Having had a chance to spend a little bit time with a overview mannequin offers me a chance to share the expertise with you a bit early (earlier than my very own arrives). I’ll take you fingers-on with the brand new mannequin, plus I’ll share from my previous two years of iPod touch possession altogether, especially for many who have not but owned (or been owned by) one of these cellular gems.
I’ve additionally hidden a treasure trove of information on how one can legitimately obtain tons of quality apps for free. First though, let’s quickly cover what’s new.
+ Quicker 1GHz A4 Processor – to keep up with the high demands of multitasking
+ Ultra high resolution “Retina show” – packs a 960 x 640 resolution at 326 pixels per inch
+ 15% larger battery – 3.44 Whr/930 mAh performs 7 hrs of video & 40 hrs of audio
+ Rear-dealing with camera – supports 960 x 720 sized photographs (0.6 megapixels), plus 720p HD movies
+ Entrance-dealing with VGA-quality camera – VGA-quality is a resolution of 640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
+ 3-Axis Gyroscope – permits for larger precision and more movement gestures
+ Wireless N – Connect sooner and go farther than ever, with this WiFi gadget (requires a router with 802.11n)
+ In-built microphone – but Apple reverted again to using the distant- and mic-much less earphones
+ Game Heart – Apple’s personal social gaming platform
+ Sleep/Power Button – it’s been moved to the fitting, but not improved beyond that
+ Thinner, lighter than ever
* Word – Memory remains on the similar 256MB regardless of a number of unconfirmed sources touting 512MB. There’s additionally no vibrate module.
Not like final year’s iPod touch replace, this one’s a complete overhaul to all the line. Last 12 months, the brand new fashions did not change in appearance. On the within, sooner processors and double-reminiscence have been added to the 32GB & 64GB fashions, however the 8GB received left out. Not this time (hp g6-1d60us). Buying the brand new 8GB iPod touch indeed will get you all the brand new goodies. You will additionally pay thirty bucks more than earlier than, so consider shopping for the 32GB mannequin instead. You will get 400% of the storage capacity for only 23% more coin!
===== Background =====
I’m a cellular app developer who’s created a number of apps and games for the iPhone, iPod Touch and now iPad. I was initially drawn to the iPod touch because of the recognition and capabilities of its cellular Internet shopping–I was primarily a Internet developer on the time and no other gadget may surf the Internet so well. After I received one, I was hooked. I racked up over 100 bucks in app purchases inside the first month, and earlier than lengthy, I found myself studying how do develop native apps for the device.
Certainly, in case you have by no means had an iPod touch earlier than, you are in for an actual treat. After all, in case you have, then you understand first hand: it is is worth its weight in gold–no, in platinum. And now, with the newest technology, it could even be worth its weight uncommon gem stones! I digress.
===== Out With the Old =====
The iPod touch is continuously referred to as an iPhone without the phone. Nevertheless, till now there have been a number of other features additionally lacking within the iPod touch in addition to the phone: a camera, GPS, magnetometer (compass), and some newer amenities from the iPhone four: entrance-dealing with camera, high resolution “Retina show” as it has been dubbed, and the powerful 1GHz A4 processor–indeed a necessity to keep up with multitasking.
That every one adjustments, now. The 4th gen iPod touch brings with it some new features and amenities, a few of which have been anticipated by iPod touch followers and developers alike, including myself, for a number of generations of the device. From a developer’s perspective, the more hardware features we are able to get our fingers on, the better and more revolutionary apps we are able to create, and the more customers that may obtain, use and enjoy them.
===== In With the New =====
The striking new design of the newest iPod touch is definitely a looker. Apple has made it even thinner (and I thought it was already too thin earlier than) complete with a lovely chrome back. While the super thin design is definitely enticing, I’ve discovered it barely tough to keep it properly-gripped in your hands. The standard chrome again appears great too, but it surely’s scratch-insistent. Sure, it is extremely straightforward to scratch it all up, even after the first few days. For these two reasons, definitely get your self a silicone pores and skin (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0042GVG5G?tag=1pod-20&ie=UTF8) alongside your new touch!
For ages, the function topping everyone’s wishlist for the iPod touch has been a camera. Check! It handles HD video too–bonus! Granted, its not the 5 megapixel camera that the iPhone 4 sports activities, but again, the brand new iPod touch is thinner than ever, making it a miracle that we even received a camera within the first place, not to mention two! Sure (ASUS A53U-ES21), Apple went the additional mile so we may make video calls with our iPhone toting mates, via their FaceTime app. Sensible! So, having not had any camera on the iPod touch earlier than, and now having TWO cameras on it, we can’t really complain can we? Nah.
I’ll have details on the standard both cameras later, but what excites me even moreso is the brand new much-larger resolution display–dubbed “Retina show”. You may not assume much of it if you haven’t used an iPhone or iPod touch earlier than, nor have an older mannequin nearby to match it to, but for those that have and/or do, the distinction is obvious! (pun supposed)
The place this really comes in handy is in shopping the Internet and reading non-cellular-formatted PDF e-books. Now, I can see issues a lot clearer on the default zoom level (which reveals the complete width of a Internet page or doc). My vision is not spectacular by any means, I simply do not thoughts seeing issues smaller on the screen. It permits me to see more content without having to scroll. Certainly, the Retina show was the 1 function I by no means knew I wished (till I saw it within the iPhone four that’s).
Other newness includes: 15% larger battery, HD video recording and editing, constructed-in mic, wi-fi-n for practically double the WiFi connection speed and distance, Game Heart: Apple’s new social gaming platform (which appears to be Apple’s attempt to kill-off third celebration social gaming platforms like OpenFeint and Plus+), 3-axis gyroscope sensor, which enhances the existing accelerometer sensor, both of which deal with the rotating, swinging and other movement gestures of the gadget (previously, rotation have been roughly calculated from accelerometer data), and new placement of the sleep/energy button on the fitting (but nonetheless as tough as ever to press).
Features nonetheless lacking embrace: 512MB of reminiscence, vibration, 5 MP quality camera + flash (iPhone apps now support using LED flash as a flashlight, like Android does), magnetometer (compass), and the GPS. I might happily commerce the thinness of the newest iPod touch to have the GPS. WiFi based location is commonly inaccurate, and the GPS would not want a WiFi or mobile connection, it simply must see the satellites within the sky.
===== iOS vs Android =====
Up to now, Apple has cornered the market of multitouch cellular gadgets that aren’t phones, but issues are slowly changing. At present, the two hottest cellular and smartphone working systems on the market proper now are Apple’s iOS (previously: iPhone OS) and Google’s Android. After all, iOS is popular as a result of it runs on not only the iPhone, but in addition on the iPod touch and now on the ipad as well. Plus, it has garnered support from scores of app developers who’ve gotten behind Apple’s slew of high-demand devices.
The iPod touch has really made iOS what it’s today. It does a whole lot of what the iPhone does, with out a contract, or provider exclusivity, as is the case with the iPhone and the iPad (WiFi+3G fashions). So if it weren’t for the iPod touch, a whole lot of the market share Apple now has within the industry would have been stifled by their provider exclusivity. I feel Apple will see the light quickly, but that is another discussion.
Enter Android. Google has held a distinct stance on their cellular OS. It is not tied to a select few gadgets, and it is open supply, so it may be additional developed by producers who use it. Certainly, a number of cellular gadget producers have now latched onto Android as a foundation for numerous devices. Wireless carriers which have been unable to hold the iPhone have additionally taken a liking to it. Now, tons of Android gadgets have been launched, and there is no finish in sight. Manufacturers have additionally seen the iPad’s potential and now they want a piece of that pie, too. So, expect to see much more Android tablets and media-centric non-phone gadgets soon. The competitors is heating up.
But not everything with Android, nor with iOS, is perfect. I personal an EVO 4G, some of the popular Android gadgets at present available. I’ve additionally used an iPod touch nearly on daily basis for practically two years, so I’m fairly certified to share my expertise with every platform (hp g7-1310us). Both definitely have their share of unique choices, and neither of them are without flaws. Because of this, and because of the rising competitors between the two, I plan to dispel a few of their key variations for you at varied points in this review.
===== So What Can the iPod Touch Really Do? =====
Nicely, what can’t it do?
The iPod touch is sort of a magical little field, only it is flat. While it can not prepare dinner your breakfast, but (I’m sure someone is already working on that), it could actually indeed do some fairly extraordinary things. It is a tremendous catch-all gadget that may present hours of leisure, provde the energy of the Internet in your hand, and it could actually even replicate the functionality of numerous one-off products. Builders have been creating apps that take advantage of special hardware of the iPod touch to emulate some other product for much less, and generally even for free.