I was given an IPad this spring as a gift and I REALLY liked it but find it too big and bulky to carry around in my purse so it has been mostly sitting at home unused. I have even been thinking about putting it on Ebay or CL. I also have a cheapo MP3 which has seen lots of use for listening to music.
Then recently, completely by accident I found my perfect little piece of electronic equipment! An IPod Touch!! My bosses son came into the office and was letting me play games on his while he was there that day. It seems to be almost the exact same thing as an IPad except at 1/10 the weight. My purse is one of those cross-body bags that I like to keep at under a pound if possible. The IPad just added way too much weight. I don't understand how women lug around those huge 20# purses
Back to the point: The touch just flies along on the internet and has lots of fun games and I have added at least 75 apps so far (mostly free). I can check my email and surf the web as long as I have wifi which seems to be available about anywhere these days. (or I can pull up into a neighborhood or apt complex borrowing from some kind soul who doesn't have a password required, if I need to do a quick websearch or email check) Once I got the hang of pinching to make things bigger I can see just about anything I want to online. Really cool. I have also transferred hundreds of pictures to it also. Downloaded podcasts and a couple of movies. This little thing makes waiting somewhere "no problem"
I downloaded skype and have been using it quite a bit and so far have had really clear service. A HUGE benefit....
I purchased a 32G two weeks ago from BJ's - I think it was $275 !ouch! but have fallen in love with this little toy. The biggest problem is that I am spending way too much time playing with it when I should be doing other stuff, and of course I have spent lots and lots of money downloading new songs.... but all in all so glad I discovered it.
I see a long ongoing thread about the IPad so I know there are lots of folks here who enjoy it. I have not seen much about IPods here however. I just wanted to point out that if anyone really likes the IPad but doesn't want to have such a bulky item to carry around that they should check out the IPod Touch, very similar... just smaller!