About 3 months ago, I got my first iPod. I know, I know, its about time. I have always been a bit of a contrarian when it comes to my technology and I avoided the iPod because EVERYONE had an iPod. However, we found a 1st-generation iPod Touch 8GB at a local pawn shop for only $99 and that was just too good a deal to pass up so we bought it. For those who don’t know, the iPod Touch is basically an iPhone without the phone functionality. It sports the same touch screen interface and can use Wi-Fi to access the Internet. After using it for awhile now, I can honestly say that this little device has changed my life.
The Touch has essentially become a handheld computer for me. Of course, I use it to listen to podcasts, music and watch videos which are its core functions as a portable media player. However, its other functionality is what really sets it apart. The internet experience is quite good considering the limitations of its small screen size, but the ability to access the Internet is the game changer for me. I can access my e-mail, my online task lists, contacts and create notes and documents utilizing Google Docs. In fact, while on a recent trip, I was able to use my iPod to enter in customer orders that I was receiving on my cell phone. No need to keep track of little scraps of paper like I would have prior to getting the Touch. In addition to using Safari on the Touch to access all of my cloud-based data, there are the thousands of apps that are available, many for free.
I have added a bunch of additional apps that have added all types of functionality. I will cover some of these in future posts so look forward to that. These apps include some great games, utilities to do such things as calculate currency exchange rates and even a leveller to see if that picture on the wall is hung straight. So, I still am not a fan of the iPhone as stated in an earlier post. The requirement to switch to AT&T and the large data plan charges are deal breakers for me. On the other hand, this iPod Touch has all the great features of the iPhone, without those huge negatives.
What do you use your iPod Touch for? Do you even want one?