Rewritten after the headache I had went away
For an early Christmas Present my wonderful wife let me go shopping knowing what I intended to buy. I always research heavily before buying anything and I wanted the IPOD TOUCH 4th Generation with 64Gig memory.
I've never owned an Apple product before, but the more I searched the more I realized that it does almost everything you can do with a computer. I give this baby 5 stars without hesitation. Of course it is a wifi only product, but there are so many apps not needing the web, you will always keep busy.
The only complaint was NOT the Touch but I-tunes software and maneuvering around it - that has a learning curve, one once mastered, downloading anything from my computer is a breeze and people say where Apple gets you is in selling the apps. I have over 100 great apps and only spent $6.99 on a few more detailed programs.
Now, I have an extensive collection of movies, many I have not gotten to watch yet, so now I get t relax at lunch at work or late night until I fall asleep catching up with these shows.
I find the most fun stuff is free - hundreds and hundreds of video and audio Podcasts are free and shows like funny man Bill Burr (look him up) and get a good chuckle from a man who uses ever four letter word I've ever heard of, but surely entertains. I have a months worth of George Noory (Coast to Coast AM) podcasts to always listen to, I have the Bible Fully Dramatized with dozens of actors doing all the Biblical Characters, better than an audiobook and (speaking of which) a few dozen audiobooks. I'm on the road 2 hours a night checking boilers throughout our Military Facility and I wear noise reduction headphones and listen to all this material while doing my job.
The apps... oh the apps... WOW! I never knew how many there were and how great most of them are. I always go through the free stuff first the look at the fee based stuff. And yes, I have Angry Birds, Cut the Rope and I weed through all the other genre looking for the real gems.
I love VIP POKER a Texas Holdem game that is better looking that Ultimabet the game we play for over a year through Ventrilo chat. Literally it is nicer on the eyes than any of the PC online sites.
Best of all though are news feed updates, newspapers, sites like IMDB whos movie app is so easy to use, HBO and all other TV stations make their apps so easy to read with increasing font sizes, scrolling, etc. There is little need to zoom in and scroll all over the place, the apps make your device very page friendly.
To have my bank at my fingers is awesome, as are all the apps which are updated constantly. You may have seen the guy holding his I-phone device toward the night sky and as he moved it, it tilted along with its gyro, revealing planet, constellations, the space station, and Hubble - it is called Night sky. Literally you can watch where everything in the sky is at any time, see the shapes of the star patterns and the Greek gods and mythological creatures they are named for.
The gyro is VERY precise, you hardly need to tilt in racing games for it to turn the wheel. But of all feature I love is Shazam ,Sound-hound - programs that not only can identify all music, but also perfect sync the lyrics for a sing a long.
The others are barcode readers like Quick-scan, Red-lazer and Scan-life all read QR (square barcodes) as well as standard - the QR Codes offer a great deal of info,such as website, "In Case of Emergency" instructions: I keep a QR code in my wallet over my drivers license and if I'm ever I'm involved in a car accident of just pass-out or injured on the job - the QR code has my name, address, wife's numbers, Dr. contact info and a complete list of all meds I take and complete previous medical history. Anyone with the scan device will know great info to help them diagnose me and contact my wife and Dr. Also these not only scan products, but give you price of competitor supermarkets, etc., that are near you. Zillow the leader in house on the market for sale has a perfect app that quickly lets you find ones that are in the area you are looking for, but easily scroll through the photos of/in the house, along with taxes and mortgage payments, etc..
Remember. the TOUCH only has wifi not 3G connections "Meaning" you need to be bear an internet signal to access the browser, etc.. But when you scan things without internet, it creates a list to check out when you get near Internet hubs. Then when it comes to pricing, you have sometime dozens f options to choose from.
Sure, this can be a toy for a kid, or a learning device - I (once again) am trying to learn Spanish and there is a fun app for that which is free.
LASTLY... I have three apps which list hundreds of genre of music, talk radio, specialty programs - with in a few clicks you have dozens of (in my case) Conservative talk show hosts. I can record then to play, or go o the hundreds and hundreds of pod casts that load to the Touch. Best of all for me (and I could have gotten an off-brand-name) mp3 player for $19.99 but instead I got the most technically advanced device I have ever held in my hand.
I give the Ipod Touch 5 stars, there are just a handful of apps that are only designed for the IPAD or IPHONE, very few. The TOUCH is sooooo much more than I ever expected to have.
So... do you have an I-Phone. IPAD. TOUCH or other smart devices and do you make use of the feature and app?? Also what app is your favorite? I just added Skype to mine and it is nice to stretch out n bed and not be tethered to my mic which is only is the only device - the keyboard and mouse are wireless and used all over.
Enough already, I was just amazed and still am - it opens a whole new world to personal computing - classic example I video captured a 2 minute video, hit the send to Youtube button and minutes later it is only for all to see. Yes, we are all going to the poor-house buy we have fun toys to entertain us there.