The iPodTouch Is What The OLPC XO Should Have Been

The iPodTouch is a mass-marketed device, so its cost has been driven down. An 8Gb device costs only $230.

Its development environment nearly demands performance. Its development language is Objective-C or C and only one app can be run at a time. Contrast that with Sugar on X11 on Python on C and an environment that exhausts available memory with very little effort.

Its touch screen encourages interaction. The XOs flakey keyboard and touchpad discourage it.

I still love the XO and OLPC’s mission. The only thing that they seem to have accomplished, though, is the proliferation of Netbooks across the commercial landscape.

3 thoughts on “The iPodTouch Is What The OLPC XO Should Have Been”

  1. I agree and disagree – the CrunchPad (when available) is what the OLPC XO should have been.

  2. I love the OLPC. What it has over the iPodTouch is ruggedness, mesh network, and a keyboard.

    That said, I plan on developing all my future kids’ apps on iPod and Android, etc.

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