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24 Days of Gadgets - Day 3

December 3, 2009 - Dave Hecei
Apple has a cool gadget that works like three. It’s one of the best media players ever, playing music and video. It’s a handheld computer, able to run tens of thousands of applications including some great games. Finally, it’s a great Internet device, capable of surfing, emailing, and such through its built-in WiFi network adapter. Of course I am talking about the iPod Touch.

If you were to set a Touch and an iPhone side by side you would have to look closely to tell which was which. Since they are based on the same hardware and software, most all of the over 100,000 iPhone Apps will run on the Touch. Of course anything that requires the special hardware of the iPhone, like GPS or camera, will not work on the Touch.

Now on its 3rd generation, the Apple iPod Touch is an amazingly versatile device. What sets the Touch apart from any other iPod is the large color touch screen. Along with the new OS, version 3, the Touch is a pleasure to use. The user interface is what Apple does best and it really shines on the Touch. Navigating through menus takes just a press and a flick of the finger. Apple’s software is so intuitive that it will take you no time at all figuring out how to do practically anything.

The Touch is one of the best media players available, but it is also becoming one of the most popular handheld computers. If you don’t need the phone, or cellular data access, then save some serious cash and get a Touch. By accessing the Internet by WiFi you save the cost of a cellular data plan, something that could add up to $2400 over a two-year contract.

Gaming is becoming serious on the Touch (and the iPhone). When the Apple App Store first opened there were plenty of cute casual games, some very well done. Now there are major game designers hitting the Touch/iPhone market with games like: Electronic Arts, Activision, Walt Disney, Gameloft, Konami, Id Software, to name a few.

The iPod Touch is available with either 8, 32, or 64 GB of storage. Prices are $199, $299, and $399 respectively.


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