Apple iPod Touch (first generation, 16GB)
The good: The Apple iPod Touch has a large, video-worthy screen, a cutting-edge interface, and Wi-Fi Internet, e-mail, and music download capabilities.
The bad: The iPod Touch may cost too much for you, depending on your needs. It has a small capacity for a portable video player.
The bottom line: The iPod Touch is a beautiful product, inside and out, but prepare yourself for sticker shock.
Editors' note: On September 9, 2008, Apple released their second-generation version of the iPod Touch and discontinued the older model described on this page. Our full review of the iPod Touch (second-generation) can be found here.
If you find yourself dazzled by the Web, video, and music capabilities of Apple's iPhone but can't stomach the contract commitment, the iPod Touch might be just what you're looking for. Offered in 8GB ($299), 16GB ($399), and 32GB ($499) capacities, the iPod Touch is a premium-priced device with an attractive set of features for a midsize portable video player. Still, the Touch's limited storage capacity makes it a difficult choice when held up to higher capacity products like the iPod Classic or Archos 605 WiFi.
For better or worse, the iPod Touch is clearly the iPhone's baby brother. Like most products that roll out of Apple, the Touch shows the love of committed designers, hardware engineers, and usability experts. The iPod Touch measures a slim and pocketable 4.3 inches by 2.4 inches by 0.31 inch, with an all-metal-and-glass design that feels as expensive as it looks. Because nothing will ruin a portable video player faster than a gouge across its screen, we're happy to see that the face of the Touch uses the same scratch-resistant glass found on the iPhone. Most users will still want to buy a protective case, however, since the iPod Touch feels a little fragile and the back is covered with the glossy, scratch-prone, smudge-loving chrome exterior common to most iPods.
Although the iPod Touch (center) shares most of its features with the iPhone (left), it is technically a sibling of the iPod Classic (right).
There are only two physical buttons on the iPod Touch: a button on the face of the player used for calling up the main menu; and a screen deactivation button found on the top-left edge of the case. The iPod Touch is controlled largely using an icon-based touch-screen navigation menu nearly identical to the iPhone's, but with greater emphasis placed on music, photo, and video playback.
The two design details that distinguish the iPod Touch from the iPhone are the downward-facing headphone jack and volume controls. In the absence of dedicated volume control buttons, the Touch gives users the ability to bring up an onscreen volume slider by double-clicking the main menu button. The same volume screen offers controls for playing, pausing, and skipping through tracks.
When it comes down to it, the iPod Touch's most unique selling point is not its feature set, but its interface. You can find products that offer more features, as well as higher quality audio and video performance, but you won't find any other product that can match the feeling you get using the iPod Touch interface. In the absence of jetpacks or flying cars, the futuristic novelty of zooming photos with a pinch of the finger or flying through your music collection in Cover Flow is difficult to quantify into a bullet point, but it is probably the most justifiable reason to invest in the Touch.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
Ipod Tocuh 1st Gen 16 GB
e Apple iPod Touch has a large, video-worthy screen, a cutting-edge interface, and Wi-Fi Internet, e-mail, and music download capabilities.
Its multitouch screen gives the user more control over the device, allowing for a more natural input without the need for a stylus commonly seen on other touchscreen devices. With the slide of one or more fingers across the screen users can enter text, navigate web pages, or zoom in on images.
Safari, Apple's own web browser, really lets users play around with this new interface since it relies entirely on finger movement. Storage format has changed from a hard disk to flash memory, allowing for faster access, but at the same time greatly limiting storage capacity.
Wi-Fi has also been added to this iPod to not only allow users to browse the web, but to wirelessly purchase and download songs through iTunes.
Battery like on the iPod touch was long enough to easily cover a day or two of off and on of wireless access. At times depending on how long I sat in front of the TV surfing the Web, I went as far as a week between recharges.
apple ipod touch 32gb
i think apple have come through with this gadget, you can surf the net, email,store photos,have music/videos play and downlaoad new games/apps.and if you have headphones with built in mic and download skype or fring app you can make skype calls on it too. And all this in 1 gadget and at a reasonable price. i never put mine down and all my kids have them too and you never get bored cos you just renew apps/ games. download new songs and change videos/photos.its great and a must have for any gadgety person.
1 gen 16 gig ipod touch
these things are great reading email killing time playing games or listening to music there seems to be no end of apps (little add on programs )games and usefull gadgets such as a working spirit level !!this has come in very handy i can tell you i put up severeal shelves with this !! the only faults with this little player is that it does not have a exturnal speaker built in and no seperate switch for the volume these have been rectified on the 2 and 3 gen models and you can pick up very cheap little speakers but if you dont mind using your headphones and lets face it if you were out in public you would then this is just as good as the other 2 generations these are very usfull little machines i will not say gadget because a gadget is toy like used for 5 mins and then forgotten where as this little beauty just goes from strenght to strength and with all the utillities,games,music,film,email,and even phone tracking and bluetooth capabilities this machine is truly usefull and even when you can not use youre home internet conetion you can still use the free wifi which is fast spreading every where...got a long ride home on the train then just pop in lets say macdonalds grab youreself a coffee and download a movie to watch on the way home no more bordom on those long jurneys just kick back with a coffee and a movie and enjoy or how a bout a new puzzle game or maybe some new music tracks of course some of these things come at a price but once down loaded its yourse to keep unlike a rental witch you can only watch at home and have to give back and if you check out the app store you can find a awfull lot of free apps these are great and you can normaly find most things some where for free and if not simply but it on to youre watch list and when it does become free it will tell you and you can get it then the app which allows you to do this is called bargain bin and is free it shows you lots of free apps for the last so many days you just browse click and click easy these little gems are great i would never give mine up. my husband and son liked it so much that they have one each so now we have a 1,2 and 3 gen models in my house they are much loved and much used...
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Ipod touch - the wat forward
Pondering about what mp3 player to get, my wife went for the ipod toudh. What a choice she made. This is an mp3 player and more. Music is brilliant and so easy once you convert your first one. Wifi internet is just brilliant. I've only just started 'apping' but it just gets better and better. I suppose the only way forward now is an iphone!
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