I apologize in advance for the rambling nature of this rant/post.
I bought an iPod Touch 32GB a few months ago to accompany me on a trip to a week-long tech conference across the country. I had my corporate laptop with me but it has a high-end video card and lasts about an hour and a half on battery. Plus it’s huge and heavy. (With all the corporate software on it, it’s not even very fast, but that’s another story.) So I needed something to take notes, read books, play games, access the net, etc. The iPod Touch has fulfilled these needs pretty well, but as an open source true believer I was never comfortable with the Touch. I think this will be my last foray into the Apple world. I bought an iMac and a MacBook last year and while they are beautifully engineered, I just can’t get past the proprietary “our way or the highway” Apple attitude. I am putting the latest Mint OS on the iMac and the MacBook will stay with OS-X because my wife loves it.
The Touch was probably the last straw for me. Apple’s puritan ethic regarding what they will allow on iTunes is really irritating. I’ll be jailbreaking the Touch soon, but that will be just a band-aid to get me through until I find a better product. I really wanted to buy a single device with a decent camera, built-in microphone, GPS, and other stuff. So I would have been happier with an iPhone or Google Nexus One, but I didn’t want to be locked into a phone contract and the Nexus One was too new at the time.
Today I found out I could have gotten an Android Dev Phone for $400, unlocked and fully accessible to developers. The dev phone has a decent camera, GPS, all the stuff I really wanted. That would have been a much better deal for me. We are going to develop some GIS-centric apps for Android at work now, so hopefully I can convince my wife I NEED this phone. Also, I want an Android tablet when a mature one becomes available.
Here’s the link to the Wikipedia article on the dev phone – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_Dev_Phone