Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 21st Mar 2011 23:27 UTC
Apple, home of several cheap iPods, sent us in for a review an 8 GB iPod Touch 4th Gen for a review. Here's what we found.
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RE: iPod
by iphitus on Tue 22nd Mar 2011 02:57 UTC in reply to "iPod"
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Another way of looking at it is as the current evolution of the PDA. The Home Screen and way iOS operates even vaguely resembles the older Palm OS.

I use mine as a PDA/Music/Gaming device.

My phone is a 3G Nokia S40 candybar. I prefer having it separate for a few reasons:
- most phones I've tried have pretty crap sound quality, iPod is somewhat better.
- it's nice to be disconnected and _not_ have email/net/push everywhere. I have Opera Mini, if I do need to look something up.
- It's cheap compared to an equivalent converged device (iPhone). Both devices are relatively inexpensive compared to a smartphone with equivalent capabilities ($79 + $289), losing/breaking one or the other doesn't mean I'm $700+ out of pocket.

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RE[2]: iPod
by jack_perry on Tue 22nd Mar 2011 15:08 in reply to "RE: iPod"
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Another way of looking at it is as the current evolution of the PDA.

Exactly. Only a year or two ago people were pronouncing the death of the PDA. (At this website, even.) I'd argue that the old view of the PDA was too narrow, and the old OS's were obsolete. Attempts to modernize and expand their domain came in fits and starts, but the popularity of the iPod Touch, and the growth of the tablet device, suggests that PDAs have not yet given way to smart phones. After all, not everyone wants, or can afford, an $80/month phone+data plan.

Edited 2011-03-22 15:09 UTC

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