Speaking as someone who would never install iTunes on his computer (which rules out Apple products for me), I can’t help but notice that the new iPod touch just made all the android mini tablets like the Ramos W7 or even the Dell Streak obsolete. There’s no 3G capability, but you can get a MiFi device that’s far more useful. The smoother UI in conjunction with the superior display is the killer feature of this phone, not to mention the iOS app store.
There might still be a market for 5″ and 7″ devices, but word has it that Apple is going to fill the gap between 3.5″ and 9.8″ soon.
I guess the good news is that the generic clone market is going to have to lower their prices if they want to be competitive. The Ramos W7 android device costs $50 less than the entry iPod touch and it has an SDHC and HDMI slot as well as a larger 4.8″ LTPS screen which makes it a plausible alternative. The big margin for Apple is the 32 GB and 64 GB models which you almost have to buy since there is no SDHC slot on the iPod and external readers like this are just plain ugly. Still, Apple is putting the major squeeze on its competitors.
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