iPod Touch Version 2 Hands On

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The most noticeable thing about the second-gen iPod touch is just how thin it feels in your hand. The tapered edges make it feel like last year's iPod Nano, and it isn't as heavy or dense feeling as the 1g iPod touch. As Jobs stated in the keynote, the built-in speaker really is for casual listening, as it's not loud enough to cut through the crowds here. But when held to the ear, it sounds decent enough for what it is.

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Illustration for article titled iPod Touch Version 2 Hands On
Illustration for article titled iPod Touch Version 2 Hands On
Illustration for article titled iPod Touch Version 2 Hands On
Illustration for article titled iPod Touch Version 2 Hands On
Illustration for article titled iPod Touch Version 2 Hands On
Illustration for article titled iPod Touch Version 2 Hands On
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Illustration for article titled iPod Touch Version 2 Hands On

The volume switch feels the same as the iPhone's, adding a crucial feature to the media player. While the 2d dimensions remain the same, iPod touch v.2 almost feels narrower compared to the original. The black patch for the wi-fi radio is now oval shaped and is less conspicuous than before. Other than that, screen is the same, software is (relatively) the same, it's just a better iPod touch.

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DISCUSSION

WTF does this mean? (It's from a footnote on the tech specs page at the Apple site regarding "maps—location-based services).

"For iPod touch with Maps, the Maps application provides your approximate location using information based on your proximity to known Wi-Fi networks (when on and available). The more accurate the available information, the smaller the circle identifying your position on the map. The feature is not available in all areas. Known Wi-Fi networks are predominantly in urban areas. In order to provide your location, data is collected in a form that does not personally identify you. If you do not want such data collected, do not enable the feature. Not enabling the feature will not impact the functionality of your iPod touch."