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iPod Touch Review is up…

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Attention all men!!! Start your drooling… iPod Touch is coming. Apple has done it again, no doubt about it. Design, design, design… User experience, user experience, user experience…

Here’s an excerpt of the review from Ars Technica.

Apple has once again set the bar high for the competition. When the original iPod came out, it revolutionized consumer expectations for how a digital audio player should perform and what the UI should look like. In the years since then, the competition has tried to build a better iPod and make navigation easier. As a result, the iPod’s interface began to look a bit dated, and that may be one of the reasons for the drastic UI changes made to the new iPod nano and iPod classic.

With the release of the iPod touch, Apple has taken a giant leap ahead of the competition. The interface is extremely well thought out and navigating between the different areas of the iPod touch’s functionality is a snap. Coverflow is more than a cool visual effect; it’s also a way to quick navigate through your music library. And if you don’t like using it, no problem. You can drill through the list views easily enough.

Like iPhone, the Internet rocks on the iPod touch. Apple has come up with the best mobile browser implementation so far, and it’s great to see Safari make an appearance on the iPhone as well. Also, browsing through photo albums is a breeze. In fact, with multitouch, I almost prefer looking at my images on the iPhone over my desktop Mac.

The iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store is another winner. One of the frustrations with online music stores is that users are tethered to the PC when buying music. Apple has changed that with the iPod touch. All you need is a WiFi connection and you can browse the iTunes Store to your heart’s content and buy that song you just heard on the radio.

The minimalist iW-FMS interface takes good advantage of the iPod touch’s real estate and the store’s entire music catalog appears to be available as well. Purchasing music is as simple as it is on a desktop or laptop and your purchased music syncs automatically to your PC the next time you sync your iPod touch.

There are a couple of things that I wasn’t so crazy about, however. While I realize that the iPod touch lacks the ubiquitous connectivity of the iPhone (seeing as how it’s not a phone and all), there’s no good reason for the e-mail client to go missing. At least you can still do webmail via Safari.

While I can see Apple’s point of view when it comes to an e-mail client, crippling the Calendar application on the iPod touch so that you cannot add, edit, or delete appointments is just plain silly. There’s no reason for this functionality to be missing, and the fact that you can edit contact information on the iPod touch makes Calendar’s missing functionality all the more irritating. The Notes application is entirely absent as well.

The screen problems bear watching. I found the differences between the iPod touch and iPhone screens to be very puzzling. Chances are, Apple went with a cheaper LCD on the iPod touch to keep the costs down and if that’s the case, Apple should reconsider its decision. Even if you don’t get an iPod touch with the negative black effect, the picture won’t look as good as that of the iPhone.

Apple could have hit a home run with the iPod touch by including full calendar functionality along with the e-mail and notes applications. Instead, the company chose to go with a common product differentiation strategy: removing some of the functionality from the cheaper device to make it a bit less attractive than a more expensive product.

My other disappointments with the iPod touch are the screen quality, lack of external volume buttons, and relatively paltry 16GB of storage—one-tenth of the iPod classic’s. If it wasn’t for those issues, the iPod touch would score a perfect 10.

That said, the iPod touch is an impressive product. It’s a joy to use and if you’ve been lusting after the iPhone but don’t want to sign a contract with AT&T, the iPod touch is a fantastic alternative. If you’re looking to replace an older iPod or another digital audio player and want a small Internet appliance to boot, this is the device for you.

The Good:

  • Slim profile, lightweight
  • iTunes Store well implemented
  • 3.5″ display is great for video
  • Snappiness of UI
  • Built-in web browser
  • WiFi support
  • iTunes WiFi Music Store delivers

The Bad:

  • No e-mail client
  • Lack of ability to edit calendar items
  • Screen quality isn’t as good as that of the iPhone
  • Negative black affect may be more than an isolated problem
  • Only 16GB of storage means I have to leave some of my music at home
  • Can’t use 802.11b/g to sync
  • No iPod disk mode

The Ugly:

  • The fingerprint smudges covering nearly the entirety of the iPod touch’s shiny surfaces

Written by gooddealz

September 17, 2007 at 10:03 am

Posted in Great Stuff

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  1. music for your ipod touch

    ipod touch fan

    November 18, 2007 at 9:45 pm

  2. great music site for the ipod touch: touch you can also build a playlist on the main site and it shows up on the ipod touch instantly

    ipod touch related

    November 21, 2007 at 2:34 pm

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