why i'm returning my touch...any additional comments?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by recentgrad, Sep 21, 2007.

  1. recentgrad macrumors member

    May 25, 2006
    my thoughts on using the touch after 1 week:

    1. the wifi isn't as useful as it seems.

    the internet only works at a satisfactory speed when you have a full-strength signal. at least in my case, if there's full signal wifi, then there's also a public comp really close by on my college campus. at work, there are pcs there anyways.

    2. can't send messages on gmail.

    the browser either turns black, or i can't even get the keyboard to pop up on the text box (the exceptions are the address and subject line). i could probably send messages on gmail in standard html format, but what's the point of having "the true internet" in my pocket then? this is where mail.app is so crucial.

    3. no physical buttons

    i didn't think this would be a big deal, especially with the double-click home trick... but it really is a pain to have to take out your ipod and actually look at the screen each time you have to change the volume or skip a song that you aren't in the mood for. i thought that was a frivolous comment b4 i bought my touch, but it's definitely something to consider...

    4. wifi + video + mid brightness = severe battery drain (low-side of 2-3 hrs)

    this isn't really apple's fault, just a nature of how much slower our battery technology has advanced compared to computing power. some people say, "well...if you turn off wifi or turn down screen brightness or what not, then you'll get better battery life," but what's the point of paying soo much money for a touch then? just to watch the covers scroll by? (which is still super cool i must admit, just not 400 bucks worth of cool)

    5. the "incomplete" feeling

    this may sound superficial, but it took away from my experience knowing that this was a severely crippled version of the iphone. with my poor wifi experience, i can definitely see the benefits of paying $20/month for edge that is always on (at least in my area), and having a dedicated mail app. not to mention no calendar input....

    If you want any productivity at all, get the iphone (how many times has this been said!). If you want an extremely attractive ipod that has internet only around strong wifi signals, get the touch.

    Anyway, this was just for those deciding b/w iphone and touch. i'm returning mine tomorrow for an 80G classic, and I'll buy an iphone after macworld when my current contract runs out.
  2. shadowmoses macrumors 68000


    Mar 6, 2005
    some very good points there. I can see why your returning it, personally I feel the touch needs a little time to develop.....
  3. wizzracer macrumors 6502


    Sep 17, 2007
    Dallas, Texas
    Lets see current cell phone bill $50.00 a month.

    Friends iPhone bill $132.00 a month for the next Two years.

    IPT bill for internet Zero!
  4. GrimmGreen macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2007
    you're counting this as a reason not to keep it , even though it's called the IPOD TOUCH!? and you knew full well going in that there were no physical buttons?

    that's like saying you're returning it because it wont hold 20 gigs worth of music
  5. jaypee68 macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2007
    How in the hell is your friend's iPhone bill $132 a month? at $59.99/month for the lowest tier iPhone plan + approximately 18% on top of that for fees and such that comes to about $70.79/month. What plan does he have? Even if he had the $99.99/month plan it only comes out to something like $117/month.
  6. recentgrad thread starter macrumors member

    May 25, 2006

    $132/month?! What plan is your friend on?! I'm assuming that was the cost for the 1st month (with fees and what not)

    About the touch having no internet fees...that was my reason for buying the touch in the 1st place! the touch was going to be the perfect ipod on a wifi college campus! but like what i said earlier, the signal has to be really strong in order for the touch to load at acceptable speeds, and whenever i'm in a strong wifi zone, there's a public pc/mac close by.


    Yup, everything you said is exactly true. I knew there were no physical buttons b4 i got it, i knew it was called the ipod TOUCH, and yet the lack of physical buttons was more of a negative than even what i could handle.

    I knew full well what to expect, I just didn't think it would be as big of a deal as i thought it'd be...what's wrong with that?
  7. wizzracer macrumors 6502


    Sep 17, 2007
    Dallas, Texas

    Yea, he thought the samething till his first bill came in. I had my hand dial 911 cause I thought for sure a stroke was coming.
  8. iCantwait macrumors 65816


    Sep 3, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    u could just use it for the fact it has a full screen. after all it is an iPod not an iPhone, a FULL SCREEN iPod just happens to be pimped big time
  9. jaypee68 macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2007
    So which plan does he have? And was that his first months bill? If it WAS his first month's bill, then that is understandable since there are leftover charges from activation and such that you don't pay up front when you buy a phone.
  10. kjk437 macrumors newbie

    Sep 21, 2007
    He is more innately familiar with the normal iPod interface than he initially realized, and this led to unexpected concerns when he got the unit. It doesn't make the touch interface good or bad, it's just different for him, different enough to make him reconsider his purchase. Some love it, some don't. To each his own.
  11. colto macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2007
    GMail works fine on the touch. Just hit the rich formatting button and it will allow you to type. No big deal at all.

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