Apple iPod Touch

Blog Andy Shaw Feb 18, 2011

With a 3.5in screen, displaying 480 x 320 pixels, Apple’s iPod Touch – the iPhone without the phone – has a slightly bigger screen than most of its pocketable rivals.

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With a 3.5in screen, displaying 480 x 320 pixels, Apple’s iPod Touch – the iPhone without the phone – has a slightly bigger screen than most of its pocketable rivals. This is a big advantage when it comes to watching video, which looks crisp and clear on the device.

The downside is that it only plays H.264 standard video. The ubiquity of the iPod product range, however, means that converting most video files into this format is a reasonably straightforward process. Thre is a huge range of downloadable software that can do the job.

Another niggle is that you have to use iTunes as the conduit between your computer and your iPod Touch. However, while this means that you’re tied to Apple’s online shopping experience and digital files that will only play on Apple’s devices, the interface is more pleasant and satisfying than Windows’ Media Player.

The biggest bonus is the extra features you get with an iPod Touch, such as Wi-Fi connectivity and the amazing user interface. For video – or almost any other activity you want to perform on the go – Apple’s touchscreen device remains top of the heap. The lock into iTunes is a bit of a pain, but the benefits this brings to the coherence of the interface and its overall ease of use, is a price worth paying.

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