An iPod touch is an iPhone without the phone. Why not just a module upgrade that brings the “phone” feature on the iPod touch?
That thought probably the Chinese company Yosion and developed the peel of 520 Yosion 89 dollars (around 70 euros, our site) to ask for it including worldwide shipping. At first glance it is a shell with battery, as already known from other manufacturers. The big difference, however, is an integrated GSM module, a built-in microphone, and a speaker who sits at the top of the Peel520.
These are the key ingredients that make an iPhone iPod touch 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation. The 4th generation is narrow and does not fit in the case, also missing cut-outs for the cameras. However, it is not far from done with Plug and play. Because the iPod touch software is not aligned on telephony. Here must be accessible in the bag of tricks: Let’s start with a jailbreak, which opens the iPod touch for unsigned third-party software. Then, you must seek the alternative app store “Cydia” to install the software “App Sync”, “Mobile Substrate” and finally the phone and SMS app from Yosion. How you see in the picture gallery.
The wedding with the Peel 520 follows after a reboot of the iPod touch. First, you must insert the SIM card, what hakelig already in the official how to video (see below) looks and it is also in reality. After the turn of the Peel520, a tone sounds and you can use the iPod touch. This in turn just works and already slim iPod touch has become a bulky phone with extended battery. The housing is very stable. Nothing jiggles, everything fit perfectly. The processing is ok, however the body adds to everything else as high quality. This provides additional protection. From the 2nd generation iPod touch can you continue to use even the keys rocker for the volume. The dock and Jack find a reordering. The latter moves to the bottom left. The dock connector now sits on the right side of the housing. This brings the disadvantage, that you now can use the iPod touch in any docking station.
Apple Peel 520 SIM and battery installation, activation
Now the first curiosities – at least from the perspective of an iPod touch user appear on the homescreen. Bars that show the strength of the mobile phone reception can be found in the status bar. You can see as far as the battery, now twice. Two small battery icons make comfortable in the bar. With the battery you have whopping 1200 mAh more capacity is available. Overall, it brings the construct then to around 2000 mAh – a value on the iPhone should squint somewhat envious. Theoretically. Because if the battery is all, also with phone calls. The GSM module is not powered unfortunately by the iPod’s battery, which only unloads after the battery.
Also new for iPod touch users: the phone and the SMS icon. The former app, “Contacts”, “history/call list” and “Numeric keypad” are completely identical to the iPhone. However, there are no Favorites page and also the voice mail button is missing. For this you can make the settings locally: import contacts from SIM card, ringtones and volume, and GPRS settings. The latter remained ineffective in the test. A data connection could not be established. The manufacturer indicates that the Yosion Peel520 actually EDGE dominated, 3 G / UMTS not. For GSM, it supports all four major bands (850/900/1800/1900 MHz).
Calling and texting works as you would expect. The reception is good, the quality of language in both directions is rather average. The other side hears even as a faint echo in the background. The voice sounds fairly natural. On the side of the Peel520, the interlocutors can be heard very metallic, almost uncomfortable and not very loud. The volume is also unfortunately not adjustable.
Thanks to the modifications, which makes the software on your system, you can be called normal. You must not care, that runs an app in the background or something similar. The same applies to SMS. The software can not handle MMS messages.
That sounds very good. But one not made now a wholly owned iPhone itself so. As mentioned, the important mobile Internet access is missing. Also has no proximity sensor touch and also the Yosion Peel 520 iPod. This means that the display stays in a while also the duration of the call and power consumption.
Also the vibration alarm didn’t work in the test – possibly even no vibration motor is installed. The fairly chunky body is another way – you have that but with other battery packs also. The iPod touch has also unfortunately no GPS receiver – also a disadvantage compared to an iPhone. Last but not least, a test with a hands-free system and the iPod touch of 2nd generation failed. The corresponding Bluetooth profile (HFP) is not on board. With iPod touch of 1st generation, there is at all no Bluetooth options.
Conclusion: The Yosion Peel is a neat gadget that generation an iPod touch 1st, 2nd or 3rd in the years revive a second spring as a phone. Looking at the cost of the iPod touch as written off, are 70 euro for the Peel520 ok. But one thing is clear: If you want an iPhone, is wrong and should just be thinking about a used iPhone when on a budget. Who like tinkering and frickelt, can have his fun with the Yosion Peel.