Natural History of iPod
I just received an iPhone 5S 64GB that I purchased on Amazon marketplace last week. I wanted to replace the iPod touch 4G that I currently use mostly to listen to podcasts and music (the camera in the 4th gen is of rather poor quality and doesn't even have flash).
In the last one or two years I've started to notice that battery doesn't store so much charge, the battery is drained quick, specially when I watch videos on YouTube for more than an hour, what I often do in bed, or while I am sunbathing in the terrace. In addition, the OS of the iPod 4G stopped being upgraded with iOS 5, some apps take quite a while to get open (e.g. Google+), and some apps often crash (e.g., on Google+, when you open the links of webpages from your stream the app often ends up crashing).
I've been using iPods since 2006, I'm used to subscribe and manage podcasts and music with iTunes, and then sync the device with my playlists on iTunes. So, a different platform wasn't very appealing alternative.
It was also convenient that the device were of same memory capacity or greater in order to store all the files and apps that I currently keep in the iPod. Apple hasn't upgraded the iPod touch in the last 2 years, and the last time they did it had been already fitted with a microprocessor of the previous year's generation. So I wasn't specially thrilled to have a "new" iPod 5G 64 GB fitted with 3-year technology priced at €300 (not particularly cheap either).
So after some thought, I decided to replace my iPod by a used iPhone, with more advanced technology, more features, better camera, GPS, a fingerprint scanner, etc. I was glad to discover that there was already a 64 GB option for iPhone 5 and 5S. Prices weren't particularly affordable, though. The cheapest fully functional unit that I managed to find (after searching on eBay, and several Amazon stores) was priced at €450. The same seller had placed an offer for the same unit on Amazon UK and Amazon Spain, but at better price in the latter due to the current unfavorable currency exchange rate of the euro with the sterling pound, and iwth a lower shipping price. In adddition, the seller claimed the device was in very good condition so I decided to get it.
I received it today and it turns out that the unit is actually new. No scratches or other sign of previous use whatsoever. This isn't the first time that it happens to me. When I got my latest iPod back in 2012 I also received a completely new unit and even inside its original box (unlike now, the iPhone has come without its original box and without charger).
In summary, I'm happy for my purchase. It cost me 50% more than a new iPod touch 5G 64 GB, but in exchange for the extra price I've got a faster processor, a much better camera, a GPS, and someday I could even use it as an actual phone or to connect to the Internet via a mobile network. So far I have no plans to do such a thing, though.