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iPod Touch Designed to Push iPhones?

ipodtouch Earlier this month, Apple delivered on what fans had long been asking for – a widescreen iPod video with the touch screen capabilities of the iPhone, but without the hassle of going though AT&T to gain phone service. It even debuted with a WiFi-enabled iTunes Music Store.

The new iPod Touch looks like an iPhone and has similar capabilities of an iPhone, including Safari Web browsing, YouTube, iCal and other features. But if you look at the iPod Touch, you’ll see half the screen devoid of icons – while the iPhone is full. As iProng’s Bill Palmer points out, there are a host of features you’ll miss out on from the iPhone if you buy the iPod Touch. And as I look at the iPod Touch, I can just see myself longing for the convergence of one device, instead of having the iPod Touch in one pocket, and the Blackberry in the other. This feeling is reinforced by Apple’s leaving half the screen empty of icons – a subtle reminder every time you fire up the iPod Touch that you made a compromise.

Its introduction coinciding with the controversial $200 price drop on the iPhone, the 16 GB iPod Touch is the exact same $399 price tag as the 8 GB iPhone. If it wasn’t for the hassle and issues with AT&T, the additional features of an iPhone would make purchasing that product a no-brainer over the iPod Touch. As amazing as the iPod Touch is, you can imagine the number of times you would be asked, “Oh is that one of those iPhones?”, only to answer no, and set yourself up for a long explanation. I find myself getting this close to ordering an iPod Touch, only to stop, because at that point, I might as well get an iPhone. And just maybe, that’s what Apple wants me to do.

17 Responses to “iPod Touch Designed to Push iPhones?”

  1. I totally disagree. People looking to buy a music player are going to buy a music player, not a phone that can play music. Why would I consider buying a phone when shopping for an iPod? I already have a phone that cost me nothing.

  2. The lack of a mail application to me is an absolute deal-killer. I want a wifi device so that I can access online content, and for me that means email and the web. Well, the iPod Touch has the web, but where is the email client? Sorry, I refuse to deal with webmail, so until Apple adds an actual email client, no iPod Touch for me.

  3. I agree with you, but there is a third potential result if this is indeed their strategy: don’t buy either product.

    I’m tempted to get an iPhone and then do the hack to work with my own supplier (Rogers in Canada) but with Apple seemingly so aggressive at shutting down their own customers who don’t want to follow their rigid usage rules, I am hesitant. How long til they shut down the hack through some “must-have” software update?

    Best thing seems to be buy nothing at all for now, and see how things develop. Or even be open to competitive offerings.

  4. The pricing scheme on iPods and iPhones is a classic example of “up-selling.” Every model is just a small price increment away from the next higher model, it is easy to “sell up” and convince the buyer to purchase a slightly more expensive model.

  5. I was likewise excited when the touch was announced. However, upon reading the details and seeing what’s NOT included (speakers, a mail client, the ability to add entries to the calendar, etc.) I was even more convinced that the iPhone was my ideal phone. All except for being stuck with AT&T. My wife and I even switched to AT&Tingular for 28 days in anticipation of my buying an iPhone for my birthday.

    Those were the WORST 28 days of service I’ve ever had. We switched back.

    So, I was resigned to having no new gadget, while I pinned away for the iPhone.

    With the $200 price drop and the announcement of the open source unlocking tools PLUS T-Mobile’s announcement of the $20 Total Internet plan, I ran right out last night and picked up an iPhone. Zip Zop, it’s on T-mobile now.

    Would I have been happy to have an iPod Touch? Perhaps. But I would have missed so much more.

    There’s really no reason to get the iPod touch, in my eyes. Even if you don’t intend on using it as a phone, the iPhone is 20X more the device than the touch is.

  6. @ Chris D

    That’s exactly how I feel. I have a great phone that (while it doesn’t have many of the features of the iPhone) has enough features to keep me satisfied. I always said that I’d get an iPod if they made it like the iPhone without the phone.

    I fully intend to get a 16 GB iPod Touch once I have the funds.

  7. But consider that while some people are indeed lovers of the converged device idea, some people really do just want a really cool iPod and want to keep their regular skinny slim phone that makes calls well and might have a camera, but in the end that is all they want or need.

  8. I’m torn, definitely. But I live in the UK where an iPhone announcement is imminent, one that I fully expect it to be a botch. All signs point to an overpriced iPhone on an overpriced contract with an underpowered 2.5G connection from the UK’s patchiest provider (O2) and no MMS support. Instead it makes more sense for me to buy 16Gb Touch when I’m in Houston next month and stick with my cheapo cell phone contract.

  9. I was psyched for the iPod touch when it was first introduced, but the more I thought about it, I would rather have the 160GB classic, so I could carry everything with plenty of room to spare. When a 3G wireless iPhone is available, I will get one of those. $399 is a reasonable price; $599 was not.

  10. I totally agree with you, if you don’t mind switching cell phone contracts etc, go for the iphone. I wasn’t about to switch cell phone plans just for the iphone, largely because the AT&T service SUCKS, and with all the traveling I do I can’t afford to risk having bumpy cell phone service. I purchased the 16gig ipod touch on friday at the 5th Ave Apple Store in Manhattan and I am EXTREMELY happy with it. Would I get an iphone if I didn’t have to get AT&T’s crappy cell phone service, sure I would, but until then I’m going to stick to my ipod Touch.

  11. I have to agree. I spent two hours in the Apple Store in San Francisco this past Saturday, waiting for “my turn” at an iPod Touch. I wanted to not only like it, but to convince myself that I could do without the iPhone, because I had had a crap experience with AT&T. Still, after comparing the two, and the price-point, the iPhone wins out with its additional features such as notes. The way around getting tied into a contract with the phone behemoth is to do a pay-as-you-go, and right now that’s starting to seem like a fairly good idea – a question of wait until the easy hack is commonly available, then go with whatever service provider. Running around SF, I don’t need 160GB of music, so 8GB will “do”. And not being the type who hangs on the phone, pay-as-I go may work. One of the Apple associates is doing just that, and she’s happy with the arrangement.