why an ipod touch instead of iphone?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by wannabe07, Jan 10, 2008.

  1. wannabe07 macrumors member

    Jan 10, 2008
    Portland, Oregon
    Hi everyone,

    I've been lurking for a little while now, but this is my first post. I'm DYING to get my hands on an iPod Touch and I'm trying to gather as much information as possible before I plunk down $400. For those of you who chose to get the iPod Touch (as opposed to those who got them as gifts or whatever), why did you choose the Touch instead of an iPhone? Was it mostly a matter of not wanting AT&T involved in your purchase, or was there more to it?

    Personally, if the iPhone came unlocked and with a 30+ gig hard drive, I'd buy it on the spot. I like the Touch a lot, but the convenience of having all those functions, plus a phone, all in one, is pretty tempting. Anyway, I'd love to hear your thoughts. Thanks in advance! :)

    PS - I tried searching to see if this had already been asked, but didn't find much. Let me know if I missed something.
  2. Krafty macrumors 601


    Dec 31, 2007
    La La Land
    Well, IMO, I choose the iPod Touch cause I dont need another phone. Yes, iPhone would be nice, but since I have Verizon that would mean I would have to buy an unlocked phone over eBay (good luck getting one for even around retail price). So if you wanted an iPhone and not AT&T, its still possible but could be more cost worthy.

    Also, I've used the iPhone and I barely talk, I mostly text. And typing on the iPhone was kinda frustrating. Since the phone I have (LG enV) has a QWERTY keyboard, I perfer that over the iphone. I would be damned if Apple were to do that.
  3. rascal2u macrumors member

    Jan 10, 2008
    Portland, Maine
    What Feinman Would Say

    Damn...so glad i live off the grid w/my ipt!

    No fear of russian bots scraping my personal data...
    No 2 year contracts with cyberdyne...
    No friends texting CN U + 50 mE? NO $ :((


    " I will not be pushed...stamped...ordered...or numbered. My Life Is My Own."
  4. -Dark Angel- macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2007
    Because I like Sprint Price plans, especially with SERO, can't be beaten with ATT expensive prices ;_;
  5. Krafty macrumors 601


    Dec 31, 2007
    La La Land
    LMAO, " CN U + 50 Me? No $"
  6. sellitman macrumors regular


    Feb 25, 2007
    I had the same question as you and opted for the iPhone. I am very glad I did.

    I had a Dell Axim 30X, a cell phone and a iPod. My iPod died and I had to replace it. Even though it was 30 Gigs and I loved having all my music on it I narrowed down the allbums to those I really listen too and haven't missed the extra storage yet.

    Getting internet all the time as opposed to only when there is WiFi was key too. Even though without WiFi it is slow it still is great when I need it.

    Good luck.
  7. hierobryan macrumors 6502a

    Jan 4, 2008
    i agree.

    reasons i stuck with the touch:

    -i still have months to go on my t-mobile blackberry plan.
    -i didn't want to risk not being able to use the iphone if i tried to unlock it for use with t-mobile.
    -8GB is just not enough. 16GB is perfect - not so big that i'm sitting there for 5 minutes trying to figure out what to listen to (like i was with my 3rd gen 40GB ipod)...and not too small where i have to keep exchanging music with itunes.
    -i listen to too much music. i can't have all that music playing sucking away at my phone's battery.
    -it's kinda nice having the blackberry OS to play with as well as the touch.
  8. Krafty macrumors 601


    Dec 31, 2007
    La La Land
    Same. I have a 3 month 80GB classic to back all my music.
  9. Dale Sorel macrumors 6502a

    Dale Sorel

    Jan 12, 2003
    Because, unlike it seems a lot of people, I have zero use for a cell phone.
  10. nirvana06 macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2006
    I got iPod Touch instead of iPhone because:

    -- Because i would have to get it unlocked and always worry that one day it wont work.
    -- Only 2 mpx cam and no 3G. Did not want to invest in that , since i had 2mpx phone for almost two years now. Would like to have a phone with a better cam.
    -- I was saving myself money on the data prices, i know I would use a lot and when wifi is not available. Data prices where i live are very high.
    -- I don't want to have phone/mp3 player in one. Would always worry about the battery life, since i use my touch A LOT. I'd rather have a phone/camera in one. Thats why i'm looking phones with 5.0mpx cam or better.

    Im so happy with my touch but if you live in the States and it does not cost you anything (like getting out of your plan now) to sign a contract with AT&T and get nice plan, go for the ipone. If the fact that there is no 3G and only 2mpx cam does not bother you.
  11. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    I got the iPod Touch instead of the iPhone because I am stuck on Verizon, so the iPhone wasn't a real option for me.
  12. EnTg888 macrumors member

    Sep 15, 2007
    Mostly for me it was the fact that the iPhone made it very easy to incur accidental data charges, and had to be hacked just to use it (without buying an iPhone plan, at least). That, and the weird headphone jack which makes it a bit inconvenient to use as an iPod.
    But, really, if you're willing to hack it, I'd go with the iPhone... because it comes with not only a camera and bluetooth, but a power adapter (another $30 for the iPod) and a dock. And half of the apps on installer don't work right on a Touch :mad:)
  13. bandofbrothers macrumors 601


    Oct 14, 2007
    The ipod touch came out in the Uk before the i Phone and I was looking at that time to upgrade my current mp3 player.

    I was already in a yearly contract anyway with an up to date handset.

    I was not prepared to be locked into an 18month contract with a Uk network 02 as they are the only network that you can legally have the phone on !

    Way too many bugs need to be ironed out with the i phone at present.

    But who knows whats round the corner...lol
  14. Heather1 macrumors regular


    Jan 13, 2008
    I'm always wondering the same question of " whether to get the touch or the iphone" (still wondering though, damn!). An ipod touch is pretty much an iphone minus the phone, the price is the same, so why the touch ?!! You can even use the iphone like the itouch with some cool functions like camera, speaker... And hell the iphone looks a lot prettier than the itouch (i hate the ipods' plain silver back).

    But, you can find the touch on craigslist for only $250 (sealed in box), sometime $200 while the iphone is hella expensive, even used ($400). And, iphones are more regconizable as a phone, which means they'll be old fashion soon since other phone companies are making better phones similar to the iphone. Ipods are different story though.
  15. Darkjenso macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2007
    Well, as it happens, i was planning on getting an iPhone, but i'm in the UK where the iPod touch came out before the iPhone.

    I'm an Apple Adict and i just couldn't resist lol

    just so you know i havent got a iPhone yet, reasons beng i have no monies right now, i just spent £1700+ on a new iMac and macbook and i'm not out of a job lol, give me time ^^;

    although i may just wait till the next version of iPhone comes out
  16. dagored macrumors 65816

    Sep 18, 2007
    One important point you are forgetting. The $70 a month you give AT&T to have the iphone.
  17. Bowlerguy10 macrumors 6502

    Sep 23, 2007
    At my computer
    I don't need nore want a Cell Phone. I already have a basic one that gets the job done. Plus I jailbroke the touch anyway and got all of the apps that the iphone has and more.
  18. JML42691 macrumors 68020


    Oct 24, 2007
    It all depends on your needs, with an iPhone you have to go through the whole contract thing and if you already have a phone with decent service, then stick with the touch.
  19. Cloudane macrumors 68000


    Aug 6, 2007
    Sweet Apple Acres
    I got one because of the 16GB capacity and I still had most of my phone contract left.

    If Apple come out with a 16GB iPhone tomorrow however, I will probably end up getting that, selling the Touch and swallowing up a small early termination fee on my existing phone.
  20. carlosgp macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2008
    I use my iPod Touch connected to a portable amplifier through the dock line out and some high quality IEMs. If you do that with the iPhone you hear a horrible interference. You must disconnect the phone to use the dock line out to avoid the noise, and therefore, why to use an iPhone?
  21. Hello.there macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2007
    I must say I've no desire to own an iPhone, I've long since given up buying phones with multiple functions because there are too many things that can break down (I speak from bitter experience). Also, I owned a Nokia phone of a similar shape many years ago and ended up hating it, it just didn't feel like a phone and I never liked using it. One of the most popular phones at the moment is the Nokia 6230i (or similar models) because there was such a demand for an old-fashioned reliable phone with few gimmicks - that's the one I now use and it's perfect.

    As for the iPod Touch - well, I've said before on this forum that I think it's spectacularly brilliant. I just can't get over the quality of the screen, particularly for video playback and photo-viewing. I watched three old episodes of Lost on it last night :)o) and it was fantastic, no eye strain or anything afterwards (but the lack of sleep was a problem).

    I was on a three-hour train journey recently and the Touch made it feel like five minutes - music, videos (TV/Movies), infuriating games (jailbroken, of course), etc, etc.

    My only difficulty with the Touch has been with the wifi, but that's probably because I don't know enough about the settings to get a better connection. The battery life is also a bit disappointing (ie when you're using wifi, playing videos, etc) but I've bought one of those battery-run chargers so that gives me an extra couple of hours.

    That's my tuppence worth!
  22. MrMoore macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2006
    Arlington Heights,IL

    Probably for the same reason, other have responded

    1) I am in the middle of a two year contract with Verizon
    2) I "barely" use the cell phone as of now. I don't have big conversations on the phone, don't text, don't surf. I used primarily as an emergency device or for friends to locate me.
    3) I wanted 16GB for music and videos
    4) AT&T is crapola. (based on past experiences with Cingular)

    I’m happy with my Motorola Razr. I never consider the iPhone. I’d said I by one if it was only an iPod and when it came out, that is what I did.
  23. stockcerts macrumors 65816

    Jun 29, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
    I am also considering an ITouch to replace my older Nano. I do some travel, so the ability to watch TV shows and movies would be nice. Most hotels have wifi and it will be nice to check e-mails and check in for flights.

    My company pays my cell bill, so I really don't want to own a monthly payment to AT&T. Someone else mentioned that the IPhone doesn't feel comfortable as a phone, as far as the shape of the actual hardware....based on what I've seen, I would have to agree.
  24. Heather1 macrumors regular


    Jan 13, 2008

    Not if you hack it ! ;)
  25. joeliethegoalie macrumors member

    Nov 7, 2007
    Touch over Phone b/c I need the ability to rock and talk at the same time!:cool:

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