How to decide between an iPhone and an iPod Touch

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How to decide between an iPhone and an iPod Touch

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The iPhone and iPod Touch are two revolutionary devices, each with its own set on pros and cons. If you’re thinking about purchasing one of the models but aren’t sure which one is right for you, this post will give you some handy tips to help.


Step One

Do your homework. Research and read up about both devices, and decide on which one you can afford and which one offers most of what you are looking for. If you need a phone, consider the iPhone. If you want a device just like it without the calling/texting features, the iPod Touch may be right for you.


Step Two

If you'd like a device with cell phone capabilities, then the iPhone is the obvious way to go. However, you must sign a 2-year cellular contract with a service carrier (such as Verizon, Sprint, or AT&T in the United States) and pay monthly data and phone charges, which can add up quickly. You also may have the option of canceling the service within a few days of the purchase date. The iPhone is a portable computer and so is the iPod Touch. But the iPod Touch requires Wi-Fi access. With the iPod Touch, you can connect to any available Internet source, but usage fees apply the same as they do with computer use. With the iPhone, you can get Internet service wherever you get 3G phone service. However, if another Internet source is faster than 3G, you can also connect your iPhone to any Wi-Fi network. iPhones also have a built-in camera, but earlier iPhones and the iPod Touch aren't capable of shooting video. Later models of the iPhone (such as the 4 and 4S) and the 4th generation iPod Touch support video.


Step Three

If all you desire is a media device for music, photos and videos, then the iPod Touch may be satisfactory to your needs. There are tons of Apps to choose from, and many of them are free. But at least half of these applications, such as YouTube, do require Wi-Fi service.


Step Four

Visit a local Apple retail store if possible and give them a try. At Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint, you can test out the iPhone on display, and some electronics stores feature demos of the iPod Touch.


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