Ipod touch 6 gen or Iphone SE turned into an ipod?

fadingxvampire

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Dec 29, 2014
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Hey everyone, apologies if this is in the wrong thread!

I am currently on a plan with a Samsung S7 phone and I really miss the IOS experience. I find that I enjoy apps, watching youtube and playing music on an apple device, so I was thinking of buying an ipod touch to use until my contract was completed. One of the reasons I'm hestiant in purchasing the ipod touch however is due the reviews of its poor battery life.

I was just wondering what everyone's experiences are with their ipod touch? I was thinking that I could purchase an iphone SE outright and use it as an ipod/secondary phone (there's a $194 difference), but I'm not sure if that would be too silly! I don't like tablets/iPads, so I would never intend on purchasing an iPad.

Any help would be appreciated!
 

Relentless Power

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Hey everyone, apologies if this is in the wrong thread!

I am currently on a plan with a Samsung S7 phone and I really miss the IOS experience. I find that I enjoy apps, watching youtube and playing music on an apple device, so I was thinking of buying an ipod touch to use until my contract was completed. One of the reasons I'm hestiant in purchasing the ipod touch however is due the reviews of its poor battery life.

I was just wondering what everyone's experiences are with their ipod touch? I was thinking that I could purchase an iphone SE outright and use it as an ipod/secondary phone (there's a $194 difference), but I'm not sure if that would be too silly! I don't like tablets/iPads, so I would never intend on purchasing an iPad.

Any help would be appreciated!
If I were to purchase an iPod touch 6th generation or iPhone SE and use it as an iPod touch, I would purchase the iPhone SE. The reason being, is the battery life on iPhone SE is Much stronger. Also, the iPhone SE will likely receive continual iOS support longer over the iPod sixth generation.

And for what Apple is charging for an iPod, I would rather pay the difference for an iPhone SE out right, as it's cheap enough and will likely last longer. I owned the iPhone SE and it's an excellent iPhone they could easily serve as an iPod for its size and power With the A9 Processor.
 

fadingxvampire

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Dec 29, 2014
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If I were to purchase an iPod touch 6th generation or iPhone SE and use it as an iPod touch, I would purchase the iPhone SE. The reason being, is the battery life on iPhone SE is Much stronger. Also, the iPhone SE will likely receive continual iOS support longer over the iPod sixth generation.

And for what Apple is charging for an iPod, I would rather pay the difference for an iPhone SE out right, as it's cheap enough and will likely last longer. I owned the iPhone SE and it's an excellent iPhone they could easily serve as an iPod for its size and power With the A9 Processor.
Thank you for your response! :)

The current deals available in my area are a 16gb ipod touch 6 gen with a $40 itunes voucher for $255. The iPhone SE is $449. I have a feeling I'll probably buy the iPhone SE!
 

mwhals

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I went with the 128GB iPod touch 6 as I got it for $344 and have no intention of putting apps on it. I only use it for Music in the car taking it out when not in the car to prevent heating it up in the sun.

Because I remove it from the car, I love the lite weight and size. The iPhone SE would have been thicker, heavier and more expensive for my purpose.
 

sorcery

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Lesser battery life, if you use the wifi and screen a lot; audio apps only, not so noticeable.
Battery on my 5g still good.
Do note that the iPt is much more slim and elegant.
 

Plutonius

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Hey everyone, apologies if this is in the wrong thread!

I am currently on a plan with a Samsung S7 phone and I really miss the IOS experience. I find that I enjoy apps, watching youtube and playing music on an apple device, so I was thinking of buying an ipod touch to use until my contract was completed. One of the reasons I'm hestiant in purchasing the ipod touch however is due the reviews of its poor battery life.

I was just wondering what everyone's experiences are with their ipod touch? I was thinking that I could purchase an iphone SE outright and use it as an ipod/secondary phone (there's a $194 difference), but I'm not sure if that would be too silly! I don't like tablets/iPads, so I would never intend on purchasing an iPad.

Any help would be appreciated!
Depends what you value more.

The SE gets better battery life but the Touch is slim and fits well in your pocket.

I prefer to carry the Touch 6 instead of the bulkier SE and the Touch 6 battery life is not an issue for me.

Apple has a pretty good return policy so you should be able to try out the Touch 6 to see if it meets your needs.
 

MobileArts

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Jun 24, 2017
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The iPod Touch makes a great PDA. I went from a Newton to a Palm Pilot to an iPod Touch when they first came out. It's an iPad in your pocket with the calendar, contacts, camera, and maps. FaceTime lets you make audio or video calls. There are VOIP apps, scanner apps. QR code readers. Email, web browsers. With wifi connections ubiquitous at home, work, stores, restaurants, going online is not difficult. For calls and text I use a cheap $30 dumbphone for $10/mo, save money and get an iPhonelike experience. The latest iPod Touch will be compatible with iOs 11 but I doubt the iPod line will continue. I am thinking of switching to an SE but will wait to see if it will be upgraded. I will buy one unlocked and use a Tracfone SIM card.
 

heyjoe23

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I had an iPod Touch 6th Gen, but sold it and bought an iPhone SE for the better battery and better camera. I have an iPhone 6S Plus, but it is too bulky to take to the gym. I love the smaller form factor with the SE for a music player and quick camera.
 
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MobileArts

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I have an iPod Touch 3rd Gen, an iPod Touch 6th Gen. an iPad Mini 2nd gen and a Tracfone. I don't need an iPhone and the expense. I refer to my iPod Touch as an iPad Nano. The battery life is OK. I go into Airplane Mode when I don't need an internet connection to extend the battery. I also don"t use iTunes for backup on my MacBook Pro. I prefer the app Remote•Drive for file transfer and backups. And airdrop for transfers of contacts an Photos. I think Apple will drop the iPod, The Mini, and iPhone SE soon so I' m not sure what I will get next. My wife has an iPad Air with an cellular connection. But I just don't need a 24/7 internet connection. I have a iPrint Printer which works with all my devices if I need to print. The SE is tempting and I can use it with a Tracfone SIM for cheap calls, text and data. And it should work for many years with iOS 11 which I want to try.
 
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nifta

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I had an ipod touch 3rd gen, 4th Gen (wahoo, retina screen and camera at last!) and 5th Gen (wahoo, a proper camera now!) but when it got ditched by apple for ios 10 I ummed and ahhed for months over either an ipt6 (hmm, that battery sounds sucky.. and I'm tired of continually hunting for WiFi) or an iPhone SE (hmm... that's a bit expensive isn't it?) and eventually abandoned the ios ecosystem and bought a Sony Z3 Compact (a decent spec, with a screen under 5“). I miss ios from time to time but my Z3 Compact does everything I wanted from the SE and was one heck of a lot cheaper.
 

MobileArts

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I am intrigued by Android OS and Chrome OS, Chromebooks for $150, and very inexpensive Smartphones. But I have over 200 iOS apps that let my Touch and iPads do everything my laptop does. VPN, FTP, VOIP, PDF, OCR, PDF, JPEG, MP3, MP4, News, Radio, FAX, QR, VR, Camera, flashlight, calculator,,comics, Netflix, HULU, Chromecast, a long list. I can use the Apple bluetooth keyboard. The Touch is a great PDA. It’s what the Newton wanted to be, I have no battery issues, with a 10 ft Lightning card I can use it while it charges, or I can charge it from my laptop. And no cellphone charges.
 

fadingxvampire

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Whoops, it's been a while since my original post, but I've decided to go with the iphone SE! The price has dropped recently(I assume because of the newer iPhone models coming out next month), and I can't think of a reason why I should purchase the Ipod Touch ove the iPhone, especially when there is a minimal price difference :)
 

Plutonius

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Whoops, it's been a while since my original post, but I've decided to go with the iphone SE! The price has dropped recently(I assume because of the newer iPhone models coming out next month), and I can't think of a reason why I should purchase the Ipod Touch ove the iPhone, especially when there is a minimal price difference :)
Maybe because of the form factor. I myself, don't want to feel like I'm carrying two cell phones :).
 

sracer

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Maybe because of the form factor. I myself, don't want to feel like I'm carrying two cell phones :).
Not form-factor, psychology. I have both a 6th gen iPod touch and an SE. They're the same with the SE being slightly thicker. I get it. It feels a bit odd to have older iPhones acting as iPods myself.
 

Traverse

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Maybe because of the form factor. I myself, don't want to feel like I'm carrying two cell phones :).
Not form-factor, psychology. I have both a 6th gen iPod touch and an SE. They're the same with the SE being slightly thicker. I get it. It feels a bit odd to have older iPhones acting as iPods myself.
I have an iPhone SE and planned on making that into an iPod touch after I purchased a new phone, but I went and used an actual iPod touch in the store. The feel is really different. It's noticeably thinner and much lighter. While I don't topically care about that, I want my music player to be a small and light as possible.

Also, maybe this isn't an issue with a prepaid phone, but you still have to have a sim to activate the device if you want to restore it I thought. I thought there were potential headaches with using an iPhone as an iPod.

Either way, the iPhone SE may have better battery, but since I use my iPod touch 95% for music, it lasts several days. I don't use it constantly, but I charge about once a week to twice a week. I'm happy with my purchase and like having an iPod and not a phone.
 

MobileArts

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Jun 24, 2017
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The iPod Touch makes a great PDA. I went from a Newton to a Palm Pilot to an iPod Touch when they first came out. It's an iPad nano with the calendar, contacts, camera, and maps. FaceTime lets you make audio or video calls. There are VOIP apps, scanner apps. QR code readers. Email, web browsers. With wifi connections ubiquitous at home, work, stores, restaurants, going online is not difficult. It can handle FTP, VPN, PDF. I do use it for music and videos and it works great with a Google Chromecast, Google Handouts, Google Play, YouTube, Netflix, Hulu. I use a cheap no contract cellphone for $10/ Month, get very few voice calls.
 

rui no onna

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Also, maybe this isn't an issue with a prepaid phone, but you still have to have a sim to activate the device if you want to restore it I thought.
You still do need a SIM card. Good thing is long as the SIM is from the correct network, it doesn't matter if the SIM itself has already been deactivated.