Firstly, I hope those who celebrate had an enjoyable Christmas. 🙂

I’ve always been a bit of a gadget freak so I particularly enjoyed playing with a new toy at my boyfriend’s parents – the iPod Touch. I’ve had a play with the iPhone in O2 shops and although I think it is great, I really don’t think it justifies such a hefty upfront cost on top of an expensive contract so once I found out the cost it was never really an option for me. I do love some of the new features though and it really is intuitive. I hadn’t really realised just how similar to the iPhone the latest iPod was. OK, so it doesn’t have the ability to phone or text but my regular phone which I’ve had for 2 and a half years does all that sort of stuff fine. What it does have however is the same web browser capability as the iPhone.

I had a quick play on it last night and I’ve fallen in love – I know it sounds dramatic but it was brilliant. I checked my blog on there which worked fine in both portrait and landscape (good little test in case anyone ever views this on an iPhone!), then decided to check Facebook. It automatically detected I was using an iPod and took me directly to the iPhone friendly Facebook page, very neat. Many Web 2.0 type sites have developed (or are in the process of doing so) iPhone friendly sites so I imagine this will become more popular as long as iPhones stay at the forefront. The ease of use was incredible, at first I found it a little confusing but within just a few minutes I was automatically turning it for best view and zooming in using my fingers to read smaller print. You can also open multiple windows which I didn’t realise beforehand, another great feature.

I’m now in turmoil as I really want one but don’t know if I can justify the cost (especially with me having to fork out more for my University fees this year). I’ll have to see if I can find a good deal. The only slight drawback for me is that obviously you need to gain access to wifi – this is no problem at home but for example, I wouldn’t be able to browse the internet on the bus on the way home whereas with the iPhone I could. I just hope we see more free wifi hotspots and wifi on public transport becoming the norm!

Now that I’ve experienced it myself I can really see why Apple are doing so well in this market and I can really see this sort of thing becoming the future for browsing the net wherever people are. Who knows, maybe we’ll see developments for iPhone friendly library OPACs and online databases soon!

One of my Christmas gifts is a gadget too – a 4 GB USB drive with U3 capability. I’m currently using Firefox from the USB and it seems to work well, I did have problems when using it on another PC though, hopefully it’s just teething problems. It also has the ability to automatically synchronise files and password protect them too, although I’m still learning how to do that!

Other Christmas gadgets I was impressed by included my sister’s new Kodak EasyShare camera with printer which meant I walked away with copies of instant photos from the day. OK so Polaroid has been doing this for years but the advantage of being able to see the pictures on the camera beforehand and print full sized photos so quickly without a PC is really great.

Did anyone else get any cool gadgets?

EDIT: I couldn’t resist any longer, I am now the proud owner of a 16GB iPod Touch.

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