All Geek to Me

November 10, 2007

iPhone Review Part 3 (iPhone as an iPod)

Filed under: Geek Stuff — britinla @ 7:22 pm

I have a 20 GB iPod, which at 70% of capacity holds my complete music collection. The iPhone has a capacity of 8 GB; so is not a replacement. However, that is sufficient capacity for the podcasts which are my daily listening and a good range of play lists.

The iPhone has several interface advantages over the original iPod. The headphones have a microphone built into the cord; pressing this pauses the current track and the ringer volume switch on the side adjusts the iPod volume. Both of these are easier to reach while out and about than getting to the click wheel with the iPod in a pocket.

The much vaunted album cover flow view, is visually appealing, but offers no real ease of use gain over the click wheel. The standard list view of artists, songs, or albums is a great improvement as down the right-hand side is the alphabet. With one touch you can be at P and select Pink Floyd, a lot quicker than scrolling through the list.

There is a small in-built speaker for the phone, but this can be used for the iPod. The sound quality makes it unsuitable for music play-back but for podcasts it suffices and is a good option if you are at home and don’t want to wear headphones.

As a replacement for a large capacity iPod I would have to rate it A-, but alongside a regular iPod, it smokes the original and is fully deserving of an A rating.

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    Comment by John — February 1, 2008 @ 7:13 pm


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