I haven’t had a cell phone for several months now and I don’t miss it one bit. When I did have a phone, I didn’t care enough to keep track of it (or would purposely leave it at home); when I did have it in my possession it was rarely charged. My closest friends and family knew the best way to get a hold of me was to send an email – if I didn’t answer within a few hours, I didn’t want to be found.
As much as I hate phones, particularly of the mobile variety, I began to envy those who could use their phones to do everything from jot notes to tweet to check email; I even missed being able to text. There are even a few situations when I need to be out and about but reachable (like this week, at the SkillsUSA National Conference, where texting is best way to track down missing students). So I decided I needed some sort of mobile device that was smaller than a laptop but could be used to send text messages. Enter the iPod Touch.
I have had my iPod Touch for less than 48 hours, but am completely enamored with it. Here’s what I love about Gnada (That’s my iPod’s name. More on my device naming later):
- Keeping Connected – I have my iPod set to sync with my Gmail, Google Calendar, and Contacts. I particularly like that new emails are pushed to my iPod as soon as I get an internet connection.
- Texting - I think that texting is one of the best communication methods. Texting is unobtrusive, short, and quiet.
- Evernote gone mobile - Evernote is one of my favorite productivity tools – it is the external hard drive to my brain. I use Evernote to remember code snippets & command, record titles of books to read or movies to see, collect recipes, take notes at seminars, and anything I will probably forget. Being able to do this on-the-go is even better. I even paid $9.95 for the software upgrade necessary for the new Evernote app.
- Offline Reading - Thanks to Read It Later, I always have a list of webpages to read, and now I can use my iPod to download pages to have reading material available regardless of wifi availability. Eventually I will learn how to use the iPod as an e-book reader too.
- Social Networking – Having access to Twitter and Facebook more often means I have less catching up when I do finally have a moment to sit at my computer.
- It’s not a phone – People still can’t call me.
As much as I love my iPod, there are already a few (okay, two) things I wish it had/could do. Granted, I could have these features with an iPhone, but I simply can’t afford a monthly plan right now, so instead I shall wish for a iPod that can:
- Access a 3G network (I’d even pay a monthly fee, just not $70/month!)
- Take pictures and video.
The funny thing is that I don’t have any music on Gnada yet, and I haven’t decided if I will even put music on it – I already have iPod that stores my entire music collection, so I may just save all 8GB for data.
Already have an iPod Touch? I’d love to hear any tips you may have, especially suggestions for apps to install.