Pros Attractive, your friends will desire one too, it will entertain you, nice to touch
Cons Misses the basic functionality
Summary This beauty queen certainly wins in looks and will entertain you in the talent competition with all the apps and games; but on the every day? can it be productive? indispensable? not the ipod touch.
Can not use the ipod as a memory stick; I use my old mp3 player also to take my assignments and presentations at the university and at work, you can not transfer files between computers with the ipod; computers in public places as the university may not have itunes neither allow you to transfer files via WiFi or bluetooth; you can use several hours to find unauthorized software which does the job, but you may risk your ipods warranty.
No radio; to find new music and particularly when traveling I like to listen radio because radio consumes less power than playing compressed music files, very important when you are on the move.
Poor picture sharing, ipod touch does not have a camera you can not take pictures neither record videos... if you have a real camera you can not transfer your pictures to the ipod without a computer with itunes installed; when you finally arrive home and transfer your pictures to your computer why even bother to put them in the ipod? It is easier to edit, upload and email pictures from the computer! How hard can it be to include a memory card reader in the ipod. Previous ipod versions could transfer pictures with an adaptor even though its expensive, bulky and battery demanding.
Can not play music everywhere; yes you can share files with up to 5 computers, but all of them have to have itunes installed, you can not connect the usb to an stereo with usb support or car radio for listening music, seems that apple forgot what the usb cable can do. There are adaptors, cables and dock stations, but add that to you purchasing price and carry them along, so much for a sleek product.
Poor battery life with WiFi; some of the most attractive features of the ipod touch require internet connection, but the battery life when connected to a WiFi is about 3 hours, which is ok but...
Considering that when using the dock connector to usb provided with the ipod touch it takes 4 hours to fully recharge the battery of the ipod and the fact that it only recharges while connected to a computer which is turned on (not in stand by nor hibernating) then why not to check your e-mail, watch videos, podcasts, youtube, maps, shop in itunes store, etc while the ipod is charging? Of course you can buy an adapter to recharge the battery without a pc or mac, but then remember to add that to your purchasing price.
After 4 hours in front of your computer you may not need much internet connectivity, making the WiFi almost pointless, considering that most phones (including 2G) allow you to check your email and maybe update your facebook profile without the limitation of having to access a WiFi.
The chrome surface and the touch screen are very sensitive for finger prints and scratches, you should buy at least an screen or full cover, add that to your purchasing price.
It is not possible to review the beauty queen without mentioning the annoying mother in law... itunes, simply because you can not use your ipod without itunes, slow response, do not have enough searching methods, seems that apple people do not like to review products because the reviews on apps is very poor making very difficult to choose from all the possibilities.
Why is ALL your personal information required to open an apple account? And why does it take for ever to get a confirmation email for the new account, more than 48 hours to me and many others; I had to wait more than 48 hours to finally start my ipod,
Try itunes before even thinking to enter into the ipod world, if you dont like itunes forget about ipod, as well make sure you have access to different services, in the Danish itunes portal for example you can not find videos, not to buy nor to rent, sight.
I expected Apple to design not only good looking products but smart ones as well, the ipod touch has impressive technology, how is it possible that it misses the basics?
Advertised as a portable computer it fails mainly because it is too dependent on being connected to a computer and itunes, leaving you with a very good looking and overpriced mp3 and game player. It requires too many accessories to make up for the flows in design, a very high maintenance beauty queen.
Ill be looking forward to comments showing I am wrong with the technical considerations and actually I can do all the stuff Im missing, otherwise see my review as an aid for people considering to purchase the ipod as the advertised great pocket computer and as feedback to develop the next generation, I dont think that many improvements come from all the ?amazing product? reviews.
Pros Wife loves iPod, so gave 64GB model to replace 80GB classic (hard drive went bad).
Features are great with WiFi and potentially replaces laptop she wanted (since she only wanted it to check email surf internet on trips).
Cons New generation of iPods do NOT charge on ALL 'made for iPod' devices.
Summary I was very saddened to have purchased this item to find out that it didn't charge from the devices (Logitech speakers and iPod charging station) we had purchased for the iPod classic (80 GB second gen) and Ipod Nano (1st gen).
When trying to charge, she received a notice that the iPod was incompatible with the charging device (even though the music would continue to play through the speaker system).
After conducting research online, Apple decided to remove the 12v charging circuitry (firewire) from the Touch and can now only be charged via a USB connection (or device that charges via the 5v circuitry). The devices that were intially purchased were 'made for iPod' and are now obsolete.
They need to come up with another logo.
No warning was given of the incompatibilities!
Pros High res,
lots of features,
web access and dead easy hook up to wireless hotspots,
nice included apps
Have to use ITunes... AND give Visa # to get started, whether you plan to buy apps etc or not.
Surface is way to vulnerable..
First one was broken. Future Shop (and Best Buy and Walmart) out of 32 gig so had to upgrade to 64 gig.
Summary Apple. Love it or hate it... there doesn't seem to be an in between. I've done both. Started with Apple (Plus computer, etc.) LOVED IT, but switched to less pricey Windows PCs 20 years ago for software availability and never looked back HATED APPLE. Got a Shuffle a decade ago and loathed ITunes and inability to just drag my music to player, so avoided all Apple portables. Then I got the IPod Touch Gen 3 as a gift. Must say, I'm impressed with everything. I have an Archos 605 which does pretty much same things, but you have to buy web access etc and the hook up to wireless isn't as seamless at the IPod. Thought the smaller screen on the IPod would not be as good, but it is excellent. I've even come to like ITunes - what a shock. I have 2500 mp3s on the IPod, so far, and the playlists are dead easy once you get the songs sorted out in ITunes, which is worth your time... I did it on a laptop while watching TV. Everything is first class, from the calculator to the ability to sync your contacts with Outlook. Photos and videos are sharp, and the flick screen is seductive and very responsive. Even the keyboard is pretty decent. The included apps are the ones I wanted - contacts, calendar, clock, calculator... and these apps are very sophisticated. This Touch has replaced my Archos and my Palm Pilot - anyone wanna buy 'em? So from someone who always suggests STAY AWAY FROM APPLE, I have become a convert. Blush. You can add a DO NOT in front of that mantra. LOVE IT.
Pros 1. SlingPlayer Capabable
2. Control versus my small MP3 Player Controls
3. Larger size better for my fat hands
4. Overall build quality
Cons No iTunes to Go. One of the big draws to my MP3 player is the Rhapsody to Go service and being able to carry my Rhapsody songs along with me. iTunes needs an iTunes to go option.
Summary So far a fantastic machine, I find myself using it primarily as a PDA replacement which has Slingbox Player capabilities. As for general music listening in the car, I still use my Sansa e200 so I can sync with Rhapsody. I have uploaded some of my owned music to the Touch, but I feel that I would much rather purchase the CD and rip it to the touch than to purchase from iTunes.
This is my only complaint, and its not against the Touch, its against Apple. Why not an iTunes to Go Subscription service, maybe Apple is making to much money, and they don't need the extra rental income.
Pros Brilliant concept, flawless execution, fast.
Cons ...don't know, really. No camera I suppose, but...
Summary To express disappointment in the absence of hoped-for features in a product rollout is not the same as reviewing what did appear. To my eyes and hands, this baby is near-perfect for what it is. Layout, operation, components, software design, app store, music, integration, syncing, new iTunes 9, etc., ALL are top notch. Nice ne features. Speed is much improved, and price is better than ever. 1/2 point off for no camera, I suppose.
OLED strikes me as still half-baked in execution with unresolved issues around screen longevity, daylight use, unclear energy savings.
An outstanding device.