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3.0 out of 5 stars Ipod Touch 32GB 3rd Gen review, September 28, 2009
This review is from: Apple iPod touch 32 GB 3rd Generation (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
In anticipation of the eventual death of my Olympus M:Robe mp3 player, I purchased the Ipod Touch (3rd gen) yesterday. So far I have found things that I really like about this device and things that I dislike about this device.

What I like: beautiful design; lightweight; relatively easy to set up and use even if, like me, you have never owned an ipod before; energy efficient; nice graphics; passcode lock capability

What I don't like: I wish that I could multitask ie- have a Safari window open and jet over to another application with the flick of a finger and come back to Safari without having to relaunch Safari. Voice control is not all it's cracked up to be. You can't just say a command into the mic. You must push on the headphone remote or hold down the HOME button, wait for Voice Control to pop up and then say your command. The headphone remote is quite useful, but I see no need for Voice Control if you constantly need to push buttons anyway to activate it. While I have only used my Ipod Touch at home so far I have found it difficult to keep a steady wifi signal. I am running my iPod Touch beside my MacBook and my iPod Touch cannot pick up the signal. Finally, Apple offers you the choice of a number of great Backgrounds but you can't actually use them the way you think you should be able to. Sure you can select the "Wallpaper" you would like, but it will not appear on your Home Screen. Instead it will appear only on the "Unlock" page which you will encounter every time you need to unlock the device

Overall I think that this is a beautiful device and I would probably recommend this product to a friend... with a few words of caution about the aforementioned things that I don't particularly like about the Touch at the moment
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Initial post: Oct 1, 2009 7:19:20 PM PDT
D. Poarch says:
You might think about keeping your iPod about 8-10" away from your laptop to prevent interference between the two radios. Also, keep in mind that your wireless hub may struggle maintaining two different frequencies between your iPod's signal and your MacBook signal. I don't know the particulars of your setup, and wont bore you with details that you Google should you choose, but you might think about making your next wireless hub one that has two radios, one for 802.11b/g (iPods) and another for 802.11n (MacBook/Pro). Just some thoughts to improve your experience...

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 2, 2009 10:57:17 AM PDT
JeramyEdison says:
Thank you for the comment and the advice. I will give it a try.

Posted on Oct 6, 2009 2:30:35 PM PDT
Tara Summers says:
the lack of customization is why people jailbreak them, maybe you'd be happier with a 2nd gen that can be jailbroken.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2009 5:34:40 PM PDT
JeramyEdison says:
I've heard about "Jailbreaking" but I am still not sure what that would do to my warranty. Also, I am not certain how much technical knowledge I would need to be able to Jailbreak this device. Is it fairly simple to do?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2009 5:46:23 PM PDT
Joel Shapiro says:
I wouldn't put much weight in that suggestion about wifi. put two laptops side by side and you'll see that one doesn't hurt the other's signal and that your router doesn't have issues holding connections on both of them. portable devices are notorious for worse signal simply due to space and power constraints, just a problem with small wifi-laden devices, not your unit.

Posted on Oct 12, 2009 7:28:46 AM PDT
hmar says:
I agree with the WiFi observation. My Macbook can pick up signals that the itouch cannot. The WiFi was one of the reasons why I chose the itouch over the Nano (the other was the control - I hate that little circle thing) so I am a bit disappointed in that respect.

Posted on Oct 12, 2009 7:31:59 AM PDT
G. Miniutti says:
I've owned a 1st generation itouch since the first day they were available, i never had any problem until just before the two year mark .... the mutlipin connector is loose and only works positionally. I attempted to make use of my 'apple care extended agreement' only to be accused of 'abuse'. The device has been protected in a case and film since the day it was purchased. the only part exposed to any elements is the pin connector ..which is the way it is designed. I was told there is 'corrosion' ... mmm two year old 24/7 exposed to the element connector .. I've never dropped it in water or used it in any manner other than one would expect to use an I pod touch ... letters and phone call later, Apple wont hold up its end of the protection agreement When this one fails completely i'll buy ANYTHING else. I've bitten a rotten apple.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 12, 2009 6:16:12 PM PDT
JeramyEdison says:
Sorry to hear about your bad experience with AppleCare. I have AppleCare for another product and had contemplated extending my warranty for my iPod touch as well. I've only had to deal with Apple a few times. By phone the experience was productive but emailing has been terribly frustrating due to the generic replies they sometimes send in response to specific questions/issues. Thanks for commenting

Posted on Nov 13, 2009 4:53:24 AM PST
I just ordered my first IPod. At 85 years and not moving enough, I'm hoping my new IPod will
be an inspiration to listen and walk and improve my walking ability before "old
rockin' chair" gets me for good. Any words of coaching to help me?
RoseJean Goddard Ojai CA

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2009 6:18:41 PM PST
JeramyEdison says:
There is a Nike feature on the Ipod touch which acts as a pedometer and allows you to customize the music you'd like to listen to while you walk. Check out that feature when your Ipod Touch arrives. Also, there are plenty of free fitness oriented applications which you add to your Ipod Touch
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