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That "5" Stands for "Five Stars"
Apple iPod Touch (5G) 64 GB
Member Name: rosebud2001
Apple iPod Touch (5G) 64 GB
Advantages: High quality retina display screen, improved EarBud headphones, vesatility
I recently decided to upgrade my iPod Touch - not because I hated my 3rd generation iTouch but because I was seduced by the larger screen and the fact it had one thing my old iTouch lacked - a camera.
The 5th generation iPod Touch comes with three sizes of hard drive - 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. I have a huge music library and enjoy having movies stored to watch on the go, so there was never any doubt I'd be getting the 64GB version. This costs £329 at the Apple Store - but can sometimes be picked up for a little less online.
The 5th generation iPod Touch comes in a range of colours - you can choose from white with a silver back (which is what I chose), black, pink, green, blue and red. The dimensions have changed a little - certainly I immediately noticed how much thinner the 5th generation iPod Touch is in comparison to my old 3rd generation one - and even my daughter's 4th generation iTouch. The device measures just 12.3 cm in height, 5.8 cm wide and a pretty miniscule 0.6 cm in depth. It's incredibly lightweight too, weighing just 88 grams.
The screen is noticeably larger at 4 inches (10.16 cm) and comes with the wonderful retina display - something that blew me away when I upgraded to the iPad 4 - giving a pixel resolution of 1136x640 - 326 pixels per inch.
It operates on the latest iOS 6 operating system - I did have to update to iOS 6.1.3 out of the box however.
Like previous iPod Touches, the 5th generation allows for wifi internet browsing, but the camera is an improvement on older versions. It is a 5 megapixel camera and comes with a flash, a new addition to the iPod Touch range. The camera is also capable of capturing HD video.
In the box you get your iPod, a wriststrap, new new lightening USB charging cable and the new style Apple EarBuds.
The 5th generation iPod Touch is a definite improvement on the 3rd and 4th generation versions I have used but Apple have maintained a gentle step upwards so as not to baffle those who perhaps struggle to get to grips with new gadgets.
Setting up my iPod Touch was a piece of cake. I must admit I spent some time reorganising my iTunes before I actually added any media to it - spending the first few weeks of ownership using it to surf the web and take photos.
When I connected the iPod to my computer using the new so-called "lightening" USB lead I have to say I didn't feel it connected any quicker than the old style Apple USB lead. I feel the same about this lead on the iPad 4 and do have to question why Apple changed this - with the cynic in me reaching the conclusion that being able to charge consumers £25 for an adaptor to enable them to use the new iPod Touch on existing speaker docks is perhaps their strongest motive. Unlike the iPad you can charge your iPod via this lead when it's connected to your computer.
As I had a lot of media to add it did take a while - probably about 90 minutes to transfer over all 5000+ songs and 28 video clips and films. I love David Hasselhoff as much as the next person but have to admit his charms as a singer eluded me so he's nowhere to be found in amongst those songs however there's plenty more cheese to choose from instead.
The sound quality on the new iPod Touch isn't markedly different from my old one. The new EarBuds are, however, a marked improvement on Apple's old style headphones. They both look better and sit more comfortably in the ear and the occasional tinny tones you got from the old headphones are a thing of the past with the EarBuds. It goes without saying however that the speaker doesn't add much to any aural pleasure you may derive from your iPod Touch.
The retina display on the screen definitely enhances viewing quality when watching video content on the new iPod Touch. Much of the movie content I have bought of late is high definition and I really notice a marked difference in picture quality on my new iPod when watching HD video over my old iPod Touch, with sharper images on the display. This difference is noticeable even when just scrolling through apps on the iPod Touch or browsing the web with lettering on websites looking particularly sharp. This is particularly useful if using the Kindle app to read books.
The camera on the iPod Touch isn't up to David Bailey's standards but for me it's perfect. I like to take pictures to share on social media and the camera is perfect for this, enabling you to share it directly via apps for Facebook, Twitter, e-mail or iMessenger. The flash with the camera doesn't limit you to daylight shots but I must admit it can make some images appear a little washed out.
The camera is two way facing so you can take pictures of yourself (if that's your thing) but the best addition (in my opinion anyway) is the ability to take panoramic pictures. This is quite easy to do and enables you to get a wide snapshot in a way not previously possible on such a small device. You do have to take your time as you capture your panorama (the camera will warn you to slow down if you go too fast!) but it's a nice addition to the camera and especially good to capture location shots.
The iPod comes with a wrist strap, named by Apple as an iPod Touch Loop but I have to say this sort of accessory doesn't appeal to me at all so I haven't used it. Whenever I buy an iPod the first accessories I get are a screen protector and a hard protective case and I'd prefer Apple to include at least one of these as opposed to a wrist strap to be honest.
Having tried other brands of MP3 players I have to admit I always return to Apple's machines because I like how iTunes works (if not the iTunes Store) but I have to add that the iPod Touch 5 wins out over rivals due to the quality of the screen display, the versatility of the functions available and the fact it quite simply looks great.
The fact Apple invest so much time and money in design shows on the iPod Touch 5 but don't think it's a victory of style over substance as it is both functional and reliable.
I have tried to find some disadvantage in this new iPod and cannot find one major one - my only issue is probably the new lightening USB lead meaning the purchase of adaptors to enable users to continue using existing docking stations for their gadgets, and the fact that certainly in terms of style the iPod Touch has definitely lost some of its lustre in comparison to the iPad - but these are minor quibbles and as a result I can only conclude by saying the iPod Touch 5 isn't just 5th generation - it's a five star product.
Summary: The new iPod Touch is perfect for me!
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