The outstanding Nokia E72 remains my business smart-phone and principal go-to device. However, I soon noticed that some do-gooder we-know-better-than-you-what’s-good-for-you virus had infected the phone, preventing me from cranking up the volume for music listening. I could find nothing from any source to resolve this. As a consequence, the phone was useless as a music player while on the street, since even just moderate road noise rendered the tunes hardly discernable; an irritating and disconcerting listening experience. Obviously, it wasn’t much better in more quiet conditions.
The thing is, it is typically in noisier environments that I use the phone as a music player – walking, in a coffee shop, and the like. At the office or home, I have different devices. So, the phone’s use as a music player had essentially disappeared. Not only do I want to hear the music, but much of what I listen to – whether R&B piano, fingerstyle guitar, or classical violin concertos – are meant to fill your senses and carry you off. They need to have some volume to bring out the finer elements that otherwise would barely surface, and to invest them with the verve and energy that were present in their creation.
So, having found the perfect all-in-one device, I found that upgrading it to its next iteration required me to move back to a separate music player. The result was an iPod Nano (5th gen).
I can tell you that that solved the problem. What a great device! Much better experience downloading music from iTunes than from the multiple sources I used previously, many of which changed their DRM and outside-the-US policies sporadically and unannounced. This can be a real problem for an expat.
Shortly later, my wife got an iPhone. While she loves it, it does nothing for me as a business phone, and does not threaten the status of my E72. However, the computing power and easily used and wide range of applications certainly did intrigue me. So, it wasn’t long before I also became the proud owner of not only an iPod touch, but an iPad.
So, from multiple devices to one, and back to multiple devices again – and no complaints. I still read periodically on the E72, and use it principally for email when on the road – (the iPod Touch and iPad that I got are WiFi only, since I didn’t see the point of 3G in these devices and wasn’t sure I could use it where I live overseas in any event).
The iPad is a great productivity device when on the road – much more convenient than lugging a laptop around. I have the Bluetooth keyboard, and have had no problem transferring files between the iPod and my computer. I also do most of my newspaper reading on it, as well as keeping my chess game alive (Shredder – excellent).
The iPod touch is where I do most of my book reading – almost all of it using Kindle. Quick, convenient, and easy. Everything syncs between devices smoothly.
Both devices also have standard apps that I use frequently – an excellent financial calculator (to be honest, I was always a bit frustrated with the inability to get an HP-emulator on the E71/72; this is actually one of the things that drove me to getting the iPod Touch), an excellent unit-conversion program, weather, and the like.
The iPod Nano is now for walks in the woods and hills for exercise. The E72 is with me everywhere, and the iPod Touch almost always when I’m out and about. When I’m out for anything like an extended period, the iPad comes along for its productivity capabilities, so I can keep up with my writing.
All the Apple devices are the max gigabyte available (32 for the iPod Nano, and 64 for the iPod Touch and iPad). The iPod Touch and iPad are Wi-Fi only. They both work just fine in all the multiple hotspots around Istanbul and I haven’t regretted not having a 3G capability in them.
There it is, then: the current status of devices and their use. We’ll move on, now, to more detailed reviews of devices like these and other, as well as of some of the apps, music, books, and other material accessible from them. We will also see some essays on general topics of interest culturally – the sciences, politics, current events.
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