iPod Touch 32g thoughts so far...

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by copydeskcat, Jul 26, 2008.

  1. copydeskcat macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2008
    After almost 2 weeks of near-constant use, here's my thoughts:

    It's an amazing device. I had an XDA about a year ago and flogged it - the battery life was poor, and it was just too big. The browsing on it wasn't great (many websites were not supported with Pocket IE), although its LAN capabilities were very good, and I could install whatever apps I wanted to on it. I could also view movies on my network via wi-fi (haven't tried this yet on the Touch).

    With the touch, websites are pretty amazing looking and almost every site I use regularly works a treat. Email is cool (I've got GMail IMAP), YouTube is neat, videos and music are awesome - especially Cover Flow - and photos just look awesome. I've also started using the App Store in the past few days, and what I've downloaded so far (ie. the freebies) are great. And if you live in the UK, the BBC's iPlayer is nothing short of amazing. I was only able to browse the net before I upgraded to 2.0, so I can't comment on the differences between 2.0 and the previous software (apart from being able to download from the App store, which is a big plus).

    Maps: pretty cool, although I wish it would cache a little more of the maps (ie. even if I haven't zoomed). I set some directions, and when I got near my destination, we took a detour, and I wasn't able to zoom outside of the general drop-pins without a wi-fi connection.

    On the whole, it's totally incredible.

    Now for the minor drawbacks:

    typing is a bit of a pain. There's no real "feedback" when pressing letters, and it's easy to make a mistake - I simply do not agree that two-thumbed typing is a whizz. It's not, but you sort of find your own way of typing efficiently, which isn't ideal. Of course, the Touch helpfully offers suggestions for miss-typed works which subsequently appear if you type a space, but they're not always what you want (although, it's cool that you can miss-type a simple work like 'and' or 'don't' and it automatically knows. Some additional keys would be useful on the main keyboard, like a full-stop, a comma, a colon, quote marks - but I guess you can't fit it all in. Perhaps they could be something that show up in landscape mode? Oh, and as we all know, no copy and paste, which is a pain for links. And what's with no .co.uk button for UK users?

    Browsing: I don't know how many times I've been flick-scrolling through a page, and I've hit a link that I didn't want to visit, which means I need to go back and re-load the entire page I was on all over again. It's a major drawback that the Touch Safari doesn't cache pages for back-and-forward browsing or offline browsing. I've also found the wi-fi battery life to be pretty crap. About an hour of browsing, and it starts running dangerously low. Apple need to get on to that asap.

    Background apps: Apple really need to get all applications working in the background - I want to be able to fire up a webpage, flick to my email and have the page loaded by the time I go back to Safari. Similarly, I want to be able to open multiple pages and have them downloading as I'm reading another. Also, having to press the home button every time I want to use another app is a pain. It needs a "minimise" option.

    Contacts and bookmarks: come on Apple - how difficult is it to let me sync with Thunderbird and Firefox? Not everyone uses IE and Outlook/Express.

    External speaker: it really needs one. When it gets one, I'll probably upgrade relatively quickly. It's the only major thing missing from an otherwise near-perfect device (Bluetooth would be nice - GPS would be a luxury). At the very least, someone needs to make a very small external speaker at a reasonable price.

    I also bought a nice cheap Marware rubber case which seems to be doing the trick - and a Belkin Clearscan FM transmitter for the car (which works a treat, despite what people say about FM transmitters).

    32GB is fine for me, although I might have got away with a 16GB. I'm currently using up 15GB with all of my music, 1 video +130 photos (more vids and pics to come!) and about 7 apps. Of course, I plan to install much more - which is why I got the 32GB. The bigger capacity they make the Touch, the better. I can certainly see a day in the next 18 months when the iPod Classic will be consigned to history.

    If you're waiting to buy one, don't - just get one now, it's worth every penny.
  2. jrnewhouse macrumors member


    Aug 4, 2007
    Great review, copydeskcat! I have a 32 GB iPod Touch as well, and I totally agree with your assessment. After some initial glitches with the App Store, my iPod has been working flawlessly. So far, the best game I've found is Trism. I'm addicted!
  3. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030


    Dec 7, 2002
    Florida, USA
    As an owner of a 32GB Touch, I also agree with all your statements, especially back/forward caching in Safari and Maps caching.

    One thing I would like to see that you didn't mention is an Apple (or third-party) GPS receiver that would be compatible with Maps or another app that would give turn-by-turn directions.
  4. J*man macrumors member

    Oct 13, 2007
    Great review, I agree with you on everything. You should post review on Amazon for the iPod Touch.:apple:
  5. muldul macrumors 6502

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Sussex, England, UK
    Sounds great, my 16 Touch isn't enough, i couldn't get the 32 though as i got mine when it first came out. I will wait until the next update and then get a 32 GB
  6. monke macrumors 65816


    May 30, 2005
    The rest of your review makes sense, except this part.

    Why would Apple have two buttons that do the exact same thing?
    Furthermore, going to the home screen is a press of one fixed button that never moves and doesn't have to be included with an application. Adding a 'minimize' button to an application wouldn't be any more useful imo.
  7. copydeskcat thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2008
    I didn't say 'button', I said 'option'.
  8. aosman macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2008
    I agree as well. Apple should get the iPod Touch / iPhone to sync with Mozilla products. I have yet to find a way to seamlessly sync my iPhone with Firefox.
  9. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040


    Aug 8, 2007
    Takamatsu, Japan
    Have you tried Foxmarks? Works fine for me. ;)
  10. Arkamond macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2010
    Agree but is being added

    Some of those features i think are being added in the IOS 4 update for the
    32gig 3g 64g 3g but thats only for the multiple processing and backgrounds and stuff plus there is more stuff included in that too go look it up for all the info.
  11. na1577 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 20, 2008

    This thread is two years old. Why don't you pay attention to what you're replying to before "adding" to this closed discussion with your useless post?

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