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.