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Apple iPod touch (4G) 32 GB
Member Name: Christoff8188
Apple iPod touch (4G) 32 GB
Date: 03/09/12, updated on 03/09/12 (19 review reads)
Advantages: Great media player, features a rear and front-facing camera, amazing screen, huge app store
Disadvantages: Low mega-pixel camera, voice-control isn't great... Other than that? There are none!
I'll be honest here, I'm not a fan of Apple. I dislike their selling methods - make a relatively simple device and add fairly simple features on it each year, and selling it as a 'new device', I also dislike their frequent patent-abuse/constant lawsuits against other companies...
HOWEVER, there is one product made by Apple I have always liked, and probably always will like. That device is the iPod Touch. I was given the 1st Gen iPod Touch as a Chirstmas present the year it was released (2007), and I haven't stopped using them since. I had my trusty 1st Gen iPod Touch for 3 and a half years, before I started to consider upgrading - most new apps didn't work, as they didn't support the 1st Gen. The deciding factor was when my little 2 year old brother grabbed it, and threw it at a wall, smashing the screen. Granted, it still worked, but what better excuse to buy an upgrade?!
When my 4th Generation iPod Touch came through the post, I noticed the difference in quality immedietly. It was much slimmer and lighter than my previous one, and the edges were more curved, making it feel more natural to hold. Now, on to the fun stuff:
The 4th Generation models come in 8GB, 32GB and 64GB versions (apparently they decided to drop the 16GB one). The 8GB version is too small for me, so I went for the 32GB, which so far has been sufficient. The device runs at 1GHz (underclocked at 800MHz), and also comes with 256MB of RAM, which doesn't sound like much, but it's more than enough for this device. I've not enountered any memory issues thus far. The devices runs on Apple's A4 chip, which is one below its A5 chip, currently in the iPad 3/iPad 2/iPhone 4S. This chip is very powerful, and allows the device to run flawlessly. Lag is very, very rare! Naturally, it also has a 3-axis gyroscope/accelerometor too.
This iPod runs iOS 5.1.1 quite happily, and will support iOS 6 when it's released in the coming weeks, which I'm definitely looking forward to.
For any owner of an older generation iPod Touch, who picks this one up for the first time, will first notice one thing; The Retina Display. The screen on this iPod blows the other 3 generations out of the water! It's incredibly clear, crisp, and a wonder to look at. But I won't babble on about how good it looks - the only way you'll really appreciate how nice it is, is by seeing it for yourself (in person, not in a picture, that doesn't have the same effect!). The responsiveness of the screen seems to be much better on this model too, which is always a plus.
The touch-screen supports multi-touch and so naturally allows the pinch-to-zoom gesture in websites etc.
Multi-tasking is simple. When you leave an app, it is 'paused' and kept stored in the multi-taskign bar, which can be accessed by double tapping the home buttom on the bottom of the device. So for instance, if you're playing a game and decide you'd like to check Facebook, you can go to the home screen, enter the Facebook app to check yout account, and go right back to your game when done by double tapping the home button and tapping the icon for said game. It'll put you exactly where you were - as if you never left!
The 4th Generation iPod touch is the first model to have any type of camera. The rear camera is only 0.7MP, which seems tiny compared to other devices (most of which now have 5MP and above), but unless you zoom in on the picture, it's difficult to tell that the difference is so big. Video however, is a different kettle of fish. It can take 720p video at 30 frames per second, which is pretty damn good! It also sports a front-facing camera for Facetime, and as far as front-facing cameras go, I was pretty impressed. I rarely make video calls, but when I do, I use my iPod Touch, the image quality is great.
Anyone who owns an Apple product will know just how big the App store is. If there's an app you like the idea of, put it in the search bar, it'll probably be there! Some of my favourites include: Skype, Spotify, Kindle, Facebook, Plus500 (a stock trading app), Kerrang! Radio and Mathemagics (I'm a maths student, don't judge!), plus a fair few games...
Speaking of games, this device isn't merely an iPod, it's also a great gaming device! It runs some amazing 3D games with console-style graphics. A Dead Space game is on the app store, for example, and most definitely does the series justice. Of course there are also lower-graphic games/classics, for the more casual gamers; Sonic the Hedgehog, Angry Birds, Golden Axe (yes, all 3 classic SEGA Megadrive games are there!) just to name a few.
On top of the multitude of apps and games, the App store also houses thousands of e-books, which can be read in the iBooks app, so you can read on the go! (Or you can use the Kindle app if you prefer). Then there's of course the iTunes store, which contains millions of songs/albums/movies for you to buy and download!
I'll be honest about this one, I'm not a huge fan. Voice recognition software simply isn't advanced enough yet (on mobile devices at least) to be a huge amount of use. You can access the voice control on the iPod Touch by keeping your finger down on the home button, then when the voice control screen comes up, say your command. It is relatively accurate - you can make it play music and open some apps pretty easily. However it seems a little less accurate when asked to do other things! It could just be me, but hey ho!
It's an iPod, so music is 'supposed' to be its key feature, and what you originally bought it for, right? Well, you'll be pleased to know that the music app is brilliant. You get the usual features you would expect from an MP3 player (play, pause, forward/back, shuffle/repeat, etc etc), but you also get some other great features. When picking a song, you will be shown the cover art, the artist/album/song names, and if iTunes have them (or if you add them yourself), the lyrics will be there too. On top of these, if you go into settings, you'll find the EQ letting you change how the music sounds - Acoustic, Bass Booster (or reducer), Classical to name a few. There's also a 'Shake to shuffle' feature, where you simply shake the device to turn on shuffle and go to the next track. Great eh?
As I said earlier in this review, my first iPod Touch lasted well over 3 years. The only damage it received prior to being beaten by my little brother was on the back - it gets scratched very easily. Considering it must have been dropped more times than any other device I've ever owned, it did pretty damn well! I obviously can't say the same for the 4th Generation just yet, as I've only had it for 10-12 months. So far though, it seems to be coping incredibly well to my clumsyness. Again, the only noticeable damage are the scratches on the back, the screen and OS are perfectly in tact!
For such a small device that runs quite a lot of software, the battery life is surprisingly good. Listening to music, you can get a good 4-5 days out of it, if used 3-ish hours each day and not turning the device off. Turning wifi off when not using it increases this even further. In terms of video, you can watch about 4 hours before the battery dies, which for such a small device is brilliant. Rather than listening to music through the device's main music app, I tend to use Spotify, which can drain the battery a little faster, but even then, I only have to charge it every few days!
Overall, I would most definitely recommend this device. It is without a doubt better than other iPods on the market. Granted, it has a fairly high price tag (the 32GB version is around £200), but in my opinion it is worth it. I usually consider Apple products to be over-priced, but I disagree with this one, you are definitely getting value and quality for your money!
Summary: I'd definitely recommend this device, to anyone. It's easily the best 'MP4' player out there!
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