Would you think me totally crazy if I were to say I want an iPod Touch? When I first heard about them, I thought the idea was rather silly. It’s an iPhone without the phone. What’s the use in that?
Well, I think I’m changing my tune. After having to forfeit the beautiful MacBook I was privileged enough to use while working at the church, I’m left wishing I had some sort of mobile computing device; be it an iPhone, a laptop or whatever.
The wife and I aren’t really ready to pay the monthly fee for the phone plan required for the iPhone, or the $1,000 for the new laptop, or at least I don't think we are. And, that leaves me with only a couple choices: the iPod Touch and a slew of sub $500 netbooks. Neither of which I’ve discussed with the wife; which I must add, in case she’s reading.
For a while I’ve explored the possibilities of a netbook, you can see numerous posts I’ve written about them here on my blog, but I have been a little apprehensive about taking that step. I’m just not sold on the concept. While I would be perfectly happy to own one, I’m just not sure it’s what I need, or desire. And, while you can argue that the iPod Touch is just a closed, less flexible, version of the netbook concept, it has its own allure.
The iPod Touch can do most everything I really desire to do on a netbook, while being cheaper and more portable. It would give me access to email, the web, my calendar, my music collection (or part of it anyway), and tons of other fun little things.
That said, there are a few things I wish the iPod Touch could do, that it seams to be incapable of. For example, I wish it had GPS tracking so you could use it for turn by turn directions without having to be in contact with a wifi network. And, I also wish it had a built in microphone and camera. These things would make the device almost perfect in my opinion.
Now, I know this probably sounds like I should just suck it up and buy an iPhone, but I’m not sure I’m ready for that monthly commitment. And, I think there’s something to be said about not having access to the internet ALL the time, as you do with the iPhone. With the iPod Touch I would have the option of leaving it at home when I went out, and I would still have the use of my normal cell phone should I need it. With the iPhone, the internet is always there and always a potential distraction.
But really, who am I kidding; an iPhone would be my number one choice were money not an issue. I’m not really worried about it being a distraction and I think having internet access everywhere is quite beneficial. However, I am beginning to see some of the benefits of having an iPod Touch, a device for which I previously saw no use. And, if I know I’m probably not going to get an iPhone or a new laptop in the near future, the iPod Touch might just be the device for me. What do you think?