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Comment: The ipod is just hard work all round,
i also have a blackberry so much better and easier to work
Good: Overall product design, Functions, WiFi
Bad: No Bluetooth, Sound Quality, iTunes, Pricy
Comment: Well, I'd like to keep this review as short as possible thereby I'll jz get it going
I've been using several MP3-Players from Samsung, Cowon, iRiver or Sony and among these, Apple offers the most edge-cutting design and functionality. Basically there is nothing you can't actually change. Furthermore, WiFi-supports is pretty effective but that's about it.
The iPod does not support bluetooth, which is really a pity for users who value wirelss devices. Further iTunes is without questions, a good tool, but it still causes too many problems. And to get to the core of problems: Sound-Quality.
From my point of view, Apple were able to sell a lot of their devices due to its exclusive features, and not because of its quality as a MP3 Player. Of course, those are the features people ask for, but we have to keep in mind, isn't a MP3-Players main purpose to play music in the highest possible definition?
Apple iPod Touch fails to do so, by A. providing below-average sound quality and B. not supporting HQ audio codecs such as FLAC, AAC or OGG.
Thereby my final word is: The iPod Touch is a fine deal for those who are looking for an overall device, but who really do not care about the specific qualities such as audio quality et.al.. For people who are looking for an outstanding audio envoirment grab one of the Samsung or Sony Devices.
Let's just take the P3 from Samsung as an example:
Functionality: "Even" (It comes out to WiFi vs. Bluetooth but I say BT bcz WiFi is useless without a hotspot)
Audio-Quality: Samsung (DNSE3.0)
Video-Quality: Samsung (HD
Supported Formats: Samsung (FLAC, OGG. AAC)
Score: 3:1 Samsung YP-P3
I don't want to get into each and every detail, but Sony and Cowon S9 are as good as the YP-P3. Anyhow thats it.
Good: style shape, applications (best to update to 2.0), wieght, games , everything about basicly
Bad: no speakers, no nike thing mabob, still dont buy the 2nd gen
Comment: this is better than the 2nd en ill tel you why it can jailbreak and you can custimize it to the max the wallpaper,slider,aplplications, ect
BEST IPOD EVER. IF YOU BUY ONE THING IN YOUR LIFE BUY THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!
Good: WI-FI and touchscreen
Bad: Fingerprints everywhere
Comment: Brilliant ipod, best one yet. WI-FI is truely amazing, easy interface, touchscreen is suprisingly responsive and easy to use. I feel that it would be hard to take everywhere as an ipod though because of the price and if it gets a major scratch on it I will not be too happy.
Good: wi-fi, youtube
Bad: fingertips smudge and not much memory for videos
Comment: It was excellent with wi-fi and was expensive but it was worth it!
Good: The user interface, the size, the speed of the device
Bad: You have to use itunes, no 64bit support, no "back" button or hardware volume control
Comment: First the good news - using the touch is a akin to a religious experience. For a multimedia device it is truly remarkable. Sure the capacity is not emough to carry your entire collection of music and video around, but is that really necessary? you don't pack your entire wardrobe if you are going on a two week holiday or? Browsing the web is actually usable, showing off pictures and video is fast and beautiful with a pin sharp screen and excellent view angles. Battery life is reasonable considering the screen size. Sound quality is good, although the equaliser presets are pretty useless, and you have no choice of creating custom ones. I have noticed some clipping distorion of loud and bass heavy tracks, although that may be a problem with the files themselves. Due to the complete lack of buttons bar menu and power, in-pocket user control is not possible, i.e skipping tracks or even changing the volume, without removing the device and looking at the screen. Considering that most of the use will be visual, this is not really a problem. Personally I don't even bother using it as a music player on the move unless i have no alternative.
Here is the bad news: in classic Apple form they have released an potentially excellent device and then crippled it severly with poor implementation:
1. You have to use the waste of space called itunes as they now use special drivers unlike the regular ipods. This means no drag&drop support, won't run on 64bit systems and little or no funcionality with itunes alternatives. The effect is that you have a device on one hand that is perfect for viewing and showcasing pictures and photos, yet all you can use are poorly "optimized" low resolution images from one PC thanks to itunes and it's insistance of only uploading one folder and deleting the pictures already on the touch if they came from a different PC. Oh and whilst itunes loves the word sync, this is actually a misnomer that implies a two-way exchange of information. the only thing itunes can do automatically is upload and replace. This is but a small sample of the gripes i have with this software.
2. Browsing the web is a fantastic experience, and thanks to the innovative zoom process, you can actually view full size web pages without any hassle. That is all hunky-dory, however apple , in their wisdom, have decided not to include flash support, meaning a large chunk of the web is inaccessible.
3. you have an incredible touch based interface, so why not include a few games that can make use of this? You can't even download them from itunes as the touch / iphone is not supported.
The verdict a full 9.5 for the touch itself and a negative 3.5 for having to use itunes. Its like landing your dream job, only to find out the office is 200km awy, they will only pay you in Armanian Dram and the dress code is a leather mini skirt, thick thermal tights a silk bouse and black army boots, regardless if your male or female.
Good: Touch screen
Bad: Small capacity
Comment: What a great iPod! Had the video iPod which has served me well for the past 2 odd years.
The new Touch is so great, managed to get it really cheap and its the best iPod yet.
I like the way you flick through the songs with your finger and the device seems seamless.
The small capacity of 16GB lets it down but I only have 4GB of music anyway so it doesnt bother me :D
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