Shannon Stacey

The iPod Touch (or why I might be retiring)

I’m just not going to have time to write anymore, I think. The iPod Touch Kool-aid is potent, and I’ve been guzzling it hard since about eight o’clock yesterday morning.

So I asked Santa for a pink iPod Nano. I liked my Zen Stone, but I really wanted a small video screen for no other reason than so I could watch Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog at will. I’m not kidding. But I must have been a very good girl this year because Santa upgraded me to an iPod Touch. WHEEEEE! I was a little intimidated at first, because I’m a technomoron, but then I turned it on.

The first thing I want to say is that after spending a day and a half with the iPod and hearing about Jaci’s experiences with her new Mac, I believe Microsoft and Windows are really an evil experiment to see how far into the depths of hopeless frustration you can drive the human race before we self-destruct.

First, the bad….umm…*crickets*…

Okay, if I had to come up with something, it would be the fingerprints. Yes, it has a screen overlay on it and yes, I get the “touch” part of iPod Touch, but I’ve always been fanatic about fingerprints on my electronics, so it’s driving me a little crazy. And I had to wear a hooded sweatshirt with a front pocket today because it doesn’t have a clip thing for my pocket.

It took me about two seconds to hook the thing into my network and I checked my email. WHEEE! Then…I found the app store and everything else in my life became unimportant.

The first thing I did was PenguinLite—a very cute game in which you catapult penguins at polar bears. Heeheee. Then i found Twitterific so I could Twitter. Found a hangman game. The Short Kid and I play hangman in restaurants all the time, so it would be a fun thing to have in places that don’t offer paper placemats.

Then I came across Stanza, which I remembered seeing mentioned on Dear Author. Touched the screen and it was installed. Voila! Hit the online catalogue and there were the four free Harlequin Minis, so just like that they were downloaded. Voila!

I’ve been very happy reading Mobipocket on my Palm TX, but I have to say, ebooks look really, really nice on the Touch. Plus, turning the page with a minute swipe of the thumb is so much nicer than having to hit the button at the bottom of the device, which can make the Palm awkward to hold.

I also found the lighsaber app so it has the picture of the lightsaber and makes cool lightsaber sounds when I move the device, and Jaci mentioned Word Warp, which is a massively addicting word game. Oops.

I haven’t used it long enough to see how the battery will stand up to music & reading mixed usage, but I’m already afraid my poor Palm will be falling by the wayside. The screen on the Touch is a lot more crisp and there’s no stylus. Not having to find the cord and go through the sync process every time I buy a book.

The big thing will be figuring out the Fictionwise thing. Just last week I bought the club membership thing and I have some micropay dollars and a huge TBR list of books I’ve downloaded in .prc. I’m not totally sure I want to make the switch.

I AM totally sure I love this iPod Touch more than chocolate. (Oh, and in case you were wondering, I did put a few songs on it, too.)

7 comments to “The iPod Touch (or why I might be retiring)”

  1. Jaci Burton
      · December 26th, 2008 at 6:37 pm · Link

    Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.

    Oh wait…too late.

  2. Annmarie
      · December 26th, 2008 at 9:19 pm · Link

    I love ALL things Apple. I resisted the iPod for a long time and now I dunno why I ever did.

    I see a Mac in your future.

  3. Kelly
      · December 27th, 2008 at 6:35 pm · Link

    I’m a mom that went through the Pokemon when my baby was younger…so when he asked for the lastested greatest ipod touch (to his mom with little to no memory with names or electronics.

    I went in to best buy and told the kid my son wanted the pokypod…much to my son’s mortifacation (when told I helped Santa purchase his mostest favoritest gift)…the kid knew what I was talking about… :nod:

    Just a little FYI…my son also got Dark Knight on bluray…and it has a passcode in the case for him to down load on his pokypod…he says lots of them come that way now.


  4. azteclady
      · December 28th, 2008 at 1:49 pm · Link

    Heh. You poor things, all drunk on the Mac-Aid.


  5. Shannon
      · December 28th, 2008 at 11:35 pm · Link

    The Mummy 3 came with a code for a digital download, too. I haven’t tried it yet, though. So much techno goodness, so little time!

  6. Kelly
      · December 29th, 2008 at 12:15 am · Link

    I hope you enjoy your new toy…and maybe by spring you’ll be use to it enough to get back to writing… :wink:

  7. hangman game
      · January 8th, 2009 at 9:01 am · Link

    you should give a look if you like playing hangman… it keeps me busy at work :)

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