Register Hardware reviews Apple iPod touch: ‘fully-fledged web tablet that’s a joy to use’

“Apple may be keen to tout the Touch’s 3.5in display, but the first thing you notice about the new iPod is how thin it is. Front to back it measures 8mm – on paper not as thin as the 6.5mm thick iPod Nano, but you’d never really know unless you measured them both. The point is, the Touch is supremely skinny,” Nick Hawkesmoor reports for Register Hardware.

“Safari is a joy to use and turns the Touch into a fully-fledged web tablet that’s actually rather better than many handheld web browsing gadgets designed specifically for that task. We found it great for doing quick news checks and Wikipedia look-ups while were spudding out on the sofa after a hard day’s work. There are times when you don’t want to fire up your computer to look something up online, and the Touch provides a great way to do it. And not a hint of the compromises mobile phone and PDA browsers make,” Hawkesmoor reports.

Register Hardware wasn’t excited by the new iPod Nano and the iPod Classic, but we like the iPod Touch. It’s not perfect – the price is too high, and there are some niggles about its interaction with iTunes. But you can’t help but be wowed by its graphical bravura, decent-size video playback and – joy upon joy – high-speed handheld web browsing. Got an iPod already? Buy the cheaper Touch and use it solely for surfing,” Hawkesmoor reports.

Full review here.

32 Comments

  1. (the price is too high, and there are some niggles about its interaction with iTunes. But you can’t help but be wowed by its graphical bravura, decent-size video playback and – joy upon joy – high-speed handheld web browsing. Got an iPod already? Buy the cheaper Touch and use it solely for surfing,” Hawkesmoor reports.)

    If the price is too high but cheaper than the ipod, where is this guy coming from?

    Has the Touch touched his brain slightly? I guess he couldn’t handle it…….

  2. You know Apple will release a new version with a 50% larger screen. That’s where the “iPod” was leading to all along. Apple just used the music business to build a huge customer base for devices called “iPod.” The current iPod touch is a transitional product that is marketed as a media player that also surfs the web. Going forward, iPods will also become the first truly useable “tablet” computers that fit in your pocket.

  3. “You know Apple will release a new version with a 50% larger screen. That’s where the “iPod” was leading to all along. Apple just used the music business to build a huge customer base for devices called “iPod.”

    Yes, (FUD), by all means wait just a little longer to buy…. er …. anything. Especially the Zune. You know that they are going to improve this model very shortly. Like by next year. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

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  4. Hello everyone, I’m thinking of getting an iTouch tomorrow. I like the iPhone but don’t want to go into a contract with another phone carrier again. I have a family acct and can talk to everyone. I don’t know enought to get an iPhone and unlock it, as I’ve heard. I just want to check and send emails, surf the internet, get maps when I’m traveling in the car. Any thoughts would be helpful. Thanks

  5. What a load of crap. I don’t think this guy actually used the iPod Touch. If he did he wouldn’t tell tall tales likes it’s “a joy to use.” Hey Nick Hawkesmoor, it’s made by Apple, so it’s a TOY to use. Just like those crappy MACs that only snobs use.

    You want joy? Go to Best Buy and try a Zune. It’s awesome: brown, FM radio and the WMA format. If you’re smart enough to buy one you’ll get to experience the magnificent points system with Zune Marketplace. Points are a fantastic Microsoft innovation that Apple would never implement. Points are too end user friendly for the morons at Apple who would rather punish their customers with proprietary gear and nasty DRM schemes.

    Come over to the light side: Zune.

    Your potential. Our passion.™

  6. @Patty… and @Mac4lfe: Woah there… you answered you “you can do all that as long as you are doing it through Safari”… I think that’s a bit simplistic answer. Look, she says “get maps when I’m travelling in the car.”. Only if she gets the maps from home. The Touch only has Wifi, NOT internet access anywhere, like on the road the way the iPhone can via EDGE network. So, iPod Touch… only good for internet access at home with wireless internet or at other wireless hotspots. Not generally in your car.

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