Ah, let’s stir this pot a wee bit.
I had a thought after reading “comparing a bicycle to a Cadillac”.
Okay then, read this page about expensive bicycles. Granted, there may be some really nice Cadillacs out there (I will completely forego that rebadged GMC truck called the “Escalade” from my list, what a horrible tank!), but it boils down to personal preferences, I think.
Each player has its strong attributes, and its weaknesses. Regarding the Touch, it’s an interesting beast, to say the least. The big display, a nice expanse of real glass, is nice to work with. But let’s look at the whole machine, shall we? It’s an _ iPhone with a whole collection of bits and pieces (the phone section) robbed from the device. _ Hardly an innovation, just a different set of components.
My hat’s off to Apple, who have convinced folks it’s handy to place a huge device against the side of one’s head, making it fashionable to have a device reminiscent of this thing (hey, I had one back in the day too!):
Hey, while I’m in rant mode, I have two friends with broken face glass panels, on the new iPhone 4- is this going to be common? It’s just under $200 to fix this, holey moley!
I actually do like the overall design of the new Apples, but have strong reservation with the “device for the masses” marketing hoopla that follows all things Apple. Sorry, I cannot be yet one more of the lemmings running for that cliff, or giving an impromptu interview with the local news, explaining why I was camped out all night at the Apple store. You can’t sling “fan boi” out there when these guys exist, now that’s dedication, I guess. It’s something pretty hard to quantify, to say the least.
If the Touch is your cup-o-tea, I can’t fault your choice, it’s a nice machine. I prefer coffee, incidentally. And a smaller device. Then again, what do I know? I also prefer a basic Nokia with two simple red and green call and end buttons. If it’s going to be a phone, especially a radiotelephone, sound quality and RF performance are my criteria.
I think I’m more turned off by Steve Jobs’ performance than Apple’s devices. Talk about eccentric. The iPhone demo where he got a little hissy over having a clean WiFi connection was a case in point, now that was good stuff. Later, the embroglio over the “lost” prototype that wandered over to Gizmodo was, well…