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.