Pros The iPod touch is one of the coolest devices out there.
Cons Will not charge on many existing accessory's.
Summary I just upgraded from an 8 GB first generation to a 32 gig second generation iPod touch and it will not charge on most existing speakers and accessory's (Itrip, docking stations, FM transmitters ect.) This is a hardware change that Apple made that only allows USB charging. This rendered many hundreds of dollars worth of my equipment useless! I am sure Apple will be happy to sell you all new accessorys. I'll be returning mine. Apple, What were you thinking?????More info here.
Updated on Dec 31, 2008
Pros Sound Quality
Apps Apps and Apps
Cons Not compatible with several 3rd party chraging docs (not completely apple's fault here)
Built in clock with alarm - (only plays from pre-designated alarm sounds)...seriously, this is an iPod!
Copy and Paste feature missing
Summary After not being completely happy with the purchase of the latest generation nano, I returned it and threw some extra money down for this 32 GB iPod touch. Considering what this does with the Apps I purchased, watching movies, and listening to music this is a bargain.
Music Player - The controls for browsing through music is excellent and apple has seemed to trumped itself on what was the biggest selling point of previous generation iPods (user interface). Flick to scroll, press on letter, auto-orientation of videos, sorting features and seamless integration with iTunes makes this the best music player ever. If add song lyrics to the mp3 file, when the song is played, the lyrics are overlaid on top of the album art...and you can scroll through the lyrics.
Videos - Look great, have watched full length movies?no eye strain.
Apps expand the functionality to limitless possibilities, it has turned what is an excellent mp3 player into a:
Alarm Clock in the morning- using the built-in in clock of the ipod (granted you only can play the preset alarm sounds, hopefully apple will change this to allow playing from a playlist).
Large jump drive - Air Sharing is an app that allows you to have your iPod appear as a shared drive on your computer. To put files in just drag and drop. I has the ability to view many file formats PDF, Excel etc...
Calendar - Syncs multiple calendar and appointments in them. Alerts you to upcoming appointments.
Safari - Great mobile web browser head and shoulders above the competition
Contacts - Sync from multiple contact sources (outlook, Gmail, mail)
Remote - Serves as my remote control not only for my itunes playlist, but setting up on friend playlist, I'm able to remotely browse their songs and play music through their computer.
Photos - Sync specific folders of iPhoto always have your latest pictures on you to be able share with friends.
Notes - take random notes on the fly
Dictionary - this has replaced my home dictionary (Recommend Oxford American Dictionary with built in thesaurus)
Calculator - As an engineer and HP RPN fan- mathU RPN is the only calculator I'll ever need. Use Graph Calc to plot complex 2D and 3D equations.
Level - nice app serves as a level in a pinch
Engineeing Reference - Apps like Steam, Elemints, Elec Toolkit, ChemCal and Equivalence have all the reference tools that have previously taken up several books and were cumbersome to look up.
Fitness - Nike+ built in, tracks your running, iStayFit for logging my gym workouts (weights and cardio), WeighTrack for tracking the ever battle of the buldge, iCook for creating healthy recipies with abilitiy to add custom ingredients.
PocketFirstAid - Good reference tool in the event of an accident.
News Source - USA Today App, NY times APP, Stocks tracker, Sportacular, FoxSports update daily with the daily news and sports.
Games - OH My, a lot of fun entertainment. Careful if you take your touch with you to the bathroom, someone may think you've fallen in. HeavyMach, Stratefic Assault, Chopper, MIA, Days of Thunder, Rebel Onslaught...the games are pretty cool, and new ones are coming out that are even better.
Entertainment - Latest movies playing in your area app, Pandora, Netfilx, YouTube
Kids Educational - Math Cards are great form my 8 year old to practice her time tables, She also loves KidArt.
Portable Kindle - Reading with this is surprisingly enjoyable, no need for a night light anymore - Apps like Classics and Kindle make this a great reader.
and there soo much more...
Everything this thing does make it the one indispensible gadget I have in my home. I take it everywhere
Pros Large touch screen, flawless design (hardware and software), app store, wifi, youtube, movies, perfect function, motion/tilt.
Cons scratch magnet back, battery is not the greatest, umm... can't think of much else
Summary I got this from Costco a few weeks ago as they only had the 32gb one in stock, and now im glad i put in the extra cash for the extra space. I had a 4gb 3g nano, and the difference and versatility just astounds me. I LOVE the wireless. Basically so easy to setup and no problems whatsoever. sometimes when im on my ipod while on the road, i see it pick up a wireless signal automatically and i go check my email, lool.
I'm addicted to apps. so many apps make such good use of the accelerometer, it's insane.
Also, I dont' know why, but using iTunes is listed as a con on the cnet review...... IMO, it's amazing for consolidating all of my music and videos. Amazing sync and integration and especially with the app store.
I was a bit nervous over the huge price tag, but my advice is: if you can, get it! it's amazing and you will never regret it... well maybe if you went broke or something, but yeah!
Pros The screen flow is incredible. Music, email, web browsing all flows easily up and down or side to side with the flick of a finger. It's also easy to size things so they're easily read. The apps store has about everything a person could want.
Cons I gave it 4.5 stars instead of 5 because of the price. I also wish it had support for flash player while web browsing.
Summary I received my 32 gig iPod Touch as a Christmas gift (thanks dad!), so I haven't had much time to play with it yet, but my initial opinion is just "Wow!" The screen resolution/video quality is great and it isn't much of an eye strain to watch a movie. I also have an Iriver Clix and I think the sound quality is just as good with my Shure earbuds. Apple did a great job with the software and it is so easy to navigate. I'm sure most will think this is a high priced toy, but I've already gotten a ton of enjoyment out of this little guy. It's a cinch to connect to wireless, even my secure network. I'd highly recommend picking up an iPod Touch to any business traveler or anyone that spends a lot of time traveling. It's definitely a boredom crusher and beats pulling my laptop out of my backpack between flights.
Pros Elegantly simple and stylish w/ functionality to match in what's basically a software expandable multimedia PDA that's very much in line w/ Apple's approach to the Mac and iPod line of products.
Cons 1. Very annoying frequent random audio dropouts when playing Apple's lossless format.
2. Price vs storage: this would be more forgiveable if issue #1 did not exist.
Summary Very nice multimedia PDA overall, but very disappointed to find that the audio frequently randomly drops out when playing back Apple's own lossless format, which was the main reason for me to even get the 32GB version. Would've probably just passed on it (at least until the problem was resolved), if I had known beforehand. I still have my old 4G iPod classic 60GB that played Apple lossless format just fine. Hope Apple will fix this problem soon. But until then, this issue remains a serious flaw for anyone who wants highest quality audio playback (and is the main reason why I gave it just 2 stars instead of say 4.5 stars).