Originally Posted by Cookee
Thanks Andy - is the internet bit useable - want to be able to check email (I use btinternet) and try and get on here if I can?
The Safari browser is extremely useable. To all intents and purposes, its like using a mini PC. Tapping on links is highly intuitive and the way it manages multiple pages at once is cool to. Yes, the text can get hard to read, but this can normally be sorted by turning the Touch on its side (landscape) or double-tapping on the portion of the screen you want to read. In extreme cases, or depending on your eyesight, using the 'pinch' technique will magnify any portion of the screen to any size you want.
I am not sure how syncing works on a PC (I am a Mac user) but you should be able to sync over all your bookmarks, cookies, passwords etc. Your e-mail accounts may well automatically set themselves up too. The did when syncing with my iMac for the first time.
Checking your e-mail is excellent too. The only difference I can discover between the way the iPhone (and the Touch to a lesser extent, due to its lack of mobile phone innards) retrieves e-mail compared to a Crackberry is that the interval between time it checks for new mail; I gather a Blackberry is instant and the iPod Touch can be set to check every 15 minutes. This is fine for most people, I reckon.
The Touch will start chcking for e-mail whenever you are within one of your wi-fi zones. The iPhone will continuosly check (if you want it to) when you are on the road and away from your trusted wi-fi regions. On either, when you read an e-mail, it will show as read when you get back to your computer. All good. It is worth mentioning, that with an iPhone contract from O2 (min. £35.00 per month, 2 year duration) you get access to free Cloud wi-fi zones around the country. It might be worth a quick check to see if there are any hotspots you might find especiall usesful:
All data (web browsing and e-mail) is included in the O2 contract. This, of course, doesn't apply for the Touch as you are using your own (or you mates, or the pubs, or the neighbours etc) wi-fi.
New Touchs' include Safari (browser), YouTube, iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store,
Mail, Maps, Stocks, Weather, Notes. The Maps feature now includes pseudo-GPS location by triangulatiing any available wi-fi signals. I haven't really tested this yet. It puts my position as halfway between Cowes and Calshot!
. Its better than a kick in the bllocks though I guess and it might well be more accurate in an urban environment.)
Can't hink of anything else worth mentioning at the moment except to say that both products are great. Don't listen to the crap about the iPhone not being that
good. Its brilliant. Its one of those beasts that you need to 'live with' for a couple of weeks. Having a proper internet device in your pocket is great. Text entry on both devices does take a little getting used to but once you have used it for a while there is no going back to T9 predictive texting. I don't miss the phyiscal keys whatsoever now. The iPhone camera is fine too.
Suffice to say, I am an Apple-fan-boy. If they make it, I will probably buy it!
(I have a MacBook Air on pre-order). BUT, I will only recommend to friends (and RIB.netters) the best-of-the-good products.
The iPod Touch & the iPhone fall into this category. GO BUY.