About one month ago, I got my hands on a new toy — the iPod touch. It has 16 gigs of storage space (sufficient for my needs right now) and plays music, displays pictures and shows videos. These are all things that my 30 GB video iPod does already, so why do I love this little device you ask? Well, it’s not because of the Internet capabilities or the ability to access YouTube videos since those features don’t work unless you’re in a hot spot with an open, non-protected signal.
No, wow factor for my iPod touch is just what its name indicates. The “touch” screen interface. It is so cool. I love it. It’s hard to describe how cool it is to tap, pinch, flick and slide my fingers across its sleek clear face and have this mini computer respond easily to what I want it to do. It’s really awesome. In case you haven’t heard of this sweet new iPod, here’s a quick video for you.
I used my iPod touch daily, and I listen to music, podcasts (NPR’s “Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me” news quiz show is one that I never miss) and other audio files, like LDS general conference talks and audio scriptures. I rarely watch movies on it because I haven’t yet figured out how to convert my DVDs to this format, plus, who really wants to watch a movie on a little screen like that. I have bought a few $1.99 TV show episodes from iTunes, and they work great!
Ultimately, I’d like to have an iPhone which does all of the above mentioned things, but also has a phone, a camera and Internet access wherever there is cell phone coverage. But I just can justify $70+ per month for a service contract. Perhaps someday… (wistful sigh)