Identify Your Ipod Model

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You don’t need me khổng lồ tell you that the iPod cảm biến is pretty awesome. A lot of people are pretty darned enthused – trăng tròn million buyers can’t be wrong, surely?

Certainly, the iPod ecosystem might be frustrating to lớn those who want khổng lồ be completely in control of their devices, but those of us happy to lớn trade away a little freedom are rewarded with an incredibly slick user experience. The vocal minority might disagree, but iTunes isn’t that bad & it’s by having a closed system that táo bị cắn was able to lớn build its dominant lead. Lượt thích it or not, the record labels are still pretty keen on controlling how you use digitally purchased music & by facilitating that control táo bị cắn dở has been able khổng lồ dominate the tải về market.

The key khổng lồ the success of the iPod cảm biến (and by extension the iPhone) is that táo created a fantastic hardware platform on which apps can run. Of course the truyền thông playback aspect of that platform works well for Apple, as selling media (be that music, films or TV programmes) is a major part of its business, but it’s the (semi-)openness to third các buổi tiệc nhỏ developers that really makes it shine & its in that direction with which táo apple has focussed the improvements khổng lồ this iPod cảm biến revision.

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The big change in this generation affects two thirds of the iPod cảm ứng line-up. The entry level, £149, 8GB cảm biến is – updated firmware aside – entirely unchanged. But while the £229, 32GB và £299, 64GB models may not look any different, inside they’re now running faster hardware, as featured by the iPhone 3GS. As we noticed when using its call-making counterpart the faster processor và graphics chip make using the upgraded touch much snappier. I’m in agreement with Riyad that for most applications it’s probably the faster GPU that’s to lớn credit, thanks to its faster rendering of the iPod touch’s graphics-heavy interface. Although I’m sure the processor helps loading the inordinate amount of Notes I’ve taken, even if it can’t help me discern what I was thinking when I wrote most of them in pseudo-shorthand gibberish.

The upshot is that the 3rd gene iPod cảm ứng causes me a lot less frustration than my iPhone 3G, which is starting to feel decidedly slow in accomplishing even the simplest of tasks. Whether it’s browsing in Safari, checking out videos on YouTube or launching apps, everything is that bit quicker. It might only be a second or so each time, but day-in, day-out it’s noticeable.

If you are going lớn buy an iPod touch, ignore the 8GB model. It’s too low a capacity for this class of device – good luck fitting a decent amount of music, videos and apps into the 7GB of không tính tiền space you’ll have – và for £80 more you’ll get four times the capacity and a faster device. It’s a no brainer to my mind.

Whatever táo bị cắn dở wants you to lớn believe, the iPod cảm biến is not a replacement for a ‘real’ portable console. Sure it plays games as well as a Nintendo DS or PSP, but if you think the iPod cảm biến is a replacement for either of those devices you’re sorely mistaken.

There are plenty of great games for the iPod touch but the pricing is reflective of the màn chơi of entertainment on offer. The most expensive game I’ve purchased – xanh Skies 3GS at £8.99 – I only have because I wanted to lớn see what enhancements OpenGL brought with it & the result is entirely underwhelming. The benefit of the faster internals thus far is definitely in shorter tiện ích loading times, not improved graphic fidelity. As fun as some of the games available are, the app Store lacks anything with the charm of Patapon or the depth of The Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass. The iPod cảm biến versions of SimCity và Monkey Island, which I utterly adore, are as close as you can get khổng lồ a ‘proper’ game.

As the Wii proved, though, casual drop-in, drop-out gaming is hardly something to be criticised. For sure, if I’m at home and want lớn entertain myself for half an hour I’m more likely lớn fire up Horde mode in Gears of War 2, or play a couple of quick deathmatches in Resistance 2, but I’m hardly going to lớn take my Xbox 360 or PS3 on a train into London. Battery life falls just short of being a concern. Gaming is obviously more demanding than music or even clip playback, although by how much depends on the title. SimCity, for example, is fairly draining, taking about three hours before the touch will throw up a 10 per cent charge remaining message, but you’ll get closer lớn 4.5 hours out of less intensive titles like Touchgrind or AloneAtWar.

That might sound poor, but in real terms the result is enough power nguồn to game your way through an hour commute on a train into work, listen to lớn music all day (if you’re fortunate enough to have a job where you can get away with doing so) and still have enough juice khổng lồ watch a couple of episodes of ”Family Guy” on the way home. At least with an iPod cảm biến you won’t be killing your ability to make or receive phone calls if you vày run out of nguồn – unlike on the iPhone.

The ứng dụng Store doesn’t just give the iPod cảm ứng access lớn a huge library of games. There’s a veritable plethora of other apps, too. Safari is an incredibly good mobile web browser, there’s no denying that, but given the choice I’d rather check Facebook or Reddit via their respective apps – the process is just that bit slicker.

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There are plenty of examples of great apps for the touch, from the Sonos remote control to lớn Spotify. A few of them are perhaps a bit overpriced for what’s on offer – £5.99 for train times? Really? – but for the most part the pricing seems pretty decent. The real problem with both games và apps is that with so many available through the phầm mềm Store, it’s hard to know which ones might be worth taking a look at. Luckily, táo apple has done some work to lớn fix that with the latest touch firmware update. Genius, previously used khổng lồ recommend tracks on the iTunes store you might like to buy based on what’s already in your library, now works for apps too.

App recommendations aren’t, in my experience, quite as good as with music, but for the most part the results are decent enough. Based on having installed iReddit, for example, Genius reckons I might also like the NYTimes application, while also suggesting that based on my purchase of SimCity I might also want to check out X Plane Airliner. It’s just a shame there aren’t any filtering options to lớn limit recommendations to lớn only four star or better rated ones, or just không tính phí apps, say.

On the subject of Genius, I should mention that the music side has been updated, too. If you have the latest firmware (again, on any generation of device) and iTunes 9 – which you really should get anyway as it’s much improved over iTunes 8 – you’ll get access to lớn Genius Mixes. In effect, these mixes are little different to hitting the Genius icon while playing a track – you still get an automatically generated playlist of tracks that, lớn quote the táo khuyết tagline, “go great together.” With mixes, however, playback is continuous. Grouping is done by Genre, although I’m assured that the algorithm takes much more than that into account, which I’m more than happy lớn believe.

I’m not quite as enthused about Genius Mixes as the ‘normal’ way of using Genius. By dint of playing a wider sample of tracks, the selections felt a little less smart & a bit more eclectic. That’s not lớn say that an ‘Alternative & Punk Mix’ of Green Day, Blink-182, The Offspring và Nirvana doesn’t work, but occasional oddballs lượt thích Paramore và Taking Back Sunday don’t fit quite as well. Gọi me picky, but I don’t think In Bloom flows into Dance, Dance particularly well. Although if you need me to lớn point out that those songs are by Nirvana và Fall Out Boy respectively, maybe you wouldn’t mind.

The 32GB và 64GB versions now come with the remote và microphone version of Apple’s headset. This brings a couple of neat additions, although I’d argue none are good enough lớn warrant putting up with the awful audio unique of Apple’s bundled ‘phones. Voice Memos aren’t exactly a killer feature khổng lồ my mind anyway, so it’s not a big sacrifice lớn use mic-less earphones if you’ve got a pair.

As with the iPhone 3GS, the 32GB & 64GB versions now tư vấn Voice Control, too, which is of course unusable in public unless you want lớn look lượt thích a pillock. Although I must concede that the look I got from one lady when requesting of touch: “play xinh tươi Is What We Aim For,” while wandering through Marks và Spencer, was somewhat priceless. So far so good but, despite all the deserved praise, something is amiss. The problem isn’t with any of the touch’s features, but rather the lack of one in particular – a camera. It seems utterly ridiculous that both the iPhone & iPod nano have cameras but that the iPod touch is left bereft.

I’m entirely appreciative of the argument that a camera – be it for stills or đoạn clip – on a truyền thông player is pretty unnecessary for the most part, but the iPod cảm ứng isn’t just a truyền thông player. It’s obvious that hãng apple wants to keep a cấp độ of distinction between its ever converging devices but that’s only a good thing for táo itself. Should you boycott the iPod touch because of this? No, that would be silly. It’s still an utterly fantastic device. The closest rival, Sony’s NWZ-X1060 offers much better audio fidelity, but it loses out in just about every other respect. The iPod touch’s user interface is just better, its web browser is better & its 3rd các buổi tiệc nhỏ app tư vấn is better, in that it has it. If you need more than 32GB of capacity Sony can’t help you at all & for once, Apple’s pricing is competitive. A media player with 64GB of flash storage for £299 seemed lượt thích a pipe dream not so long ago. Sure, that’s a lot of money in anyone’s book, but you’re getting a lot for it.

Verdict

As a mere truyền thông media player, you’d be hard pushed to lớn justify the high cost of an iPod touch. But as a thiết bị di động computing device that will run 3rd buổi tiệc nhỏ apps, play games, browse the web và play your media, it’s simply unrivalled.

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