Is the iPod Touch Obsolete?
It's that time of the year where new iPhone rumors are heating up. Apple fanboys are calling for a bigger screen size (4.8-inch), 12-megapixel camera, wireless charging, and possibly fingerprint security sensors.
With the advent of the iPhone, iPad, and now iPad Mini, Apple may have intended to make that pocket digital camera you were toting around, or the TomTom GPS glued to your windshield seem burdensome. But did they mean to outdate their own products?
Being the proud owner of a 4th generation iPod Touch many moons ago, I thought I had the best of both worlds: 64 GB of storage, 2 cameras (HD video recording), access to iOS and the App Store, WiFi internet...etc. I could enjoy all of the same iPhone features, without the monthly data charges.
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Long story short, I sold my Touch on Craigslist and now have an iPhone 5.
Not to say Apple didn't see this coming a long time ago, but it seems by reserving most tech upgrades and advertising space for the iPhone and iPad, they've made the iPod Touch functionally and emotionally obsolete.
Yes, my iPod Touch had access to most of the same features as an iPhone or iPad. It just didn't have access everywhere. WiFi is great because it uses less battery and in some locations it's actually free! But when you're in a jam and need the Internet immediately, the iPod Touch is innefecitve. The iPhone has 3G coverage (or 4G depending on the model) anywhere. That extra $30 a month pays for ultimate convenience and access to the Web on the go.
All in all, technology increases exponentially. There will always be a model better and worse than yours. Whether a product is obsolete or fully functional depends on the needs of the user. If you already have a great camera, an updated GPS and no desire to be constantly connected to the Internet, an iPod may be just what the doctor ordered. If you're someone like me who needs to check emails, Facebook and Twitter constantly then you may have to shell out an extra $30 a month.
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