I dropped by the Apple Store in Regent Street this afternoon, for my first play with an iPhone / iPod Touch. Basically, the reviews are right: it redefines the mobile internet device. I can easily see where Antony Mayfield is coming from: the iPod Touch is equally cool, and an excellent substitute if you aren’t in the market for a phone. But I can’t help feeling that if I do ultimately buy one, I’ll only end up wondering why I didn’t go the whole hog, and get the iPod-with-built-in-phone. The second device in my pocket will feel twice as heavy. Still v-e-r-y tempting though.
Interestingly, the one aspect of both devices which impressed me most was the YouTube integration. Full screen video playback via what seemed like a stand-alone app. All the fun of YouTube, without the (frankly) ugly-verging-on-unusable website. And if I’m not mistaken, no superimposed YouTube logo on the clips. It really makes YouTube a dream to use… and reinforces its position as the undisputed no1 in online video.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: if you’ve got any video content, get it on YouTube now and ask questions later.