It’s official. I love the iPod Touch/iPhone. Hell, I have a 1st Gen iPod Touch, so I know there’s more to love in the latest versions. Why? Basically because it’s the cyberpunk version of a Swiss Army Knife.
I know I’m not the first to make this comparison, but I’m the kind of guy who likes to be prepared. I always have a Swiss Army Knife on me at the very least, and often times carry a bag with all kinds of odds and ends. Not for the reasons I can think of, but for the reasons I can’t. You never know when something will come in useful in an unexpected way.
For example, while in Japan I came across a woman whose shoe sole came right off. I had some superglue in my bag and was able to affect an on the spot repair that would at least see her home. Last week at work I fixed one of the drawers that had broken at the bookstore with my screwdriver. I used the rope in my bag to affect a means to drag a heavy box that was far too heavy to carry.
In much the same way, the new iPods are a modern day Swiss Army Knife, and I’m constantly amazed by the apps that continue to come out for it. For example, what I have on it right now (all free apps or already installed):
- eBook reader
- Cookbook (that not only have recipes but will help create and organize shopping lists)
- Bank app that allows me to check my accounts, make transfers, etc (especially handy right now that we need to pinch pennies)
- Map function that has a poor-man’s GPS built in that lets me know roughly where I am in Vancouver.
- Netflix (so I can watch movies or TV shows anywhere there’s internet access)
- News feeds (for Globe and Mail, BBC, CNN, etc)
- Web Browser
And there’s more, of course, but this gives you an idea of its versatility. And those are programs I didn’t even pay for. There are some impressive paid apps out there, and always new ones being made.
Granted few of these things other than the flashlight have a practical physical use. Most of it is just information in one way or another. However I only have the 1st Gen model that my dad gave me second hand, and am drooling at the prospect of getting a newer model – one that has a microphone (so I can use it like a phone with Skype) and camera built in.
The camera feature is so popular some people have called their iPhones cameras with a phone feature rather than phones with a camera feature. Given how often I forget to bring my camera with me when I go somewhere interesting, that would be a handy thing to have.