I'm not really inclined to embrace popular technology too much, and am not a real Apple 'fan". However, from time to time personal biases and hangups must take a back seat to the facts. Case in point, the third generation 32 gig Apple Ipod Touch; this device is absolutely stunningly ingenious. Joel has had an older 16 gig model for a while, and James received the 32 gig model for Christmas. The features crammed into this little thing are incredible:
- 7,000 songs
- 40 hours of video
- 40,000 photos
- Voice Control
- Up to 30 hours of music playback
- Up to 6 hours of video playback
- iPod touch 3.1 software
- Nike + iPod support built in
- Built-in speaker
- Earphones with Remote and Mic
If you have a wireless router, it's great for internet browsing, YouTube, Email, and there's even a Skype client that makes it into an pseudo I-Phone (without the monthly bill). The on-screen keyboard is quite usable, and configuration is child's play. The Swiss Army Knife of personal devices, I highly recommend one.
The BlackBerry Storm, on the other hand, is the worst device I have ever had or used. (had to throw that in didn't I ?).