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Old Nov 14, 2012, 11:45 PM   #1
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iPod Touch Alternatives?

I realize the nature of this thread may be deemed blasphemous to the Apple community, however with the increasing amount of phones being output to the public as iPhone competition, (Android, Samsung, Windows Phone) I was wondering why there have not been any iPod Touch alternatives created by other companies. The specifications for said device would be, like the iPod Touch, a gaming mobile device without a data plan or cellular service. The only competition I can think of right now would be any tablets coming out (which are far too large for mobile use ie. in a pocket) or the Playstation Vita which is entirely focused on gaming and unfortunately was a complete and utter flop.

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Old Nov 14, 2012, 11:50 PM   #2
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There are tons of alternatives, except none match up to the iOS of the ipod touch. The ease of use with itunes and syncing using icloud between devices. These is what differentiates ipods from the rest of the junk out there.
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 11:53 PM   #3
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The Google Nexus 4 is a good alternative. It's a phone (unlocked) but it comes at pretty much the same price as the base iPod Touch. Slightly larger. Decent library of games in the Play store although not quite as many as the iTunes store.
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 05:34 PM   #4
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There are tons of alternatives, except none match up to the iOS of the ipod touch. The ease of use with itunes and syncing using icloud between devices. These is what differentiates ipods from the rest of the junk out there.
so you love android?
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 08:33 PM   #5
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The Samsung galaxy player was designed to compete against the iPod. The later models crush the 4th gen touch but lag behind the 5th gen. They are considerably cheaper though. I'd get the 4.2 model.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 09:52 PM   #6
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 11:13 AM   #7
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Sony has now stepped in to take up that mantle with its Walkman Z1050, a neat-looking device with decent hardware.
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Old Nov 18, 2012, 08:40 PM   #8
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Galaxy player is an alternative, they made them at 3.5, 4.2, 5.0 screen size and all of them can't compete. Mostly because of the Android os and the available apps. Not all of them compatible with the device even when it holds higher specs. Android is not as smooth as experience even with bigger screen plus the screen resolution is hideous, the battery weren't any better.

Sony released Walkman Z and Walkman F series running androids with dual core cpu, 1G of ram all superior to Ipod touch. Their selling point is the walkman sound quality because (as we all knew) ipod touch music experience is not worth mentioning. Still with the price 249-299 and 16G storage (although expandable), no one will buy just for sound quality but low resolution screen.

Thats why Ipod touch 5 has no competition out there and the price is whopping $299.
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 02:02 PM   #9
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I would highly recommend buying a Samsung Galaxy S II. Walmart sells the SDS2 off-contract for use with T-Mobile prepaid for $299. No need to activate the phone. No strings attached.

16GB storage, 1GB RAM, support for microSD card, replaceable battery. Responsiveness is very smooth and the Super AMOLED screen is quite nice. This Black Friday 64GB microSD cards can be purchased for $50... a terrific addition.

I picked up a new Galaxy S II Skyrocket for $220. I planned on using it to replace my iPhone 4, but now I think I'm going to use it simply as an Android-based portable media player.
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