Not to Itouch


Iphone or Itouch?

There was the hype over the iphone. We have all hear or read about the iphone. I had the chance to play for a while with one at OZIA, thank you Stephen Collins. Okay it has a nice interface, it is very intuitive. It works well as the wifi based web browser platform or if you have a few video or music files that you want to play. As a phone, well it’s an out dated mobile using GSM EDGE technology, all very well and good in the US (the target market) not much good in the Australia.

So we are left with a “pretty” crippled wifi browser with limited media playback due to capacity restriction, pretending to be a phone. With a camera at only 2 megapixel, my phone 2 years ago had that, why should I go backwards, and no video! this is just lame. Now don’t come back with the augment that wifi in everywhere. Yes restricted locked down wifi is everywhere, free wifi is not. I am lucky in that the CBD of Perth, western Australia has free wifi. However I generally am not it the city that much. So that leaves you in the situation of providing your own wifi. So with a iphone I need a wifi modem to use it, or just have a “pretty” out dated GSM phone.

Enter the ipod itouch. There was an Apple geek feeding frenzy as people at Web Directions South 2007 scrambled to get their hands on an itouch from Friday 28th September. Personally I resisted. The degree of Apple fan love in as everywhere, no-one was immune, it was plain sad. So what’s the deal with the itouch; same interface as the iphone. No phone functionality, you get wifi, generally crippled PDA functions. As expected there is flash-memory driven data and media storage. Basically it’s a cut down iphone without the old GSM technology. The itouch having wifi browsing functionality is good, and somewhat limited as you have to have wifi everywhere (see above).

But my beef is the capacity for your media library. Now I don’t like to build playlists and upload them for a selection of my library. I want all, yes all of my music library at my fingertips, yes I am greedy, I want to be able to select from anything and build my playlists on the go. Even the 16 Gig itouch just isn’t enough, 60 to 80 Gig and I would be happy. So what does the itouch really give me, limited media playback, nice GUI, a crippled series of applications (can’t have it competing with the iphone can we) and limited wifi browsing . So why should I upgrade (downgrade in a way) my existing ipod. Sorry Apple I’m not impressed, I’ll wait till version 2 thanks.

What do you think of the itouch now its been out a while and all the hype has died down, is it really worth the price?

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