The iPod Touch might be hiding in the shadow of its big brother, the iPhone — both in volume, and revenue — but is it possible that the Touch is more disruptive than its cellular sibling?
...The iPod Touch is a lightweight, highly portable music and video player, communications and gaming platform and, if rumors are to be believed, its next generation will include a digital camera for stills and video — and maybe even VoIP, all over its Wi-Fi connection. That’s a lot of power from a $229 device. It’s that easy access to the Internet through a Wi-Fi connection that makes the device so interesting...
The iPhone, of course, is also part of this platform, which is why Apple frequently combines the sales numbers of the two products. At last count, there were 45 million devices capable of running this “Wi-Fi platform” worldwide — also known as the sum of iPod Touch and iPhone sales. By comparison, Sony has sold 58 million PSPs, and Nintendo has sold 108 million of its DS handheld gaming device since 2004 — both gadgets have Wi-Fi, but not nearly the interactivity and multi-functionality that the Touch has.
It’s curious that the iPhone gets so much of the coverage, while the iPod Touch gets second shrift. The iPhone can make calls, but with free Wi-Fi networks popping up everywhere thanks to deals with ISPs — plus campus-wide Wi-Fi networks at most colleges across the U.S. — the iPod Touch is fast becoming the WiFi-enabled mobile device to beat.
(HT Chris Meadows)