And what Marcus said - EDGE isn’t nearly as bad as people make it out to be. It’s not 3G fast, but pretty much none of the 3G phones I’ve seen have a workable browser so EDGE wins by default. I know browsing the web on my Samsung Blackjack was a miserable experience.
Just google ipod touch and jailbreak. But there’s a way of transferring all of the iphone apps that Apple left off of the ipod touch (like mail, chat, google maps, notes, etc) onto the device. Even the calendar gets fixed so it’s no longer read-only. A 13-year old came up with the hack, too.
Not only has it been hacked, but there are some GUI tools out there already. Apparently they aren’t completely idiot proof, but this idiot (me) figured it out.
I picked up the touch over the iPhone because I’m still under contract, and breaking that contract would be $175 or $200 or something. I figure if I like the Touch enough, I’ll probably get an iPhone when my contract is up next year.
If you commute on public transpo, then the EDGE connection is more than decent enough for basic info, such as QT3, Google Maps, text email.
Although I love the bigger screen, I’d give the UI nod as a media player to the classic. The iPhone/Touch interface sucks for navigating long-ish audio tracks.
Also, Jobs finally announced that a true SDK will be available in February, allowing legit 3rd party apps on both devices next year, so no more need to jailbreak/hax0r. At least not if you plan to use ATT.
What is this EDGE connection? I find the wirless on my Touch to be pretty unreliable, even if I’m at home (where I know the wireless signal is strong and not being used heavily). I can hardly watch a long YouTube, which is a pity because my kids love some of them.
I do agree that trying to navigate a video/TV show is very hard. I didn’t notice until I started to transfer some TV shows from my Tivo and wanted to ff through the commercials. It requries a lot more percision than I can achieve with the screen.
Edge is AT&T’s slow data network. It’s only available on cell phones, or in this case the iPhone. It’s not on the iPod Touch.
Edge is about as fast as an old dial-up modem, which is painful since a lot of web sites are designed with broadband speeds in mind. Wifi will smoke it, which is why all the commercials for the iPhone show the wifi connection in use.
When David Pogue of the NYT, the biggest Apple sycophant on the planet (did you see his video musical to the freakin’ phone?), complains that it takes two minutes to load the Yahoo front page on EDGE, then yes, THAT IS SLOW.