iPod Touch

More than just an MP3 player

Following up on the incredible success of the first iPods, which featured only music playback, comes the iPod Touch, a touch-screen device capable of video and music playback and a whole lot more. Apple touts the Touch as the ultimate device in hand-held technology, offering an incredible range of software and even hardware options in a relatively slim and lightweight frame.

Users won’t just be listening to their favorite tunes or watching uploaded flicks -- the Touch also offers the ability to play games, take pictures of friends and even record live video. Connectivity to Apple’s incredibly popular App Store allows Touch owners to download a wide range of applications that can not only help while away the hours riding the bus to and from school or work but also help users find a nearby restaurant or sports bar.

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Old Features Made Better

Obviously, the Touch continues the tradition of excellent music playback established by its iPod predecessors and smaller sister devices, the iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle. The touch screen allows users to easily and quickly navigate their extensive music libraries (which may vary in size depending on whether you purchase the 8GB, 16GB, 32GB or 64GB model). When employed, the new Genius feature allows the Touch to create custom playlists based on the user’s tastes at that very moment -- pick a grunge song and the device will find other tunes just like it from within the library.

Videos can also be uploaded via iTunes and watched instantly on the Touch’s 3.5-inch widescreen display. Films and TV shows can be downloaded from the iTunes store.

New Features Made Incredible

New features include FaceTime, which allows users to engage in a video chat in just a few clicks. The iPod Touch also features two cameras, one on each side, to focus on the person taking the shot as well as the image they’re trying to capture. Most exciting may be the Touch’s high-definition video recording and editing options, which are made even more useful by the device’s advanced illumination sensors, which can help process data captured in low or high light. A new iMovie app allows users to create their own flicks with a $5 download from the App Store.