This is the first time I’m even remotely considering to get an iOS device for myself.
If the above sentence puts me on your mind as an anti-Apple guy, don’t get me wrong. MacBook Pro/Air is on the top of my dream gadgets’ wishlist. I’ve never bothered for an iOS device because it felt too tight and best used with a Mac computer.
But things have changed.
No, the iOS hasn’t gotten better (if worse, the iOS 7’s slow animations caused massive disappointment). But I’m rooting for something that’s stable. iOS is famous for being a stable operating system. Because all apps go through careful Apple selection and everything is tightly integrated, iOS has become more stable than most Androids (and I’m saying this as a fan of Android operating system). I haven’t opted in for any iOS simply because there wasn’t anything appealing to me more than its stability.
And now, the stability is the only thing that’s attracting me to it. But why an iPod Touch?
First, I don’t want expensive mobile phone because it always stays with me and I wouldn’t feel safe with such an expensive device. Second, I don’t want yet another mobile phone. I’m quite good with my existing Android phone made in China and marketed/branded by a local company. It isn’t perfect, it doesn’t sync Gmail and Chrome because it lacks Play Store Services, but I’m still happy with it because it gets the job done and it has a superb battery life (2500 mAh, yes that’s a big deal). But there are two areas it sucks at: Stability of the OS and the camera.
Stability of the OS is affected by many apps I installed; something I can avoid by removing from this Android and installing on my iPod Touch instead. That will leave me with a basic low-cost Android phone with just a browser and calling capability, and an iPod Touch for almost everything else a smartphone has to offer.
As for the camera, perhaps somewhere down the line I’ll be getting a DSLR camera for myself, but for now, I need a good alternative to point-and-shoot camera. I want something that can snap good quality photos for web and can upload straight from the device without having to transfer to my computer. The Samsung Galaxy cameras are obviously good choice, but they are expensive. For that price point, I’d still get a DSLR.
It needs little telling that Apple is good at making cameras for its devices. iPhone cameras are so good that they sparked a trend called “iPhonography” (maybe spelled little different). Since iPhones are too pricey for me and I don’t honestly need another phone (or replace existing), the iPod Touch obviously seemed to be the better choice.
I’m rooting for the iPod Touch 5th Generation. It’s still costly. And it lacks a lot of things. But at least it has an iPhone-level camera (better than iPhone 4 and comparable to iPhone 4S). On the software level, it’s essentially the iPhone 4S minus the phone part. Its hardware is outdating, but as far as Apple hardware is concerned, they last quite long. So, with an iPod Touch 5th Generation launched last year, I’m essentially getting an iPhone minus the phone, the iOS ecosystem (everyone said there are better apps on iOS. Time to check 😉 ) and an awesome camera that I can use to snap moments and upload right away.
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So, with an iPod Touch 5th Generation, I’ll step foot in the iOS ecosystem. I’m not terribly happy about it, because despite high sales, Apple is under criticism even from Apple fanboys. But I think for my purpose, it serves. I’m targeting a refurbished iPod Touch 5th Generation from Apple Store at about $249 whereas the new ones cost $299. If I can’t get time and chance to hit an Apple Store, I might end up buying a new one from Best Buy or Walmart in Silicon Valley (that’s where I’m going — yay!) – the Disneyland for any tech enthusiast around the world!
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What do you think of the iPod Touch 5th generation?