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iPod touch, second-generation (2G) 16GB

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At a Glance
  • Apple 16GB iPod touch (2G, late 2008)

Is the 2G iPod touch the "funnest iPod ever?" If your notion of "funner" is an updated iPod touch is integrated hardware volume controls, a built-in speaker (low-fidelity though it may be); a curvier case; a warmer cast to the display; more capacity for the same price; and better battery life--and, of course, all the things that make the iPod touch such a desirable portable entertainment device in the first place (and I do mean the oodles of applications and games from the App Store)--then yes, Apple's tortured use of our mother tongue is apt.--Christopher Breen

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At a Glance
  • Touch-screen-based music, video, and game player


    • Great audio playtime
    • Greater capacity for similar price of original model
    • Genius playlist support
    • Handy hardware volume controls
    • Nike + iPod receiver built-in
    • Less buggy OS
    • Podcast episodes play one after another


    • Video out requires expensive cable
    • Video playtime not up to Apple’s estimates
    • Doesn’t charge from older accessories
    • Screen looks a little dingy
    • Internal speaker tinny
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