Apple iPod touch First Impressions Review

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Today I finally managed to get an 8 GB Apple iPod touch in my hands, and now have a chance to give you guys a first look at this awesome new device.

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Right off the bat the iPod touch was simple to set up and synchronize with my computer. Unlike older models that you could start playing with out of the box, the iPod touch requires you to connect it to your computer before you can start playing around with it.

Unlike the iPhone I did not have to register this device to use it, but it did want to pair with my computer so it had an iTunes to sync with. After the first synchronization took place, I unleashed it and went to town.

Personal Information Management

Calendar: The iPod touch synchronizes calendar events fine with Outlook through iTunes, but you don’t have the option to add or edit entries from the iPod itself. Hopefully someone comes out with a 3rd party solution for that seems to be a no brainer feature.

Contacts: It also synchronizes your address book entries fine with Outlook through iTunes, and you can edit or add new contacts through the iPod itself. Really glad Apple didn’t remove this basic capability at the last minute like they did with the calendar program.

Web Browsing

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Safari on the iPod touch works just like you would expect to see something on your desktop. It scales great with every web page I could think of trying, and yes, the Brighthand homepage loads just fine.

One downside I noticed right away, is how the iPod detects finger movement for screen manipulation. For some interactive web pages where users might have to click or drag items on screen, the iPod thought I was playing with the screen itself.

One side note for users who might want to watch movie trailers off the Apple web site: it wont work. Links for regular trailers, as well as HD trailers are grayed out. The option for iPod specific trailers loads an error message.

iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store

One of the cool new features in the iPod touch is the ability to buy songs directly over Wi-Fi.

The new Tunes Wi-Fi Music Store brings up every song I could think to search for, with preview features as well as on-the-fly purchasing. As long as you are within range of a good Wi-Fi signal, you can buy and download to your heart’s content.

System Interface

No crashes yet, and programs load instantly. Zero wait times, with the only delay coming from home network wireless speeds.

Even more "stressful" programs like Safari or YouTube loaded without any wait.

So far the iPod touch is hands down the fastest handheld computer I have used; now if only Apple could add more features.

Screen

Some reports have been coming out about inverted or bad looking dark colors in iPod touch screens, and our review model is no different. On an all black screen with dark text, looking on dead center the dark colors shift purple, but looking at a slight angle they shift back to black .

If you are worried about getting one of the units that has this problem, give it a few weeks to let Apple get the kinks worked out. Reports coming out right now say it’s a problem with the reflective coating.

More Coming Soon

Overall, I think the Apple iPod touch is on the right path in terms of hardware and design. Software I see much room for improvement, or at least bringing it to the same levels of the iPhone.

Keep your eyes peeled for our full review of the iPod touch, which should be coming very soon now that we finally have this new toy in the office.

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