Posted by Tim Stobbs on June 2, 2010
Pardon?!? Is that title correct? Are we talking about Tim the guy who pointed out the ipad is useless and no one needs one? Why the hell did you buy an ipod touch?
To be absolutely honest I didn’t really plan on buying one until the other day when a friend who just got one was showing everything that an ipod touch can do. Then as my desktop has been dying a slow death lately of problems I decided it could be a useful thing to have. Something portable that I can check email on, surf the web and that isn’t a phone so I don’t have to pay for a data plan since it only has a WiFi connection. It’s also got spots to write notes to myself, access Google Maps and a calender.
Also you have to be practical here. An 8G ipod touch costs about $200, you can’t really get a computer for that. There is also a number of free WiFi connections around today so it is a low cost way to have email/web access on the go. My house has WiFi from my current cable provider/phone company. So other than the initial cost I don’t have to spend a cent on data service.
I should point out I’m a bit of Apple skeptic. I’m aware of all the issues around my purchase like it doesn’t support protected WAV audio files, the web browser doesn’t support Flash and it only runs one program at a time. I also know you are stuck with iTunes, the iStore and can only use Apple apps. I also know an ipod touch is not a full blown computer, but it will do the jobs I want it to.
But did you need it at all? No, I would say this firmly falls into ‘I wanted it’ purchase. I’ve been noticing for a while I’m writing myself a number of notes to keep track of things. Unfortunately I don’t always keep track of the notes (some fall out of my pocket while others get lost in the bottom of my backpack). Hence this is an attempt to pull together some of the chaos that is my life into one spot and organize. So despite the fact an ipod touch is typically marketed as a entertainment and media consumption device I’m going to be using it a bit differently.
Ok, but isn’t this creating an unnecessary complication in your life? It’s another item to worry about, take up some of your time and having it electronic won’t make you more organized. All completely true statements, I know something new will not actually solve any of my issues. Yet I am hopeful that having a one spot data entry item will streamline things. It might not work like I hope, but that is ok. My inner geek is happy now having a new toy.
So for those already existing Apple fans, what should I be using my ipod touch for or what apps do I need? For non-Apple fans, what should have I bought instead?