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Old 05-18-2009, 08:37 PM   #1
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iPod Touch--PDA as well as e-book reader?

I'm considering asking for an iPod Touch for my half-birthday (which sounds a little odd, so I'll explain: because of travel considerations my family has taken to celebrating everyone's birthday in the summer.)

In addition to playing music they can be used as e-book readers (though for me it would only be a back-up intended for short term reading as I have my Kindle with me much of the time) and I've heard murmurs that they can also function as PDAs.

How about it, you Touch users out there? If I get the 2nd Gen Touch, will it work as a PDA? I need calendar (with the option of an alarm to remind me of an appointment), contacts, and some sort of note app (to keep a shopping list on and that kind of thing). It would be nice if calendar and contacts could talk to each other (If "3:00pm Meet Cyndi" in the calendar could easily call up Cyndi's phone number in contacts, for instance), but that isn't a dealbreaker.

I'd be interested in any advice you have. Thanks!
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Old 05-19-2009, 02:35 AM   #2
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I'm considering asking for an iPod Touch for my half-birthday (which sounds a little odd, so I'll explain: because of travel considerations my family has taken to celebrating everyone's birthday in the summer.)

In addition to playing music they can be used as e-book readers (though for me it would only be a back-up intended for short term reading as I have my Kindle with me much of the time) and I've heard murmurs that they can also function as PDAs.

How about it, you Touch users out there? If I get the 2nd Gen Touch, will it work as a PDA? I need calendar (with the option of an alarm to remind me of an appointment), contacts, and some sort of note app (to keep a shopping list on and that kind of thing). It would be nice if calendar and contacts could talk to each other (If "3:00pm Meet Cyndi" in the calendar could easily call up Cyndi's phone number in contacts, for instance), but that isn't a dealbreaker.

I'd be interested in any advice you have. Thanks!
go to the aps store for the iTouch, iPhone and browse through that for calendaring and shopping utiltites. I have a really cool grocery list program and lots of other helpful utilities on my iTouch. I also setup Calibre so that I can access my Calibre library on my iTouch (epub format). Here is the ap store link http://appshopper.com/

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Old 05-19-2009, 09:02 AM   #3
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How about it, you Touch users out there? If I get the 2nd Gen Touch, will it work as a PDA? I need calendar (with the option of an alarm to remind me of an appointment), contacts, and some sort of note app (to keep a shopping list on and that kind of thing). It would be nice if calendar and contacts could talk to each other (If "3:00pm Meet Cyndi" in the calendar could easily call up Cyndi's phone number in contacts, for instance), but that isn't a dealbreaker.
The Touch is a very nice PDA. It syncs with Outlook easily thru iTunes. So, you need a Windows or Mac PC to use it that way. I used mine for a reader prior to getting an e-ink reader. For me, it's downfall as a reader is limited battery life!

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Old 05-19-2009, 09:39 AM   #4
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It's a good PDA. I use the calendar function, and you can do a ton of other things with the plethora of apps out there. I love the grocery list app I got.
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Old 05-19-2009, 11:31 AM   #5
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Best PDA ever... I've used palms, microsoft devices, etc... iPod is incredible as a PDA and just about as close to "all in one device" as you get.

I use mine as a backup reader, too. I don't like reading on the device much, but in a pinch it'll save me from boredom. I'm referring here to the iPhone, actually, but all that functionality exists in the ipod as well.
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Old 05-19-2009, 11:52 AM   #6
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It has built-in Calendar and Notes app. I don't really use the Calendar app, but the Notes app, I do, quite frequently. For me, the biggest con of the built-in Notes app is the lack of handwriting recognition. Good news, there are plenty of apps in the iTunes App Store to supplement this shortcoming.
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Old 05-19-2009, 02:35 PM   #7
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I'm considering asking for an iPod Touch for my half-birthday (which sounds a little odd, so I'll explain: because of travel considerations my family has taken to celebrating everyone's birthday in the summer.)

In addition to playing music they can be used as e-book readers (though for me it would only be a back-up intended for short term reading as I have my Kindle with me much of the time) and I've heard murmurs that they can also function as PDAs.

How about it, you Touch users out there? If I get the 2nd Gen Touch, will it work as a PDA? I need calendar (with the option of an alarm to remind me of an appointment), contacts, and some sort of note app (to keep a shopping list on and that kind of thing). It would be nice if calendar and contacts could talk to each other (If "3:00pm Meet Cyndi" in the calendar could easily call up Cyndi's phone number in contacts, for instance), but that isn't a dealbreaker.

I'd be interested in any advice you have. Thanks!

I've been using my 1st gen Touch as a PDA (purchased 'gently used' through eBay) and ebook reader for about three weeks now. I needed to be able to buy and read Kindle ebooks and it is working GREAT for that!

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Old 05-20-2009, 01:31 AM   #8
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I picked up my girlfriend an ipod touch, mainly as a reader.
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