Get a 2nd Gen Touch to replace my 1st Gen?

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  1. florbastang

    florbastang Well-Known Member

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    I currently have a 1st Gen Touch. My girlfriend is going to be buying an Macbook this weekend and could get the free (after mail-in rebate) Touch. I figure that after taxes, a new case, and paying her $20 or so, it'll cost me between $50 and $70.

    Are the difference between the two generations really worth that?
     
  2. gscal

    gscal Well-Known Member

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    There's the speaker, which is absolutely fantastic, and the fact that only 2nd gen, not 1st gen, iPods will have Bluetooth functionality. That also means only 2nd gen iPod touches can have P2P connectivity. I'd say go for it.
     
  3. florbastang

    florbastang Well-Known Member

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    What's the Bluetooth really going to give me? I don't know anyone else with a Touch. Does that make Bluetooth useless to me?

    What are the other differences? How does battery life compare?
     
  4. gscal

    gscal Well-Known Member

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    At the moment, I can't really tell you everything. Here's an article about the iPod touch 2G vs. iPod touch 1G: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2008/10/hands-on-1g-ipo/

    Also, about Bluetooth, it can also connect to iPhones. Don't know if that changes anything...
     
  5. Shokz

    Shokz Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, ultimately bluetooth could facilitate wireless filesharing or ad-hoc gaming, or even pairing up with a bluetooth headset (skype calls, anyone?) We'll just have to see what Apple allows.

    Since you're here, you probably use your iPod to game, and this is the largest difference between the two; the 2G is literally 50% better than the 1G at playing games (as in, achieving a better frame-rate), and it makes all the difference in the world.
     
  6. florbastang

    florbastang Well-Known Member

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    Can anyone confirm this? If this is the case, I'm sold.
     
  7. Kamazar

    Kamazar Well-Known Member

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    I've heard of devs using the 1st gen to run their games since it's the least powerful machine, and if it runs smoothly on that, it'll run smoothly on the iPhone and 2G touches. But aren't the releasing the third gen pretty soon?
     
  8. Alichan76

    Alichan76 Well-Known Member

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    Releases seem to happen in September, and seeing the 2nd gen is so new I think it will be september 2010 before we see 3rd gen on the shelves. Just my feeling.
     
  9. hdgreen

    hdgreen Well-Known Member

    yeah they are. same time as third gen iphone. maybe thats why they're doing the touch deal with macbooks, to get rid of excess stock.
     
  10. Shokz

    Shokz Well-Known Member

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    Physicist. No, not really, but maybe one day, i'm
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    Yeah, for example, NFS is stuttery but playable on the 1G, but absolutely flawless on the 2G.

    It's mainly due to the MHz increase (from 412 on all the other iDevices to 532 on the Touch 2G). It's really late here (2am), so i'm gunna get to bed, but i'll find the link to the benchmarks confirming the performance difference some time tomorrow if you want.

    But to be honest, i'm with Kamazar on this one - wait until the WWDC to see if they show off a new iPod Touch along with the next iPhone.
     
  11. florbastang

    florbastang Well-Known Member

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    Well, I don't have much of a choice. My lady will be buying her Macbook this weekend. The only reason that this is even an option is because it's basically free with the Macbook.
     
  12. HardcoreEricXXX

    HardcoreEricXXX Well-Known Member

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    She's crazy not to keep it. She should sell it to you for $150 and your still gettin a deal. And Bluetooth....Bluetooth headphones are awesome, I hate having to throw an adapter on here. I'm waiting to see if it gets a nice hardware update. If they are trying to push gaming, I'd suggest all the 3g gps chips in the new version. Although the rumor is a camera, in which case I'll find a cheap 2nd gen for cheap on craigslist.
     
  13. bdegrande

    bdegrande Well-Known Member

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    There's also a hardware volume control and, to me the big one, the abiljty to use earbuds with a mic (either Apple or third oarty). This makes Skype phone calls possible.
     
  14. florbastang

    florbastang Well-Known Member

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    She has an iPhone, which is why she doesn't need it. What we're going to do is I'm going to sell my 1st Gen and give her whatever I get plus a bit more to work toward what she could have gotten by selling the 2nd Gen.
     
  15. Vester

    Vester Well-Known Member

    really, get a 2nd gen, i got one and it has a few more feature like the speaker. It is surprisingly good! and its free! get it!
     
  16. looman9635

    looman9635 Well-Known Member

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    Get one

    -Bluetooth

    -Volume buttons

    -Speakers

    -Use mic earphones

    -Slimmer

    -Shiny

    -Because you will benefit from 3.0 better
     
  17. spiffyone

    spiffyone Well-Known Member

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    Same deal I got for my 1st gen touch last year.

    Frankly, I was just going for the Macbook Pro. The touch wasn't something I was really looking at all that much due to the fact that I had a larger capacity iPod and hadn't really heard, at the time, about all the goodness that was coming out in terms of the App Store. Then I did a little research on it, and well, found sites like toucharcade and others.

    Frankly, it amazes me still just how much I use my iTouch. The music capacity is far less, but I'm too busy using Safari, playing games, and other stuff to really notice.

    So, yeah...go for it. Basically you'll be paying $50 for a new iPod touch 2G. Not a bad deal at all.

    And Apple does this one (or both) of these reasons:

    1. To clear out stock of a model that they will be replacing. Which shouldn't be that big a deal as, again, you can pay $50 for the upgrade to 2nd "gen" touch or pay the $229 and up for the 3rd "gen"...if it even comes out that soon. Which leads to...

    2. To increase sales of Macbooks, and increase usage of iPod touch models, both of which increase usage of Apple software.
     
  18. florbastang

    florbastang Well-Known Member

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    Well, I went through with it. I'm still restoring the new iPod from the old backup data right now.

    Quick question: Are there any differences between the 1st Gen headphones and the 2nd Gen headphoens?
     
  19. florbastang

    florbastang Well-Known Member

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    Bump. Anyone know?
     

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