Helen (heleninwales) wrote,

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I have splurged...

After lots of price checking on the interwebs, I eventually settled on an iPod Touch 8 Gb 3rd generation and it is on its way to me even as I type.

I know that the new shiny 2010 version is out and on sale right now on Amazon etc, but that would mean paying £189 for the 8 Gb model instead of the £114 that I have paid. I honestly don't think that I'll want or need to take and edit HD video, I don't have any wish to do video calls and I already have 3 cameras (not counting the crappy low res one in my phone), so I don't need a camera in the iPod. Saving £75 pounds is more important because that's money I could spend on something else if I need to. :)

I know when I initially mentioned that I was lusting after the Samsung Galaxy S, it was suggested that indulging oneself once in a while is fine -- which is true, up to a point. But spending more than I need to on a gadget that I suspect I won't use to full capacity could easily end up encouraging the depression. I want to enjoy using the features I will find useful, not suffer a pang of guilt every time I see it so, I dropped the idea of the new super-duper phone and went with upgrading to a new iPod instead.

Looking at the price of 2nd generation iPods, they seem to hold their value well, so I can't see the price of the model I bought dropping significantly in the near future, so I may as well have the use of the gadget now rather than wait.

As I see it, the features I will use are:

* playing music (my iPod Nano is full and it is too small to hold my entire library of music, modest though that is.

* listening to the Welsh lessons (I can do this with the current iPod (but see comment about it being full). What I can't do with the current iPod is listen to the sound file while reading the text. I'm assuming that such multi-tasking will be possible on the iPod Touch).

* reading ebooks (I have tried reading ebooks on the Eee and it works very nicely, but the Eee takes up more room on the dining table -- yes, we do read as we eat, shocking, I know! :) -- I could seriously downsize the number of books I have if I can start reading ebooks. I could also save the cost of the iPod by reading classics and free novels on the web instead of buying more paper books).

* being able to check in on my students when I'm away from home (this will depend on being sure of wifi access, whereas with the Eee and the dongle, as long as I have a mobile phone signal, I have internet, but it gives me another alternative and as long as I know there will be wifi, it saves a bit of weight in the luggage)

* reading documents on the go, for example while at the BA Education class. It will be quicker to switch on an iPod than boot up the very slow college computer and log in.

* showing photos to people eg my Dad.

* running the Anki flashcard program for learning Welsh.

* 0ther (I'm sure there will be more useful things to do with it when I actually get to know the device).

There will still be things that will require the Eee. I really don't think I could mark assignments on the iPod. Even if it will run the necessary software (word processor capable of reading and editing Word documents plus an Excel spreadsheet), doing serious work for long periods on such a tiny screen is probably a no-no. Besides, I do prefer not to put all my eggs in one basket. After thinking that my second-best camera was broken on holiday, it made me grateful that it was only the camera and it wasn't also my phone, ebook reader and mobile web connection as well!

Now I just have to wait. I don't often buy from eBay, but I've been perfectly satisfied with the purchases I have made (Canon Powershot S3 1S and the ukulele), so I'm just crossing my fingers that this will be OK too.
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