Bub&Bob wrote:But here is the thing - I wouldn't compare it to the PSP / DS as its an MP3 player - compare it to the price of other MP3 player with that size of storage and its bloody expensive.
I don't see why you'd consider the iPod touch just "an MP3 player". Last time I looked, 'MP3 players' couldn't, by default, sync with my email, browse the internet, take photos, make phone calls over Wi-Fi, enable you to record music, provide apps for controlling a mixing desks, editing imagery and working in medicine, sync with Kindle content, display eBook files, enable you to play games like Loco-Roco, Sim City, and so on and so forth.
Previous iPod generations, up until and including the nano, were and are MP3 players with lip-service paid to additional functionality. There, I would agree: they are music players that have basic video functionality and simple games, in the same way a five-year-old Nokia is a phone that can sort of do some other stuff. The iPod touch is a mutlifunctional device that just happens to play music. Hell, even the 'iPod' part is merely an app
within the device, not a major component of the interface.
To me, this is exactly
what Sony was pushing the PSP as—a multifunctional unit for all kinds of media—and it's increasingly what Nintendo's trying to do with the DSi. Sure, the balance is different, and I suspect Apple had absolutely no idea just how popular games would be on the App Store, nor how developers would get around the (perceived) limitations of the device's inputs. However, dismissing the iPod touch as "an MP3 player" and suggesting it isn't comparable to devices positioned by their manufacturers in directly the same space does it a huge disservice.