10 reasons to buy an iPod Touch over an iPhone

10 reasons to buy an iPod Touch over an iPhone

Summary: For those keen to get their hands on Apple's newest must-have toy, but without ditching their existing phone, the iPod Touch is looking like a better proposition than an iPhone. Here's why.


For those keen to get their hands on Apple's newest must-have toy, but without ditching their existing phone, the iPod Touch is looking like a better proposition than an iPhone. Here's why.

We've known about the iPhone, officially, for nine months now. Since going on sale in June in the US, the iPhone racked up one million sales in its first 74 days on the market, and it's still selling. While many phones come packed with features, the iPhone's functionality, user interface, marketing, chic design and Apple's X-factor has made it an instant hit.

Then Apple announced the iPod Touch, which offers many of the same functions the iPhone, including iPod music playback, the Safari browser, Wi-Fi, support for YouTube, pictures and videos. Who says you need to buy an iPhone to enjoy (most of) its benefits? Here's our top 10 reasons to buy an iPod Touch instead of an iPhone.

1. Why wait?
By opting for a Touch, you don't have to wait for Apple's so-called "breakthrough user experience". The Touch is shipping now in Australia, unlike the iPhone which will be released over here in "early 2008" -- so, anytime before July, then.

2. Blunt edges
The first iPhone to be released in Australia will most likely still be 2G. Who knows how long it will actually take until a 3G or HSDPA 3.5G model will surface? Patience, guys ... the battery isn't strong enough yet, according to Jobs.

At the UK launch of the iPhone, Apple CEO Steve Jobs claimed 3G chipsets are still too power hungry to be used in the iPhone: "Right now you make a really big trade off going to 3G -- and that's really bad battery life," he said. Huh? It's now possible to get two days of battery life out of a 3G phone and that includes using it as an MP3 player.

3. Sign your life away
With the Touch, you can "take it away, no more to pay", as they say. You won't have to sign-up for a 24-month contract with a service provider, which could well be Telstra. And, if the incumbent gets the exclusive rights, you can be sure of being shackled to one of the less competitive plans on the market.

4. Repair woes
If your Touch breaks -- which is less likely given its solid state storage -- you can send it away to be repaired and not overly feel its loss. If the same thing were to happen to the iPhone, which is likely to be your main form of communication, the suffering will be much more apparent.

5. Storage shortages
While it's still not enough for most storage-hungry consumers, you'll get double the storage -- from 8GB to 16GB -- with the Touch, and for the same price (based on current US and European pricing).

6. Lockdown
You could buy a Touch overseas for a cheaper price than shopping for one in Australia, and not have to worry about trying to hack it -- unlike the iPhone -- or risk having your mobile turn into a brick, or have its warranty voided. On the flipside, if you buy an iPhone in Australia and move overseas, you might have to pay out your contract to unlock the phone.

7. Near enough is good enough
The iPod Touch does almost everything the iPhone can do: play songs, browse the Web, YouTube and iTunes Music Store, view pictures and more. It does, however, miss out on a few additional applications: widgets, e-mail support, use as a removable hard drive, and, of course, mobile connectivity.

8. It's a newer toy
The iPod Touch is a more recent device and, while there's no hard evidence to suggest it, there's a possibility that Apple has ironed out any manufacturing issues since its first multi-touch device, the iPhone, debuted.

Apple hasn't had the best track record with its first generation products, such as the battery issues that dogged third generation iPod, battery recalls on laptops or anecdotal problems with the MacBook Pro.

9. Cheaper bottom line
Don't need 16GB of storage? Then buy an 8GB Touch which comes in significantly cheaper than an iPhone. Over the Pacific, the 8GB Touch is selling for US$299 while -- even after a US$200 price drop -- the iPhone is US$399. Thank goodness Apple ditched the 4GB model.

In the UK, the story is much the same, at 199 pounds ($AU457) for the 8GB Touch and 269 pounds (AU$618) for the iPhone. If that's anything to go buy, we can expect to see a similar trend in Australia.

10. Looks can be deceiving
The iPod Touch, at a glance, looks just like the iPhone. So why go to the effort of getting an iPhone when you can fool all your friends and colleagues into thinking you're on top of the gadget trend by getting an iPhone imported from overseas.

Topics: Apple, Hardware, iPhone, Mobility

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  • brown?

    brown? is that cool now days? i find it hard to stay on top of all these trends.

    yesterday the while iPods were 'in', but now the brown Zune? Someone please slow down these changing trends!!! ;)
  • iPod Touch is BRILLIANT

    I got a 16GB touch yesterday and I can say it's brilliant! The experience is worth it, the money is worth it. So what, 16GB? I have 40GB of music ... but I'm not going to listen to all of it on the go. I'll take my favourite playlists and sync it.

    $419 for 8GB and $549 for 16GB. A bit pricey, but what do you expect for an instant hit product?

    The reasons listed here are all too true! Who would use a phone as a mp3 player anyway ... what happens if you need to take an important call and you have no juice left because you were listening to the music!
  • zune

    theres no tren no one has a brown zene
    this kid just weird
  • buy the touch or wait??

    i want this touch badd, but my mates has talked me into waiting for the iphone, now i dunno, how long til they get bigger memory on them im happy with 16gb but i want a huge one, but im jewish so i dont wanna spend money
  • With wifi no Hard drive needed.

    I was concerned about the llimited memory, but with wifi in my house and at work I can find and play nearly any song by going to Seeqpod.com. At home I can also access my entire music collection using Tversity on my music server and going to my server's IP address. Perfect.
  • Zune is rubbish!

    The Zune's screen is tiny compared to an iPod touch's screen and besides its an allround better mp3 player.
  • Brown

    Browns color of poop.
  • Bill Gates Sucks!!! Get a touch or iphone, not a stupid zune!

    Get a touch- it is just as good as iphone. or if you prefer live tv, get LG view
  • zune sucks

    bill gates just wants ur money so he can get rich- so don't hand over money to a bully, get the touch!!!
  • Why Buy an iPhone?

    You can actually buy a microphone that will plug into the iPod touch and then using certain software or websites you can make calls on your iPod touch! As they say on BiLo ads,
    Why pay more???
  • iPod Touch's

    I would really like an iTouch too.

    Obviously you guys don't know Microsoft own Xbox, because everyone seems to buy them.

  • Smart Idea

    Yes with Skype and the like, all you need is your home internet/neighbour's internet and you're set for cheap or even free calls...
    Good thinking...
  • 32 gb hard drive

    apple also recently came out with a 32 gb hard drive, i don't know it's price though but oh well, its probably easy enough to find, lol
  • wow

    He's a;ready the richest man on the planet, im sure hes not making the zune for the money, just to compete with the ipod touch/iphone
  • iphones are pretty cheap though

    iphones *now* are only $100 from ipod online store and shipping is free
    but i still like ipod touch more
  • Add GPS to Ipod Touch
    The recently released Magellan Tough Case - as well as providing greater physical protection and being waterproof to IPX-7 - also has inbuilt GPS and extra battery. So navigation apps can be downloaded and turn iPod Touch into quite a functional outdoor GPS. Tried it and it works well. Look at Next Destination website for details.