Apple has created an exceptional legacy for itself by introducing the world to its ever-popular iPods and iPhones. Despite the initial impression when listening its name, however, the most recent iPod – the iPod Classic – is actually a 6th Generation innovation, incorporating all of the finest characteristics of it precedes and maintaining a decent reputation for itself.
In contrast, the 1st Generation iPhone has laid the groundwork for the company's preliminary branching of products. Recognizing their ingenuity, it seems Apple had stuck a cord in the market's approval when it introduced it's now world-renamed multitouch interface. Equipped with Safari browser, the iPhone has proven itself to be the superior purchase for any user. It lacks Bluetooth capability – which is certainly a downside for many interested buyers – but its performance more than makes up for its flaw.
Encased in a durable, plastic frame the iPhone has sleeker, shinier look than the iPod Classic – which happens to have a similar construction process to the iPod Nano, sporting an anodized aluminum face and glass screen. The iPod Classic is difficult to scratch, but fingerprints and smudge marks should be an expected inconvenience – as with the iPhone.
In addition to its glossy exterior, the 6th Generation iPod Classic comes in a user's choice of either 80 GB or 160 GB worth of storage space. It promises up to 30 hours of audio (or 5 hours of video) or 40 hours of audio (7 hours of video) for each size respectively.
While the original iPhone's battery life is weaker by comparison, it more than makes up for it with the implemented correction software – which makes typing on a touch-screen a breeze for even the biggest fingered users. Unfortunately, however, both devices lack any backwards compatibility. The iPhone has no predecessor to speak of and the iPod is simply separate from its 5G ancestor.
The iPod Classic does introduce three brand new games, however, that come free with the device. They're the only three games available for the 6G, but have a rather decent following – at least as far as games go. The Classic has a very user-friendly interface – which the iPhone can boast as well – the only real differences come with preference and purpose.
A forewarning to those that might enjoy the iPhone as an MP3 though: the headphone jack has been a source of frustration for many users. Because of its design, third-party headphones are not able to connect – requiring a rather pricey adapter.