"Sound quality?"on by azure13
Pros All Ipods are fun to use and have a great user interface.
Cons All Ipods have questionable sound quality.
Summary Why is CNET putting this as it's top mp3 player if the sound quality is not great? Isn't sound quality the most important feature of a MUSIC player?
I'm ticked that I bought into all the hype over Ipod only to find out after buying one that it doesn't sound that good. What a waste of money...
I've tried several different earphones, costing hundreds of dollars and also tried other conversion softwares to convert my CDs all to no avail. After messing around so much that is when I decided to do more research and found out that the sound is a common complaint.
Normally I would have done more research ahead of time, but as I said, I bought into the hype.
Pros I agree with the cnet review of the 2G, but with one exception...the WiFi
Cons WiFi will not connect to a router using WAP-2. This seems to be a problem in Apple's software ver 2.1.1. Read the forums on apple's support page.
Pros Wi-Fi Connectivity, Large Display, Full Feature Set and wide-open range of expandibility options
Cons Forced iTunes integration, iinability to Drag-n-Drop files as YOU see fit, inability to transfer your own photos to somebody else's (or your own) PC / Laptop
Summary Firstly, I think they undersell this by calling it an MP3 or MP4 player - it is so much more. Yes, it can do those things, but for me it has become more of a pocket internet device, a living atlas, phonebook / addressbook, contact database, PDA and a portable lifelink to email, weather (in any city) and just about everything else. Heck, I practically forgort this thing does music and video (and haven't really missed them either).I'd like to add that by loading the Pandora and Slacker apps, I've been able to get some great radio joy out of this. Of the paid (radio) apps, I've found RadioBOX and ooTunes the best so far - each of which allows me access to hundreds of stations all over the country (and elsewhere), in addition to the entire Shoutcast and Icecast networks.
The APPs ... this is one of the most entertaining and interesting things. You can get or buy an app for just about every conceivable function and frill - need a flashlight? Get an app ... need to know where to find the nearest El Polo Loco? Get an app ... want to track every move of your favorite sports franchise in real time? Get an app ... I've been able to to find apps that help me edit my photos, build a contact list that interfaces with my maps & email addresses - and a lot of other niceties.
Yes, much of this is frivolous, but fun nonetheless. With more than a handful of usefull app-add-ons (and a ton of frivolous-but-fun ones), I've fashioned this iPod into a pocket instrument I'd rather not live without. I absolutely love being able to pop into any coffee shop (or McDonalds) and quickly connnect to the internet - check my email or maybe surf a little; and all this without having to pull the laptop out of the trunk & pop it open. I love being able to pull up an APP, ask for the nearest steakhouse (or dentist), and not only getting a list (sorted my distance) - but a map and satellite / sidewalk view of it, along with the phone number and website URL.
Ironically, it's turned out to be one of my least favorite music and video devices - because I'm fed up with iTunes and the forced synching methods they impose. I love the videos, and the large screen makes it great for photo browsing, so I've probably got about twenty or thirty videos on it (and a ton of photos). That, and a handful of songs.
One thing I'd recommend for those considering a purchase - go ahead and fork out for a quality screen protector. I got the one of the best (and most expensive) one out there. It's been worth every dime because they are everything they claim to be.
Radio - The Touch gives you unlimited Radio of every possible genre. Yes, you need to be in Wifi range for this, but it's fantastic and fun. At home, I actually use this to stream internet radio to my home system - from my home PC to my Touch - and the Touch plugged-in to the AUX input of my home audio system. All you need is a well-chosen radio app (and there are tons of them).
You'll find plenty of excellent (free and paid) apps for radio streaming; most of which will allow you to access hundreds of stations, of every conceivable genre. The paid apps in this category range from 99 cents to a few dollars, all worth it in my view.
Shopping - yes, (free) shopping apps for this and it makes it easy to log in for a quick check and easy purchase, from where ever you happen to be. As to email, I've found a nice, tight integration with my yahoo mail account .... which is also integrated seamlessly with my flickr photostream. Fantastic!
Note of Interest ... I love how online reviews always slam the heck out of apple competitors, etc, whenever they review an 8GB mp3/mp4 player ... "A ridiculously limited" amount ... "pathetically low storage for a video player", etc.; yet they never say these things when reviewing an 8GB iPod. Well, I'm here to say that 8GB is just as little (or as much) with an ipod ... but that in this case, it matters even less to me.
This device cost me around $230, and for the reasons explained here, was worth every thin dime!
Updated on May 13, 2009
Pros Outstanding interface, large screen, tons of features, sleek look, this is definitely one of the coolest gadgets i've used.
Cons I really don't have any complaints about this thing.
Summary Awesome gadget, I love how apple packed so much into this device, yet it still runs with perfection.
"Nice all-rounder"on by ark_v2
Pros - Great screen
- The App store (endless applications)
- Build quality
- Good performance
- Good audio-only battery life
- Great value
- Dedicated volume keys
Cons - Mediocre sound quality
- Locked bluetooth? What's with that?!
- Bundled earbuds
Summary The second generation iPod Touch offers one of the best values as mp3 players/handhelds go. The build quality is simply fantastic; high quality materials as always. Still the back is extremely scratch prone. I made the battery test just to know if Apple was lying once more and I was surprised to see that it actually got a lot more than 40 hours from a single charge (mid volume with some cheap sony MDR buds). The screen's responsiveness is heavenly but still having the dedicated volume keys, which was a no-brainer the first time, are a nice touch.It has A2DP now, finally! It works great but it won't work for anything else than p2p comunications with apps and A2DP.
The Apps you can get from the App Store range from awesome to completely useless; from free to utterly expensive. Still this is the reason I got the Touch in the first place. I use it more like a PDA than a mp3 player, and these are the reasons: I HATE iTunes. It is slow, consumes resources at ridiculous levels and it doesn't show up, even in eye-candy form! the navigation is not intuitive when syncing is involved and has problems updating my library (I prefer the Zune software (!)). The main reason I don't use it for playing music that much is because the sound quality is blah. Even the EQ-less Zune makes my files sound fuller and warmer than the Touch, it can't drive full-sized or supra-aural headphones with a mere 32 Ohms impedance without rising the volume to at least ~80%, give me a break, even my cheap SE w380 phone sounds better than this! All this relegates the touch to a device for casual listening. Don't get me wrong, it isn't too bad, but for the price I'd expect a better sound chip, even in exchange of battery life.
Another thing that bothers me is the limiting of the capabilities of the device. It's not unknown that Apple loves closing everything in it's little bubble but come on, charging costumers for a function which was there from day one is simply ridiculous! and for some reason I believe it won't even offer full A2DP functionality; that's not like Apple (you know, the iPhone's BT profiles for example). Still if you're a casual listener looking for a nice device that will let you browse the web (the most computer-like experience on a handheld yet), manage your schedule or anything else that comes to mind this is the device.
Updated on Sep 10, 2009