A little while back I decided it would be nice to get an iPod to listen to MP3 Audio books on the 3 hour bus trips down to Melb. Rant: Modern hand held radios seem incapable of picking up Radio National out in the Bush these days which is completely at odds with the advances in just about any other electronic device. End of Rant.
To my delight, when I fired up my new iPod I was confronted with a page full of interesting icons so instead of just an audio player, I have a multimedia, web capable, highly portable device with a very readable screen. Having just seen a few iPhones and having decided they were well out of my price range, I was now looking at a very similar device which only seems to be missing the phone service.
But not totally without phone capability. I haven’t used it yet but if I am sitting in range of wireless access, there is an application that allows you to make video calls in a Skype-like environment called Face to Face. Amazing.
Then came the added extras. Off I went to Radio National and picked up some podcasts. You simply subscribe (free) to your favourite shows and the iPod pulls them down wirelessly. Grabbed a couple of MediaWatch vodcasts too because it handles the video.
Next item to try was the inbuilt camera. (It actually has 2) Click, and there’s big picture of Liz having a Maccas latte. Good quality and just too easy. Can’t zoom to take the photo but you can zoom the result. Move the slider and you can record video. Here is a 1 minute clip on my YouTube account of some kids playing LaserTag.
I can’t speak too highly of the camera function. With my original camera I have always struggled and have never been able to get a good shot of the LaserTag arena. But with the iPod I just point and click and the darkness has not been an issue.
I still haven’t finished playing with the options on my iPod. I’m still to use Face to Face and I haven’t tried any games but the things it already does has me delighted with my purchase.