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While I agree with the concerns regarding the screen and some of the omissions compared to the iPhone I don't think the review as a whole is justifiable.

The entire review is written on the basis of a comparison with the iPhone which I don't think is a valid one. The iPod is neither a PDA nor is it a cell phone. Most of the functionality that you lament would indeed be useless because of the cellphone sitting in the pocket adjacent to the user's iPhone.

Your criticisms regarding the lack of storage and battery life don't hold up either. Granted some of the thinness could have been sacrificed for greater battery life. But should further compromises in size be made for a hard drive, which then requires an even large battery for comparable performance? I cant help but think that Apple tested such an option and decided that it wasn't feasible.

So if the only acceptable trade off for battery life was flash storage, why isn't there more you ask? Well that is because flash storage is so freakin expensive. Of course it will increase over time, but that is the nature of technology. You seem to act on the assumption that the storage available should continue to increase with no end in sight. I suspect once 80GB was reached, very few users had any reason to go beyond this let alone 30gb considering the average user fails to understand that iTunes encodes at 128kbps. In the review you even simultaneously criticise the storage and praise the ability to manually manage, defeating your own arguments re 'library in your pocket'.

I have a 20GB ipod and a 25gb library and recently started trimming it in anticipation of the Touch. I found that at most I regularly listen to at max 10Gb of my library leaving the remaining storage space to rotate between various TV shows, movies and podcasts. I don't have time to watch a whole TV series in one day so why do I care if it doesn't fit?

Sorry guys, I love the site, but I just think your off the mark on this one. Your preconceptions and expectations are skewed too much by the iPhone and that you fail to understand the average user.

Posted by trmac on September 17, 2007 at 6:59 AM (PDT) Comment 51

"The entire review is written on the basis of a comparison with the iPhone which I don't think is a valid one."

Not even slightly true. The point of the review is that the iPod touch fails to be a worthwhile "top of the line" iPod -- namely, that it sits behind even the iPod nano on battery, the iPod classic on audio, sound quality, capacity, etc, and that the screen is cheap and problematic.

"In the review you even simultaneously criticise the storage and praise the ability to manually manage, defeating your own arguments re 'library in your pocket'."

Not at all. Manual management just means that you can add and remove audio or video files at any time as you desire. There may be times you want to keep something on an iPod that you don't keep in your media library. You might want to add files from a second or third computer/library, too.

"You seem to act on the assumption that the storage available should continue to increase with no end in sight."

No. The classic got this right and the iPod touch got it wrong. Video players demand more storage. 8GB is fine for a cheap iPod nano where music will likely be the emphasis (for now), but a device that exists to serve as a video player needs the space to store videos without screwing around all the time. If flash prices come down in a year or two, the story may be different, but for now, a hard disk and bigger battery are the right way to go.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on September 17, 2007 at 7:23 AM (PDT) Comment 52

OK from what I've read, there is no mention of any streaming audio/video support? I know the iTouch is not a PDA, but if you are going to have wifi and a web browser shouldn't you support some of the features that people use the web for? I use my pocketPC to listen to streaming audio and I would have considered buying the iTouch if it would allow me to do that.

Posted by wongkarcanada on September 17, 2007 at 8:35 AM (PDT) Comment 53
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