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Apple iPod Touch (5G) 64 GB
Member Name: milmol7
Apple iPod Touch (5G) 64 GB
Advantages: It's beautiful!! Fantastic look and feel, innumerable features/apps, superb quality sound & images
Disadvantages: Different plug to older generation ipods.
Despite my best endeavours, however, I had to admit defeat in trying to bond with my 6G Nano, and armed with another stash of Tesco points and their double-up offer, I headed to Tesco Direct to check out the latest Nano. The problem was I soon found myself dragged on the "for another £10..." "Ooh, for another "£20"..." etc etc and together with a good chunk of dooyoo review reading I landed on the page of this Ipod Touch 5th Generation. Once I'd landed there, there was to be no going back ... I ordered the 32gb version (I believe it will hold around 7000 songs - should be enough!) and off I went...
Well my first impression came when I was handed the "parcel" at the counter - I panicked - surely the box was empty?! I ripped it open to find swathes of bubble wrap protecting a small plastic box. By now I'd convinced myself I must have been given a display dummy, surely it couldn't be so light? This ipod is practically weightless! Ok, well it turns out not weightless exactly, but at 88g it's so light you find yourself handling it like a fragile wafer. This definitely won't stand any dropping - the cost of buying this product has definitely just gone up by the cost of a case.
Having got over that aspect, the only other emotion was "WOW". It looks tall, slim, sleek, shiny, expensive and classy.
Inside the plastic box is a "Quick start guide", just a few pages long and which I'm not convinced would be much of a guide at all if you were not a previous ipod owner. This guide is more of a run-through of the main features, so it seems apple have finally bought into their own hype and assume that by now, the whole population are all i-literate. If you're new to the i-world then you would only have a use for the "Quick start guide" up to paragraph 2, which redirects you to the online user guide, which then opens as a pdf file and can be saved on your computer.
Fortunately, I was away quite quickly - I was chuffed that it's ready charged and after 15 seconds of the apple logo you are straight into the setup process which took just a couple of minutes.
The main features...
~ ~ Ipod Music ~ ~
As an ipod, this Touch is a huge step up from my old Nano. The sound quality has never been in question for me but the display and ease of navigation are really user friendly. There's a very good speaker on the ipod, I was on the point of investing in a travel speaker but the quality on the Touch is more than enough for listening to music in a small room to the standards I require on holiday, which is basically just a bit of background music when getting ready to go out etc.
The earphones have had a re-design from the "classic" ipod earphones and are now a new funky shape which is designed to fit more "into" your ear than to just ledge there. They do an excellent job of delivering top sound quality whilst blanking out any other background noise.
Whilst tunes are playing, the image of "now playing" appears on the bright screen, and by turning the Touch into landscape mode the image auto-rotates and you can swipe left to right through images of the songs in your library.
The itunes library is set out really clearly with all songs listed alphabetically, and one-touch access to changing that format to list by artist, albums, genre or playlists.
~ ~ Apps ~ ~
The Touch comes with most of the main screen full of preloaded apps including camera, maps, notes, calendar, weather, photos, videos, facetime, messages, clock etc as long as the obvious music and itunes. There's also the "appstore" app which is one-touch access to the app store, which was my first port of call, being a new world to me. I downloaded news and tv apps, games, banking, amazon, reading apps, document reader, but there literally IS an app for everything! So whatever your interests, you can load them up on this kit and they will only ever be a fingertip away. There are 3 screens which can be filled with app icons but you can store many many more because you can very easily create folders - for instance "games" and drag all your games to a single icon.
~ ~ Email, Facebook, Twitter ~ ~
I'm no technophobe but I'm no technowhizz either. Setting up these was an absolute doddle though, a one-minute operation. I'm now notified immediately when I have an email or Facebook post, providing there is wifi access.
~ ~ Screen Quality - Photos & Video ~ ~
Amazing. I downloaded BBC iplayer and watched some Springwatch and I was absolutely gobsmacked by the quality of what I was watching. The size of the screen is 4" (widescreen) and if you are already iphone-d up, the screen on this latest model is the same as the iphone 5 - "1136x640 Retina display". That spec means nothing to me, I can just report that the detail, sharpness and colours are superb. I have copied photos across to the Touch just to look at them and everything about the images is outstanding.
~ ~ Siri ~~
I have friends who have iphones so I was familiar with Siri - but if you're not, Siri is a "personal assistant" who is clued up enough to hear and understand what you say and can perform tasks for you such as find the weather forecast, write a note, search online, select a song, even have a bit of banter for long lonely evenings (I asked if he liked me and he assured me he wouldn't wish any companion in the world other than me. He only says that to me, right? No-one else???)
~ ~ FaceTime ~ ~
I'm yet to get to grips with FaceTime but I think I'm probably behind most people on that one. To be honest it's not something that attracts me, but if it's your thing it enables you to talk "face to face" with other ipod/pad/phone users by using the front-facing camera and connecting over the internet - a wifi connection is required but otherwise there isn't any cost attached as far as I can make out.
~ ~ Surf the net ~ ~
The ipod Touch uses "Safari" to surf the web, which as I understand it is common to most mobile phones. It's perfectly good and fast enough for my requirements, which although not excessive, I do use regularly and view a variety of pages. Viewing some of the pages requires you to enlarge the screen, which is easy to do with your fingertips, and then you move around the pages to read the content.
~ ~ Nike+ ~ ~
If fitness is your thing, this Touch has the Nike+ app which you can use to pair your touch with a separately sold sensor. The sensor costs around £20, but with it you can log runs or walks in terms of distance, calories burned, time spent exercising etc.
Ipod Touch 4 v 5
When buying I was tempted by the 4th Generation (due to how much cheaper it was) and thought it might just be useful to add into my review the main differences just in case you find yourself in a similar position. As far as I could gather the critical points are the improved screen quality, improved design (in terms of appearance, slimness, weight), better camera quality - mp and features, and the addition of Siri. In the end for me, it was purely the design and the fact that things move so quickly in the gadget world I just thought I may as well spend the extra (around £50) to get the latest I possibly could.
I waited a couple of weeks before posting this review just to be sure I was giving it a fair chance for any blips or negatives to crop up, and I have really tried to give it a workout in that time! The only downside I can see is that if you have invested in any docking stations or other gadgets with the old ipod plug, this one (and presumably all the latest generation apple goodies) now have a different plug. This means that I can't completely ditch my old Nano because this new Touch will not plug into my car socket!
Back to the good stuff, though, and last weekend I was out walking for nearly 2 hours listening to music, and the headphones never hurt my ears at all - long periods with the old ipod earphones really used to give me major discomfort. In fact two solid hours probably wouldn't have been possible - but the new shape is much more sensitively designed.
The battery life is excellent - I've only charged it once, I'm still gazing at it periodically in awe of it's beauty (!) and overall I'm so, so happy with my decision to buy. If like me you want your phone to be a phone and your music player to be an ipod, then this is most definitely for you!
Apologies for the long review, thanks for reading.
Summary: I really try to avoid frivolous purchases but I don't regret a penny of this purchase. Excellent.
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