ipod touch - worth buying for traveling?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by demarcopbl, Aug 18, 2012.

  1. demarcopbl macrumors member

    Apr 28, 2009
    morning MR, i have a trip coming up and I was thinking about picking up an ipod touch to use to pass the time while traveling. I know the new one is about to come out, but I dont think it will before I leave. So my question is, is it worth it to pick one up now? I saw some threads about crashing issues, but its main use will be music and video. As long as it handles both of those happily, I should be fine.
  2. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    iPods since the iPod Video have handled music and video happily...
  4. Owrenge macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2012
    Well it should. If you're gonna travel for the whole day and you only want to listen to some music, then the ipod will stand it. Dont know about videos though.
    Have a nice trip:D
  5. Gaelic2 macrumors 6502

    Aug 17, 2007
    Mountains of N. California
    I use mine for travel. Besides video and music, you can take photos and I like the app where I can convert currencies. I even load books to read and it all fits in your pocket. Buy the low end and if you really like it, buy the new one next month.
  6. smirk macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2002
    Orange County, CA
    I traveled through Europe for a few weeks and used my Touch for email, browsing, and passing time on the train. We also installed Skype and used it as a phone to book our next night's stay.

    I'm glad I brought it, but it was very frustrating trying to find wifi signals to get a connection long enough to bring up a map. Don't expect to use it for that, unless you can pre-download a map. And even then, the screen is so small that that became a little frustrating. Paper is much easier to read when you're outside in the sun. :)
  7. demarcopbl thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 28, 2009
    @ all

    thank you all for your replies and advice. Much appreciated.
  8. nickn macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2011
    At this point, I see zero reason for anyone to by an iPod Touch. At $200, the Google Nexus 7 is better in every single way. It has a quad core vs single in the iPod, a longer lasting battery, a far better GPU, more RAM, a high res and larger screen, and a far better camera, amongst many things. Skype can be used for video calls, and the built in GPS is useful for navigating in foregin areas. Additionally, unlike the iPod, Android devices can pre-download Google Maps for offline use, so the above post wouldn't apply. The Nexus is also very light, and at 7 in. will fit pretty much anywhere, including medium sized purses.
  9. sracer macrumors 604


    Apr 9, 2010
    There is so much more to a device than raw technical specs. You must be quite the chick magnet with your GNex7 strapped to your arm while running at the treadmill at the local gym. :D

    I have a large variety of gadgets, but I took my iPod Touch 4G 64GB with me as my main computing device on a trip to Romania. It was a terrific traveling companion. Insane battery life, very slim and pocketable, and although the camera is low-res, I was able to pull out the Touch, turn it on, and snap a photo for those unexpected moments that would've otherwise been lost with another device.

    With 64GB, I had plenty of space for apps, music, videos (more than enough for the 28 hours flight time roundtrip), ebooks, and space to capture video and photos. Inexpensive AA-battery extenders helped charge it when I was off the grid in the Transylvanian Alps. It might not be the highest-tech device I own, but it has certainly served me well.
  10. nickn macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2011
    Why would I be on a treadmill at a gym while on vacation? Vacations are intended to be fun lol. Anyways, I took my iPod on a trip to near by MK, and was pretty disappointed with it as usual. Of course I brought something else along to use for real work, but that didn't have a camera I wanted for Skype. I don't know about you all, but my iPod 4G has absolutely dismal battery life, meaning I couldn't video chat for more than around 1 hour on a full charge. I purchased and heavily used a 1st gen iPod touch back in 2007, and it even has better battery life on the original battery then my new 4G unit.... The lack of maps and GPS was certainly disappointing, and the small screen meant my eyes were hurting after 45 minutes of videos. Again, for travel, the iPod is next to useless. Go with something else... With the Nexus, at least it will serve a purpose after the trip, as lets be honest, do you really want to be on a 3.5 in. screen if you don't absolutely have to? As you said, go beyond the technical specs. Would you really rather use a tiny iPod over a 7in tablet?

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