Just Wondering - iPod Touch vs. Clamshell iBook

crazyrog17

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Jan 13, 2009
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I understand they're totally different processors and hardware in general, but how does a current iPod Touch compare to my ten year old Clamshell iBook G3?

I mean, it shouldn't be hard to beat the 366MHz or 8MB of SDRAM for VRAM... I mean, PC100 memory! WHOAH!


So, I'm just wondering if an iPod Touch beats my Clamshell, by any means.
 

Davy.Shalom

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Dec 23, 2008
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I understand they're totally different processors and hardware in general, but how does a current iPod Touch compare to my ten year old Clamshell iBook G3?

I mean, it shouldn't be hard to beat the 366MHz or 8MB of SDRAM for VRAM... I mean, PC100 memory! WHOAH!


So, I'm just wondering if an iPod Touch beats my Clamshell, by any means.
Haha yes, I think an iPod touch would be
 

drewdle

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Apr 26, 2010
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I own both devices, so I'll give you the skinny.

I don't like the Touch. I'm not sure what it is, but the more I use it, the more I see it as a step backwards from what a full laptop can do. Granted, that's not what it's meant for, but all the same, why carry two full-blown computers when one is all you need? I've been pairing the iBook with either my first or third generation Nano, and it's been a pretty good on-the-go setup.

It depends on what you want to do with the machine. I'm still of the opinion that if I'm going to take a computer with me, it needs to be able to be an email reader, web browser, word processor, iPod, instant messenger, photo repository, and a bed for running applications. Some of these things are difficult nigh impossible on the Touch, and even on an iPad.

That being said, if you want acceptable battery life or access to online video, the Touch is a much smaller, cheaper option than upgrading a 10 year old laptop. I've loaded my Clamshell to the gills (and it will be getting a new high-cap battery for school), but I've done so because I'm willing to live with it's limitations because I love it's aesthetic and it does all I need.

In a nutshell, yes, a Touch is more powerful. I think the jury is still out on "more usable", however.
 

PhelpsiPhan

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Dec 31, 2009
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Yeah it really depends what you will be using it for....

The iPod touch will be much better for games and Youtube and even internet.

But the iBook Clamshell will be a whole lot better if you are doing schoolwork or pretty much anything else.
 

crazyrog17

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Jan 13, 2009
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Well I've done everything shy of overclocking the thing. Max RAM, upgraded HDD, new battery and put in a 1024x768 screen from an iBook G4.

When I use it, I desperately miss my multitouch trackpad. Even if it just had multitouch scrolling!

I have SideTrack for scrolling and all, but it's far from perfect.

Anywho, I think it'd be awesome if someone made a replacement logic board with cheap guts of even a netbook that I could hackintosh.
 

mrsir2009

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Well I've done everything shy of overclocking the thing. Max RAM, upgraded HDD, new battery and put in a 1024x768 screen from an iBook G4.

When I use it, I desperately miss my multitouch trackpad. Even if it just had multitouch scrolling!

I have SideTrack for scrolling and all, but it's far from perfect.

Anywho, I think it'd be awesome if someone made a replacement logic board with cheap guts of even a netbook that I could hackintosh.
Or you could just buy a decent PC laptop or netbook and hackintosh it. But you still won't have multitouch scrolling :(
 
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