fatmanatee on the iPod touch update:
[…] they added a speaker! Fun. Lowered the prices! On board. No GPS! What? I would have liked to have that one, rather than this Nike stuff. Aren’t GPS chips cheap now? You’d think that Apple would really kill off the standalone-GPS industry by doing this. I’m a bit surprised.
GPS doesn’t make a lot of sense without a cellular internet connection unless you intend to have all maps available offline (which needs a lot more storage than Apple’s willing to give it).
But with excellent standalone GPSes that are more optimized for this task (sun-friendly screens, very loud speakers for voice directions, better battery life, etc.) already in the $200-300 price range, why bother?