Thursday, July 28, 2005

Looks like it would make a nice PDA :)

Well, PDALive is reporting the specs for the new video iPod, and in my humble opinion, this would make a nice pda. It has killer hardware for a video device, and both IRDA and USB 2.0 connectivity. If only it ran a real OS? What do you think?

All images are taken from iPod Lounge.


Blogger Mitchell Rusk said...

I think the ipod is dead.

5:14 AM  
Blogger Tam Hanna said...

I beleive that the only possible image is the one on the top right. the rest is a mockup IMHO.
Best regards
Tam Hanna
P.s. I dont own an ipod and I dont want one. My old TT3 plays OGG just well enough!

12:18 PM  
Blogger Steven Fisher said...

The iPod is dead? Where'd you get that from? At the moment, it's still outselling everything else combined by more than a factor of two.

5:29 PM  
Blogger Mitchell Rusk said...

actually the ipod isn't. everone who wanted an ipod has one. :shrug:

2:08 AM  
Blogger Tam Hanna said...

you are somehow right here, Mitchell. If you have an ipod with 40 Gigs, why get another one?
I am not sure if Apple provides enough novelties in each series to justify the upgrades.
But the ipod will still sell good because of name and iTunes.
Best regards
Tam Hanna

9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm expecting market saturation of the apple soon, but not in the near future.

2:13 PM  
Blogger Tam Hanna said...

I beleive that 50% of the ipods sucess is not due to the devices. E.g I wonder why someone buys an ipod shuffle without display,... if he can have a box with playlists on-screen et al for less.
Best regards
Tam Hanna

5:32 PM  
Blogger fuhgettaboutit123 said...

I own an iPod in addition to my Zodiac (and cellphone, and PSP to bring up all my non-laptop portable devices at this point)

I wouldn't trade my iPod for any other mp3 player (I still use mp3 for whatever reason... perhaps laziness?) out now. At 40GB my pre-color/photo iPod is 60-70% full with my entire CD collection and a few albums I've purchased off iTunes simply out of ease of use.

The iPod's clickwheel feels great and the interface couldn't be simpler. No one's claiming (that I'm aware) that the iPod is a technological marvel compared to what else is out there or anything. Simple interface, simple capabilities. A little XML here, a little bitch-ass CD ripper/burner there (that's one of my main beefs with iTunes is the CD speeds it achieves... pitiful) and voila! Maybe it was once a marvel for the disk drive size and its survival rate with drops, but hell that's probably all due to the technology of whatever laptop drive they licensed. (Hitachi? I dunno) Anyhow, like all of their stuff, Apple was right on the money as far as design goes.

My palm devices can never hold enough songs for me, and the interface on every one I've tried is too clumsy to fumble with in a pocket or otherwise blind.

The after-market expansion products for iPod are also pretty damn good. I use iTalk for recording memos or even song ideas, and I use iTrip for blasting tunes in my car. (damn why didn't I think to make sure my head unit had aux in before I replaced the old one!?)

Viva la iPod.

But all this video stuff does look a bit fake. I figure Apple probably will go that route, especially since they wasted money on colorizing a simple device and adding picture display. I mostly use mine for music, as well as for temporary data backup.

The PDA/phone are another story. I'm very much considering scrapping the Zodiac in favor of the PSP entirely since emulators have come out for the PSP (played Samurai Showdown for NeoGeo CD on it and it rocks!) and there's not much else I need from the Zod. I'll miss the nice big screen but I think I can do with using a Palm-based phone for organizing/etc. I'm considering a Samsung i500, since it's not HORRIBLY old and is damn cheap. If I had the money I'd go Treo 650 all the way, I think. I'll probably miss OS5, but I'll live.

Sorry for the long post, Tam!

7:44 PM  
Blogger Tam Hanna said...

Hi thynctank,
no problem with long comments! Thank you for talking back!
Did you look at the Qool QDA or at one of the GSPDA machines?
Best regards
Tam Hanna

2:06 PM  
Blogger fuhgettaboutit123 said...

Tam, is the QDA being sold in the US at all? It looks as though it's only being sold East of the Atlantic. Unfortunately, I'm on the other end. Also, haven't I heard lots of tales of Garnet sucking? The camera (video capture?!) looks pretty neat and the form factor looks good, I'd definitely be interested in at least trying one out in store!

The GSPDA phone I found (M28) also will not work in the States. That's okay though, I'd much prefer a clamshell design. I don't want my screen getting scratched up and I don't want to require a case for my phone. I like simplicity in ergonomics. I found GSPDA's site and am checking out other units, it seems they're all "candybar" style, which I'm really not looking for.

Thanks for the ideas, Tam! Anybody know more about US-enabled Palm phones? I really would like to stay with an OS I'm comfortable with rather than jumping on the Windows bandwagon.


9:21 PM  
Blogger Tam Hanna said...

dunno, but I beleive it does. But maybe only through direct sales.
I know a retailler who may just want to sell a device to you. But no warranties!
Best regards
Tam Hanna

1:33 AM  
Blogger fuhgettaboutit123 said...

Then there's the whole "will it work on my network" question. I'm not a big techie when it comes to cell phones so I have no idea what network I'm on and what IDs are for what nets, etc. I'm on Sprint PCS, I'd probably want to verify that such a device would work through Sprint before actually purchasing it.

I'm not yet in the market, though. I've got more important bills to pay and my [fairly well scratched, cracked, hinge-disintegrating] Sanyo celly works for me for now.

Do pass on my name, etc though, I s'pose. Long as I'm not going to be bombarded with spam...

6:00 PM  
Blogger fuhgettaboutit123 said...

Might as well throw a few more comments into the mix here: iTunes (whether you like the iPod or not) is brilliant software for organizing your collection. And it's free. You can sort by any parameter you like, bulk-edit ID3 (or whatever the equivalent is in other filetypes) parameters more easily than any other program I've used, create dynamic lists that fill themselves according to SQL-like requirements, and easily subscribe to and download podcasts.

It's the most seamless environment for handling your music collection is the point. iTunes integrates quite nicely, and tho my download was cutoff one time (dial-up connection at home) it was recovered without any intervention on my part or Apple's, entirely through automated features of the program.

The CDDB connectivity is very quick and painless, and since iTunes has auto-fill for all ID3 fields, entering your own song names, album name, artist name, etc is no big deal if you've typed any of it before.

iTunes also integrates well with my ever-changing audio setup. Sometimes I'm at work and play music through the laptop speakers, other times I blast through my Event TR5N speakers in my studio setup at home. To connect to them I FireWire in to my MOTU audio interface, and after a quick switch in Windows' Control Panel iTunes responds immediately. Winamp, on the other hand, requires another tweak or two before it'll play through the right set of chips.

Anyway, just wanted to add that to the stack of words I've accumulated on this thread.

6:16 PM  
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