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November 27th, 2007


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01:49 pm - Gadgets !
I'm thinking that it's time for a new iPod. Mine (a 20G 3rd gen, handed down from rwrylsin) is full, doesn't support some of the latest (useful) features, and despite my battery replacement, doesn't seem to last as long as I would like when out and about.

What I'd really like is an iPod touch with 32Gb or even 64Gb. 16Gb isn't really enough for me, neat as all the other features are. So I'll probably go with the 80Gb Classic, and then see what the next generation or so brings.
Of course, if someone out there (say, someone in California :-) ) were to give hints about what the next generation of iPod touch would bring and when they might be released, I could be tempted to hold off on purchasing just yet.


(next week on "Help David make decisions" (hey, I'm crowdsourcing !) : Should I get a Macbook Pro, or standard Wintel laptop ?)
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(18 touches | En garde !)

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From:gaspode
Date:November 27th, 2007 02:15 pm (UTC)
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Got a classic myself. From what I've gleaned myself from certain insiders is that they certainly don't expect anything larger to come out for a year or so at least. Its down to the cost of the solid state storage - 16 GB is pretty big - a 16GB compact flash card will cost you around the same as the iTouch ... So when 32GB flash cards are common place expect the iTouch too be bigger ...
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From:gaspode
Date:November 27th, 2007 02:17 pm (UTC)
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Oh and laptopwise - as your a gamer Rock is the way to go (still) www.rockdirect.co.uk
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From:bohemiancoast
Date:November 27th, 2007 02:44 pm (UTC)
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Actually, even I don't recommend Macs to hardcore gamers. I know that theoretically you can stick Windows XP on your Mac and boot into Windows all the time, but that sort of misses the point. My experience of emulating PC games on my shiny new iMac under VMWare is, well, mixed; the impact it's having is that the amount of PC gaming I'm doing is going way down and that's clearly a result.
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From:gaspode
Date:November 27th, 2007 03:16 pm (UTC)
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Ahh didnt see this before i replied below.

You can't even game on VMware on a Wintel quad core so its really not an option (not even old dos games - I tried to get diskworld running - not a chance). I use VMWare on my rock to run Fedora (no way i'd run Unix as a base - my lap top is for games and Astrophotography/Imageing).

And I don't do Mac. I object to paying for propietry technology. Untill Mac drop there 'Its an Apple' tax i'm not interested.
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From:strangedave
Date:November 27th, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC)
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For a start, Macs don't really have proprietary hardware at all these days. There are things about their hardware that are a little odd, but not much that anyone couldn't licence install.

And as far as software goes, the thing is the reason to avoid proprietary technology used to be because you could do less with it. Macs are made of such standard components these days, its the other way around -- Macs clearly give you the same option plus that little bit more (a Mac can run Windows or Linux etc, but only a Mac can run Mac OS X). And when it comes down to it, you don't really pay more for Macs proprietary OS than you would for the proprietary tech called Windows, you just pay for it differently. You pay for design and branding of course, but not really a large premium.

What it really comes down to, if you put ideology and brand loyalty aside, is that Apple aren't interested in competing in the low end of the market or in every niche -- they are fairly competitive in the mid-range to high-end area, but they aren't present at all in the low end. This is either a big price premium, or no premium at all, depending on whether you are would have bought in the cheap and crappy end of the market at all.
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From:gaspode
Date:November 27th, 2007 03:57 pm (UTC)
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Thats interesting. I have no real issues either way between mac and Wintel based platforms - I'll run Vista on either - I just have no use for OS-X. Most of what I use my machine for either is availble on both (Photoshop etc) or only on Windows. So it comes down to the spec of the machine. Interesting the price on the Macbook pro and the Rock are pretty much the same Spec for Spec - but the Rock comes in higher spec - 512MB graphics cards (over 256) and a 1920 res monitor rather than a 1680. I run in 1920 on my Rock at home and it runs nicely (Bioshock looks amazing in DX10)...
It comes to the same then - its a matter of choice - as a gamer the Rock still wins tho ;).
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From:strangedave
Date:November 27th, 2007 05:12 pm (UTC)
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You missed that you can upgrade to 1920 res for only $US100 (and your choice of glossy or matte finish depending on use). I am surprised they don't offer a VRAM upgrade option. I have one on order.

Yeah, I run OS X, and there are things I use that only run on it (Logic, for example) - but mostly, I do either Mac development or unix development. I do a lot of work with Linux, and its very convenient to have a unix based OS in that case. And I don't really care about gaming (except WoW). So the choice is easy for me.

But yeah dollar for dollar, Macs are pretty competitive at the moment, unless you want a really cheap machine.
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From:bohemiancoast
Date:November 28th, 2007 12:05 am (UTC)
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I have used Photoshop extensively on both PCs and Macs (and PCs first because that's what I used then) and the difference in usability is as night and day. I have no idea why Photoshop is so much more pleasant to use on Macs; it doesn't really make sense. But it is. I don't know about other Adobe programs; I am such an egg at Illustrator that my experience wouldn't be much use, and I've not used any of their other software at all.
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From:strangedave
Date:November 27th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
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The question for a gamer who is considering a Mac is really the same as for people considering Linux - it's 'are you willing to reboot to play games'. Macbook Pros make terrific Vista laptops if you really want to use them for that, and hardcore games often use external fancy mice anyway, I've noticed.

For me personally, the question was sadly moot -- once World of Warcraft becomes the only computer game you ever play, it doesn't matter any more, as the WoW Mac client is great.
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From:gaspode
Date:November 27th, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC)
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lol well if your into WoW .. Sadly its lack of depth compared to EQ2 meant i got bored of it in less than a week.

But with Games like Oblivion and Crysis about ...

Thing is a MacBook is way too expensive and teh Rock is a lovely machine.
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From:strangedave
Date:November 27th, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, but the real answer to this tiresome old Mac vs PCs for games discussion is usually that these days, you get a better experience if you give it up and buy a console, and play Oblivion and Halo 3 on your 360. Unless you are really specific about which games you wish to play and they need a PC, mostly you play games on your computer because you already have the computer for other reasons.

I play WoW because my friends do. That adds depth no game designer can provide. Maybe that didn't work the same way for you.


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From:bohemiancoast
Date:November 27th, 2007 02:42 pm (UTC)
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For all I whine about small iPods and wanting to put my entire music collection on one; when I had a 'big' iPod and a 'little' one (10Gb and 4Gb respectively, at a point when my music collection was about 25Gb), I found very quickly that I used the little one all the time and the big one not at all. Since then I have stuck to little iPods. Now I have an iPhone, I'm keeping a sample of music and video on that (perhaps 2Gb or so). This is in fact enough music for my simple needs; I remain keen on music and absorb a great deal of it but I am not convinced that it's worth the extra weight and hassle to carry around my entire music collection (now nearer 70Gb) all the time.

And I am not a big video-on-the-move fan, but if I even had a passing interest in it then the screen on the iPod touch/iPhone is so much better than the screen on the Classic that would make the entire decision for me.

MacBook Pro vs. standard Wintel laptop: what we need is a Product Decision Tree.

1. Can you afford a MacBook Pro?
Yes -- we're done then.
No, or not really...

2. Can you afford a MacBook?
Yes -- go for that unless there's something the MBP has that's essential.
No, or not really...

3. Can you afford a second-hand or refurbished MacBook Pro or MacBook?
Yes -- OK!
No, or not really...

4. Are you absolutely certain you wouldn't be happy with a second-hand PowerBook or iBook?
No -- well, think about that, but no Intel processor in those.
Yes...

well, perhaps you should hang onto your current laptop and start saving up for the MacBook.
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From:gaspode
Date:November 27th, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC)
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Aforementioned Gamer ;)

Do you play games

1. Yes - Wintel it is
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From:gaspode
Date:November 27th, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC)
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I have a large number of talking books - well over 30 GB's worth which is why I like my big iPod - plus i'm way to lazy to pick stuff everytime i connect to iTunes ;) I'll be moving to 160GB shortly. That said Reet is after a 16GB iTouch for her birthday - it depends if i can get one for under 150 quid if she gets it ..
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From:gaspode
Date:November 27th, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
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and the classic is smaller than the iPhone ..

I really wanted to love the iPhone - but I can't. It just has too many flaws .. It like the AppleTV ... on paper the perfect replacement for my KiSS DP600 BUT its doesnt do DIVX. For no good reason (aside that Apple wouldn't pay the license for the codec). Imeadiately 90% of the people who would have brought one (myself included) went 'oh dear not so much then'. WHich is a shame. At least I suspect the 3G thing will be fixed on the iPhone2.
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From:bohemiancoast
Date:November 28th, 2007 12:14 am (UTC)
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I just wrote in my own journal a long, long list of all the things that piss me off about the iPhone. And yet still I am delighted with it; every single time I pick it up it enchants me afresh. Overall, if you did the Daz thing 'would you go back to your BlackBerry Pearl' my answer would be no, not remotely, not even a little bit.

Apple TV came out at a point where we had had a Mac Mini in our living room for six months; doing essentially the same thing except without any of the limitations that you see in the Apple TV.
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From:iosef
Date:November 27th, 2007 05:30 pm (UTC)
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I recently upgraded my 3rd Gen 20 gig to an 80 gig Classic, for the same reasons. I've had no problems, even with the old unit still on the system for music in the bath.

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