Apple iPod Touch (third-generation) Editor's Take Video
Apple iPod Touch (third-generation) Editor's Take Video Transcript
[ Music ] ^M00:00:03
>> Hey, I'm Donald Bell, Senior Editor for Digital, Audio, and MP3, and this is a First Look at the third generation Apple iPod Touch. If you haven't heard, the iPod Touch is a touchscreen, portable media player that essentially works like an iPhone without the phone or the monthly bill. It's slightly slimmer than the iPhone, since there's no need to cram in all that phone and GPS technology, but you get the same Wi-Fi Internet connection, the same Bluetooth wireless audio, and the same 3.5-inch glass-covered screen. Apple is selling three models of the iPod Touch, an 8-gigabyte version for $199.00, 32-gigabytes for $299.00, and whopping 64-gigabyte version for $399.00. Why they couldn't throw in a 16-gigabyte version is beyond me, but the pricing seems fair, all things considered. One thing to note, however, is that while the $199.00 option looks identical to the pricier models, it's technically running last year's hardware. Some of the new features, such as voice control, an accelerated processor, open GL graphic support, and improved accessibility controls are only available on the 32-gigabyte and 64-gigabyte versions. Now, personally, I don't feel like any of those features are inherently worth an extra hundred bucks, if you'd otherwise be fine with an 8-gigabyte touch. But you should know what you're buying. Okay, so I've got about two more minutes to describe a product to you that offers about a dozen killer features right out of the box. First off, you get a great music player with sophisticated features such as genius playlist, search, over-the-air podcast updating, and a cover flow of you that still feels like magic to me. The video player is equally fantastic and integrates seamlessly with the vast library of movies, TV shows, rentals, video podcasts, and music videos available from iTunes. The Safari web browser is smoking fast, especially with the improved processor on the 32 and 64-gigabyte models. Then there's email, calendars, photos, contacts, stocks, maps, notes, voice recording, weather reports, and let's not forget YouTube. Now, Apple could have just left it there and still have an outstanding product, but to really knock it out of the park, they threw in the App Store. You've probably seen the ads from Apple demonstrating how the iPhone App Store has an app for just about everything. Well, it's true, maybe even to a fault. For example, a search for dictionaries produces hundreds of results, ranging from a free Spanish dictionary to a $25.00 version of the American Heritage Fourth Edition. Mostly, though, the app store is filled with fun stuff like games, Internet radio tuners, streaming video players, absurd gimmicks, or the occasional life-changing app, like a pizza delivery locator. Everyone will have a different take on what apps are meaningful to them, but just the mere existence of a robust, constantly evolving storefront of apps transforms the iPod Touch into a kind of infinitely customizable platform that can be molded into whatever you want. And that's really the killer feature. So whether you're crazy about games, music, or videos, or you just want a $200.00 gadget that can update your Facebook profile and locate a good restaurant, the Apple iPod Touch offers the total package. For CNET.com, I'm Donald Bell. ^M00:03:16 [ Music ]
CNET Senior Editor Donald Bell gives his take on what makes the Apple iPod Touch such an exceptional portable media player.
CNET Senior Editor Donald Bell offers a Quick View of the new search, recording, and media features found on the second-generation iPod Touch running iPhone OS 3.0.
CNET Senior Editor Donald Bell points the CNET product spotlight on the fourth generation Apple iPod Touch. With its new HD camera and video chat capabilities, along with bedrock features such as music, video, e-mail, and games--the Touch is arguably the best iPod ever.
CNET's Donald Bell repairs a cracked screen on a first-generation Apple iPod Touch.
Get a hands-on look at Apple's fifth-generation iPod Nano and see what Senior Editor Donald Bell has to say about its new video camera, radio, and pedometer features.
Donald Bell, CNET's senior editor for MP3 players, takes a closer look at the iPhone 3G's music and video features.
CNET MP3 expert, Senior Editor Donald Bell, takes a second, closer look at the music features of the Apple iPhone.
One of CNET's MP3 experts, Senior Editor Donald Bell, takes a second, closer look at the music offerings on the Apple iPhone.
Senior Editor Donald Bell answers your questions about iPods and other MP3 players, along with CNET TV's Brian Tong and his golden shoes.
CNET's Donald Bell takes a look at Apple's latest iPod offering, the iPod Touch, which has many of the features found in the iPhone.