Ipod Touch – One month on

3 12 2007

Someone asked me the other day how I was going with my iPod touch as I hadn’t blogged about it much. Well I am pleased to say I am still loving it and have worked to unleash it’s full potential thanks to the wonders of Jailbreaking 🙂

Since following one of the excellent tutorials on ipodtouchfans.com, my ipod now runs third party software and most of the iPhone suite (including Mail, Weather, Notes and Google Maps). Of course the ipod can’t use the GPRS / EDGE of the iPhone, but the Wifi is a good alternative.

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As you can see from the screenshot above, I have installed a fair bit including:

  • Mail client from the iPhone – using GMAIL IMAP to pick up my email
  • Weather client from the iPhone
  • Notes from the iPhone
  • Maps from the iPhone (scrolled off the screen)
  • Screenshot utility
  • Network stumbler
  • Suduko
  • Springboard – Theme / Skinner
  • Calendar fix allowing calendar items to be added via the iPod

Stay tuned for more ipod updates.





It’s arrived

31 10 2007

For a while now I have lusted after an iPhone but you can’t get them legally in Australia yet. So a couple of months ago when Apple announced the iPod Touch I thought oh yes, one of those I shall have. My SP5 is doing the goods as my phone and when I need a new one my employer can shout me one.

So for the past few weeks I have been hitting the Apple Online Store tracking page looking to see where my shiny new 16gig iPod Touch was. Well yesterday I stopped looking as the nice man from TNT finally delivered it.

As usual with any Apple product, the packaging was fantastic and lends itself to the whole experience. After a short download of iTunes and connecting the cable the iPod was alive and fully touchable.

I am going to split my thoughts on the touch into two groups, good and bad:

Good

  • The whole OS / interface is amazing
  • Cover flow absolutely rocks
  • The addition of Wifi makes this so much more than an iPod
  • Safari is fantastic, I twittered and gmail’d from it yesterday and it looked just like it would on IE. OWA is pretty nifty in it too
  • The in built apps are superb (I love the YouTube app)
  • Oh yeah, the sound is as good as my previous iPod Photo

Bad

  • It doesn’t work with Vista 64bit. WHY, come on Apple this is a big problem?
  • Apple should really provide some sort of case in the package
  • Can’t add apps without hacking it (but this is scheduled to change in Feb when the SDK is released)
  • No email, Google maps or ability to sync contacts / calendar items as the iPhone can
  • The iTunes Wifi store only lets you find / buy music, not podcasts / audiobooks etc.

All in all it’s fantastic and with the sexy new case that arrived yesterday, it looks the business!!