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The iPod Touch is now in its third generation and we're happy to say that Apple's latest boasts numerous improvements over its predecessor. For starters the new Touch uses version 3.1 of Apple's iPhone OS and sports the same microprocessor, graphics engine and memory as the 3GS iPhone. Thanks to this combination of hardware and software the Touch proved very responsive in day-to-day use. Launching apps, switching from one content type to another and even browsing the web proved quick and trouble-free. The supplied earphones boast an integrated microphone and both work well in terms of playback and audio capture. Thankfully, if you already own an expensive set of cans, you can hook them up to the Touch, as it uses a standard 3.5mm mini-jack connector. The third generation Touch isn't perfect however. The 3.5-inch LCD display while ultra-responsive in terms of its touch sensing suffers from limited viewing angles. Viewing the screen from anywhere off-axis results in brightness and contrast loss. The fact that you have to use Apple's own iTunes content management software to transfer content onto the Touch is also an annoyance because we noticed a few issues with synchronisation from time-to-time.
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It's been over three weeks since Apple sent me their new iPod Touch for review and in that time, I have never once used it to listen to music. In fact, I haven't even bothered loading any songs onto it. There are a few reasons for that: one, I'm not a fan of iTunes. Yes, the new flavor of iTunes that was revealed at the recent Apple press event looks great but I'm a far bigger fan of drag and drop functionality. I'd rather not port my entire library over and deal with the hassle; I also buy actual CDs and convert them myself, so I don't have a massive library of downloaded tunes. But the main reason why I haven't used the Touch for music is because I'm way too busy using it for what I feel is its main function: accessing the incredible App Store. I don't own an iPhone -- I'm a Verizon customer and don't see myself switching anytime soon -- and that's why I like the iPod Touch so much: it allows me to access the App Store and all that it offers without having to abandon my current monthly phone contract. If you haven't ever browsed the Apple App Store, it really is a veritable candy store whose shelves are stocked with every confection you could imagine.
Just two months ago, we tested the iPod touch 2G with its latest firmware, but following Apple's announcements during September's keynote, the iPod touch 3G is here … or rather, we've got an iPod touch 2G with the insides of the iPhone 3G S. It's difficult to see what's new about the touch 3G when you take it out of its packaging, as absolutely nothing has changed in terms of looks. It's the same stainless steel alloy on the back which is so easy to scratch with your keys or cover in dirty fingerprints. On the front, the screen hasn't changed either, and is still surrounded by a black frame, like a MacBook. Unsurprisingly, the software hasn't changed either, with the main new feature being support for iTunes 9. Navigating through the menus is still as fast and simple as it always was: the OS is impressively speedy. GPS, WiFi and all the other services are as they were described in our test of the previous generation. Ah yes: audio and video. No change here, either. The sound quality hasn't changed, nor have the equalizer presets or playback options. The audio and video formats supported are the same.
Now in its third year, Apple's iPod Touch has evolved so many features and uses beyond media playback that we're not really sure what to call it anymore. Some flock to the Touch for its first-class mobile Web browser and e-mail support, while others see it primarily as a portable gaming device, and some still pick it up for good, old-fashioned music and video playback. No matter how you choose to define the iPod Touch, Apple's third-generation version has arrived, flaunting 8GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities priced respectively at $199, $299, and $399. Its hardware design hasn't changed dramatically from the model we reviewed in 2008, but neither has its status as the world's most feature-packed portable media player. For better or worse, the first thing we noticed about the third-generation iPod Touch is how unchanged it looks. Side by side with the second-generation iPod Touch, you'd be hard-pressed to find a way to distinguish the two models from each other. Aside from minor differences in the etching on the back of the Touch, the second- and third-generation models are spitting images of each other.
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