The iPod Touch is clearly the iPhone's little brother. Like most Apple products, the Touch shows the love of loyal designers, hardware engineers, and usability experts. The iPod Touch measures a slim 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.
On the front all you see is a single button and that revolutionary touch screen interface surrounded by black trim. It is hands down the most uncluttered and simple user interface ever made. The rear cover is polished stainless steel, different from other PDA's with thin aluminum or plastic bodies. While it doesn't appear to hold up at all from getting minor scratches, it does give the iPod a solid feel protecting the internal components from being sat on or dropped.
The screen on this iPod model looks perfect, with vivid color reproduction, strong backlight, and awesome viewing angles. It was also just the right size in terms of viewing a movie, compared to the older iPod Video.
The multi-touch screen is unlike any other touch screen I have had the chance to use. The first change people will notice is the old stylus input is thrown out of the equation. Replacing the stylus is a more natural input, a user's finger. Next is the tracking movement, which has become incredibly smooth and fluid-like. A graceful swoop of your finger lets you drag a web page surface around the screen, or spin a 3D dial to adjust a timer.
The iPod Touch's capabilities are very slick, and hands down is the fastest PDA-like device I have used. Programs fully load before your finger even lifts off the screen from pressing the button. As this device was designed almost just for this purpose, video decoding is done without as much as a hiccup.
Currently the only wireless connection the iPod touch supports is Wi-Fi (802.11b/g). Walking around my office or home the range seems less compared to a laptop. In areas where a laptop would still have 50-60% connection, the iPod touch will drop off depending on if your hand is in a certain position. If you were to use this around a larger home, prepare to get another access point to extend the range. So far the average distance I can be away from my access point is 50-75 feet. Mix walls or other obstructions into the way and you will probably be dropped off quicker.
Battery life on the iPod touch was long enough to easily cover a day or two of off and on of wireless access. With Wi-Fi enabled I got into the 4-5 hours range, depending on how tasking I was with the wireless connection. If I spent most of the time viewing movie trailers or watching YouTube clips, it ate the battery faster than plain web browsing.
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 price shock.
Specifications: Device type: Portable media center ; Dimensions (WxDxH): 2.4 in x 0.3 in x 4.3 in ; Display type: 3.5 in ; See full specs
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Music Music on iPod touch not only sounds amazing, it looks amazing, too.
Touch Your Music Remember what it felt like to flip through your CD or record collection? Cover Flow brings that feeling back. Just turn iPod touch on its side and flick through your music to find the album you want to hear. Tap the cover to flip it over and display a track list. Tap again to start the music. Even view the lyrics while you're listening.
A Musical Genius Say you're listening to a song you really like and want to hear other tracks that go great with it. The new Genius feature finds the songs in your library that go great together and makes a Genius Playlist for you. You can listen to the playlist right away, save it for later, or even refresh it and give it another go. Count on ...