iPod touch Generation 2
I had two of the latest iPods for review at the end of October: an 8GB iPod nano and a 16GB iPod touch. I use a touch daily and am most familiar with this. It is my favourite iPod, although the screenless shuffle comes a close second. When I first tried a touch last October, I saw it had potential but was short of a few tricks. That was improved last January when Mail and other applications were added, bringing it closer to a PDA. I bought mine then. I have used it daily for the last nine months.
Generation 1 and Generation 2 iPod touch
Apple recently updated the iPod touch with a redesigned body. Following user feedback, a small speaker and an external volume control were added. It is also cheaper. The 16G iPod touch I had on test is 11,490 baht. The 8G and 32G versions are 8,890 and 15,290 baht.
Generation 2 iPod touch (left) with volume adjustment and and Generation 1 touch (right)
I had to wait until I had it set up before I could find the speaker. It appears to be in the lower half, but there is no obvious outlet. It can be heard, but the description Apple uses -- for casual listening -- is close to the mark. It is fine for checking a tune, or for playing some games, but it is certainly not high fidelity.
As soon as I got it home I set it up for wifi which took a couple of minutes owing to the complex password my wifi uses. Initially there was no signal, but I shut it off and when it restarted, we were online. Surfing and mail was fine as were the internet utilities I use.
I plugged it into the Mac and it was recognised right away. The icon was clearly of a Generation 2 iPod touch, in the same way as the yellow review iPod nano displayed a yellow nano in the Summary panel of iTunes. I was asked if I wanted to use the settings for another iPod (a friend's that I had helped set up) but I selected the default for a totally new installation.
After the first sync, I had to add videos, plus the data from Contacts, Calendars and email accounts and sync again. All told, adding the data took some 40 minutes.
The screen of the newer touch seemed slightly less vibrant initially. I changed the brightness settings to maximum, but it still looked a little dull until the ambient light sensor began to have an effect.
One of the additions to this new touch is the inclusion of the Nike + software. All I needed was to put on my shoes and start walking. The interface is much easier to read than on the nano. When I synchronised the iPod, it recognised I had already used the Nike+ program.
The ability to record voice needs a microphone for input and software, like the $0.99 Retonyms "Recorder". As the new headphones with the included microphone are not yet available, I was unable to test this. Such a facility increases the value of this device.
Another advantage is that we can make VOIP calls via Skype using an app like Fring which I installed on both of these iPods. They dial out, although it takes some persistence; and with the new touch I could certainly hear a voice.
The changes to the iPod touch make it a worthy upgrade from the earlier version.
[My aplogies for the watermarking: if people are going to use my images without acknowledgement, I want to let them know who created the pictures.]
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