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Monday, January 14, 2008

Apple iPod Touch - Like A Soft Portable Media Player

By Samuel Herrick

The Apple iPod Touch portable media player designed and marketed by Apple Inc. comes into the market featuring a multi-touch interface that makes it attractive. The iPod Touch was unveiled to the general public on September 5, 2007, creating a heavy demand for the gadget. The iPod touch comes with a 8 or 16 GB of flash memory. It comes with a Wi-Fi and includes Safari, the Apple's web browser.

The iPod touch holds the credit for being the first generation of the iPod line that includes wireless access to the iTunes Store. It comes with the capability to detect the current and last 10 songs playing in a Starbucks café within the area of the device, and provides the user with the opportunity to download the tracks in the iTunes music store. Apple for now has no plans to expand into stores other than those in the U.S.

The Apple Touch comes with a touch screen interface that is almost same as that of iPhone. This model has a physical home button separate from the touch screen like in iPhone. The home screen comes with a headphone set, an alarm clock and also a list of buttons corresponding to the available applications. The Touch arrives with 28 wallpaper photos, some of which are figures from the iPod advertisements.

The Wi-Fi capabilities of the iPod Touch can also be utilised for the purchasing of music from the iTunes Store wirelessly.The prima facie reviews of the iPod touch finds some differences compared to Apple's similar iPhone. The new model is missing the facilities of iPhone including e-mail, mapping and stock tracking applications, even though they could be added in through an action called a Jailbreak. It also lacks Bluetooth capability. There were also early complaints that the device's screen could not properly display shades of black. But this problem was later resolved with the firmware update.

Samuel Herrick writes about latest gadgets, sim free phones and payg phones

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