I recently purchased the latest iPod touch update in order to access the Application Store. They have a lot of apps for free, but there are also plenty that must be purchased.
Some of the most expensive apps that I have found are language learning apps, specifically apps that are supposed to help with Japanese. For example, the “Wisdom English-Japanese dictionary” costs $23.99 (it only has a 3 star rating, definstely not worth the.money).
The best bang-for-buck application, however, is the wwwJDIc application. It’s the complete online version of the dictionary, it’s open source, it has a nearly infinate number of entries and examples, and best of all, it’s free!
The only significant drawback is that you have to be connected to the Internet. This won’t be an issue with the iPhone 3G users, but iPod touch users might not appreciate being tied to a wireless hotspot. But if you have wireless at home or easy access somewhere else (like a college campus), it’s a safe bet.
Apparently, Samsung thinks it can break into the same niche that Apple did by creating a phone, dubbed the ‘Instinct,’ that tries to emulate the iPhone.
The phone does include better voice activation options, but fails to deliver on internet search options by only providing Microsoft Life Search as the only option instead of letting users access the internet from a browser. This shouldn’t be surprising; sprint likes to limit what users get as far as internet content.
On top of that, the instinct fails to capture the aesthetic appeals of the iPhone. The iPhone’s touch screen interface perfectly responds to touch commands and adjusts when the phone is rotated. Even though the Instinct may provide the same sense of user friendliness, it doesn’t have the same visual appeal as the iPhone.
Sony says that the phone will fall into the $300 or less price range, and according to rumors, unlimited voice and message services will be available starting at $99.
Of course, you can always purchase a cheaper phone in combination with an iPod touch. You get the best of both worlds and save a bundle!