Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A to Z Challenge: iPod Touch

I don't have a smart phone. And in today's society, that makes it almost entirely impossible to get by. However, I am severely attached to my little slide-keyboard phone that belongs to 2009, and while smart phones have become the norm these days, I never got that memo. To be more accurate, I did, and then I threw it in the trash.

I have a beef with the majority of American society, with regards to how much time people spend glued to their phones. You can't even go out to lunch with a friend without someone glancing at their phone and constantly texting, Googling or checking something. It leads me to feel secluded (as the only non-smart-phone-having member of the group), as well as just angry that people can be this self-centered. They don't mean to be, I'm sure, but that doesn't stop people from emailing and Facebooking at the drop of a hat any time, anywhere. I sit in front of computers for 8 hours a day at work, then go home and look at a computer some more in a vaguely horizontal position. Sometimes I want to get away from the Internet, not closer to it, and that's my primary motivator for not wanting a smart phone. (the other is the cost, but that's not as important to me as the simple act of disconnecting).

That said, I wanted some features of smart phones that I can't really get with my own precious angel of a telephone. The camera is dismal, and I wanted to be able to take mobile photos. Some apps are helpful (MyFitnessPal, Zombies, Run!, etc), and it's good to be able to keep up with the current trends in mobile gaming. So what was someone who needed these things but didn't want to fork over the money for a smart phone going to do? The next best thing.

I am 99% sure this is what's inside my Otterbox
I bought an iPod Touch in late winter, 2011, and it's been the best investment I could have imagined. It's not the most current generation, but the one before it, and I think it's white, but it has been in a case since the day I got it home, so I honestly couldn't tell you.

What I can tell you, though, is that for its ~$100 price tag (thanks, refurbished iPod on eBay!), I get all of the benefits of a smart phone without the monthly data plan cost. There are occasions where there is no Wi-Fi around and I can't always access my email or the Internet, but we're in a society that is becoming increasingly, constantly mobile, so the odds are with you that you're either at a Wi-Fi hotspot or mere feet or a building away from one. (The entire downtown of the city where I live has a built-in Wi-Fi. I'd never heard of an entire city block having Wi-Fi until I found this out - unreal!) It cannot, of course, place phone calls, but it has a built-in microphone and between FaceTime and the Skype apps, as well as bunch of third-party creations designed to make "phone calls," you can probably get away with it as long as you're around a Wi-Fi signal.

A lot of people might still want their smart phones, and I understand their impetus. You can't always rely on Wi-Fi signals, and some people just sleep better with their email available at the flick of a finger, anywhere, any way. But what I can tell you is that if you're looking for a cost-effective alternative to a smart phone that still has all the benefits of one, look no further than an iPod Touch for your mobile computing needs.


  1. I commend your resolve. Myself, work forced me over to the dark side a couple years ago and I never looked back! :)

  2. My smartphone is work issued. Otherwise, I would be just as happy with a flip phone. The only feature I use for personal use is the telephone and text feature. Perhaps there are apps that I could be using, but since it isn't my plan to pay for, I always worry if there will be a charge so I never go there!

  3. My Niece from New Zealand came to visit and she got by just fine with an iPod touch. She was able to Skype with her family and didn't need a phone at all.

  4. I am a devoted Apple product person, in fact our whole house is....and, it all started with me getting an iPod Touch. Seriously.