iPod touch misses out on “The Social”

What is it? What is this thing that I enjoy about the iPod Nano that is absolutely missing from the iPod Touch?

Walking down the street in the cold, big coat and a pair of gloves early in the morning on the way to work is a sensation greatly improved by an iPod. I can’t hear it; the traffic is too loud, it’s too loud the traffic is gone, damn I hate this song, where is the Podcast I wanted to listen too. Effortless transactions on an iPod Nano move my hand over the wheel and the aural world changes to fit my existence. 

I have owned an iPod touch for well as long as they have been about. I ordered it the day it was announced. The day the package arrived was like any other Apple delivery where the anticipation of the cardboard box almost equals the hardware. When you cut the tape on an Apple delivery the tape makes a clearly audible OMFG your gonna love this F’n sh!t. Santa aint got sh!t on an Apple box. I could write 10,000 words on the box, I’ll save you the grief.

Touch in hand “Slide to unlock” made my skin tickle when the iPhone was first announced and weeks into owning the touch it is still an amazing thing. Ohh what next? Safari? Youtube? Photos? Cover flow mmmmm cover flow is great though there begins the problem. 

Slide to unlock” standing in line at the super market line, I’m next, TWIT is on and I don’t want to miss any so I better turn it off while I pack my bags. Pull the iPenis from the pocket from whence it came and “Slide to unlock”. There is nothing natural about his move it is new to human behavior and feels somewhat like a teenage fumble. Pack my bags and get on my way only to have to stop at the magazines to “Slide to unlock” and play, doh! the inside of my thumb is touching the very tiny corner of the screen and play wont work, better try spider fingers DOH still doesn’t work. Two hands for beginners, put my shopping down so I can get back to Scott Bourne be over polite about Apple stock and how Green Peace is off their heads ( I think they were proven right SB ).

Walk outside down the path, struggling to hear what Leo is saying about the Blackberry 8800 and why he loves it ( I have one I love it ), trucks and busses are going by and I have to stop, put down my shopping and “Slide to F’n unlock” so I can turn it F€ck I am deff, I cant hear it!, F FF FFF my ears are F’n whistling like a bastard cat on the pull. Luckily at that moment a woman with a six week old baby was passing and I asked if I could borrow her child’s finger to adjust the iPod Touch’s volume control. Also I forgot to pause it can I use your kids fingers again to wind back as my little finger (pinky for the Americans) is a minute, seventeen seconds wide. 

Before the iPod touch life was easy, with a click wheel all this happened in my pocket, turn up, turn on, wind back or skip the Nano / Classic is a superior audio experience. I really wish there was an invisibly click wheel on the touch and for some very obvious reason it feels like it is missing from the new iPod.

Sitting at home infront of the fire, watching TV the iPod touch is the best internet device ever created, nothing comes close. “hey check this out” is simple with a touch and makes the 12” iBook feel like you are passing Noah’s arc to your partner. The grimace with the sheer inconvenience “Email it to me I’ll look at it later”. The internet is great on this thing even for just seeing what is on TV it’s better then CEFAX. Safari is at it’s best here as are the multi-touch features of the device. The internet is totally fluid and really usable.

Multi-touch is brilliant, nothing like it. I keep touching the screen on my Blackberry 8800 and it really pisses me off that nothing happens. There is something great about flicking through photos on the touch when you get it but that is where it stops. It was only when I was playing with my friend Christian’s new iPhone that I realized what it was that was missing from this device and why it is that I don’t put pictures on the iPod touch. 

The iPhone has speakers, I can share a video / song / podcast / photo etc. I cant do that on the touch. The iPhone is social the touch is a loner and for that reason will be a once ran and will not be around for very long.

That said it still beats the pants off any non-Apple music player on the planet and is by far the coolest gadget I have ever owned.

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