apple account to download anything. However, with this version of the iPod Touch, some of the apps may not run on it, so it may be worthwhile purchasing another more modern version if that is the main draw of an iPod for you.

            I store about 1000 songs and random apps on my Ipod, and there is still a bit of room left for more. I think if I were to use this Ipod on a more casual basis, I would have bought a bigger Ipod with more room, as you can buy them in 16gb, 32gb and 64gb.

            Sound quality is great with this Ipod as it has great capabilities. You also get free earphones if you purchase it usually, and these transfer sound great. Although after a while, the parts around the actual earphone and where they connect to the wire began to fray and they stopped working, so you may have to invest in a new pair of earphones a couple of months after buying them.

            Overall, I would say buy an Ipod if you love new modern technology and love music at the same time, its the match made in heaven. It is a great way of adding music to your every day life and occupying the time. I think it is one of the best music players that there is, as it has so many capabilities. However, if you are more interested in playing apps and watching movies on the iPod, I would say its probably better to get one with more memory and a newer model.

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            23.11.2011 13:45
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            Since 2007, the iPod Touch has gone through various developments and reinventions of itself. So much so, that by 2010, it was already on the fourth generation (or version). Therefore, for clarification, I will be reviewing the original, first generation (herein referred to as (1G)) 8GB iPod Touch.

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            The iPod Touch comes with a USB cable, and in order to do anything with your iPod, you will need to have, or to install iTunes. Unlike MP3 players from other manufacturers, there is no flexibility with the iPod Touch as to which software you can use to transfer songs to and from the iPod. However, set up is relatively pain free, as far as I can remember. Your iPod will become linked to your iTunes, and any purchases made will be transferred from iTunes to the iPod (or vice versa) when you connect it to your computer via the USB. You will need to set up an Apple ID account through iTunes if you want to download any apps (free or not) and this will also allow you to buy songs/videos/books etc. off the iTunes Store. I find it quite useful that the Apple ID account memorises your debit/credit card number, so I don't have to go through the hassle of entering in my card number every time I'm buying something. However, if you have an issue with this, then you may want to reconsider buying from the iTunes Store, as there does not seem to be a way in which you can manually enter your card number each time.

            Transferring songs from the hard drive of your computer to the iPod is pretty easy. Once you've added the music from your hard drive to iTunes (which can be done by going to File --> Add Folder to Library), and you've connected the iPod via the USB, a 'DEVICES' section will appear in the iTunes bar on the left. Clicking on this not only gives you the option of transferring your whole music library, or just particular songs onto the iPod, but it also shows how much space is left on the iPod, and what is taking up the most space. For example, currently I have 2.1GB of music, 1.39GB of apps, 0.04GB taken up by 'Other', and a further 3.7GB of space free. This equates into about 298 songs and 63 apps so far. In this respect, I would say that someone with an extensive library of music may wish to opt for an iPod with greater memory than the 8GB - I only carry my favourite songs around on it, and you can clearly see that this takes up 25% of the space alone.

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            So, it's pretty easy to transfer songs etc. onto the iPod, but what about using the iPod itself? Well, let me give you a heads up guys - it's ridiculously easy. The iPod Touch (1G) has only two buttons: one at the top for locking the device (and switching it off if held down for a prolonged amount of time), and the circular button beneath the iPod screen, for closing whatever application you're running, and returning you back to the menu. Every other means of navigating is done via the touch screen.

            Upon initially using the iPod Touch, there will only be one menu screen, divided into a top and bottom section. In the top section, there are pre-downloaded apps that cannot be deleted, such as the internet browser, Safari, the App Store, Settings, Clock etc. The bottom section consists of four apps: Music, Videos, Photos and iTunes, which also cannot be deleted. However, as you download more apps, more than one menu screen will appear. One menu screen can hold 16 apps, and so to navigate your way through them, you simply slide your finger across the screen, and the menu screen will slide with the direction of your finger. However, the bottom section I mentioned, holding the Music, Videos, Photos and iTunes apps, will always remain at the bottom of the screen, making it easy to select them from any menu screen.

            To start up an app, you simply need to click on its icon on the menu screen. You can think of your finger essentially as the cursor you would get on a computer screen, and so you are able to navigate your way through and control apps with your finger. This goes for entering text too. If ever you need to enter text, a QWERTY keyboard will pop up, which I've found is spaced out well enough to make it easy to use, without touching the wrong letter too often.

            I also feel it's worth mentioning the WiFi capabilities here. Connecting the iPod to your home router, or to an open access WiFi point while you're out and about is very easy, and gives you the ability to download purchases from the iTunes Store whilst on the move. I've found this particularly useful if there's a song I'm dying to listen to, and can't wait to get home to download it. With songs costing 99p, I feel it is little in the way of a dent in my purse to make these small purchases now and again.

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            As far as I'm concerned, the sound and visual quality of the iPod Touch is very impressive. I don't use the earphones that originally came with the iPod, and thus am not sure if there would be a difference in sound quality if you did. However, for me, sound is crystal clear and intense if you turn the volume up to a mid setting. Unlike later models, the iPod Touch (1G) does not have volume buttons on the iPod itself - the volume is controlled via the touchscreen. While this is fine if you are sat somewhere e.g. on a train, it becomes a little annoying if walking about to have to take the iPod out from wherever you're holding it to refer to the screen itself to adjust the volume. However, I have very little complaint about sound quality itself. I have also listened to audio books on the iPod and have been happy that I am able to hear everything perfectly clear.

            In terms of visual quality, the iPod Touch is, as far as I'm concerned, unbeatable. You simply will not find a device that is sleeker in terms of its graphics. It's also great as far as videos are concerned. While I do not use it to watch films off, I have watched YouTube videos on it, and have found them to be of excellent quality. With the higher quality videos on YouTube, you would not be able to tell that the iPod is streaming from a website, as the picture is top quality, both in streaming and pixel quality.

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            Battery life varies hugely with this device, depending on how often you use it/what you're using it for. If I am using it just to listen to music while I'm out and about, I find I can have it on standby when it's not being used, and the battery life will last for days. However, if I'm in the midst of an app game addiction, where I can't put the device down, I find that it needs charging on a daily basis. As with most devices, the brighter the screen, the more battery life will be drained, and so there are ways to conserve it. However, according to Wikipedia, the average battery life for the iPod Touch (1G) is 22 hours of audio, and 5 hours of video.

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            This particular model of iPod Touch has been discontinued, due to its bigger and better brothers having taken the limelight. However, the device can still be purchased for around £80 second hand from websites like Cash Generator and eBay.

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            I love my iPod Touch. I remember in the days before the Touch devices were introduced, I was firmly an anti-iPod person, and was rooting for the Creative Zen MP3s, of which I owned many. However, having now owned an iPod Touch, I can absolutely see what all the hype is about. The iPod's design is so wonderfully fuss free and sleek, that it makes it a very easily used and transported device. It's incredibly thin, and fits into my pocket with ease, without advertising itself to thieves in the form of a big bulge, which is perfect if I'm listening to music on the go. The only bugbear for some people may be that the glass display screen is incredibly prone to fingermarks. However, screen protectors can be purchased for overcoming such issues, and it doesn't bother me all that much.

            One of the biggest draws to an iPod Touch, for me, is that it supports apps. In all honesty, I would say that if you are looking simply for a device that *just* plays music, then look elsewhere. There are far cheaper options on the market, without all the gizmos that rack up the price of an iPod Touch. However, I am firmly an app fan. With many free to download, and the majority of others only 69p, the appeal of the app market is huge to me. The likes of 'Cut The Rope', 'Plants vs. Zombies' and 'Tiny Wings' have become firm favourites of mine. Despite this, my version of the iPod Touch is now limited in terms of what can be downloaded. The highest operating system that is supported on the iPod Touch (1G) is iOS 3.1.3, which is now outdated for a lot of app games. The newest iPod Touch (4G) currently runs iOS 5.0, and developers have obviously cottoned on to this, intentionally making games that target only run on iOS 4.0 and beyond, which is frustrating for people like me. I don't want to have to pay out £160 or so just to be able to play 'Angry Birds', thank you.

            Additionally, my iPod Touch does not have an integrated camera, nor a speaker (which the later generations now do). This, however, does not bother me too much, as I would not have liked to have used my MP3 player as a camera anyway, and have not been particularly impressed by the photo quality of iPod/iPhone cameras. The speaker may have occasionally come in useful, but I am not hugely bothered that I can only listen to audio with earphones.

            As far as I'm concerned, this iPod is great. I love how easily I can download a song from iTunes thanks to the WiFi capabilities while I'm on the move, and the range of games keeps me occupied if I'm on a long journey. While I am annoyed that I am unable to move past the iOS 3.1.3, I still think that this is a great device, and is worth picking up for the £80 or so it would cost you second hand. Great buy.

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              14.08.2011 17:06
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              Very good but outdated

              This was a very good device at the time of its release but after newer models and many updates it is now pretty much useless. Most of the games on the app store have moved on from this device as now they only play on the 3rd and 4th generation with the 1st and 2nd being unable to run them. This device is no longer supported by apples updates so you wont have the best security and functions available. The device will only be good for searching the internet (which can take a while because the processor is not that great so each web page can take 30 seconds to load), listening to music or watching movies and the last two options fill a 8gb ipod in a surprisingly short amount of time. I found that this device also after having synced and updated several times starts to fill up with "Other" according to Itunes and if you do get this you will notice you can lose over 2gb of your ipod to this which is a large inconvience. I found recently to fix this you need to do a restore and update all over again and it will go back to normal. There was no speaker on the 1st gen ipod touch so you will need to buy either a docking station or headphones if you do not want to have to use the little white headphones that come with it. A good thing about buying an Ipod Touch is that if you drop it from about 4 ft it will more than likely be fine without even a scratch or dent appearing (but I would not recommend doing so as you may get unlucky and it smashes). Anyone thats looking for an Ipod I would recommend getting the 4th gen as it is much faster and has a better resolution which makes everything a bit clearer to see.

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              04.08.2011 02:11

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              plays music when the jack ain't worn away

              The second law of thermodynamics tells us that, with time, entropy tends to increase. Things become more disordered, things fall apart.

              This holds true, for Apple's Ipod Touch, an object of such sheer cheek I can't believe it hasn't been slapped it yet.

              First, I shall discuss the very few positives. It has a reasonably large memory, enough to store 1000 songs. The file quality is okay. Many apps are available for free, including many of the classics of world literature. The ipod does have wi-fi capabilities but if one lives in a region unequipped to deal with wi-fi, much of the £100 one spent is rendered useless.

              Now, I shall discuss the negatives. The cumbersome size. I am used to the sleak, whippet-like thin-ness of the ipod nano - this is a diplodocus in comparison. Also, the games played are moronic and childish, yet strangely addictive. Finally, the back is prone to scratches.

              Worst of all, however, is the decay of the ear phone jack. It literally just wears away into entropy. Because it corrodes, the connection between earphone and ipod is destroyed within about 10 months. One can hold the ear phone againts the jack side in order to get a circuit but this is bad for the arthritis. The fact is, my ipod was in perfect working shape bar this eroded jack. Once the jack had gone, the rest was rendered useless. It fell apart from the smallest of causes.

              Ear phone jack is the Ipod Touch's Achilles Heel.

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              04.08.2011 01:58

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              A product that is enticing but is just a great disappointment.

              Apple have been at the forefront of technology for so long now but you know what, this product was a shambles.

              I have experienced numerous problems with my I-pod touch:
              1. My I-pod had something called the white screen of death and although the so-called genius at the genius bar said they had fixed it, my i-pod now freezes frequently. If I lock my I-pod screen while music is paused it will freeze, meaning I have to be constantly playing music because once frozen, hours pass before it can be turned on again. This problem is obviously uncommon but I am disappointed with that the problem was not properly addressed.

              2. My I-pod is supposedly 8GB but when on the summary screen it reads when empty, 5.83GB of free space. This is quite a substantial amount of space and when compared to other 8GB i-pods I have noticed that none of them have as little free space as my I-pod.

              3. My I-pod has suffered corrosion issues, meaning sound will only play through the left earphone unless the jack is held in a specific position. This is a great inconvenience as when trying to relax and listen to music I am forced to spend minutes finding the correct spot.

              4. My screen has cracked and this is a frequent problem, which tells me apple should be doing something to combat this.

              5. My I-pod seems to have a very small battery life, even when the screen is at its dullest. This can become really irritating as I look forward to listening to some music and find that there is less than 20% of battery left, even though I had charged it the previous night.

              So as you can see I have had some problems with my I-pod however there are some good-points:
              1. You can have some brilliant fun with the wealth of apps to be found.

              2. The layout is clear and easy to follow.

              3.The I-pod has a very sleek design.

              Those are the only good points I can pull out.

              For me, the I-pod was a waste of money and although good to have too many flaws exist. Although, having said that you might have a different experience, a better one. If you want my advice, buy an I-Phone!

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              17.07.2011 11:53
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              A great MP3 player with a variety of functions, just remember to buy a case!

              I accquired my First Generation Apple iPod Touch second hand from a friend who had upgraded to an iPhone approximately one year ago. She purchased it brand new for around £200, and I picked it up from her for about £30 - a bargain! I didn't have high hopes or expectations whatsoever as she hadn't exactly been gentle with it (to put it lightly!) - in all honesty, I only ever intended to use it for playing music! Despite my intention to make use of only its primary function, the host of applications, internet, video player, photo galleries, notes page and other features have tempted me into using them and I would never go back! The iPod Touch can keep me occupied for hours and hours on end, and - with a good battery that lasts for a good few days (unless you are using safari), there's nothing stopping me!

              The iPod has many good points; it looks nice, is slim and sleek in comparison to the other MP3s that were available on the market at the time of release (which I believe to be September 2007), it has a wide range of functions and a wonderfully bright heat sensitive screen. The iPod has a black screen and front and a shiny (at first!) stainless steel back which make for a stylish and attractive product which fits nicely into your pockets! One of the main advantages has to be the fact that you can easily purchase thousands of different applications from every type of game to photo editing programs and instruction manuals, and what's more is that a lot of them are free! These are great to add to the host of features that the iPod already boasts; safari, photo galleries, a video player and, of course, an MP3 player as well as many more. The iPod is also very easy to use with just two buttons and a large heat sensitive screen that allow for speedy navigation and flicking from feature to feature.

              Upon receipt of the iPod, one thing that was absolutely obvious is that the screen and stainless steel silver back scratch incredibly easily. This would have to be one major disadvantage; although I personally am not particularly fussed about the appearance or condition, it definitely does make it look scruffier, older and well-used. There are hundreds and hundreds of scratches all over the iPod, and, granted, I have dropped it a few times, but I wouldn't have expected it to scratch quite so easily! If you were to invest in this product, I would one hundred percent recommend that you consider purchasing a good case to protect the back, otherwise it can end up looking scruffy. Another disadvantage is that the iPod tends to freeze quite often, particularly upon turning on. I'm not quite sure as to the reason for this, however I would guess that it is because I have completely filled up the memory (although this shouldn't really make a difference). Talking of memory; 8GB is just not enough! If you want to take full advantage of the hundreds of apps that are on offer from the ever-growing Apple store, I would recommend an iPod Touch with a larger memory.

              I would recommend this product to anyone as it is so easy to use and has such a wide range of functions and features. The only things I would say are that it scratches VERY easily (so consider buying a case if you are prone to dropping things, or even placing things quite lightly on a work surface. Grrrrr) and that the memory isn't great. I am aware that the First Generation iPod Touch is available to buy quite cheaply online nowadays. Despite its condition when I got it, I certainly feel as though I got a bit of a bargain! One year gone and, I'm sure, many more to go!

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                12.06.2011 22:15

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                The iPod Touch is a gem of technology

                This has to be one of the most amazing and cheap portable media players I have ever brought, it is sleek, fun, and thousands of great features. With the iPod Touch Apple have certainly got it right. There are endless things to do on the iPod Touch with the ever growing Apple App store, the sound quality that this little gem of technology gives off is stunning with the correct headphones. One of my favourite things about this is the video quality as it is not only amazing at playing music but the video quality is also superb I never thought I would be able to watch videos on a iPod Touch but I was proven wrong. One of the things I do not like is the storage capacity of it, I think 8GB is a bit too small to store music, video and apps on it. Overall I recommend buying a iPod Touch but maybe one with more Gigabytes.

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                12.06.2011 21:18

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                Great gadget!

                This iPod Touch is excellent for not only your music, but for your emails, information, and entertainment. As it is only an 8GB, i find the storage a bit limiting in what you can have on your iPod, but it depends if you prefer your music or your applications.
                Itunes (which comes with the iPod) is excellent in downloading both music, films and applications for your iPod. Downloading these can sometimes cost you money, but you can find a wide range of free applications and games which are all very good!
                The touch screen of the iPod Touch is also very easy to use, and compared to the touch screen phones of which i have previously owned is by far the best.
                The wi-fi technology on the iPod is superb in allowing you to receive emails, respond to emails, browse the web, and watch youtube films on. Its just like a mini computer!
                Overall, an excellent gadget with many features which puts it heads above most MP3 players.

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                22.05.2011 12:18

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                The iPod touch 4th gen is really worth the money , the sound quality is amazing and it hosts a number of features that are easy to use and good in applicationI purchased from mynewgps, I think www.mynewgps.co.uk have an offer still going on for it

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                20.05.2011 19:45
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                Fabulous music device.

                I have had my iPod touch 8GB for around two years receiving as a gift from my stepfather to cheer me up after having a bad couple of months at uni. Although I still had a first generation 2GB nano at that point, it was nice to get something with lots of different facilities that met most of my needs!

                Comes with - iPod charger, white iPod earphones, docking adapter. The earphones can be classed as uncomfortable for some, so I would recommend buying new earphones. You can get ones for around £10 with better quality sound than from Apple's variety.

                Appearance - My 2nd/3rd generation iPod touch (sorry I can't remember it's generation) is deceptively thicker than it appears. It looks nice and slim but is in fact around 5mm thick. It's back is nice and shiny metal with the iPod name and logo on the back. It has an oval/rectangular shaped part on the back as well which is used for the wireless signals. The front of the iPod has an LCD screen with a menu button at the bottom. I would highly recommend that if you buy any iPod touch to buy a protective case. Without one, the screen scratches easily and the metal starts to look dirty. You can pick up a protective case for about £10 - worth every penny.

                Using the iPod - Using this iPod is very simple. It has a button at the top to switch it on. My only niggle is that you feel as if you have to push on it quite hard and for a long time to get it to start up (This is the same with the volume control, it needs to be pushed very hard too). To get to the main menu you have to 'slide to unlock' where is says which is just a quick slide of your finger over the iPod. This leads you to the main menu. It comes with already installed Mail, Calender, Photos, Contacts, YouTube, Stocks, Maps, Weather, Voice Memos, Notes, Clock, Calculator, Settings and iTunes. Along the bottom is Music, Videos, Safari (Internet Browser) and the App Store. The majority of these need to use wireless internet so I would connect your iPod to the internet by going to Settings > WiFi > Your Wireless Network Name. Anything is just a tap of a finger away on the iPod touch. No need for buttons, everything is controlled by your fingers. This iPod does not come with a recording device so any that want to use the voice memos facility or download the Skype App will need to buy a microphone for this device.

                Apps - The first thing most people probably want to do when they have got an iPod Touch is to download Apps. These come from the iTunes store. Some you pay for, some you don't. Regardless, this will require you setting up an iTunes account. Once you have downloaded your apps, they do not have to stay in the place they were downloaded, by holding down an app for a short while causes a 'rumbling' appearance on screen allowing you to move your apps around so you can arrange them to how you want. If you are anything like me, I like to keep my games separate from my shopping apps so it is possible to put them on different screens. Warning: when downloading Apps, make sure they are compatible with your iPod. It can be highly frustrating when it tells you something can only be used for a 4th generation iPod.

                Music and Videos - It is possible to watch videos and listen to music on your iPod without connecting it to your computer, but this would mean you would have to buy all your music and videos from iTunes. If like me you have old CD albums you want to put on your iPod touch, you have to connect it to your computer. It's very quick and easy to put music on your iPod though sometimes finding music and video files can be a bit difficult, but that's just me! Once on your iPod, you can take your music and videos with you wherever you go. I love the fact it has videos because it makes travelling for significant periods bearable.

                Storage - 8GB is a reasonable amount of storage space on the device for the price it comes to. However, you cannot store a huge amount of things on this iPod. For iPod's which were purely music players, 8GB would be ample room. For the amount of media you can put on a Touch, it is minuscule. Videos and some apps take up a fair amount of storage space on the iPod so for those wishing to have a lot of media on there touch, I would recommend an upgrade to a 16GB or more. For those who plan ahead and know what they want on their iPod, this device is fine because it has enough battery power for you not to get through everything on it.

                Would i suggest this to others? Yes I would. This little piece of equipment has been a lifesaver for me. When my laptop had failed on me, I could use this beauty to search the internet and do the majority of things I could do on a laptop. It is a genius device having my music, videos and apps (mainly games) all in one. For those wanting more than a music player, this is definitely for you! Although I would probably recommend buying one with more storage space on it since the space gets used up very quickly.

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                  20.05.2011 19:09

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                  The product is great offering the ability to include multidimensional features on one device

                  The ipod touch 2nd generation has been a great investment for me. The ipod touch incorporates some impressive features including the ability to download music and applications from iTunes. I made the purchase two years ago therefore the value at that point was around £150.Since my purchase i've never experienced any problems with the ipod and it has been a great buy! However there are some minor hiccups which must be expressed. One of them is the problem of synchorizing the ipod with itunes on my laptop. At times the amount of time consumed waiting for the ipod to synchornize is dreadful. Furthermore I personally dislike the user interface of itunes. The interface is difficult to manage, the process of adding new music from the computer to the ipod is not as simple as with a traditional mp3 method of drag and drop. Nevertheless I recommend anyone intrested in this product to purchase the product at the price listed because it truly is great value for money.

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                  02.04.2011 11:38

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                  I purchased the iPOD touch 8GB about 2 years ago. It is an incredible music handset for an incredible price. Although it can only store 8GB it can still hold a large amount of music/pictures/applications. I had roughly 700 songs, 20 pictures and about 30 apps on my iPOD touch 8GB and I still had free room to add more! Obviously, the more money you pay the higher the GB but honestly, an 8GB is only really all you need. I was impressed with my purchase and it hasn't got any faults what so ever. My iPOD touch is still working perfectly fine 2 years on. It is amazing for the price and I definetley recommend it to anyone who loves their music when they're out and about. The WIFI conncetion is great, an all round great buy!

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                Touch comes to iPod. The Apple iPod touch boasts the multi-touch interface - the revolutionary technology that made iPhone a hit is now on one amazing iPod. Its gorgeous 3.5-inch widescreen display lets you touch your music in Cover Flow and watch video. Browse the web with Safari and watch YouTube videos on the first-ever Wi-Fi iPod.