Apple’s iPod started out as just a music player along with other few functionalities. But as the market looks for gadgets with more purposes, the 5th generation iPod Touch is generations beyond its ancestor and is probably the best model to date.
And what’s more, the 5th generation Touch shares some of the best features that the iPhone 5 has. So it’s a great buy if you’re looking for something a bit cheaper than the latest iPhone.
Design. The 5th gen Touch measures 4.86 x 2.31 x 0.24 inch and weighs about 88 grams. It is something that is lightweight and fits perfectly into your pocket. Unlike the 4th gen version which only comes in two colors, it comes in fun colored backs (black, gray, pink, yellow, blue and a special product red). It also sports a strap which Apple calls the iPod Touch loop.
Display. The new Touch has a 4 inch widescreen Retina display with multi-touch IPS functions. It has a pixel resolution of 1136 x 640, perfect for streaming high definition videos. Also, he screen is protected by a fingerprint resistant oleophobic coating.
Speed and Capacity. It runs on the latest dual core A5 chip and is available in 32GB or 64GB flavors. There are more space for your music, movies and documents.
Camera. The new Touch sports a 5MP iSight camera which takes clearer photos compared to that of the 4th gen version because of the five-element lens. Still has the autofocus feature and face detection. Panorama setting and LED flash has now been added to the new Touch.
Video recording has a good quality and is similar to that with the iPhone 5, which is at 1080p. It can record HD videos up to 30 frames per second with audio. The FaceTime HD camera can take 1.2MP photos and shoot HD videos at 720p up to 30 frames per second. The camera is decent enough for video calling through FaceTime.
Connectivity. WiFi and Bluetooth® ready. Has a lightning connector for file transfer and charging. Also has a 3.55 mm stereo headphone jack. Built in speaker and microphone.
Battery. Can last up to 40 hours of music playback when fully charged, and 8 hours with video playback. It takes about 4 hours to be plugged in to reach full charge.
- Performance. The 5th gen Touch runs on the Apple’s latest mobile operating system, the iOS 6.
- Built in apps. With the iOS 6, Apple adds more built in apps to this Touch. This latest version now comes with apps such as Siri and Passbook.
- App store. The App Store contains so many apps, ranging from business productivity apps to gaming apps of all sorts. There are now numerous phone service providers such as RingCentral that allow the integration of these apps particularly the business related apps.
- Apple iCloud. Tired of updating your apps from one device to another? Well, the new iPod Touch can utilize the iCloud, where you can integrate all your apps and access all your content without having to use any cables. For example, you want to have an app on two separate devices. You don’t need to redownload pay for the app for your second device. With the iCloud, you can easily put the same app to your second device for free.
Overall, the 5th generation iPod Touch is generations away from its predecessor and shares some great features with the iPhone 5. It’s a perfect gadget for people who don’t want to carry around a bulky and conspicuous tablet during their travels. What’s more, it can roll business and pleasure all rolled into one.