Apple iPod touch MA627ZO/A 16 GB First Generation

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Apple iPod touch MA627ZO/A 16 GB First Generation

Touch comes to iPod. The Apple iPod touch boasts the multi-touch interface - the revolutionary technology that made iPhone a hit is now on one amazing...

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published 23/11/2007 | sghawken
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Super
Pro Start of the art funky MP3 player with add ons
Cons Cocky oversites on Apples part
very helpful
Sound Quality
Ease of Use
Look & Design
Video Quality
Range of Features

"I've Been Cloned"

For the best part of 5 years my MP3 player has been part of my mobile phone, for whatever reason (I can't explain it myself) I have felt the need to separate the two for some time; however I never really liked any MP3 player on the market. And let me just say I have never been that taken by Apple's Ipod, their domination of the globe bothered me; that being said when I saw the Ipod Touch I knew this was the MP3 player for me. Something about the Ipod touch just stuck in my mind, each MP3 player I looked at was compared to the Touch, and after a few months of deliberation I finally took the plunge.

The Ipod Touch looks a bit like a chunky version of LG's Prada phone; it has a nice big screen (for its size) and its functions except for the activation button at the bottom are all touch sensitive on the screen itself. Compared to the Prada phone the Touch is much more straightforward and easy to operate, controls are much more defined and accurate, even though the onscreen options are often much more small and fiddly by appearance.

The Touch is more than just a MP3 player; it boasts a nice range of other features. What sets the Touch aside from other touch sensitivity is the addition of wi-fi. The wi-fi connection allows you to gain access to the internet wherever you're in the range of a wireless connection (permissions granted obviously); this makes occasional surfing for the ordinary person on the street much more straight forward, for example I quite often take my laptop to work to read and rate on this website; but it's a clunky old affair dragging a laptop to and fro. Now I can access pretty much any website via the companies wi-fi service; whether its reading or to access my bank account. Dont let the small screen put you off, by putting your fingers on either side of the screen and dragging them away from the centre of the screen the website can zoom in size to probably larger than your home PC. The connections are pretty good; I find it far quicker than using my laptop with wi-fi both at home and at work. No website is out of your reach, regardless of content and configuration.
Lots of mobile devices often don't allow you to achieve certain practises, for example using youtube; the Touch not only is ready for it, but embraces it providing near perfect streaming of video to the unit.
Another feature nice addition is an integrated use for i-tunes, once you have an account set up you can download tracks and videos directly to your Ipod Touch. This takes a lot of hassle out of the process (and a lot of wire). You can even link directly and download webcasts (or mobicasts) to your unit, many websites offer both nowadays to listen to interviews, comedy shows etc.
When surfing the net or using any of the above related facilities, the Touch has a sneaky weighted device that means no matter how you hold the unit you're always viewing content the right way round. Turn the unit on its head and the onscreen content moves too.

The Touch has a nice use of video allowing you to store video content on the phone, so whether it's the next episode of Lost or the latest movie, you can watch your favourite things on the move. Imagine those boring train journeys lifted by a high quality video of your choice, or waiting for something to happen.
You can also store photos, though this is not something that really floats my boat, it seems a bit too much like hard work to me.

Other features of the Touch are a calculator, a world clock with alarm, and an address book. You can also of course use your e-mail facility to do other things like set diary events if of course your content provider allows it. You can even set your internet home page to have handy widgets, a prime site that uses widgets is google (Widgets are little add-ons that you can add t make your life easier post it notes, language translation tools, horoscopes, and news headlines).

Ok so that's the rundown, but what's the reality of using this new state of the art design.

The first issue is weight, while it's not a really heavy thing it weighs about the same as three mobile phones (providing you're not still carting a brick).

The screen is very sleek and clear, and easily scratched if you fail to protect it. Personally I feel that Apple should allow for this by putting a protector in the box, or even a case to sit the Touch in. I'm not being tightfisted here, but the reality is that to buy a case is not an easy thing; being a new product now shops in my town had a case to fit the product, and ordering can take up to a fortnight, which in reality means a bit of a longer weight before using your new toy.

There is no mains adapter, to charge your Ipod you need to connect it to a PC with the included USB connector, this is really annoying as those of you who remember the original Ipod scandal where the battery life was limited the reality was that due to USB charging the battery life never optimised. You need to purchase a mains adapter should you not with to charge via a computer. Think about the additional electricity you could be wasting too. On the plus side I get about 30 hours constant use from a single charge and a full battery after about an hour's charging, you can of course listen as you charge too.

And finally my biggest complaint, Apple assumes you have experience of Ipod products, and as a result provide you with no instruction guide. Yes there is a quick start fact sheet, but no detailed information. It took me some time to figure out how to expand the size of the screen, especially considering the quick start guide gives you duff information, it says tap the screen to enlarge, this simply is not the case. And even some weeks after purchasing I don't know how to delete tracks on the unit, or how to create my own playlist despite looking around for the answer. Apple also assume all users have internet access as you need to download the I-Tunes program in order to connect your Ipod to your PC.

The price tag is high, £199 for the 8GB version, or £269 for the 16GB version I purchased and while the technology is great familiar Ipod uses might be stuck by the restriction of storage most Ipod's have over 40GB of storage.

I do like my product, the sound is good and clear; volume being a good addition it plays about twice the volume of the MP3 player in my phone. But the earphones seem very flimsy, I'm always very cautious of how I handle them. The technology is great, but a Bluetooth connection could enhance the product either for use outside of wi-fi areas or transfer of data from your phone to your Ipod. It's by far the best MP3 player I have ever encountered, but Apples assumptions over the fact that they are the leading MP3 providers is really incredibly annoying, I believe many buyers might quickly get annoyed and sell the item on because of this very issue if they are new to either MP3 or Ipod.

I have to finish on a really positive note, because the Ipod Touch has become a really essential part of my day and I find myself in the situation where I feel I can't do without it, consider myself another brainwashed drone.

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  • gemsey83 published 13/08/2009
    Very good review thanks
  • callen_cfc published 26/07/2009
    great review loved to get one of these
  • firedragon911 published 24/05/2009
    i want this iPod..nice review.
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Product Information : Apple iPod touch MA627ZO/A 16 GB First Generation

Manufacturer's product description

Touch comes to iPod. The Apple iPod touch boasts the multi-touch interface - the revolutionary technology that made iPhone a hit is now on one amazing iPod. Its gorgeous 3.5-inch widescreen display lets you touch your music in Cover Flow and watch video. Browse the web with Safari and watch YouTube videos on the first-ever Wi-Fi iPod. If a picture says a thousand words, think of what all the album art in your collection might say. With Cover Flow on iPod touch, you can flick through your music to find the album you want to hear. And when you do, a quick tap of the cover flips it over to display a track list. Another tap starts the music. The 3.5-inch display gives you video like nothing you've seen before on a portable device. Watch your favorite movie. Catch up on television shows, anywhere. Enjoy video podcasts. Play music videos. All using multi-touch technology that lets you bring up onscreen controls and go widescreen (or back to full screen) with a tap. iPod touch holds photos you sync via iTunes. Flick to scroll through thumbnails. Tap to view full screen. Rotate for landscape format. Or perform some sleight of hand by opening two fingers to zoom in. You can even play slideshows, complete with music and transitions. Set any photo as your wallpaper to personalize your iPod touch...with a touch. With Apple's Safari browser built in, iPod touch is the only iPod that gives you wireless access to the web, everywhere you go. See websites the way they were designed to be seen. Sync your bookmarks or add a few as you go. Search the web using the touchscreen keyboard. Zoom in and out by tapping the multi-touch display. Got a bit of a YouTube addiction? iPod touch feeds it from anywhere with a special YouTube player built right in. Watch featured videos, check out the most viewed, search for something specific, then bookmark your favorites for future reference. It's all the fun of YouTube - pocket-size. iPod touch features the same interface as iPhone. Built to take full advantage of the large 3.5-inch display, the multi-touch interface lets you control everything using only your fingers. So you can glide through albums with Cover Flow, flick through photos and enlarge them with a pinch, or zoom in and out on a section of a web page. And iPod touch features a touchscreen QWERTY keyboard perfect for browsing the web in Safari, searching for videos on YouTube, finding music on the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store, or adding new contacts.

Product Details

Product Description: Apple iPod touch - digital player, Apple iPod touch - digital player - Apple iOS 5

Product Type: Digital player flash based

Dimensions (WxDxH): 6.2 cm x 0.8 cm x 11 cm, 5.89 cm x 0.72 cm x 11.1 cm

Weight: 120 g, 101 g, 115 g

Playback Digital Standards: WAV, AAC, AIFF, Audible, MP3, Apple Lossless , MPEG-4, H.264, MOV , BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, PSD (Mac only), TIFF

Sound Output Mode: Stereo

Equaliser: Digital graphic

Input Device(s): Touch sensitive screen (multi-touch)

iPod Generation: 1G, 4G, 2G

Built-in Display: Colour - 480 x 320 - 3.5" - LCD, Colour - 960 x 640 - 3.5" - LCD

Built-in clock: Yes, timer, alarm

Audio Specifications: Digital Player - Response Bandwidth - 20 - 20000 Hz

Flash Memory: 16 GB

Headphones: Headphones - binaural - ear-bud - stereo

Interface Supported: Hi-Speed USB, Wi-Fi

Battery: Player - rechargeable - Lithium Ion

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

Microphone: Microphone - built-in

Speaker(s): 1 x speaker - built-in

Digital Camera: Yes

Enclosure Colour: Black, White

Operating System: Apple iOS 5, Apple iOS

Touchscreen: 2-Point Touch

Vertical Resolution in Pixel: 480

Display Technology: TFT Display

MPN: MA627ZO/B, MA627ZD/A, MA627ZD/B

EAN: 0885909221486, 0088590922148, 5027631060567, 5050053495235, 0885909147953, 0885909221448

Manufacturer: Apple

Video Playtime in Hours: 5

Built-In Microphone: No

Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB): No

Direct Radio Recording: No

Direct TV Recording: No

Bluetooth: No

W-LAN Connection: Yes

MP3 Playback: Yes

WAV Playback: Yes

OGG Playback: No

WMV Playback: No

DivX Playback: No

AVI Playback: No

Battery Type: Li Ion

H.264 Playback: No

MPEG2 Playback: No

Weight in Grams: 120

Height in mm: 110

Width in mm: 61.8

Type of SD Card Interface: No

Type of Memory Stick Interface: No

Depth in mm: 8

Type: Audio/Video Player

AAC Playback: Yes

MPEG 4 Playback: Yes

Horizontal Resolution in Pixel: 320

Screen Size in Inches: 3.5

Storage Capacity in MB: 16384

Music Playtime in Hours: 22

Replaceable Battery: No

Storage Medium: Built-In Memory

WMA Playback: No

Audio System / Type: MP3 Player

Flash Memory / Installed Size: 16384

Digital Storage Media: Built-In Flash Memory

Built-In Radio: Without Built-In-Radio

General

MPN: MA627ZO/A, ME178KN/A, MA627ZG/B, MA627Z0/B, MA627ZD/A, MB531, MB531KN/A, MB531BT/A, MB531KS/A, MA627ZO/B, MA627ZP/B, MA627ZG/A, MA627ZP/A, MA627, MB531LL/A, ME178BT/A, ME179NF/A, ME178FD/A, ME178PY/A, ME178B/A, ME179FD/A, ME179BT/A, ME178NF/A

Product Type: Digital player

Digital Player Type: Flash based

Digital Player Functions: Photo playback, video playback

Width: 6.2 cm, 5.89 cm

Depth: 0.8 cm, 0.72 cm

Height: 11 cm, 11.1 cm

Weight: 120 g, 101 g, 115 g

Interface Supported: Hi-Speed USB, Wi-Fi

Supported Digital Audio Standards: WAV, AAC, AIFF, Audible, MP3, Apple Lossless

Supported Digital Video Standards: MPEG-4, H.264, MOV

Supported Digital Photo Standards: BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, PSD (Mac only), TIFF

Input Device(s): Touch sensitive screen (multi-touch)

iPod Generation: 1G, 4G, 2G

Enclosure Colour: Black, White

Operating System: Apple iOS 5

Audio System

Flash Memory: 16 GB

Sound Output Mode: Stereo

Equaliser: Yes

Audio Specifications: Digital Player - Response Bandwidth - 20 - 20000 Hz

Digital Video Playback: Yes

Digital Photo Playback: Yes

Built-in clock: Yes, timer, alarm

Timer: Sleep, wake

Features: Battery level indication, date display, phone book, calendar, upgradeable firmware, notes, USB 2.0 compatibility, Cover Flow, multi-touch interface, WEB browsing

Built-in Display

Built-in Display: LCD - colour

Display Illumination: Yes

Resolution: 480 x 320, 960 x 640

Diagonal Size: 3.5"

Display Menu Language: Danish, Chinese (traditional), Chinese (simplified), English, German, French, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Polish, Finnish, Swedish, Russian, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Korean

Features: LED backlight, Retina Display (326 ppi), ambient light sensor

Equaliser

Equalizer Type: Digital graphic

Digital Player (Recorder)

ID3 Tags Support: Yes

Playback Modes: Playlist, random play / shuffle, all tracks repeat, one track repeat

Supported Bit Rate: 16 - 320Kbps, 8 - 320Kbps

Features: JPEG photo playback, variable bit-rate compatible, MPEG-4 playback

Headphones

Headphones Type: Headphones - binaural - ear-bud

Connectivity Technology: Wired

Sound Output Mode: Stereo

Frequency Response: 20 - 20000 Hz

Impedance: 32 Ohm

Connections

Connector Type: Docking station ¦ Headphones ( mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ) ¦ IEEE 802.11b/g (Wi-Fi)

Miscellaneous

Included Accessories: USB cable, stand, polishing cloth, docking station adapter

Cables Included: USB cable

Software: Apple Safari

Battery

Battery: Player - rechargeable - Lithium Ion

Battery Enclosure Type: Integrated

Run Time (Up To): 22 hour(s), 40 hour(s), 36 hour(s)

Recharge Time: 3 hour(s), 4 hour(s)

Battery Life Details: Digital playback - up to 22 hour(s) ¦ Video playback - up to 5 hour(s)

System Requirements

OS Required: Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2 or later, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition SP2 or later, Apple MacOS X 10.4.10

Software Requirements: iTunes 7.4 or later, iTunes 10.7 or later, iTunes 7.6 or later, iTunes 8 or later

Peripheral / Interface Devices: USB port (compatible with 2.0 specification)

Additional Requirements: USB port (compatible with 2.0 specification)

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 1 year ¦ Technical support - phone consulting - 90 days

Microphone

Type: Microphone - built-in

Digital Camera

Camera Features: Tap to control exposure for video or stills, photo and video geotagging over Wi-Fi

Video Capture: Yes

Camera: Yes

Speaker System

Speaker(s): 1 x speaker - built-in

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