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iPod touch 8GB

At a Glance
  • Apple iPod touch 8GB

    Macworld Rating

After spending a couple of months with the iPhone, it's hard to pick up the iPod touch and not think about what could have been. If only video looked as good on the touch as it does on the iPhone. If only Apple had compromised on the iPod's sleek lines to add a couple of unobtrusive volume buttons (or offered a headset that included remote controls). If only the whole iPod-as-PIM-concept had been thought through to the point where both contacts and calendar events could be entered on the iPod. If only I could use my old video accessories with my new iPod.

Among my list of concerns only one is a deal-killer--the quality of the video. Yes, the iPhone-like interface is impressive. Yes, being able to surf the Web and purchase music while on the move is incredibly convenient. But the iPod touch was created with video in mind and this is the one area where it can't shortchange its owner. Let's hope that, with the next product run (or, better yet, the divine power of a firmware update), the touch will provide the same glorious video as the iPhone. The resulting device won't be perfect, but it will be a vital step in the right direction.--Christopher Breen

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At a Glance
  • Macworld Rating

    Pros

    • Web browsing and YouTube video on an iPod
    • Beautiful and intuitive interface
    • ITunes Wi-Fi Music Store is fleet over fast Wi-Fi and very convenient
    • Extra applications useful

    Cons

    • Video and photos not as bright or as clearly defined as they are on an iPhone
    • No calendar event editing
    • Unimpressive battery performance
    • Incompatible with old video accessories
    • No external volume controls or support for remote control
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