Apple has been particularly busy these past few months. We’ve seen updated aluminum iMacs, the new iPod classic, new iPod nano fatty and of course, we can’t forget the mega hyped iPhone. Redefining both mobile phones and digital media players, the iPhone has made a definite dent in tech history. Now we have the iPod touch. This device takes all the music and video related features that have made the iPhone so popular, and made them available to people that don’t want to switch carriers or phones.
* Storage: Available in either 8GB or 16GB Flash drive capacities
* Display: 3.5-inch (diagonal), 480 x 320 pixels at 163 DPI
* Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
* Audio formats: MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected
AAC (from iTunes Store), Audible (formats 2, 3 and 4), WAV, and AIFF
* Video formats: H.264 video up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 x 480 pixels
* WiFi (802.11b/g)
* Audio: 3.5mm stereo headphone minijack
* Power: Rechargeable lithium polymer battery (up to 22hrs of audio playback
5hrs of video playback time)
* Size: 4.3 x 2.4 x 0.31in (110 x 61.8 x 8mm)
* Weight: 4.2oz (120)
* iPod touch
* USB 2.0 cable
* Dock adapter
* Polishing cloth
* Quick start guide
* Apple stickers
To say that the iPod touch is just an iPhone without the phone, really isn’t an accurate description. At first glance, the touch does look like an iPhone, I’ll give you that. But once you look a little closer, you’ll see that it’s an entirely different device. One that just happens to look like the iPhone…
The touch is almost half the thickness of the iPhone. It’s also a little bit shorter and the select button is smaller in diameter. You will also notice that the rim around the display is Black instead of chrome like the iPhone.
After carrying around my iPhone for the past few months, the touch feels considerably thinner. It is comfortable in hand although a bit on the slippery side. Squeezing it yields no flexing creaking or cracking. It’s definitely a solid device.
Oh look, it has a chrome back. Yay. Not. Apple, please stop this madness!!! Chrome is smudgy and way too susceptible to scratching. It’s time to move on. Really!
Along the bottom edge, you’ll find the universal dock connector and a stereo earphone jack. Unlike the iPhone’s earphone jack, this one can accommodate any type of 3.5mm earphone connector.
The only other button on the touch is located on the top of the device. This thin button turns the screen on and off. The lack of hardware buttons to adjust volume, pause playback, and navigate forward and backwards through tracks was immediately evident. Without such buttons, you have to turn the display on and use the onscreen touch buttons for these functions. This can be a bit annoying.
To give you an idea how the touch compares to the iPhone size-wise, take a look at the image above. The touch is on top, iPhone on bottom.