Back in 2009 I decided to see if I could get away with no phone. No land-line phone or a mobile. Think about that for a second. Was it a pain in the butt? Not as much as I had expected, but yeah it was. The one thing that quickly revealed itself to be the biggest annoyance in the year and a half I ran this little experiment was the need to go old fashioned when meeting up with people. As in stating a time and exact place and hoping the person you’re meeting was on time and knew where you were talking about. These days being exact isn’t a huge deal. ”Hey man, I just grabbed a seat by at the bar, you on your way?” You might text a buddy and he responds a jiff later, “Yeah, be right there.” You’re a text or phone call away (assuming you’re within a coverage zone) from knowing where your pal, significant other, or family member is.
Why am I starting out mentioning something completely unrelated to games? Because the only real difference between an iPod Touch and an iPhone is its WiFi only functionality. Games on the iPhone and Ipod Touch look and play the same. Aside from (I’m taking a guess here) something like a dozen games that require phone service (and honestly there might not even be a single one) the two devices are nearly the same. The iPod Touch is a little smaller, weighs a little less, but you can find out all the technical specs with a quick search.
Who should avoid an iPhone and go for the iPod Touch? A lot of poor people. If you don’t have the means to pay a nearly $100 a month phone bill then an iPhone isn’t for you. Even if you can afford such a monthly cost you might be better off with a cheapo cell for calls and texts and an iPod touch for everything else–games, maps, the Internet, music, email, and so forth. Sure, this means you would need to remember an extra item when leaving home, but you could end up saving a whole lot of money going this route.
Sadly the comparison between iPhone and iPod Touch begins and ends right about at the point where we do or do not talk about a phone being a phone. An iPod Touch is just an iPhone without the phone part.
Next week I’ll be talking about the iPad and that, unlike the iPod Touch, is a whole different animal than the iPhone. I’ve owned all three and I’m here to tell you that if you can afford to own an iPhone you’ll not regret it.