PROS / The iPod Touch has a long battery life.
CONS / This Apple product lacks a camera.
VERDICT / ll the green apps make this product help you reduce your carbon footprint.
There are a couple levels of green on the iPod Touch, which is why it’s one of the best in this category. We aren’t tooting Apple’s horn, but we are impressed with how they’ve taken a popular, cool product and added just a few features that can help you be green. From the idea of being made from recycled material to apps that will help you track your carbon footprint, Apple has made it easy to go green and to smooth out your eco-conscience.
There are several levels of green on the iPod touch. First, get rid of your CDs and get all your music on one place on the Touch (Black Sabbath’s “Sweet Leaf” and other eco-anthems will always be on hand). Plus, Apple makes it easy to buy a Touch either used or refurbished, so you’re not only saving money on your initial purchase but you’ve got recycling at its best.
But there are other levels of green for the Touch as well. All Apple products are made from recycled materials and can be recycled when you’re done with them. Plus, with the App Store available, you can get all kinds of cool applications that will help you green up your life. From iPhorest (plants a tree with each purchase) to Get Green (one green tip every day) to Carbon Footprint (tracks fuel usage for one or more cars) to Shopgreen (similar to before but helps you make more eco-friendly shopping choices) you’re pretty well set on greening up every aspect of your life. Check out our reviews of the best apps.
The Touch doesn’t do much as far as conserving energy. You will have to charge it a lot, but you will have everything in one device. So rather than charging a portable DVD player, Nintendo DS and even your phone (Skype on Touch) you only have to charge the one device.
We like the iPod Touch. It’s the best MP3 player we’ve reviews. Sure the +$200 price tag seems like a bit much, but with all the features and access, you’re really getting a deal. It’s an all in one device, so it helps you save in that area as well. The Touch is more along the lines of an investment. Plus, the green apps are all either free or around $1. But you can’t really put a price tag on saving the environment, can you?
Apple’s iPod Touch is a good step on your way to greening up your life. Even just getting the apps is a pretty good deal and step in the right direction. It’s invaluable to be able to have all those resources for making better environment choices and tracking your carbon footprint right there in your pocket. We think the iPod Touch, with the green apps, is one of the best first steps for the tech-savvy consumer to take on their quest for saving the environment.