Ever since the release of Apple’s iPhone, many users, including myself, were dying to get their hands on an iPhone without the phone. Thankfully, through the iPod touch Apple, has delivered…sort of.
The iPod touch is thinner and lighter than the iPhone, but weight and thickness aren’t the only things that seem to be missing. Although iPod touch owners get the brilliant interface and amazing touch display, sadly several useful programs are missing. These include Maps, Stocks, Weather, Notes, and Mail. Also gone is the ability to add new calendar events, although this may be due to a software bug which will be fixed in a future update.
On the hardware side, Apple has decided to remove the very useful volume control buttons and the external speaker. One could argue that a speaker has no place on an iPod and it’s inclusion on the iPhone was strictly due to it’s speaker phone capabilities. However, the lack of the volume control buttons on the iPod touch makes no sense. iPod touch owners are now expected to remove their music player from their pocket, purse, or bag to simply turn the volume up and down. This seems like a step backward in the evolution of the iPod.
Being frustrated by the iPod touch’s lack of physical control buttons, I was willing to spend an additional $50 to purchase Apple’s iPod Radio Remote only to discover that it is not compatible with the iPod touch. The one iPod that desperately needs an external remote and it’s not compatible!
Three paragraphs of ranting about the missing features of the iPod touch might give you the impression that I’m unhappy with my purchase; not true. The iPod touch has many redeeming features as well. For example, the Wi-Fi capabilities remain intact allowing one to surf the web and watch you tube videos with ease. The Wi-Fi iTunes music store is also an incredible addition to the iPod’s abilities.
I also enjoy being able to use the touch-screen interface to scroll through my songs, albums, and playlists. Finding songs has never been easier. And now, with Cover Flow, I have the ability to visually sort through my album’s allowing me to re-discover music I forgot I had.