The dark side beckons

Posted: April 3, 2009 in Uncategorized

Right. Enough about this political stuff, let’s talk about what’s really important in life: technology! And, more specifically, mobile technology. As I mentioned a little while back, a competition I entered had an Apple iPhone and several iPods on offer as prizes. I didn’t snare the iPhone but was quite pleased at the prospect of an iPod (probably a Shuffle) to add to my collection. Much to my delight, the iPod turned out to be not a Shuffle but a Touch, and a 32GB model at that! Basically, it’s an iPhone without the phone module.


Oh my word, this is a sleek little device. The box came with the unit itself, a USB cable for charging and synchronising with iTunes, a cleaning cloth (that large screen is a real fingerprint magnet) and the standard Apple earphones – which were promptly put in a box for backup purposes only. A decent set of headphones is the best investment you can make in your portable media players and Apple’s set doesn’t really qualify.

 I’ll write up more in depth thoughts after using it for a couple of weeks, but first impressions are certainly great. You can say all you want, as I have, that Apple has perfected the looks of the device and user interface but you don’t really appreciate how true that is until you actually get to play with one of these. Not only does it work beautifully from a hardware perspective (that capacitive touchscreen is great) but it just…looks…so…good. I love the fact that I’ll be able to use wifi to access the web and that I’ll be able to install most iPhone applications on the device; already the Facebook application is miles ahead of anything on Widows Mobile and I look forward to seeing what else is available.

So the dark side beckons as the evil empire of the fruit extends its tentacles a little further. I kind of know already that there are aspects that will leave me very frustrated, but the user experience is so seductive that at this point I don’t really care. Like the beautiful blond you know is trouble but you can’t help pursuing anyway. The only problem at this point? Yes, it really makes me want to get an iPhone…

  1. Manfred says:

    The iPod Touch is one of the most useful gadgets I’ve ever owned to be able to gain access to Internet content, etc. You’ll want a US-based iTunes account to get to the fantastic application store to really use the device. Shout if you need help with that… I have even switched to downloading podcasts over the wifi network directly to the Touch, and use it to follow RSS feeds and Twitter, amongst many other things.

    Congratulations on moving yet another step closer to the orchard 😉

  2. veethree says:

    Thanks – this is a journey I’m really looking forward to. I am going to need help with that account, though…

  3. veethree says:

    Thanks – this is proving to be huge fun!

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