Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 10th Oct 2012 16:51 UTC
Apple The Verge reviews the iPod touch, and it's as good as ever. "This year's iPod touch is the best one ever, without question - Apple updated all the right things, and by giving the touch a big screen and good camera has made this mini tablet a more versatile device than ever. As a gateway drug into the iOS ecosystem, it does a great job of showing off all the iOS 6 features and apps, on a really solid piece of hardware. It's also a great way to get into the huge iOS ecosystem without putting an expensive data plan on your account - and thanks to iMessage, FaceTime, and Skype, there's a lot of communicating you can do just over Wi-Fi." The iPod touch rarely gets the spotlight, but I think it's actually one of the best and most clever products in Apple's portfolio. Not only is it simply a fantastic product, it also has zero competition. My best friend is pretty much in love with her iPod touch, and it gives her everything a smartphone has to offer without the burden of expensive contracts. For people like her, who do not want a smartphone and prefer a sturdy Nokia feature phone, the touch is a godsend.
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zima
Member since:
2005-07-06

The iPod touch + "a sturdy Nokia feature phone" does seem like a fairly reasonable combination, in many cases. Except, it doesn't offer the convenience of occasionally accessing the internet from the iPod, when outside the range of WiFi.

~Technically, it could be easily done, the required tech is onboard both devices for a long time: while a typical "Nokia feature phone" often doesn't have WiFi (and if it does, being able to act as a WiFi hotspot is even rarer in such phones), it typically has Bluetooth, with the ability to act as a "modem" for, say, a laptop ...or a portable media player. However, last time I checked, iPod touch was barred from utilising its BT chip as a data pipe - Wifi only.

Has that changed? (I kinda doubt it did, this "incentive" to buy the higher-priced iPhone must seem attractive to Apple managers; but I hope it did...)

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tomz Member since:
2010-05-06

Bluetooth is locked down and now also the USB. You can't even sync it to a computer without the magic apple drm-ed cable. I'm only surprised that they allow analog audio.

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henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

The cable is hardly DRM'd. The cable is proprietary, but it is not a DRM mechanism. iTunes is inconvenient, but iTunes match has removed iTunes from my sync regime completely.

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