I have finally done it – I have made the switch and bought my first Apple Product, the iPod Touch 8GB Version.
It is indeed a very awesome piece of technology, though I would say there are indeed some flaws. But first, the big why.
The Big Why
Why the iPod Touch? Why not Microsoft Zune, iRiver, Sony PSP, <insert portable media players here> ? The main reason being, the iPhone SDK was released just recently which means the ability to develop applications for the iPhone and also the iPod Touch which I am really interested in trying out (which fortunately/unfortunately requires a Mac ^^; Time to get that Macbook Pro!). And also, I need a media player as my Sony PSP feels more like a brick in my pocket.
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The iPod touch has a very nice packaging which makes me wonder how much money actually goes into the packaging itself. It doesn’t feel like cheap cardboard that most electronics come in, which are usually easily bendable. The wires, manuals and what-nots have been placed in the box like a nicely packed sandwich.
I was pretty surprised with the simplicity of it’s user guide. Nothing too technical, just two pages of illustrations and words. Was pretty puzzled with the white plastic thingy which I then found out that it was actually a dock adapter to be used with the existing iPod docks.
There was a little piece of transparent plastic which comes in really handy as it stands my iPod up at a incline.
I was a little skeptical and almost wanted to purchase a screen protector for the screen in fear of it getting scratched but after watching several ‘Stress test’ videos on Youtube, seems like the glass is pretty much unscratchable under normal circumstances.
However, I am a bit peeved about the smooth and shiny finish on the back of the iPod touch. It looks incredibly sexy when new but ugly once full of fingerprints. Might want to purchase a silicon cover for it
The back makes a good mirror as well, which makes it easy to peek up Sana’s skirt ^^;
The first thing I did after entering the Wi-Fi settings was to access my homepage, like what all bloggers do when you receive an internet-enabled gadget (Don’t ask me why ^^;)
The keypad is rather small, which which was a pain in the bottom as I had to retype the security key for my Wi-Fi several times before getting it right, often hitting the wrong key. Would have to type slowly if I was using my thumb.
I really like how it is possible to do landscape viewing with the iPod Touch. The multi-touch interface of the iTouch (pun lol) really compliments the Safari browser that comes with it. Surfing websites on it is extremely easy as well.
But am disappointed with the inability to save images onto the iPod Touch while surfing. My moe pictures!
Carrying on, is the Calendar function which I find really useful. As I don’t have an organiser to keep track of events and stuff, I usually have to resort to using my cellphone which is rather limited in terms of functionalities.
Really like the overview of the events of each day. Niffy.
Another cool function is the built-in Youtube support. The h264 video quality is significally higher compared to the FLV version (Much sharper and clearer) on the main Youtube site, which is great IMO but takes a slightly longer time to stream.
Streaming Caramell Trooper via the iTouch. However, am still waiting for flash player support for the Safari browser as it gets irritating while surfing a site with embedded Youtube videos and not being able to view it. In order to view the video, I have to search it on the built-in Youtube player, which in turn, wastes precious time.
The Photo app is really cool, which is really useful as I’m able to store photos in the iPod Touch and use it as a portable portfolio for photography. Also, the screen in the iPod Touch looks alot better compared to the Sony PSP (Both at the highest brightness settings).
^ Just look at the colors!
Video support is pretty useful as well. Great for viewing Keynotes and also the recent iPhone Software Roadmap podcast but I dislike having to convert my videos into MPEG-4 format just to view it on the iPod Touch.
I’ll leave out the part on music playback as I have yet to fully understand how it works. It is also the weakness of the iPod Touch as in order to transfer songs, I have to convert my FLAC files (which I have a lot) into MP3, load it into iTunes Library before syncing with the iPod Touch.
The whole load of trouble could have been avoided if Apple would open up iTunes to third-party plugins or at the very least, FLAC format or even USB disk mode for the iPod Touch, allowing users to use their preferred media management software but oh well.
I really like the iPod Touch despite the shortbacks. It is indeed a very nice media player and really slim as well. I also like the clear screen which is huge and really bright, together with the nice Internet support and also applications for it. However, I would preferred if it had the USB disk mode support and the also a wider range of format support.
That aside, I have jailbroke my iPod Touch so lots of third-party apps to add in . Yay!