updated 04:35 pm EST, Mon January 28, 2008
Touch update a bargain
Apple's recent $20 content update for the iPod touch has some users expressing discontent with the company's approach, but others still see a great value in the update package. PC Magazine writer Sascha Segan reports that despite the perception that Apple is charging too much for the update, the software that is installed is well worth the money, and even a bargain. Segan says that the best values in the bundle are the re-designed home screen, as well as the Mail and Maps applications.
The home screen now allows users to keep multiple pages worth of applications – no doubt in anticipation of the February due-date for the developer's kit – and now, Safari bookmarks. Segan says that this is "almost as good as having real third-party applications."
Segan also likes the mail application, which works with many different services, such as Google's Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, and Apple's own .Mac email service. The app is not without its downsides; he notes that there is no option for multiple selection or deletion of files, as well as a lack of being able to save attachments from emails.
Maps adds much of Google's map services to the device, while also enabling WiFi triangulation. By using wireless network signals, Maps can almost pinpoint a user's location, providing the ability for users to flesh out a set of directions into a readable map. Segan says the feature works well in New York city, finding his location within a block, but notes that users in less densely populated areas may have less success.