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HELP ME: iPhone or iPod Touch? - A Recovering Physicist's Apology

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This is one of those annoying questions that technology brings. So I put it to you my loyal readers and only friends, iPhone or iPod Touch. Lets go to the tale of the tape:

~~iPhone~~
I don't have a job right now (but I'm hopefully pretty close) so a service charge of $60/month is annoying, but not a deal breaker once I am fully employed. The fact that I have to pay this in order for the damn thing to work IS super annoying. I can't just buy it now and use it like a poor man's ipod touch until I get a job and can use it as a phone too.

I do need a cell phone or will when I am employed (see above).

The functionality of the iPhone is awesome. Uncle Dirtae is glued to his and for good reason. It is nice to have the internet in your pocket for settling bets or just looking random crap up. The iPhone can do that anywhere there is cell coverage.

But the big BIG con about the iPhone is that it isn't a replacement for the iPod for me. With only 16 GB max, that isn't a whole lot of space. It has been pointed out that I could create smart play lists and manage what songs/pics/junk get put up to keep it fresh, etc, etc, but I don't want to do that! Technology is meant to streamline that stuff, the days of making mix tapes is over. I just want to yank it off the cradle and leave the apartment and drop it on when I get home. No fuss no muss.



~~iPod Touch~~
Has the space I need, 32 gigs max.

No service charges.

I use my iPod a lot and like to have all my music with me, and know I would get good use out of the photo features and likely some of the video as well.

But the BIG con about the iPod touch is that it isn't a replacement for the iPhone! I'll still need a cell phone when I get a job (see above). It has all the cool non-voice sending functionality of an iPod as long as there is wifi, but without that, it is just a slick looking iPod. So I'll need 2 devices.


~~Conclusions?~~
It looks more and more like I will just end up with two devices like I have always carried. A phone and an iPod. It would be cool to have both an iPhone for everyday use and an iPod Touch for those long trips and things that I tend to (and hopefully will continue) to find myself on, but this seems a bit wasteful and decadent. I don't know... I don't know...




So what do you say my minions... errr, "trusted circle of advisers"? Advise me, trustedly!
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From:sneakypeteiii
Date:June 10th, 2008 07:03 am (UTC)
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iPhone 3G + classic. But the service price went up...
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From:biggrumpy
Date:June 10th, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
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Hmmm that is something else I considered, unfortunately as awesome as the classic is, I really like the big screen of the Touch. My thinking that it would be there to accompany me on long trips (while the iphone would be my day-to-day gadget) means I would prefer the bigger screen of the ipod touch to the classic to watch movies, show pictures to people, the usual what-have-yous. Hmmm....
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From:sneakypeteiii
Date:June 11th, 2008 02:49 am (UTC)
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I like movies shown on a TV or larger screen, personally. Until they manage to make that fruit roll-up OLED screen practical, I'm not playing too much into the movie/TV-playing hype. The classic works as it should: as a damn good, damn quiet mp3 player with a couple bells and whistles on the side.
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From:biggrumpy
Date:June 11th, 2008 04:41 am (UTC)
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Fair enough. I don't know how well the movie thing works, or if I will like it. It is something I am not sold on either way, but I was playing around with my friend's Classic and my other friends Touch and finding songs was so much more convenient and quick with the Touch. The interface superiority alone makes me go "Hmmmm...."
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From:biggrumpy
Date:June 10th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
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Interesting. I have heard that from a even some my Macolytes friends which is why they did not get gen 1. With Apple I am also somewhat inclined to wait a while to make sure they balance things out sometimes I feel like they push a little too much form and not enough function. On top of that, I really do hate AT&T, have heard some nightmare stories about their service, and really don't like the way they handed records over to the government (though all the supplies did, so I can't single AT&T out for special rage on that alone).

Sigh, why can't there be a 32 GB iPhone?
From:djstomp
Date:June 10th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
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For what it's worth, I get pretty good service from AT&T, but (as with JET) everyone's situation is different. I also don't have an iPhone.

As for form vs. function, I really have to disagree pretty hard. I mean, sure, there are things like the MacBook Air, but I believe it exists solely to get Apple more attention and money, while they still offer other choices for people who want something more usable and versatile. Generally, Apple puts huge amounts of thought and effort into usability. Sometimes they screw up, but they are at least trying to deliver the best user experience possible - which seems to be pretty rare among phone makers.
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From:biggrumpy
Date:June 11th, 2008 04:39 am (UTC)
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I don't mean that Apple always puts form over function, but sometimes it does happen. As I have said time and time again, a full keyboard is ugly as sin, but I would much prefer my IBMs full keyboard to my MacBook's short stack with everything doubling up with the function key. Most of the time Apple really nails it and makes some beautiful and simplistic things. The iPod stands out in my mind as a fantastic example of beautiful minimalism.

I am shocked that you get good AT&T service, you are like the second person I have heard that from! AMAZING!
From:djstomp
Date:June 10th, 2008 11:45 am (UTC)
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Also keep in mind that you have to keep paying to upgrade the touch.
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From:biggrumpy
Date:June 10th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
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Yeah LAME. But paying $20 here and there is not as bad as paying $60/month and the upgrades are optional, so if something wickedly cool comes along I can update, but if it is $20 for something stupid, I can pass. Still it is something to consider.
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From:willwrite4books
Date:June 11th, 2008 03:21 pm (UTC)
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This is from someone who isn't really a music person, but I think it's a no contest in favor of the iPhone.

A) It's a phone with Internet access. I don't know a lot about the iPod Touch--or, actually, iPods in general--but I'd rather have communication and information over 50's latest beat.

B) The iPhone 3G isn't coming out until 7/11. Since you're not working, that's perfect. Plus, if you're working at that time, you'll be able to snag it right quick, since it's only $200-$300.

C) In this day and age, you need a cell phone. When you're working you won't be at home as often, so if people need to get in touch with you (or you need to get in touch with people) a phone is the way to go.

D) When you're employed, there probably won't be a choice, really. You can buy both; right now, it's more a question of which to buy first. In that case, get the phone first (you NEED a phone!) and then get the iPod Touch, Nano, Super-D-Duper, whatever. 16GB is not that bad at all for music, and even after you have both a phone and an iPod, you could keep the music on your phone for situations where you maybe forgot your iPod or something.

In summary: Phone!
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From:willwrite4books
Date:June 11th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
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Oh, and in looking at your tech-themed profile pic, I forgot: you already have an iPod of some sort. Do you really need another one?
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From:biggrumpy
Date:June 11th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
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My ipod is on the way out. I have had it now for 3 years or so, it has been all over China, Korea and Japan, America and made the Pacific trip maybe 6+ times. The battery is failing and the wheel is now very finicky. It's had a good run but I'm afraid it's just on the last legs and needs to be replaced.
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