Apple iPod touch (5th generation)

Verge Review

It all started with an iPod touch, a gift from my parents years ago. I’ve since bought a half-dozen more iPods, two iPhones, an iPad, and a MacBook Air. Somehow I'm sure Apple planned it that way. The touch is the entry point into people’s worlds, the easy and kid-friendly device that has gotten so many people hooked on iOS. It's also the de facto MP3 player, the device that became synonymous with its function the way tissues are just called Kleenex now. This year, Apple bestowed upon the...

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Basic Specs

Screen size (diagonal) 4 inches
Wi-Fi Yes
Internal size 32 GB, 64 GB
Media streaming AirPlay

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Length 4.86 inches
Width 2.31 inches
Thickness 0.24 inches
Weight .19 pounds
Color White / Red, White / Yellow, White / Blue, White / Silver, Black / Black

Display

Screen size (diagonal) 4 inches
Technology IPS LCD
Resolution (Y) 1136 px
Resolution (X) 640 px
Touchscreen type Capacitive
Multitouch Yes

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11n
802.11n frequencies 5GHz, 2.4GHz
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version 4.0

Processor

Manufacturer Apple
Model A5
Core(s) 2

Memory

RAM size 512 MB

Storage

Internal size 32 GB, 64 GB
External storage No

Front Camera

Video resolution 720p

Rear Camera

Resolution 5 megapixels
Flash Single LED
Focus type Autofocus

Software

Notable services supported iTunes
Operating system iOS
Launch OS version 6
Audio codecs supported AAC, MP3
Media streaming AirPlay

Ports

Headphone jack 3.5mm
Data connection(s) Lightning

Sensors

Sensors Gyroscope, Accelerometer

Battery

Quoted video time 8 hr
Quoted audio time 40 hr
Removable No

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8.7

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    Reviewed by jfcapanemajr (Currently owns)

    The nicest iPod touch yet! Awesome performance, awesome display and awesome battery life (seriously, it takes a lot of gaming to die and charges in unbelievable speed).
    Nice design for the price but we could`ve seen a better camera, especially in low light.
    Well I don`t know what to say from the speakers, I really never use them except for wake up.

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    Reviewed by bivalve (Currently owns)

    Coming from a first-generation iPad and iPhone 3GS, this review is written by someone who doesn't buy new tech often, so it's aimed at a similar person too. My intended use-case for the iPod was as the beginning of a new chapter in not being tied to phone contracts while getting mid- to high-end technology and latest software updates in a cheaper-than-iPhone package.

    First, the display. I'm blown away by it each time I switch this thing on. Reading and gaming is such a different experience. Comparing to the 3GS, this thing feels like a totally different device. Reading gives me no eye strain and my concentration is much higher. I play the likes of Sonic and GTA; the wide screen is much more immersive and makes for a more relaxed experience. Again, comparing to the 3GS, the screen alone moves the software features on these devices from 'things they can do' to 'things they're great at'.

    Coming from the ~600mhz/256MB RAM to the A5/512MB is also damn good. Playing audio in Safari is no longer accompanied by the back-of-the-mind concern that it'll cut out if other pages are opened, switching apps is quick and smooth. Again, a different experience.

    Other features new to me are Siri, voice dictation, FaceTime and a good camera (I'd say the 3GS camera gets a positive, nodding, raised-eyebrows "It's OK"). As with the display, each of these features has been much more than I thought they'd be. Panorama photos are great, voice dictation is going to take over a lot of typing, FaceTime will be useful and fun - one of those things that's there in the background but when the opportunity to use it arises you're delighted it's there, and Siri is proving to be useful and full of potential too.

    After having the iPod for only a few days, my use-case is adapting and growing; it's replaced my iPad for reading, browsing and gaming. With voice dictation, it may also replace it for writing. Basically, I'm considering selling the iPad, although it's worth noting that I'm someone who likes as few possessions in as small a package as possible. I've written essays and done other university work on the 3GS when it was all I had so my use cases are perhaps just a little niche.

    iOS is looking pretty awful to me now but with the upcoming iOS 7 redesign and the iPod getting all the update's features, the software score will be increasing. It'd still be great if spotlight could search documents within apps though.

    The physical design is solid and feels great in hand. I reckon Apple have got me into the thinner-is-better camp. And, being totally vacuous, the white bezel will look dandy with iOS 7.

    An all-round solid multi-purpose device.

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    Reviewed by vkpriyesh (Currently owns)

    Awesome design that fits much better in hands, but a kind of slippery due to fully Aluminium body. Anodized Aluminium plays its role very well by defending the iPod against scratches. Music in earpods is next to best, but they can't be used for a longer time continously. Front & Rear cam do their jobs well with 720P & 1080P respectively. App rendering is smoother than expected. Loop fits very well at its place. WiFi/Bluetooth connectivity is enhanced due to good outer positioning of their connecting panel.

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