Loc: Louisville, KY
Battery life on my 1st generation Touch has been pretty good! WiFi eats it up though.
As for Apps, I think the majority of the apps out there work with the 2nd generation Touch. A lot don't on mine because of a few things: No microphone No camera No external speakers (which the 2nd gen. has)
Loc: Petaluma, CA
GO FOR IT! I've got the 2nd generation, and am having a blast with this thing. All of the apps work except those specifically for camera and phone calls. You can even use microphone related apps if you buy an external microphone. I'm still waiting on the new Apple Headphones with integrated mic, so I don't know how well they work (yet). I did buy Sennheiser PX 100 Collapsible Headphones from a recommendation here, as I don't like the "earbuds" that come in the box. Like John said, WiFi eats up the battery, but you can turn it off if not in use. I'm not a gamer by any means, but most of the apps are free or very cheap, so I've been playing more than I have in years. If you have MobileMe, the app MobileFiles allows you to connect to your iDisk. There's a TON of apps to choose from, so pick your poison. DO IT! (You deserve a present to yourself!)
As others noted, battery life is shortened by WiF and some of the games. Other than that, I love the 'Touch'! I didn't need the phone (AT&T is not my preferred cell phone provider), and the functions the 'Touch' provides are just fine for me! Go for it!
What you get in the box: (ear plug) head phones, the USB 2 cable that connects the 'Touch' with the USB 2 port on the computer (for charging and sync), and a small piece of soft cloth to wipe off the finger prints. That shiny, metal back (and also the front) are print magnets! No case, no wall charger. Cases ( soft and/or hard shell in all shapes and colors) are abundantly available. . Even Radio Shack and WalMart carry them. Wall chargers are also available at these places. All told, expect to shell out another $50.00 for those 'extras'!
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