iPod touch Using the iPod Touch as a Main Device.

CodyAlex

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Dec 14, 2013
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Hi everyone. Back in July, I bought the fifth generation iPod Touch, which was my main daily driver in addition to my cheap Samsung Galaxy Ace, which was used purely as a mifi. In September, my Dad gave me his iPhone 4 as he bought the Samsung Galaxy S4. I was using both my iPhone and my iPod touch, and people would give me weird looks at school. Recently, I've ditched my iPhone 4 for my iPod Touch, because my iPhone clearly wasn't running fast enough. Instead of shelling out for a mifi, I used my old android phone with a data tethering sim and my iPod Touch, with an app called pinger for my 'texting'.

I want to know if you think that I've made the right decision, because I'm missing my iPhone 4 just a bit:confused: but it's too slow. I might switch to my iPhone 4 for my main things and my Android Tablet for my heavy duty things. What do you think?
 

mwebb

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Jan 18, 2011
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Sounds workable ....

I use a low-spec phone (Lumia 520 overseas) to power a better-spec tablet all the time - but I still use the phone for calls and i.m. (actually WhatsApp, Viber, Line). For calls home I use Skype or GrooveIP or Talkatone (the second two need a Google Voice account). (This only works because there are no hot spot prohibitions on my overseas data plan.)
 

Altemose

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I second the idea of using Talkatone. It is $10 to ditch ads permanently, and it links with Google Voice. You can have Talkatone running on both, and the voice quality is decent even on marginal connections. If you use Talkatone on your iPod, it will be the closest thing to a real phone as possible. The iPhone 4 definitely is getting bogged down with iOS 7, but the 7.1 beta is very promising and seems to improve performance over 7.0.4.
 

TacticalDesire

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I'd have the iPhone 4 on a plan for texting and calling because I need to be contacted anywhere and can't rely solely on wifi. Then I'd keep the touch in a bag, car, home etc that I can use when I have wifi. But that's what I'd do
 

mccjim12

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Sep 23, 2012
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I find that I use my iPod touch 3G a lot for web browsing despite owning an iPhone 4, iPad Air and less importantly an ancient PowerBook G4.

I love it because it is so light and easy to hold and the battery lasts forever. It's a 32GB model and that's more than enough to hold my music and the few apps I use. My iPhone 4 is only an 8 GB so it's very common for me to carry both devices around.

But my advice is if you can make it work with just the iPod Touch, go for it.
 

wordoflife

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Have you considered selling all of your devices and buying a faster iPhone?

Anyway, like someone else said, if it works for you that is all that matters. Personally I wouldn't want my calling number and texting number to be different, so I wouldn't have done what you did. But yeah, this is seriously one of those things where if it works for you, that's all that matters.
 

Altemose

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If you setup your GV number you can have it go to any number. For instance if you have number 1-123-456-7891, then everyone whom needs to contact you will get that number. Then you can setup a real phone on any cheapo carrier and get number 1-321-654-1987. You can configure calls from everyone to go there or just specific groups, and use Talkatone on the iPod to do the rest.
 

itsmeorthedog

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My iPod Touch 5 is my main device, as it's the only "idevice" i have.

The Touch is a cracking device and in some cases does a better job at things than my Nexus 7.
 

mrjohny

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Dec 26, 2013
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If you are ok bringing two devices, phone and mifi, no problem. If you fin more practical bringing only one device, the iPhone is good.
Sometimes can be annoying, handle two devices, if you are listening music in a device and suddenlly someone calls you the other device.
 

spyguy10709

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Hi everyone. Back in July, I bought the fifth generation iPod Touch, which was my main daily driver in addition to my cheap Samsung Galaxy Ace, which was used purely as a mifi. In September, my Dad gave me his iPhone 4 as he bought the Samsung Galaxy S4. I was using both my iPhone and my iPod touch, and people would give me weird looks at school. Recently, I've ditched my iPhone 4 for my iPod Touch, because my iPhone clearly wasn't running fast enough. Instead of shelling out for a mifi, I used my old android phone with a data tethering sim and my iPod Touch, with an app called pinger for my 'texting'.

I want to know if you think that I've made the right decision, because I'm missing my iPhone 4 just a bit:confused: but it's too slow. I might switch to my iPhone 4 for my main things and my Android Tablet for my heavy duty things. What do you think?
I'd say sell both the iPhone 4 and iPod touch on amazon. And buy a used iPhone 5 or something. That's what I'd do...
 

Altemose

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That is a great idea of selling it off to get an iPhone 5. Why not use AT&T goPhone for the iPhone 4 with a basic phone number and service (10 Cent Plan) and hook it to Google Voice. Then you can use your iPod touch on WiFi, but if someone important calls and is programmed into the groups on Google Voice, their call will be directed to the iPhone 4.
 

CodyAlex

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Dec 14, 2013
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I would use google voice, but the problem is, I live in the United Kingdom. That's why I use another service called Pinger. However, I am going to start using y iPhone 4 with my iPod Touch 5. The problem is, taking my iPhone out to reply to a message but then putting it back and taking out my iPod to play a game may look weird to some people.

I would use a Windows 8 phone, but there isn't enough app support at the moment. Planning to save up for a 5S, or the iPhone 6 if I don't save up enough by July-August. My dad's offering to help buy the 5C, granted 50-50, but not sure now.
 

Techwriter

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Apr 1, 2010
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"taking out my iPod to play a game may look weird to some people."
Don't worry what other people will think. If you prefer carrying an iPhone 4 and an iPod Touch 5 now and it works best for you, do it. I carry both an iPhone 5 and an iPod Touch 5. I don't consider what other people think about it; it works for me!

Later, when you have the cash to upgrade, go for it.
 

The Doctor11

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I have an iPhone 4. It's slow but I'll take it over any non apple phone every day of every year. And you get dirty looks for using a iPhone and an iPod ha imagine the looks you get at school wearing an apple employee shirt and fighting with your friends using android phones.
 

rdy0329

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Funnily

I have a friend with the same set up. She uses the iPhone 4 for calls and regular SMS while using the iPod touch for social networking, photos, and iMessage (and chat apps)

She has an inexpensive plan on her iPhone 4 so I guess that plays an important role in maintaining two devices. It's really up to you, you know.
 

CodyAlex

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Dec 14, 2013
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I have a friend with the same set up. She uses the iPhone 4 for calls and regular SMS while using the iPod touch for social networking, photos, and iMessage (and chat apps)

She has an inexpensive plan on her iPhone 4 so I guess that plays an important role in maintaining two devices. It's really up to you, you know.
I used to do that, but I just feel that I'm not using the iPhone much, so I switch to my iPhone, but then feel that I don't use the iPod much, so switch back to my iPod.

I'm a teen, so it is kinda weird when people stare at you when you take your phone out and put your iPod back in your pocket. I'm just hoping for 7.1 to come out as a public release soon so that it will speed up my phone a bit more.
 

The Doctor11

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I used to do that, but I just feel that I'm not using the iPhone much, so I switch to my iPhone, but then feel that I don't use the iPod much, so switch back to my iPod.

I'm a teen, so it is kinda weird when people stare at you when you take your phone out and put your iPod back in your pocket. I'm just hoping for 7.1 to come out as a public release soon so that it will speed up my phone a bit more.
People see you with your phone and iPod is weird to you?
 

rdy0329

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I used to do that, but I just feel that I'm not using the iPhone much, so I switch to my iPhone, but then feel that I don't use the iPod much, so switch back to my iPod.

I'm a teen, so it is kinda weird when people stare at you when you take your phone out and put your iPod back in your pocket. I'm just hoping for 7.1 to come out as a public release soon so that it will speed up my phone a bit more.
You'll get used to it. Just ignore your thoughts of what people might think about you.
 
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