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Is this the greatest gadget ever?

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Magnus Lewan Level 4 Level 4 (3,655 points)
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Sep 19, 2007 12:28 PM
Quite a few people have complained about things with the iPod touch - not black enough, no notes, no disk mode, no this and, sadly, no that.

That does not disturb me at all.

There are always people who have complaints, and they are the ones who tend to post most on discussion forums.

However, I have so far not seen anyone write "this is a great product - I am so happy I bought one, and I will buy one for each of my kids, one for my mother in law and two for my wife!"

And I am a little surprised at that. Are none of the buyers impressed enough to write so here?
PowerBook G4, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • Bryan Mick Level 6 Level 6 (13,020 points)
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    Sep 19, 2007 12:30 PM (in response to Magnus Lewan)
    These are +technical support+ forums (or, at least they're supposed to be).

    Most people who are satisfied with their fully-functional iPods will never even come here. Why would they?

    Cheers!
    -Bryan
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  • Ken L. Level 2 Level 2 (240 points)
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    Sep 19, 2007 12:42 PM (in response to Magnus Lewan)
    I am too busy enjoying my new touch to write about how great it is. My screen is awesome- no problems and everything else works as advertised. The more I use it the more I like it.
    Powerbook, imac, macbook, and every ipod, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • Paul Goormastic Calculating status...
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    Sep 19, 2007 1:04 PM (in response to Ken L.)
    I honestly want to like my new Touch more than I do.

    The screen issue is a very big one for me.

    I'm on my 2nd unit, and both were/are essentially unwatchable for any kind of dark scene. This is the first true video iPod, and the video often looks terrible. I'm dissapointed, and it remains to be seen what resolution (if any) there will be for the issue.

    Other oddities:

    Safari locks up or crashes frequently. There's no support for flash. Eventually, this may be fixed with firmware... one can hope at least. But for now, browsing is limited.

    It doesn't remember the password for my home network after I turn WiFi off and back on. Every time I do so, I must choose the network to connect to and enter the long string of digits. Again.

    YouTube locks up frequently. And the search function returns different results than when browsing thru a computer. So much so that I couldn't even find a popular video that was in the first 5 listed online despite repeated searching.

    My conclusion, sadly, is that the Touch might one day be great, but right now it's just not there. Which, as a big Apple fan, saddens me.
  • Wei Yang Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 19, 2007 1:07 PM (in response to Paul Goormastic)
    I have the same exact feelings. I'm also on my 2nd unit, which has unacceptably poor video playback. I did also notice the other assorted crashes, though I think Apple will address that and stabilize the platform.

    I was really elated for the first day that I owned the device. It's a letdown really because this one issue is a real deal-breaker. Otherwise, I might think this is one of the best gadgets ever.

    But honestly, in terms of pure functionality and capabilities, the iPhone is already leagues ahead of the iPod touch.
    Macbook Pro C2D 15", Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • Darren Connor Level 2 Level 2 (380 points)
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    Sep 19, 2007 1:08 PM (in response to Magnus Lewan)
    i think it's ace - and i was not interested one bit in the iphone...

    until i played with this...

    i feel an iphone may well be mine afterall


    i am very very happy with the touch - but, to be far, this is a help forum so will stop hogging space

    all the best

    dc/uk
    g5 imac 20/video ipod 60g, 4g nano, Mac OS X (10.4.10), usually works a treat...
  • silvershadow68 Calculating status...
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    Sep 19, 2007 1:22 PM (in response to Magnus Lewan)
    I am absolutely thrilled with my touch.
    purchased today In apple Glasgow.
    Screen and video quality (inc black/negative) issue no problems to report here at all. I did mention it b4 my purchase to the sales assistant, but after seeing the 10 models they had on display, i was sold.

    very happy customer
    Windows XP
  • GFF Level 4 Level 4 (3,650 points)
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    Sep 19, 2007 1:27 PM (in response to Paul Goormastic)
    send feedback to the link below.

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/ipod.html

    GFF
    Powerbook 1.25 ghz, Mac OS X (10.4.10), 4 gb (product) red Ipod Nano w/Nike +, 16 gb IPod Touch
  • kfresh Level 1 Level 1 (145 points)
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    Sep 19, 2007 2:02 PM (in response to Paul Goormastic)
    I don't have the same problem with the WIFI, I have turned it off and on several times and have never had to retype my password. May want to check in your settings.
    MBP 17" C2D, GLOSSY, Mac OS X (10.4.9), Apple Cinema HD 23", 4G iPod, iPod Touch 16gig.
  • David. Level 4 Level 4 (2,145 points)
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    Sep 19, 2007 2:14 PM (in response to Magnus Lewan)
    Expecting only positive opinions here on a product with so many shortcomings is not going to go the way you might expect. No matter how much you try to cheer lead, the TOUCH has serious issues. If you like yours, that's great, but how about not trying to dissuade posters from any comment they so choose? You are being controlling when u try to limit who can post to your thread. When you ask a question, you might want to better predict the nature of the responses, so that you won't be disappointed in the results. Like someone else mentioned this is a techinical forum, so those with no issues, or who don't frequent forums will not be represented here. For all we know, 98% of Touch buyers might be 100% thrilled with it. Hard to know though, judging from the complaints here.
    Windows Vista
  • Dai Bach Level 2 Level 2 (480 points)
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    Sep 19, 2007 2:39 PM (in response to Magnus Lewan)
    I'm typing this message on my iPod Touch. I've never been able to do this so easily on any portable device before. The greatest gadget ever? No. A great gadget? Oh yes!

    (I'm in UK so have never seen an iPhone)
    Mac Book Pro 15", 1.83GHz, 2GB, 100GB 7200rpm, Mac OS X (10.4.10), Mac Mini, 1.66GHz, 2GB
  • mylilapple Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Sep 19, 2007 4:49 PM (in response to Magnus Lewan)
    I've just returned from a visit to my local Apple Store. I went specifically to view the new ipod touch.

    My first impression was it's size. The dimensions and the extreme thinness of the device, powered off, were pretty awesome. So light and easy to handle.

    Once powered on, I was impressed by how easy it was to accustom myself to the flat screen. I currently own a white 60 gig clickwheel ipod with no color screen, so maybe I was easier "wowed" than most people. To me, it was very easy to navigate.

    I was equally impressed by the beautiful interface, the speed between transitioning between applications and the clarity and "freshness" of the images. I'm aware of the problem regarding the screen that people are thoughtfully posting on these discussions and I could see a bit of what people are talking about, especially when I covered the ipod touch with my hand during darker video scenes. Sort of a greenish "oily" cast. In the regular apple store lighting however, it looked better.

    I don't know if this is the "greatest gadget ever", but I can tell you how thouroughly I was pleased by the ipod touch overall. Wonderful looking and feeling and easy to use.

    Since I haven't purchased it, YET, I can't give my opinion on how it functions once it's synced and in actual use, but from what I saw today, I think this new device is pretty amazing!

    I will hold off on buying one until the screen issue is either addressed or rectified, but once it is, I'll be back down at the Apple Store with credit card in hand!
    G5, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • Maverick225 Calculating status...
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    Sep 19, 2007 5:13 PM (in response to Ken L.)
    Ken L. wat is the model number of your Ipod touch and which version do you have 8 or 16? Thanks.
    Dell E1505, Windows XP
  • Jeff Ferzoco Calculating status...
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    Sep 19, 2007 5:47 PM (in response to Magnus Lewan)
    Yes, I love mine. It is a delight to carry around and simple to use. The single button is easy and the screen is beautiful. The blacks are a little funny, but I have faith Apple will resolve it in a positive way as soon as the actual release date passes.
    G5 1.6Ghz, Mac OS X (10.4.2)
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