IPod Touch – only a bit of perfection
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I must admit that There were some items that caught and kept my enthusiasm for the time that the iPod Touch (which I call an iPod touch iPod touch). Two years ago, I bought iPod Touch at home last year, I started Upgrade to iPod Touch 32 GB, and now my iPod Touch 64GB version. Was the upgrade worth it? And what are the things can improve? Because even if the contact is almost perfect, there are still many little things that can be improved.
Physically, the new 64GB iPod touch is identical to it in its second generation of brothers. This is the back plate is slightly curved polished chrome, which fits perfectly palm of your hand. As before, the fact that it is polished chrome ensure that attracts fingerprints fingerprints and scratches almost magically. I am no friend of all kinds of protective covers, and finally my 32GB iPod Touch had to live in your pocket with keys, coins and other things, I threw it.
After one year back plate has a lot of scratches, and I think the 64 GB iPod Touch is not better. Personally, I would have preferred a brushed finish of the backplate. This could have caused problems with the readability of engraving on a measure that applies to the Touch of Apple on the back plate, at no additional charge (a good "touch" that turns increasingly important that the iPod Touch is more pervasive). This custom print you can get if you order the Touch of Apple (not available in stores Apple).
The faceplate is made of one of the most impressive improvements in the glass I've ever seen. After a year of violence glass facade Heavy my old iPod Touch not a single scratch – not one. I do not know how Apple is the case, but really awesome. Remember, I do not use protective covers or movies. The screen is bright, shiny, and easily can be read outside, which is a feat in itself. The iPod Touch has an ambient light sensor, you can turn off the screen when the environment is dark.
This time, the color temperature of the screen does not change (2G changed all the colors of a blue to a golden shade.) reproduction the movie is simply amazing. The image is sharp, and natural controls screen. Another time, there are subtleties such as double-tap the screen to change the relationship appearance or configuration of favorites, etc. can not yet adjust the contrast a movie, but beyond this little problem, the film is perfect. Watch movies on the iPod Touch works fine, but personally I think the screen is too small for a full movie. Last week I tried to see a episode of the television for a plane en route to Hamburg (a flight of 75 minutes), but quickly decided against it, opting instead to play in a game of Luxor. " Somehow, I prefer a larger screen for video consumers, while I have no problem doing something interactive it. However, the video plays a lot on the iPod Touch.
Button and format of the interface remains the same as the previous generation: the volume controls on the left side, top has the button Check out "button has connectors and the phone base and the front has a single button. One thing you can improve here, I would have preferred for the connector audio at the top (or other), which opposes the current configuration used for many applications (for example, news and e-book readers) if you want the stand – for example, in the gym. Some applications using accelerometers and you can use the positioning of the iPod Touch in reverse, however.
Speaker unchanged compared to the latest version. It is low, almost inaudible, single, produced a horrible sound, no volume to speak of – yet is one of the best additions to the iPod Touch (the original was not, the second generation did). It is simply much more casual gaming fun. Do not worry for poor quality, I love the fact that he is there.
The signatories white Apple headphones with the iPod Touch is sold may look good, but I do not like. In my ears are too uncomfortable. Since I am not an audiophile, I can not comment on its quality audio than good enough for me. Anyway, I replaced my version with their favorite characters from other brands. The problem here is that Apple iPod Touch 64GB (and 32GB) with headphones that sport includes a microphone and remote control. And my headphones do not have that. While the remote control there is much to write home about (the way it works is simply too complex), the microphone works well, and only choose the right fidelity voice over background noise. So for now, I follow the white buttons with me if you want to use functionality IP telephony.
Battery life seems to have been somewhat reduced by the second generation iPod Touch – at least on paper. During the past days of the third generation New iPod Touch certainly worked as well or better than my iPod Touch 2nd generation – but again, that the battery is year. One thing that I've become very fond of is the ability to fast charge, which works very well.
Added wireless connectivity is very nice, integration with a surprisingly well executed. The iPod Touch has all of your wireless network via WiFi and Bluetooth. WiFi works very well (especially here in Switzerland, where very particularely points dense), Bluetooth and integration (I tried the iPod Touch 3rd generation the first time) is impeccable. WiFi reception (rank) behind a laptop Wintel (probably due to the metal plate) and is almost comparable to that of a 15 "MacBook Pro (which is also a little lacking in the reception area Wi-Fi). WiFi continues being the "g" if [Alternative Interestingly, the integrated hardware supports 11n, but until now, Apple has chosen not to activate, presumably to save battery life. It is also interesting that in the second generation iPod Touch, Apple included Bluetooth support, but have only enabled with a newer operating system. Perhaps the same can be expected to 11n]. Bluetooth now works also with a helmet and Bt integration kits car (which works fine on mine). I would have liked to try print your calendar or address book Bt application, but with an obstacle: it seems iPod Touch application supports printing …
There is little material I had expected or wanted to be included in the iPod Touch – especially as (some) of them are now found on iPods Others:
No camera. I was somewhat ambivalent about it. No means no camera and / or movies. But it also means I can keep rough handling, do not have to worry about the lens. Also, do not have to worry about it taking the club gym (my gym has very strict rules to articles the camera). Being equal, the addition of a camera (Still images or video) would have been nice, but did not lose much (in fact, still I use the camera on my phone).
Unfortunately, no microphone. This is much more serious omission which did not have a camera. IPod Touch recorder first-class audio and (most importantly for me) a first class client Skype. Some third-party solutions for this (mini-microphone that are directly made in the headphone jack), but if the iPod Touch has a microphone applications, using world-class would like Shazam (and Skype), much easier.
Similarly, no compass, GPS receiver or a gift in touch. I understand that leave to better differentiate the iPod Touch the iPhone, but I have welcomed at the upper end (64 GB) version of the iPod Touch.
And finally, no radio. I am certainly not a radio man, near as I never listen. However, some people (like a ton of good selling radio IP applications), and anyway, the Nano now – even with a pause function Tivoesque nice! Why not the iPod Touch? Strange design options.
iPod and iTunes
The strength of the original iPod was the ease of use just brilliant – and the interface based on the contact was a milestone in the improvement in this regard. Today, it is simply the best interface media that the iPod Touch / iPhone. It is natural that after a few seconds. This drop-dead gorgeous, muted highlights and accentuates ably by small (though flashy) animations that convey different metaphors the interface (for example, an elastic rebound when it reaches the end of a playlist). Since there is an interface that can be used immediately for complex, even with a flick of a finger. Its use is simple, pure fun. Navigation Coverflow album "may be one of the least useful, but certainly is the most natural (and fun) back if you like the music. And it is jaw droppingly well done (note: when using CoverFlow make sure you have installed the art of covering all the music that has not purchased from the iTunes Store).
Underlying all the game is the music from your iPod on the list and use the reading list Play on your iPod Touch is a joy. The interface and the game is also ripe with subtlety as to display the lyrics of a song in a compression singularity with simple controls to repeat and shuffle. Unfortunately the function list is also always one of the most obvious shortcomings: the iPod Touch can not play playlist groups. Usually a lot better group of songs in the very short list (for example, '10 Springsteen), and mix in the playlist by presenting the largest Only a playlist in a group. Although iTunes is compatible with this, all versions of the iPod Touch have stubbornly refused.
Also a bit strangely absent from the touch is the ability to search an artist or music title. With more than 10,000 songs devices on the need for research capacity for something seems obvious (note: key * will * have a global search function which will also include issues – as well as contacts and messages that match your search terms. iPod saw exit the application only to find a song from the facility signed employment while Apple is about, and this is not what I hope). And while we're at it, I also would like the ability to search words, but it would be the icing on the cake.
What is this, and what continues to amaze me is a function that initially dismissed as a way to sell songs: Listings Genius playlists. What it does is that, given a track to find other songs that you have to play well together. Since I have a lot of songs (or I would not buy the 64 GB) this feature has helped me gain an incredible amount of additional joy of my music. There are many hidden treasures that the mass of music I never knew owned. Of course, if you want, Genius also recommends that the songs do not, but you can buy now at iTunes. That, of course, is to sell the song "Angle. But at least he is incredibly well executed (and yes, I used ha)
64GB iPod Touch now supports voice recognition – I am sure that is a marvel of technology. But (something like the auto-correction of text), working primarily in English only. If you configure your system to German, pronounce the names of English group as being read aloud by a German speaker. Do it once, and everyone looks at you in the room. Never again to do so. Moreover, due to the greater complexity of the German language (I speak German), commands only work half the time. A good idea, and a blessing for driving or writing. * * But when set to English.
To complement the feature set of audiovisual T iPod Touch capacity photo submission really improve the iPod Touch based interface gesture. It was pinching gesture and film that sold me the origin of the iPod Touch, and still does today. On the Mac, iTunes links in the management of images in iPhoto, which greatly facilitates the task of separating images synchronize your iPod (Windows, this task is a little more to land, you have to manually manage the folder "My Pictures"). One oddity, however, is that when iTunes Sync is the sample images to a (unknown for me, but no doubt) smaller. Since I am a photo nut (DSLR shooting), this "feature" that annoys me a little, as iTunes offers There is currently no way to control the subsampling photos.
The success of the original iPod has left some competitors scratching their heads, then it is obvious that most users: the close, seamless integration with iTunes. Now, in version 9, iTunes has become somewhat complex and not always easy to use. Now he is also trying to manage the photos and movies, and music and applications. But iTunes is still very easy to use, and Sync iPod touch with iTunes is simple and fast. A small disappointment is the fact that you can not sync the iPod Touch wi-fi and still refuses to mount as an external drive. Another disappointment is that while iTunes now allows you to share your music on the net with several Mac, Touch can not play their music (a brilliant little application to the AppStore can do for you, however).
And while we're talking about iTunes – it's a feature I'd love to have on the touch: the viewer. iTunes visualizer is really beautiful, and I want the same functionality on my touch.
While the iPod itself is an amazing device Touch and fun, real oscillation enters when connected to the Internet. The nature and always easy to support the connection drops a iPod Touch Internet devices best I have used for the day. The Safari browser included doing great – unless you try to load Flash-based content, which is not compatible. The e-mail client to receive the great works and display the mail. Write something, but the shortest-mail is boring, like the iPod Touch is simply too small to easily enter any number important text. Calendar and Events is well executed (even if you enter a new date and the combination of multiple calendars is a bit more complicated is needed.) Mail, Calendar and Address Book can (if they have this service) or direct sync with Mobile Me (Apple loves sell) or Exchange (who loves his employer to force upon you), thanks to a feature that is very similar to "push" notification. In the past, with Exchange has been somewhat uneven, and Mobile Me has had its share of problems. In general, if the work of two very fine and extremely fast. No need to be extended from a point access for this to work, however. A bit disappointing is the fact that notes are not synchronized. Another interesting addition is "Voice Memo" which is a audio recorder. If internal microphone on the iPod Touch, this soft would have been even better …
In addition to the "productivity" or "Follow PDA (Mail, Calendar, Contacts), the iPod Touch comes with a nice few others (but a bit boring) applications (such as maps, stocks, YouTube) and two killer applications: iTunes and the App Store. While the former gives you instant access to all the songs and movies that are currently available in iTunes (Note: the most incredible "Shazam", music may lead to gross expenditure unintented), which (App Store) gives you instant access to an equal number applications amazing that you can download and use immediately.
The quality of the applications on the App Store is very uneven, and tends to cluster around several themes rather childish (Like a true, good, battery, applications of the art show). That said, there is a jaw droppingly good number of applications that are able to use the interface iPod Touch (and other features like the accelerometer) in new and surprising. Just to name a few are the aforementioned "Shazam" to identify a song is playing and instantly link to iTunes (which should be seen in action to believe it), flight control, you can manage an airport in the path each aircraft flight, Bloomberg provides valuable information in a comprehensive manner, and that shows an updated timetable for when the tram Wemlin arrived at my station. Anyway, it is likely that an application supports you with it.
And then there are the games. Apple quickly recognized that the iPod Touch is a platform game very attractive and powerful. performance, display, connectivity and control to the ideal platform for casual games. Consequently, the Games represent by far the largest category important in the App Store. Although inevitably there are some terribly executed, or simply boring games, most games are available sufficiently entertaining while some competitors higher than you can buy three times the price at dedicated game platforms.
In In the past, my iPod Touch is quickly filled with the application after the application that I could not live without, and are limited to unforeseen design implementation iPod Touch Pad management. The applications are organized as icons in a 4×4 grid with multiple pages per page you can scroll left and right to navigate. Unfortunately, the reorganization of applications, although it is possible (and very cleverly applied) is always a task. Apple has done a good thing, and built a management application much better in the (PC / Mac) iTunes implementation.
The iPod Touch, although seen by some as the "brother Small iPhone "has always been, either as your lable or even faster. The new iPod Touch 3rd generation is called" up to 50% more faster "than the previous generation. To be honest, I'm not sure to see the speed improvent translate to increase performance so much. This may be because my iPod Touch rarely maxes or processing fee (for example when navigating) that the bandwidth of Wi-Fi is the limiting factor. Some applications are considered "training" to a starting (Small applications) or performance (games, mostly), but overall, the iPod Touch seems to be almost as fast as the last generation. This leads me to believe the bottleneck is true that the internal memory of the execution (ie, not the 64 GB of storage, but the memory of the processor), and the applications written ony specifically to take advantage of new technologies (eg, OpenGL ES). In other words, the overall rate has not improved accordingly.
So you want to be a geek? Already? You can write your own applications for the iPod Touch if you wish. I took the plunge and downloaded SDK. Note that you can download SDK and development of the iPod Touch / iPhone without owning one. The development system comes with an iPhone simulator that can be used to test applications without downloading to a actual device (it has some limitations: for example, accelerometers are not simulated, and no indication of the actual speed of execution). Well, you need a Mac for this (although it may be a couple of years). The SDK is amazing – overwhelming, even if they are not familiar with Mac programming (and almost prohibitively complex if they are unfamiliar with frameworks, such as cocoa and object-oriented programming). However, his first crisis (very basic) application is surprisingly easy, and if you drive this way, it quickly becomes addicted.
This is the murderer entertainment device personal. Buy. You know you want it – especially if you've read this measure. If you have the 2nd generation iPod Touch you may wonder if the slight hump and storage worth the extra expensive. For me, it was, but performance may vary.
+ World Class Interface iPod touch / gesture
+ Best entertainment experience around the iPod (music, video, photos)
+ Killer feature: the App Store and the availability of applications
+ Feature murderer: the integration of Internet (Navigation and technology news)
read great movie +
+ Really nice feature casual games
+ A slight improvement in speed (which was only for some games)
+ Very easy integration with Mobile Me (calendar, synchronization e-mail) or Exchange
+ Very good SDK if you're geek enough to roll their own applications
– No microphone (Headphones not have them)
– Polished Chrome (I would have preferred a brushed finish)
– No GPS, camera, compass
– No radio (is nano?)
– No synchronization of notes, no wireless sync music / movies
– Voice recognition in other English unequal
– No control over the sub-sample of photos
– No music search function within the iPod app
– If there is
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