Information Technology Dark Side

Struggles of a Self-Taught Coder

Information Technology Dark Side header image 2

Review: Apple iPod Touch

February 3rd, 2008 · 5 Comments

Friday afternoon I wandered down to the local Apple store, trying to decide on an iPod model. I walked out with an 8 GB iPod Touch and I’ve been playing with it ever since. It’s pretty much the coolest thing since sliced bread, and when Apple upgrades the iPhone to 3G, I’ll stand in line to get one.

If you don’t know, the Touch is the non-phone version of the iPhone, and it comes in 8GB or 16GB models. It is an iPod, so it plays music, movies, and podcasts, but it also does much more. With built-in wi-fi and the Safari web browser, my touch has already become a simple second computer. I can use it to check and answer email, to browse the web, watch YouTube videos, and track notes.

One of the cool features of the Touch that I didn’t appreciate when I was playing with it at the Apple store is the clarity and brightness of the screen. You wouldn’t expect the 3.5″ screen to be useful for browsing web sites that aren’t “made for mobile” but it is. You can read ESPN, CNN, etc without difficulty, and the zoom and scrolling interface built into the touchscreen is really easy to use. I was surprised how easy it was for me to click on a tiny little link on a page with several links and have it interpret what I wanted correctly. I have big hands and thick fingers, so I had expected the interface to be clumsy for me, but it isn’t. In spite of my “ham hands”, I am still able to use the keyboard and touchscreen commands adeptly.

The biggest drawback I’ve experienced is the 8GB size of the storage in my Touch. I filled it quickly – a little bit too quickly, in fact. I’m going to take it back tomorrow and exchange it for the 16GB model.

One of the cool features of the Touch is Google maps, a separate app on the Touch that uses Googles mapping service – you can get directions using the Google maps application, and then after you leave your network they remain loaded in the application’s memory, so you can use it to get you there.

If you get a Touch or an iPhone, I highly recommend getting a protective cover for it. I got a black Agent18 cover that is tough and easy to use.

If you enjoyed this post, make sure you subscribe to my RSS feed!
Stumble it!

Tags: Mac

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Constable Odo // Feb 3, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    Cool. I’m waiting for a 32 GB iPod Touch to replace my 5G iPod w/Video 30 GB model. I can’t wait to get one especially when the SDK is realeased. They’ll be lots of cool apps for sure. I had wondered if the screen on the Touch is as good as the one on the iPhone. I had heard that some early iPod Touch models had problems with darks screens or something. I’m sure that has long been fixed though. I hope the next model iPod Touch has Bluetooth and recording but I doubt that will come to pass. I’ll buy one nonetheless.

  • 2 Partners in Grime // Feb 3, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    Definitely pick the 16GB over the 8GB.

  • 3 john // Feb 4, 2008 at 8:26 am

    I got an iphone a week ago, and I’m crazy about it. Much better than anticipated. So far I don’t mind the network connection. Also, maps are terrific while your traveling (but not while your driving). Traffic info seems fairly accurate and very useful. In some ways better than my wife’s tomtom.

    I bought a protective case, but don’t use it. the case doesn’t cover the screen, which is the area I’m most concerned about. Also, the rubber case makes it hard to get out of my pocket and hard to fit in the connector stand.

    The phone is very good. The integration of the phone with itunes is elegant — itunes fades as you answer the phone and comes back when your finished.

    Just a joy to use. really fun. everything works.

    One small gripe. the manual that comes with the iphone is minimal. I downloaded an apple pdf which is much much better and necessary. Although it is quite intuitive, there are a lot of functions, and I frequently have think about what I’m trying to do. Not automatic yet. One example is “contacts”. Contacts are linked to several apps, but not accessible from the front screen.

    Multi-tasking is extremely impressive.

  • 4 David Christiansen // Feb 4, 2008 at 8:37 am

    I downloaded the Touch pdf as well – it helped me figure out how to sync only the things I wanted to. As a newcomer to iPods it wasn’t obvious to me what I was supposed to do.

  • 5 cheap ipod touch // Feb 3, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    I love my iphone 3g. It is lightyears ahead of anything else out there.

Leave a Comment