What I got and general impressions. On Friday, October 10, 2008, I bought a Apple® - iPod® touch 32GB MP3 Player. Why the 32G? I did go back and forth on that. The Palm I am replacing only has 32MB (that's an M). I also have a 30GB iPod Clickwheel. (It was originally a 20GB, but replace the drive when it crashed a few years back.) It is still working. I also have a 1GB iPod nano. So, while I didn't need the 32 G, I had the money (from a recent consulting gig) and figured one is never sorry for more space. So, now I am looking to farm out my other 2 iPods.
Impression? Very intuitive to use (no user manual, though there is one at manuals.info.apple.com). It just worked. iTunes walked me through registration and then syched my music, Contacts, Events, and Mail settings. It charged very quickly via the USB connector. (It, of course, came with a USB cable, but I just used the one from my other iPods. Those are the same (though not all things are, as I will mention). I then set up the wireless settings (a slight pain given my long key and lack of skill with the virtual keypad on the touch. After that... everything worked!
Meeting my needs? I laid out my needs/wants in the above-mentioned blog entry. This is what I wanted and what I found:
- Bible—I copied the free Bible Reader and free Bibles via the App Store from Olive Tree Bible Software.
- ereader—I copied the free eReader app from eReader. The app itself allows one to download eBooks, so I just copied the books that I previously had on my Palm. I did this by putting them on a web page and pointing to them.
- iCal sync (including birthdays)—It is standard, and if you show Birthdays in iCal on your desktop they will show up on the handheld.
- Calculater—Standard app.
- Address book sync—Standard app.
- wireless access—As I said, it works great and I use it for email and web (and a lot more).
- Notes or memos—Well, it has a Notes app,
but it is not syncable. That rots. I found and downloaded the demo of Phoneview. The demo works fine. I am hoping that Apple provides syncing of Notes sometime.Notes sync in 3.0! :-)
- email—Works great.
- To do/iCal Tasks—Missing. Not a show-stopper. I am hoping Apple fixes this lack, also.
- expense tracking—I cannot find a simple replacement for the simple, free expense program my Palm had.
- Secret!—I've found a number of lockbox programs. I want one I can populate through a copy from my desktop. It need not be fancy. Secret! was very simple. I want to any information in free form and have the option to encrypt the file (with 256 bit crypto or stronger). I will keep looking.
- As I said, "I have Documents to Go on my Palm, that reads and writes Microsoft Offices files. I don't really use this much." Their web site says "Coming to iPhone/Touch soon."
- It seems very stable. Apps and syncing just work, although it helps if the Mac iSync process has finished what it does.
- There are bunch of free or inexpensive apps and more keep coming.
- When in iPod play mode, I can still read mail or do other things while it continues to play.
- When I get up in the morning, instead of booting my PowerBook, I click on my Touch, touch the Mail button, and have emails in my hand in short order.
- Some email attachments display fine on the iPod touch (text, images, PDF, Word doc files, Word docx files).
- As I mentioned,
no sync of Notes without using a 3rd party product. Added with version 3.0!
- No keyboard option. (Maybe someday? Palm has attached and Bluetooth keyboards.)
- No Copy/Paste. I'd like to copy a URL from a web page and email it. Or copy something from my Contacts book and paste it into a web form. I cannot. And my short-term memory is not what it used to be.
- If I receive a meeting invitation, and I click on the attachment, Mail does nothing with it. I want it to add it to my calendar, as it does on my Mac. I assume they will add this functionality.
- I really, really want a replacement for Secret! so I can securely carry my account information and passwords with me.
- While the same USB cable that works for my old iPods work on this, the car and home chargers do not. I have to buy a new car charger for long trips (the new ones work in all iPods). I probably do not need a wall-charger as even if I travel overseas, I have my PowerBook.
The thing that used to really kill me was when I would do large Contact list changes. I organize my address book into different books (like categories): APL, Business, Personal, Press, Restaurants, etc. My biggest address book category is my church directory, with 1736 entries. I just updated it by deleting all the entries in the category and then importing the updated list (from a tab-delimited file). Next, I told the Sync process to "Sync Now," which gets its head right. Then I clicked Sync in iTunes after first clicking Contacts under Advanced. This replaces the information on the iPod with the desktop information on the next sync. It worked perfectly and quickly. I'm very happy.