My 2nd generation iPod Touch just isn't cutting it anymore and I want to upgrade. I don't intend to get a data plan, but am considering spending more for a real phone over just a wifi device. Ideally I would get a SmartPhone with voice service only, but I don't think Verizon will let me do that, and I don't want to switch carriers.
The primary things I currently use my iPod Touch for are:
- Audiobooks from Audible (purchased) and Overdrive (public library). I'm happy with playing them when I sync them to the regular player through my computer, but on Android it looks like I will have to use an app. My experience listening to audiobooks through apps on the iPod Touch has been very bad and I listen to a lot of audiobooks. So it's vital to me that it's a good audiobook experience. Anyone have experience with these apps?
- Alarm clock, which I am mostly happy with, but wish it could automatically start playing stuff from my audio library or stream NPR... without having a 3rd party app running, which always scares me that I'll accidentally switch off of it before morning.
- Calendar/dayplanner (happy with iPod + 3rd party apps)
- Podcasts (happy with iPod)
- Streaming Netflix (happy with iPod)
- Streaming NPR (happy with iPod, but wish it could be triggered w/ native alarm)
- Typing text documents (happy with iPod, I've gotten really fast at typing on it, with the help of autocorrect)
- General User Interface (love, love, love)
I would also like:
- Decent office apps (Word, Excel) and DropBox (remote storage/syncing/backup), I'm very unhappy with the iPod offerings for this. And the silo-ed data storage for each app makes it very hard to get done what I need
- Take photos and upload them to the internet (because I don't always have my camera with me)
- Make video calls on Skype over wifi
- I'm a sucker for Freecell, but otherwise have no interest in playing games on it.
- I travel at least 4 days/week for work (sometimes gone multiple weeks in a row) and don't like to bring my personal computer with me, so good stand alone functionality is a big plus. Always needing to wait until the weekends to sync to iTunes to get new books, etc is kind of annoying.
- It must fit in my little tiny dress pants pocket.
Given all that, what would you recommend that I buy?