It's been more than 10 years since the iPhone was introduced.
Shortly after that a look-alike was introduced without phoning, an iPod Touch.
Some years ago ours, a 2nd gen, had been relegated to using it only to listen to the radio as we transferred other functions to our newer smartphone.
I reevaluated its usefulness.
It is very small compared to newer smartphones. That turns out to be a benefit. Most of ,s now experienced, smartphone users have found that it's best to have the smallest device possible in our pocket..
I considered selling it. To my surprise I found that it sells for as much as $100 when in extremely good condition. What's going on?
It turns out that it can now phone out using Google Voice in areas where there is WiFi. It also works with a hotspot.
It holds a surprising amount of music and delivers it beautifully to a good set of earbuds or Bluetooth headphones.
As many apps have been updated so that they no longer run in an old iPod Touch, I found I could run Pandora, TuneIn Radio, Spotify, NPR news, Overdrive, Google, one version of audio books, and Kobo.
As for news, I simply set it up for daily briefings from The New York Times, Washington Post, Google News, the News Journal, MSN news, and the like.
It does the basics. it's very small. it's still a keeper.