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iPod touch...a smarter choice than an iPhone...for me.,
This review is from: Apple iPod touch 32GB White (5th Generation) NEWEST MODEL (Electronics)Lets face it...the iPhone gets the best tech, it's a better device, has faster and better specs on components...it's a leader in the world of smartphones and has to have that gear to keep it at the top.
My question was; do i need to spend almost 3,000 dollars for an iPhone and the two year contract required? in my case the honest answer was No...even though i wanted to justify the iPhone for myself.
I drive, i don't have the luxury of mass transit, so my travel time is spent focussed on driving and not surfing the internet. When i'm not at home or work i am too busy to surf the internet wirelessly. At home and at work i have free access to WiFi, coffee shops, restaurants, book stores, and most other places i spend time offer free WiFi...so i honestly don't need 4G services...and i suspect most other people don't either...not if they really look at where they are when they use that 4G...sure, there are a few people who live outside the cities and rely on 4G, i'm just not one of them.
The phone...everyone needs a cell phone, most don't even have a home phone anymore, it just makes better sense to have a cell phone instead. I have MetroPCS in my area and have an unlimited voice and text service on two lines for 70.00 dollars a month, 2 lines! We use the old fashioned flip phones...not trendy, i know...but they are tough, have a three day service life between charges, and cost me just 59.00 dollars to buy new.
I chuckle when i hear about iPhones lost, stolen, broken, and the new data restrictions people have to deal with now, and it's going to get worse, not better. I laugh when i see people carrying laptops, tablets, and still insist on buying iPhones...i guess if money is of no concern for you then having all the shiny toys you want is great. Sadly this isn't the case for most of us, we have budgets, and need to carefully choose our luxuries.
I ordered my new iPod touch from Apple because i chose the 'product red' model...it's the same price, but a portion of the purchase price is donated to fight AIDS...a worthy cause that cost me nothing to support by buying from Apple instead of other places. I have a couple friends who have the new iPhone, and so i made the side by side comparisons...the only function that is noticeably better in the iPhone is the camera...despite the faster processor i noticed no difference while surfing the net, playing simple games, or streaming movies...the displays looked the same to me. Really theres nothing the iPhone has that makes the two any different except the camera...and that it's a phone...
In the end, i have the extra money to buy a laptop, or an iPad, or shoes for the kids...all by just choosing the iPod over the iPhone...it just makes more sense.
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Initial post: Oct 21, 2012 8:18:09 AM PDT
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 21, 2012 8:22:30 AM PDT
I posted my actual comparison between the two devices...if this information wasn't useful to you, it may be to others. My reasons for buying it are there as well, just ignore them if it bothers you...many people want a reason to buy or not to buy a product...
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Olaf Lechler says:
I like your review and reasons to buy or not a Iphone, smart choice, I am doing the same ;)
Posted on Oct 21, 2012 9:33:55 AM PDT
I do the same thing. I use my touch and a $30 a month phone. It's a bit more bulk in my pockets but much cheaper!
Posted on Oct 21, 2012 9:43:05 AM PDT
Many iPhone buyers will not like my review simply because they have different needs...and perhaps some need to justify the expense of a good product they feel they must have. I understand. I could probably convince myself that the iPod touch is not enough...but it wouldn't be honest, i don't need the phone.
The iPod touch is a very capable computing device, it can do all that a tablet can, much of what a laptop can, and is equal to the iPhone except the 4G and phone features...4G and phone service aren't worth the money for many who would like the use of a similar device at a lower cost.
For those who use cheap cell service and an iPod touch...bravo, for recognizing your needs and getting it done without over spending.
Posted on Oct 21, 2012 9:46:47 AM PDT
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Posted on Oct 21, 2012 4:39:30 PM PDT
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Samuel Chell says:
The Cnet reviewer (Scott Stein) disagrees with you, but he's darn impressed with the Touch 5, even tho he says, compared to iPhone 5, no contest. But it depends on your priorities and needs. If you're frequently away from wi-fi, the 4G LTE could be seen as essential--and the reviewer finds the iPhone even faster (beating all of the competition) when using the phone this way instead of with wi-fi. But I agree with you. I'm usually in range of wi-fi, and I've finally been able to locate reliable ten-dollar FM transmitters that enable you to play the 20,000 tunes on an iPod while recharging it at the same time! I spend $20 a mo. on a limited cell-phone and do serious computing on a Mac Air.
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Whoops. I just realized he above has been made obsolete by the new Lightning connector--not to mention a whole industry of ancillary equipment makers. Maybe a wireless version will work--e.g. the Colby, but I'm not sure.
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 21, 2012 5:01:16 PM PDT
I love CNET, but those reviews are...a bit stringent...the Touch uses an A5 processor and the iPhone has the newer A6 chip...of course it's going to outperform on intensive tasks, my view is that i don't do much more than stream content, surf the net, and listen to music...all of which the A5 processor does with some finess...enough for me to not notice a difference between the two.
CNET uses standard benchmark type tests to base performance reviews and those put the processor under heavy loads that simulate intensive game app's or multiple process's that i, as a simple user, don't do...multiple apps and, aside from angry birds etc., intensive gaming is just not a part of my daily routine.
There are some who need the power of the A6 processor...in those cases the iPhone would out perform the touch. I guess i should have made that clear in my review...and i'll do that here... I don't play HALO or Call of Duty on an iPod touch, i don't use multiple apps at one time...my needs are pretty simple, so the new iPod touch matched the performance of the iPhone 5...for my simple needs... I didn't play graphics intensive games, or run multiple apps while comparing the two, i just did what 'i' would 'normally do' on my iPod touch.
You were correct, and thank you for allowing me to clarify that. We all have different needs, and our devices should meet them without lagging or getting bogged down...as a side note; Samsung offers an MP3 player in two screen sizes that run Androids OS, these are older devices and are in need of updating, i hope to see them updated soon as they are the Android equivalent to the iPod touch/iPhone divisions...those who don't like Apple products could then have an MP3 player that stands toe to toe with the iPod touch...
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 21, 2012 5:10:53 PM PDT
Samuel Chell says:
Good point. The important thing is the speed difference I notice between the Touch5 and Touch4. And I too am no gamer. Even for those who use the iPhone 5 away from wi-fi, the more powerful A6 chip could possibly be a downer--leading them to make more uses, calls, downloads, etc. in less time--but not at less cost.