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Old Jan 28, 2013, 05:38 PM   #1
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Is the iPod Touch the poor man's iPhone?

I heard someone say this today and it got me thinking...
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 05:44 PM   #2
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I heard someone say this today and it got me thinking...
It's like an iPhone without the phone but it's technically a media player so no. The poor mans iPhone is the iPhone 4.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 09:37 PM   #3
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 09:59 PM   #4
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The iPod Touch is the iPhone for people who don't need a phone.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 10:02 PM   #5
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No. It's a device with much of the core functionality of an iPhone, but without the associated contract.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 10:07 PM   #6
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These days even poor people can buy an iPhone. It's just an MP3 player.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 10:13 PM   #7
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It's not a poor man phone since it can't even make calls over cellular.

It's a iPhone without the phone. The 5th gen is very similar to the iPhone 5 in a lot of aspects.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 10:23 PM   #8
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iPod touch = iPad Nano.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 10:30 PM   #9
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poor man iphone is the 3gs not 4.

Iphone is way overpriced anyway.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 10:43 PM   #10
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For me it is a PDA. Love it for that.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 10:53 PM   #11
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I heard someone say this today and it got me thinking...
Well it's not a phone... So no.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 11:00 PM   #12
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No because it costs more than an iphone 5 (but the same as the 32gb model)

I love my touch but would never consider using an iphone ever again.
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 07:22 PM   #13
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You can can make phone calls with it over WiFi, using an app like Talkatone and Google Voice.
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 08:04 PM   #14
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iPod Touch is something iPhone should be .. specifically the price point, it's only fair if the price is for the iPhone 5, off contract and unlocked.

But hey, two words .. Profit Margin.
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 09:16 PM   #15
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It is very much the poor man's iPhone. Pair it with the right voip apps and try to keep an open wifi connection and you can get pretty close to an iPhone functionally without the $100/month service fee and $2,000+ total cost of ownership. Ear buds + microphone is a great way to go.

However, I now think the iPad Mini should get this title as it can be had with cellular data on-demand for <= $30/month. Pair it with the right voip apps (I think talkatone and Skype are killer myself) + earbuds with microphone and you can even more so approximate an iPhone experience without the $100/month service fee. I switched to this option and am yet to use the cellular option. It's working great for texting and inbound & outbound calling mobiles or landlines for near $0/month.

If there's ever a merging of iPad's 4G hardware and data plans with iPod Touch's pocket-ability, I think you'll pretty much nail the "poor man's iPhone" in full.

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Old Jan 29, 2013, 09:27 PM   #16
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The iPod Touch is the iPhone for people who don't need a phone.
Or 3G/ LTE.....
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 09:45 PM   #17
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No because it costs more than an iphone 5 (but the same as the 32gb model)

I love my touch but would never consider using an iphone ever again.
Umm... What?
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 10:12 PM   #18
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Umm... What?
IPhone 5 = 200dollars
Ipod touch 5th gen = 300dollars
300>200
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 10:28 PM   #19
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IPhone 5 = 200dollars
Ipod touch 5th gen = 300dollars
300>200
With 2 years stinking $50/mo. contract?

I hope you were joking, or simply being sarcastic.
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 10:42 PM   #20
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IPhone 5 = 200dollars
Ipod touch 5th gen = 300dollars
300>200
Uh huh - Except you forgot to add in the extra $2000+ that you pay over the course of two years for the iPhone 5.
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 11:16 PM   #21
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 01:39 AM   #22
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The iPod Touch is not a poor man's iPhone.

I have both the iPhone5 and the iPod Touch 5th Generation.

I use my iPod for my music and games but I have my iPhone for Business E-mail and Personal Calls.

I'd say a cheapie Android Phone is a poor man's iPhone.
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 02:12 AM   #23
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I'd say a cheapie Android Phone is a poor man's iPhone.
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 09:20 AM   #24
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Definitely not the poor-man's iPhone. If you are poor not to afford an iPhone, you wouldn't spend money on an advanced mp3-player.

I'd say it is a portal device - i.e. what brings adolescents and folk who are not interested in the iPhone to Apple products. Once you got the Touch, you definitely want to upgrade to an iPad or even an iPhone after that. Tried this on me - worked like a charm - Apple know their ways...
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iPod touch = iPad Nano.
Tell me about the Apps available for the Nano!
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