I got an iPod touch for Christmas and using it has brought home a few things to me. These are all from the department of the bleeding obvious but for what it’s worth here they are:
Firstly the interface is just lovely to use. It makes me want to pick it up and play with it. This goes beyond mere practicality – I could probably find other devices that offer me the same functionality, but I wouldn’t feel the same impulse to use them as I do with the touch.
Next, being wi-fi enabled has really brought home the "web as platform" concept. I’ve talked about this lots of times but having a tool with a locked operating system makes it real. My first instinct was to think "I need to install some apps" but of course I didn’t. With wi-fi I can access docs, organizer, spreadsheet, etc
Following on from this some sites are better than others. A few have specially designed iphone sites which offer reduced functionality but with neater design. Mentions go to remember the milk, google reader, facebook and typepad.
Now a negative – no Flash in Safari and from what I can gather no way of installing it. You can do a Jailbreak hack which allows you to install a couple of the apps that are on the iPhone, but it seems Adobe and Apple haven’t worked out a version of Flash that functions with the pinch and drag interface. It’s not clear if this is technical or political.
Lastly it has made me appreciate the value of instant start-up and access. Often I just want to check something quickly but my laptop has gone into hibernation, takes ages to reboot and then freezes, by which time I’ve lost the will to do it. With the touch it’s there straight away. This makes certain types of activity easier – for instance twittering, so expect to see more updates.
Oh, it’s taught me one more thing too – my wife gets me better presents than I get her.
(This post was produced on an iPod touch)