iPod Touch a viable mobile worker platform?

New iPod shares many features with its big brother, the iPhone 4

IT managers considering device options for their mobile workers will shortly have another unlikely choice, but one that is likely to score goals with employees, Apple’s new iPod Touch.

Key features of the updated device which place it as a contender for mobile workers include a Retina display, FaceTime video calling, HD video recording, the same A4 processor found in the iPhone 4, Web browsing, and Apple's new iOS 4.1.

With the new device’s front-facing camera and microphone, mobile workers can make video calls in areas covered by Wi-Fi to other users of the new iPod touch or iPhone 4.

The new Touch’s operating system, iOS 4.1, allows for features more commonly associated with smartphones, such as video calling, multitasking, wireless keyboard support via Bluetooth, and the creation of folders.

The device’s rear-facing camera allows HD video recording which can be shared via email, MobileMe or YouTube. MobileMe automatically pushes new email, contacts, and calendar events to an iPhone, Mac, or PC.

Screen resolution in the new Touch has been upped to 960 by 640 pixels —four times as many pixels than previous models and equal to that of the iPhone 4.

Apple is claiming a battery life for the device equivalent to 40 hours of music playback and seven hours of video playback on a single battery charge. The iPhone four in contrast offers up to 10 hours of video playback and 40 hours of music playback.

The recommended retail price of the new iPod Touch is $289

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