Tuesday, July 28, 2009

my new iPod

In the tradition of Small Reviews, a blog I enjoy reading written by a friend of a friend of mine, I shall now impose my thoughts about something on you. Oh wait! That's the tradition of the internet.

Along with my new computer (you read that post, didn't you?!), I received a "free" iPod touch. I say "free", because they only give you a rebate for the smallest one, and really what am I supposed to do with 8gb of space? I ponied up the extra $100 and got the 32gb one, which doesn't really seem a logical correlation for price (1/3 more money for 3/4 more space? ....okay!), but I am passing my used iPod along to my Dad, so we split the cost of the iPod and you don't really care about this part anyway.

So. I kinda like it, but it's not my new favorite thing. It's not really that easy to operate, since you have to be looking at it the whole time you're using it, + I used to keep my iPod in my pocket and just feel around for the 'next' button when I felt like I wanted it. Having to fuss around with the touch screen also isn't so good while driving, but I guess there's a reason touchscreen computers never really took off for use outside of POS systems. It is a damn efficient way to do things, though, and I guess Apple is all about the sleek design. So neutral points there.

I don't really play any games on it. I guess I grew up not being allowed to have any video games, + so it's not really something I got into the habit of interacting with. I don't really have the patience to sit down + play a game, and get frustrated easily when I lose. So I have maybe three games on it.

I do have a whole lot of organizational apps- a to do list, a grocery list, a countdown clock, an IOU app, and of course my calendar. I really like having all of those different things parsed out into separate spaces on my iPod rather than on different sheets of paper floating around my notebooks. I miss being able to scrawl little notes in my calendar, or put pertinent phone numbers next to things I am doing in my planner. So the tactile aspect of my planner is something I miss, but I'm quite glad to have one less thing in my purse [Calendar + iPod consolidated]. Plus I always carry a tiny sketchbook anyway, so it's not like I have no place to doodle.

Overall? I like it. It reminds me of when I tried to get into using a PDA but failed because I was in 8th grade + had no way to write my homework in it. And it really, really makes me want to bet an iPhone, because that would be yet another thing not stuffing my poor little purse. But my Verizon contract isn't up until october '10, + it's not worth it to pay the early termination fee. So we'll see where I am then.

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