iPhone OS3.0 – A Good Upgrade for iPod Touch Owners

A quick post to let you know that I have been playing with the iPhone OS3.0 on my 1st Gen iPod Touch for the last 24 hours.

I got the update for copy and paste really, but there is a lot of other stuff in there that makes it well worth the price.

Search is great, it is fast, suggests what you may be looking for and you can refine your search as you need. I can’t really work this out. How come on the Windows XP machine I use at work a search takes about an hour, but on the iPod it is instantaneous? Go figure!

iPod Touch owners also missed out in the 2.1 upgrade, as one of the main features, maps with street view, for some reason didn’t make the cut for the iPod. Well it’s in this time, and I have to say it works very well.

As for stability, so far everything is very stable with no crashes or any significant problems I can see.

Mobile Router for iPod Touch – or not as it happens

** UPDATE 24 November 2009**

There are now a few options available if you are looking for a portable wifi router using a wireless signal, and a battery to allow access on the road.

If you live in the states there is the excellent mifi device that uses the Verizon network, however for the rest of us that doesn’t seem to be available elsewhere.

Thankfully the king of wireless access sticks, Huawei has now come up with it’s own device, the snappily named E583X. This is a great little device allowing up to 3 users (laptop, iPhone and iPod!) and has a built in battery that is said to last 5 hours. I have to say that it looks cool too.

In Australia you can get one of these from Virgin Mobile for as little as $19 per month (post paid only it seems) for 1GB, $29 for 2GB and $34 for 5GB. Quite a bargain! Note though that Virgin uses the Optus network which is already a bit clogged with iPhone users.

What this will allow you to do is: –

  • Use your iPhone/iPod Touch and Skype as a cheap way to make calls without an iPhone (hopefully the service will be up to this).
  • Play wifi games on your iPhone, iPod Touch
  • …and access the internet while out and about without having one of those dongle plugged in all the time.

** OLD POST **

A good while ago I posted about wanting a wireless router that would retransmit an internet connection from a USB dongle. That way I could use my iPod Touch on the go. At the time there was really only a company in the US making these and they didn’t have good data for Australia (although I believe it would have worked).

Well 3 have just launched the device I have been waiting for I think. Their page details the router which even looks quite slick.

3 router
3 router

My only concern was that they don’t mention whether it is powered or not, and I can’t find any tech specs. I finally phoned up their support and you have to plug it in! Nightmare, it’s a portable router that isn’t portable!

Bluetooth to Wifi Retransmitter continued

I have just had a thought. Those USB dongles that you can now get from the phone companies. If you could get those without the USB and with Wifi. Now that I’d buy!

The closest I can see to it is Virgin’s broadband modem, but that is plugged in, and has VOIP and all sorts of other things built in.

YOu might be saying at this point, what about the battery size. But I’m sure if there are Wifi phones now, this can be done, and to be honest I don’t think you’d need that much charge. Maybe an hour or two at most until you get to a desk.

Bluetooth to Wifi Retransmitter?

I have a problem. As a proud owner of an iPod Touch I would really like to be able to use the email and web browsing when I’m out and about. I have a phone, and an account that lets me connect to the net. I can even connect my laptop to it via bluetooth, but why isn’t these a simple device that will take the bluetooth signal, convert it to Wifi, so that my iPod can connect to it? It must be possible, as my laptop will do it, but I don’t really want to have to lug that around just to use the iPod!?