Right now, I am sitting in my recliner in a dark room. I may have discovered a mobile device that does what I have always wanted a mobile device to do – just work.
The device? An Apple iPod Touch. Like everything Apple does, it just works. Operation is smooth; interface is intuitive; and the user is left in awe.
I didn’t need an iPhone. I didn’t need a laptop replacement. I needed a PDA and that is what a Touch is. it is everything the PDA wanted to be everything it knew it could never be. I don’t know if that is what Apple intended it to be, but it is a PDA nonetheless.
Over the course of two hours with the iPod Touch, I downloaded apps that allow me to sync all my calendars (I have six), setup IMAP email so I don’t lose messages, do my Bible research for messages, listen to Pandora, and shoot virtual squirrels (my favorite one, I think).
Since we stayed out of the iRevolution for most of its run, we were completely unaware of the advantages of the iPod. Having had one for all of one day, I am more impressed than I was by any Palm, LG, or Blackberry products I have played with.
And best of all? It’s not a phone. Call me weird, but I want my phone to be my phone and my PDA to be my PDA. I know that sounds backward and strange but I enjoy having them discrete…at least for now.