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Ipod Touch Dilemma


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Well I decided to buy an ipod touch, but I had a few questions. I have a small dilemma.

I can:

1. buy a refurb touch 32GB 2G from apple $249.99
2. buy a refurb touch 32GB 3G from apple $259.99
3. buy a refurb touch 16GB 2G from overstock.com $219.99
4. buy a new touch 32GB from amazon $267

The thing is that if I buy any 2G model I'm going to buy the $5 firmware upgrade, after doing that, there is only a $5 difference between the 2G and the 3G models, does the extra $5 justify the 3G over the 2G, I heard its faster at the cost of a shorter battery life. I also heard great things about apple refurbs, maybe I should save my cash and not buy a brand new one? Finally... for $35 less I can get the 16GB model... currently I have a library of 14 GB

What do you guys think? any suggestions?
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We're only talking a dif of $17 top to bottom. (If you have 14 gig of stuff, don't even consider the 16, because you will always want more room...it's the law of digital storage.)

I'd have hit the "buy" button from amazon already, personally....Unless Apple is offering you something to make the refurb deal sweeter.

Just my $0.02

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Amazon does have a good price, but Apple's is better. It may be only a few dollars, but money is money. You get the same warranty from both and cannot tell a difference on any product from the refurb store @ Apple. I have purchased many refurbed items and have never had an issue with quality. The refurbed 3G will come with the firmware that was out when it shipped new, so you should be current right out of the box.
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I say go the referbished 3g ipod touch. For the simple fact one day when iphone OS 5.0 is released it might not work for the 2G touches. Plus the 3G ones are a little faster. And as the above has said 14G you have not but in a few months that could be 18G and then you'll wish you had the 32G touch.

Also the Apple referbished products are just as good as new. I'm not sure about cosmetic scratches though but I've not heard of that ever being an issue.

And there is this from the Apple site:

http://www.apple.com/iphone/preview-iphone-os/
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iPhone OS 4 Compatibility

iPhone OS 4 will work with iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and the second- and third-generation iPod touch this summer, and with iPad in the fall. Not all features are compatible with all devices. For example, multitasking is available only with iPhone 3GS and the third-generation iPod touch (32GB and 64GB models from late 2009).
For that reason alone I think a 3G touch would be better.
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The 4.0 software will work on 2g and 3g touches, but multi-tasking will only work on the 3g touch. Also, in my many refurb purchases there have never been cosmetic issues. They replace the external housing on the devices, so they are essentially brand new.
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I would go new from Amazon all the way. Taxes on buying directly from Apple tacks on an additional 8% in my area (or $20 on a $250 purchase).
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definitely get the new one from Amazon. I am always wary about "refurbs" due to my experiences with them. In my opinion, I don't want to buy someone else's problems. As someone said above, it is a small difference in price, and when you factor in tax and the new features in the 3G, its worth it.
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Ok, for the refurb straight from apple total is *drumroll* $287.00
for the brand new one from amazon total is *drumroll* $274.00


Its a clear choice now... apple slaps about $27 for tax, while amazon is tax free and about $6 shipping.
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