Apple 2G iPod Touch
The world's best music player, net tablet, handheld games console?
Review We like the iPod Touch. It's not the only portable device with a touchscreen control system, but the way that Apple has employed the technology is clever.
We can spend hours idly flicking our finger across the screen, watching the pretty album artwork slide back and forth.
And that business of ‘pinching’ your fingers to zoom in and out on photos is nothing short of inspired. It gives the iPod Touch a responsiveness that makes it feel almost organic, rather than just being an inert lump of plastic sitting in the palm of your hand.
Apple's 2G iPod Touch: cheaper and thinner than before
So we were intrigued by the rumours of an updated iPod Touch that were circulating earlier this month, just prior to Steve Jobs’ unveiling of the new iPod range. In the end, many people were disappointed by what they saw as a relatively minor upgrade. However, reading between the lines, there’s a clear strategic shift going on in the way that Apple markets the iPod Touch, even if the hardware itself hasn’t changed very much.
The most welcome change actually came in the form of price cuts for all three models. Prices for the iPod Touch now start at £169 for the 8GB model, with the 16GB and 32GB models costing £219 and £289, respectively. The iPod Touch is still the most expensive model in the iPod range – and slightly more expensive than rivals such as the Archos 605 – but bringing the 8GB model down from £199 to £169 makes it seem more affordable and less of a luxury item.
It also narrows the price gap between the iPod nano and the iPod Touch, potentially sidelining the once-mighty iPod Classic as a niche product for the relatively small number of people who need the Classic’s much larger 120GB storage capacity.
iPods do support a lossless codec, see ALE:
However native FLAC support would be welcome, as would codecs like DIVX.
My point about AGPS on the Touch stands. Waiting for a minute for a device to calculate your GPS position is fine at the start of a long car journey but not good for a mobile device. I can't imagine too many Londoners standing around on the street waiting to get a lock on their position. And without a means of downloading the maps a GPS would be useless.
Mine sounds fine
Sounds to me like you got a dodgy iPod touch because mine sounds absolutely great when I use it with my Shure E3C headphones (mainly electro, dance, pop, techno and ambient music).
Right well the sound quality on any audio system is worth looking at as many different players handle things differently.
I have both an iRiver and an iPod... the iriver wins everytime for sound, so much so that if i listen to them back to back it annoys me!
Not to mention that a lot of players now support flac which is lossless... something apple need to start looking into! At the end of the day the sound is processed so it can sound good or bad. and it should have some form of rating in a review. yes its subjective, thatw why you ask a few people around the office!
GPS and aGPS
The iPhone 3G has BOTH GPS types. It acquires aGPS data from cell towers first, since it's quick to do, then in a few seconds updates that with more accurate satellite GPS. If it used only GPS, apps would take several seconds to pull the data, making the device feel sluggish. Also, keeping the GPS system cycling every 30 seconds has dramatic battery saving potential, and once aGPS is fine tuned with GPS data, aGPS is nearly as accurate. It's really the ideal solution for a mobile platform. aGPS alone is not as accurate, but having both systems proviudes the best speed, battery life, and overall accuracy.
aGPS is "asisted" GPS. by itself aGPS is not a complete system. Sattelite data is still collected and still used. Stop spreading FUD about aGPS if you don;t understand the technology.
Funny you should ask
I've used http://www.fring.com/blog/?p=226
fring and skype on my iPhone in wifi areas.
I understand it also works for Touch. And it's being upgraded for the new Touch:
if it's not already upgraded.