This post is a followup review of sorts. I bought my iPod Touch (1st-gen) last year in August, and I’ve had it for about one year now. It still works perfectly and I love it more than ever. Read on to see my thoughts on it.
h4. Apps, Apps, and Apps
The app store was one of Apple’s greatest innovations- a centralized database, where users can buy, rate, review, and update their apps. Using it is a joy, and happily, most of the apps are of a very high quality. Just like the ads say, there is an app for everything. If you can think of it, there’s probably an app for it. Since several readers have iPod Touches as well, I’ll list my top apps:
* *Mail, Safari, Notes:* These are all fantastic apps that come with the iPod by default, and I use them on a daily basis. A lot of the posts here are written in that Notes app and then copy/pasted into the WordPress app for publishing.
* *Facebook:* A great app for wasting a lot of time.
* *Tweetie:* A paid app, but it’s one of the best, if not _the_ best, Twitter client for the iPod/iPhone.
* *Flashlight:* A deceptively simple app, but one of the most useful if you need to find something in the dark.
* *Beejive IM:* At $9.99, it’s a rather expensive app, but it’s a top-notch IM client, and chatting with multiple accounts on it is seamless.
* *Ego:* A great stat-tracking app. I can track my Mint stats, Twitter stats, Feedburner stats, and Pagerank.
* *Reader:* A fantastic RSS reader.
* *iStat:* It shows the iPods performance, and has a “free memory” feature which frees up valuable RAM, making the iPod run faster without a time and battery-consuming restart.
* *Convertbot:* An awesome conversion app, it can convert almost anything, and it has a very nice UI to boot.
h4. Durability and Longevity
With a good case and a screen protector, the iPod is virtually indestructible, and has survived long falls unscathed. The battery life is still pretty good, and the screen still functions like new. Using the touch screen feels natural and fun, even after a year. The small animations scattered throughout the OS are still nice and haven’t become annoying, even after a year.
Even after a year I still have plenty of space left on the iPod. This might not be the case for everybody, but 8gb is more than enough for all my needs. Currently I have several movies and about 700 songs on it, with room to spare.
Even after a year, my iPod Touch remains a very useful little gadget. I use it almost every day, and I’d say it was $300 well spent.