Most customers are already familiar with the fifth generation of iPod Touch which was released in October 2012. Unlike other tech websites we have taken our time to test the device in order to provide the most accurate description of its technical specifications and to determine whether the price is good enough for what the product has to offer.
iPod Touch was nicknamed iTouch – an appropriate name considering that the device is very similar to Apple’s well-known iPhone, yet a little bit more affordable. The fifth generation iPod has a 4” multi-touch Retina display, which enables manufacturers to preserve the ultrathin and ultra-light design of the previous models, yet enrich the users’ visual experience.
Buttons are very close to becoming obsolete, so Apple modernized the look of the iPod by adding a multi-touch screen. It is thus, easier to access files, take photos, listen to music and watch videos. The disadvantage comes from the fact that the screen needs a protector to prevent finger prints and/or scratches.
As soon as we turned the device on, we realized that the iOS 6 software and Apple’s A5 chip have greatly improved the performance of the iPod Touch. The fifth generation of media player is much easier to use, much quicker and user friendlier due to its advanced technical specifications. The processor is rather weak (it has been used on iPhone 4S), but it does a great job for a media player.
Since iPod Touch was designed as a device for entertainment purposes, developers have added a 5-megapixel iSight camera with 1080p HD video recording, as well. The FaceTime camera has 1.2 megapixels and it was programmed to facilitate video calls for users. Only the face and the shoulders of the caller are displayed during video conversations.
Social networks are just several clicks away thanks to the numerous features that have been embedded in iOS 6, that is, Siri, Passbook, and Facebook. For the latest games and apps, iPod users can access Apple’s Game Center and App Store with more than 700,000 apps.
The battery life is above average, considering the numerous commands that iPod Touch can perform. We have downloaded as many songs from iTunes as possible and listened to them while surfing the Internet and performing regular tasks on the device. The manufacturer stated in the description that the battery usually lasts up to 40 hours of music playback and 8 hours of video playback, but in our hands, the battery was dying after 24 hours of continuous use.
The model we have tested had a storage capacity of 32 GB, but there is another version available with 64 GB. The media player comes in five shades: black, white, pink, yellow and blue and is available on Amazon for $284.95.
1. 4” Retina Display
2. Latest operating system (iOS 6)
3. The price is affordable for the offered features
1. Weak processor
2. Weak front and rear-facing cameras (1.2 and 5 megapixels)
3. Short battery life