I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

A Touch Dilemma

Ever since the Mac­world key­note I’ve been wrest­ling with a strong wish to buy an iPod touch. The new soft­ware avail­able on the touch seems to have been one of the most con­tro­ver­sial aspects of the key­note. But to me the pro­spect of hav­ing those key apps, without hack­ing, coupled with the recent dis­cov­ery that my work has Wi-Fi access, has made it seem very appeal­ing. It is now, to all intense and pur­poses an iPhone without the phone, and therein lies the problem.
I’m cur­rently tied to a Voda­fone con­tract that lasts anoth­er 12 months-ish, this makes the pro­spect of the iPod Touch look very appeal­ing. But then it also makes me think the only reas­on I want it is because I can­’t get an iPhone yet. Now I think the Touch would do me fine, it’s got all the apps on it I would use, but every time I start think­ing about the pos­sib­il­ity of buy­ing one I can­’t help but think the device is crippled. That lack of a con­stant data con­nec­tion makes it that much harder to use, each time I’m drawn to the times I would be most likely to use it and really there are 4 major loc­a­tions that crop up.

  1. The lounge at home
  2. Lucie’s
  3. The office
  4. When I’m driv­ing some­where and try­ing to find some­thing (Maps)

Now the inter­est­ing thing is, 3 out of 4 of those loc­a­tions have Wi-Fi and there­fore make the Touch useable. Now the 4th one does­n’t and that’s where I fore­see the prob­lem. The times where I’ve really wished I had an iPhone is on the occa­sion of the 4th point. I don’t have a sat nav in my car, but the pro­spect of just being able to pop onto Google Maps to find some­thing is very enti­cing, espe­cially as I am new to this area and still find­ing out where things are.
Now as much a val­id reas­on as this is, I can­’t help but feel like it’s out­weighs the rest of the pro’s on the device. The pro­spect of hav­ing my email at my fin­ger­tips as well as my blog stats is quite enti­cing, par­tic­u­larly as I’m look­ing to push on with my blog in the com­ing months. Then there is the inter­face. Every time I watch a video, or even just look at the device I’m blown away by it, and the recent update to the “touch” ver­sion of OS X just seemed to fuel this. Now that I can have my Mint stats at my fin­ger­tips as well as a way to access Twit­ter eas­ily while I’m “on the go” or at work with a single touch to launch the “apps” makes the device feel a lot more complete.
It rests on sev­er­al con­di­tions and I’m sure over time those pro’s and con­’s will be weighed up and some decisions made (maybe selling my Nano!). Either way It’s both an excit­ing and an inter­est­ing dilemma and one which I’m sure you will find out the result.