Nonetheless, an iPod Touch is what I got as a sort of restitution for last Summer's unfortunate alignment of JediBoy, my backpack full of gizmos, and Rose Point Marina's murky waters. The Touch is something I'd never get for myself, but it's pretty cool in that Apple-ly way of being pretty cool. I'll not be fellating a life-sized cutout of Steve Jobs anytime soon, but for listening to my Disney podcasts, the Touch beats my ancient Shuffle by a country mile.
But the Touch is more than a Shuffle on steroids. It does a bunch of other stuff really well, and is kind of mediocre in other areas.
- Built-in wi-fi with excellent web browsing and email support
- Loads of applications - many of them free. Example: one free app shows all the nearest Tim Horton's via a Google Map mashup
- includes Calendar and Contact List applications
- includes iPod-specific versions of popular services, including: YouTube, Google Maps, Facebook, The Weather Network, etc.
- 32Gb holds a lot of music and videos (a friend of mine has one and walks around with Buffy Season 1 comfortably in his pocket)
- It's small, slim, and the touch screen is simply amazing
- The touchscreen keyboard works quite well - even for fumble fingered folks like me
- The Calendar and Contact List apps can't hold a candle to what Palm provided many years ago (the Touch is not quite yet what I'd call a PDA)
- Applications - free or not - can only be loaded through the Apple iTunes biosphere
- No support (yet) for copy/paste when you create text
- The browser does not support Flash - allegedly due to on-going negotiations between Apple and Adobe
- Battery size was lost at the expense of keeping the device slimmed down
- no built-in Bluetooth, GPS, or camera (like it's big brother the iPhone)
- No external keyboard or Ethernet support (would really make this a portable netbook-ish device)