Finally, redemption comes so sweet to those who refused to sell out to the network who just abandoned the “fewest dropped calls,” motto, as the iPod Touch stomps onto the scene, carrying thrilled non-iPhone users on its back. The iPod Touch aims to appeal to all those users who felt a bit queasy over selling their souls to AT&T, and to be honest..it delivers.
The largest outcry heard at the birth of the iPhone was, “If only they made this without the phone!” Fortunately for Apple, and unfortunately for AT&T, the iPod Touch delivers exactly that; in fact, it goes above and beyond anyone’s expectations for the first iteration of a touchscreen iPod.
It could be said the masses would have been happily sedated with an iPod that only incorporated the touchscreen and coverflow; judging by people’s reactions to the iPod Nano, coverflow itself could sell the next generation of iPods singlehandedly.
Tack on apps like calendar, contacts, photos, etc. and users were further stunned; if the iPod Touch could add even a piece of the functionality of the iPhone, everyone would go home happy.
Then Steve rolled out the big guns: WiFi. Safari. YouTube. Mobile iTunes.
What, now, is this next generation iPod? It is simply the iPhone without the service of AT&T for communicating via voice, and its missing a low-resolution camera. With WiFi and mobile internet applications, the iPod Touch will easily outsell the iPhone, no questions asked.
After all, there are only so many people that are willing to spend the money on the iPhone; I hate to point out that 8 or 16 gigabytes dwarfs the max 8 gigabytes of the iPhone. Not only that, it is significantly cheaper.
If you can deal with using a phone and your iPod separately (which many have done for ages until this point), you can be sure the iPod Touch will redefine mobile entertainment technology. I can safely say my iPod will rest comfortably next to my T-Mobile Dash in my pocket…not only that, both I and my pocketbook will sleep easier at night knowing I didn’t have to sign my soul over to the devil to get the most important functionality of the iPhone.