Found what I was looking for
by victor-bailey - 10/29/11 8:01 AM
In Reply to: Bigger screen by zetaone
it is an iPod Touch 4th Generation.
I bought two devices to see which one would fit the bill. I bought an Acer ICONIA Tab A500 and an iPod Touch 4th generation. Both of them will do skype. But as far as portability, cost, functionality, market support and price are concerned, the iPod Touch 4th smashes the A500 to pieces. Basically the iPod Touch gives you 95% of the functionality of the Acer ICONIA Tab A500, at half the price and 1/10th the size. The Acer ICONIA Tab A500 is a fun toy, but is too big and heavy to be carried in anything other then a dedicated bag (big purse, backpack, special case etc.) Aside from that you can get an ultra portable or a netbook for about the same price, with a real keyboard and a few extra ounces in weight. I am not sure what niche market the larger tablets could fill, other then the "I have gotta have the latest device just because it is cool" market. Android looks like a good OS, but many of the apps that I wanted to install on my A500, were still in alpha or beta stages. I do hope it continues to grow in popularity and overcome apple and windows, but it is not at that stage yet.
Historically, I have avoided Apple products and software with a hatred. But I am sad to have to admit that at least in the category of the iPod Touch, I could not find anything in that came close to it even for substantially more in price. Now I know many will read this and want to point out many android smartphones. I do not consider a smartphone to be in the same category as the iPod Touch 4th. Even though they are similar in size and function, there is one major difference, one is free to operate and the other locks you in to an outrageously overpriced monthly data plan, or the fear of paying $10 per megabyte if you don't have a data plan. I personally refuse to pay $70 a month for a data plan when there are so many free wifi hotspots all over the place.
The iPod Touch 4th cost $199 and there is no android devices (that are similar in size in any price range) that can match it feature for feature. Sadly, apple wins this round. My hope is that android users will demand that device makers start to compete more aggressively in the IPod Touch category. It would be nice for people like me who have a phobia of overprice data plans. I don't really understand this nations obsession with mobile data plans. I have known many people that could not afford a car or rent, but could aslways find a way to pay $150 a month for their cell phone plan. They might be homeless and freezing because they could not afford a coat, but at least they could post a facebook update before they went into deep hypothermia. LOL! Maybe those cigarettes (they could some how afford as well) will keep this from dying!
Do we really have our priorities straight?
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