The eternal battle: iPhone vs. iPod Touch: which is right for me?
November 28, 2007 8:14 PM Subscribe
Should I ask for an iPhone or an iPod Touch for Christmas? My usage specs inside. I need some perspective and some insight from current users of both.
posted by MadamM to shopping (24 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
So, I along with about everyone else on the planet have been seduced by the touch screen Appley goodness. My current iPod is a non-color-screened 20GB with a pathetic battery life, so I'm due for a bit of an upgrade. My phone situation is better, but my phone is also three years old and I'm due for a new one of those as well (although I still like it pretty well). Which will be most worth it for me, a non-power user? Some pros and cons I've come up with:
iPhone pros: It's awesomeness in a shiny little box. Google maps(I use it constantly at home), visual voicemail(something I've always imagined in a perfect phone), always available internet (as I live in an area with good AT&T coverage), ability to write short notes, plus all the goodies the iTouch has.
iPhone cons: My family already has AT&T, but the extra 20 bucks a month raises some issues when I'm already asking for a 400 dollar gadget (will the iPhone data plan apply for any other phones in my family's plan? because the "replaces existing data plan" on the iPhone page doesn't really explain things). I might mitigate the cost with my mom by offering to spring for the first 6 months or so of the extra bill money- I can't pay for all of it, but I could at least do that).
The other big thing is the storage- 8GB seems pretty thin, especially as I really want to use it as a video watching thing. Music-wise I'm probably OK- my current iPod only has about 6 gigs on it after 3 years and a lot of that is not really necessary. I'm also mildly worried about a new version of the iPhone coming out in two months that solves all my issues with it (larger storage, cheaper?), leaving me with a lot of envy. Then again, I don't believe in waiting forever for gadget nirvana and I don't have any huge issues with the current version, just mild concern.
iPhone neutrals: I don't text very much, unlike every other teenage girl currently living, so texting matters not at all to me. The price of the thing itself is less of an issue as if I get the iTouch, it's 16GB all the way. I don't care about size. I don't care about email.
The iTouch's main positive is the larger storage and not having to pay for a data plan. Its main negatives are not being able to access the internet except with wifi access, which strikes me as a bit limited (better slow internet than none whatsoever), plus it lacks all the delightful things the iPhone does have (see iPhone pros). I also will sooner rather than later need a new phone, and the idea of having one unigadget is appealing.
Basically, I have the cheaper, more limited option that won't fulfill my desire the way the iPhone would and the amazing option that still leaves me with a few hesitancies. I don't think I realized how much I wanted an iPhone until I thought maybe it made sense to get one, but the practical side of me is saying that I've been seduced by shiny and that I should go for the more conservative choice.
Mefites, what say you? I need some more perspective. I've played with both options but I need some input from people who have experience with one or both. Looking at my questions, concerns, et. al. and weighing your experience, which should I go for?