The iPhone 5
took to the stage today as one of Apple’s favorite releases of the day, but the iPod touch also received a much-needed refresh as well. After what seems like forever, the iPod touch now has the dual core A5 chip and a better 5 megapixel camera with LED flash that blows the iPod touch 4G’s 1 megapixel camera out of the water. The iPod touch 5G even brings the iPhone 5’s four-inch retina display to the lineup and includes Apple’s new EarPod ear buds and 8-pin dock connector.
The iPod touch 5G finally brings Siri, Apple’s voice assistant software, to the iPod touch platform. For ages, it has been limited to the iPhone 4S and iOS 6 brought it to the new iPad. Jailbreak tweaks have brought it to older devices, but that just didn’t work out after iOS 5’s latest update.
For the first time, the iPod touch is coming in a variety of colors that match the rest of the iPod lineup. The color choices give users a wide variety to choose from and allow life to be less ‘black and white.’ The iPod touch 5G also includes a new ‘loop’ for going around your wrist for helping you keep it from dropping. The loop attaches to the rear of the iPod with a metallic peg and it matches the color of the iPod touch.
With all these great new things, it leaves us wondering – okay, well what are are the downsides of the iPod touch 5G? It’s difficult to point them out on a device with such an excellent hardware and software boost, but they are undeniably there. For one, the rear camera appears to have a protruding effect out of the rear of the device, meaning that the device won't lay flat on a table surface:
Another downside is that the loop connector looks strange. Apple’s iPod touch 4G has a very nice, slim, and sleek form-factor. All of these extraneous items on the iPod touch 5G just stick out of the device and makes it not so attractive. You can also clearly see that they have brought back the rear-facing radio window, which was present on the iPod touch 3G for making it easier for Wi-Fi to pass through the metal. On the iPod touch 4G, they bypassed this by having the Wi-Fi signal pass through the front glass.
Another depressing sight is that the iPod touch 5G begins retailing at $299 for the low-end (32GB) unit. There is no longer an 8GB unit; in the past, the iPod touch has always started at $199 for the 8GB unit (it was $229 before Apple lowered it to $199). The steep $100 price hike just might be enough to make consumers consider an on-contract iPhone 5 for $199.
Being that the iPod touch 5G brings a number of great improvements to the lineup, the device seems like it is worth the price. It comes in a 32GB and 64GB model, $299 and $399 respectively. The pros certainly out-weigh the cons on this one. If you are considering the iPod touch, it will make a great Christmas or Birthday present for yourself, a friend, or a family member.
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