4 Replies Latest reply: Nov 22, 2010 10:14 AM by Meg St._Clair
ebedgert Level 1 Level 1
What are the biggest differences between an iPad and iPod touch, other than the size obviously? I'm torn between which one to get. Is there anything the iPad can do which the Touch can't, or vice versa?

Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Meg St._Clair Level 9 Level 9
    If you purchase the 3G version, it has, obviously, 3G and GPS. The iPad doesn't have a camera.

    The size difference is really a much bigger deal than you might at first think. The apps that have been written to take advantage of the larger screen make it a completely different experience than using the Touch. You should really go play with them at your nearest Apple Store.

    By the way, if you buy either the new Touch or the iPad, you're going to need to upgrade your system software. If the version you've listed as what you're using is correct, it's too old to support the current equipment.

    Best of luck.
  • Barbara Brundage Level 7 Level 7
    It is a bit of a dilemma. The ipad's larger screen means that it can have apps that do things that you wouldn't necessarily want to do on the small screen of the ipod (I have an app that lets me keep my sheet music on the ipad as a gig book, for example), but there is the problem that it's a lot more to lug around. On the other hand, the camera in the ipod is nice to have, at least for video (stills are pretty mingy, compared to the camera in the iphone).

    If you're young, with great eyesight, the ipod is a lot handier to keep with you all the time, but it sure is nice to have the larger screen of the ipad. Really, this is something you'll have to decide for yourself.
  • ebedgert Level 1 Level 1
    Yes, I do know my current setup can't handle either one. Which leads me to another question...

    Is it possible to sync/setup (or do whatever else is needful) an iPod Touch on a machine that is being used to sync another iPod Touch? I'm actually really not interested in syncing my music (more interested in a computing/surfing device); I just want to be able to set the thing up and recharge it. Can that be done on one machine?

    I have a computer that can handle the iPod touch (or iPad), but it's "home" to someone else's iPod Touch right now.

    also, can you buy a wall charger for the iPod Touch?
  • Meg St._Clair Level 9 Level 9
    There is no limit to the number of iPads/iPods/iPhones that can be synced to one computer.

    Yes, you can buy wall chargers for the Touch. The iPad comes with one as it has higher power requirements.