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Apple iPod touch (16GB)


Author: Segan, Sascha
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Abstract: Physical Design, Wi-Fi, and Performance Where the $299 iPod touch sings and dances in a range of
jaunty anodized colors, the lower-cost model looks purely functional with its black front and dull silver back. Both
of those are important, because as the touch has become more of a games-and-apps device than a music-andvideo player, it needs to keep up with the iPhone models game developers are writing their apps for.
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Full text: In a world turning towards smartphones, the iPod touch abides. The touch is the definitive phone-less
handheld computer: part gaming device, part media player, part Web browser, and all what you make of it with
the apps you choose to download. It's also the long-exhaling last gasp of what we used to call the PDA. Apple's
new $229, 16GB model should be the go-to gadget for anyone who wants to run basic apps but is opting out of
the smartphone revolution. Its better balance of price and performance makes it our Editors' Choice over the
more expensive $299 model.
This iPod touch is largely based on the $299 iPod touch (2012) , so take a look at that review for more thoughts
on this family of devices.
Physical Design, Wi-Fi, and Performance
Where the $299 iPod touch sings and dances in a range of jaunty anodized colors, the lower-cost model looks
purely functional with its black front and dull silver back. There's an oval-shaped black plastic antenna area near
the corner of the iPod's back. Only a shiny chamfered edge adds a bit of levity. With no rear camera, this touch
model is slightly lighter than the $299 unit (3.04 ounces vs. 3.1 ounces), although they're the same size at 4.86
by 2.31 by .24" (HWD). The stiff body slips easily into any pocket, although as with any device like this, I'd
invest in a screen protector. I don't like the single bottom-ported speaker, which I covered with my finger way
too often when playing games. But you'll probably use this handheld with headphones much more often, and
the more expensive model has the same flaw.
The lower-cost iPod also loses the "loop" you'd attach a lanyard to, but you can easily find a case with a wrist
strap, such as the LifeProof iPod case .
The new iPod's innards bring it much closer to the current $299 unit than the old $199 model was. In iPhone
terms, this is an iPhone 4S with the iPhone 5 screen: an 800MHz dual-core A5 processor powering a 1,136-by640, 4-inch LCD. Both of those are important, because as the touch has become more of a games-and-apps
device than a music-and-video player, it needs to keep up with the iPhone models game developers are writing
their apps for.
Like other recent Apple products, the new touch runs the latest iOS 6.1.3 including popular features like Siri. I
anticipate from past experience that it'll also work with upcoming iOS 7 features, though probably not all the
features included in 2014's iOS 8. On our Geekbench, GLBenchmark, and Browsermark benchmarks, the new
touch scored about the same as the $299 touch and the iPhone 4S, though significantly behind the iPhone 5.
The new iPod also brings along faster Wi-Fi and better Bluetooth than the older $199 model. The dual-band
2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi, as I saw on the $299 model, dramatically boosts speeds when used with a 5GHz WiFi router. I got more than double the speed on a 5GHz connection to an Apple Airport Extreme router that I did
on 2.4GHz, which will make a big difference in large file downloads.
Bluetooth has been upgraded to 4.0, and the iPod touch can find its location based on nearby Wi-Fi networks,
although it doesn't have GPS. That makes it acceptable to use for basic walking navigation in dense urban

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areas, although it would be useless as an in-car GPS.


The touch comes with a Lightning-to-USB cable and a pair of Apple's improved EarPods headphones.
Remember that Lightning devices aren't compatible with old 30-pin accessories; an adapter is available for $30.
When we reviewed the EarPods last year, we found them to be some of the best budget earphones you can
buy, and much better than the old Apple earbuds.
This iPod touch got 5 hours, 48 minutes of video playback at maximum brightness on one battery charge, better
than the $299 model's five hours and more in line with the 2011 version's 5 hours, 32 minutes.
Music, Video, and Apps
The $229 iPod touch runs all of the hundreds of thousands of iOS apps just as well as the $299 model does. I
played Lili and Need for Speed: Most Wanted, both heavy games, without a problem. This is the lowest-cost
device you can run these apps on, and as such it's even attractive to Android, Windows Phone, or BlackBerry
phone owners who want to run apps that aren't available on their platforms.
Two downgrades make this touch $229 instead of $299, but only one should matter to you. The less important,
to me, is the removal of the 5-megapixel rear camera. The camera on the back of the full-scale touch is just a
middling smartphone camera, and it suffers greatly in low light when compared to any dedicated digital camera.
This touch still has a camera, anyway: the 1.2-megapixel shooter on the front, which takes adequate if
frequently overexposed self-shots. Its 720p HD video is always smooth, ranging from 24 frames per second in
low light to 30 fps in good light.
The $229 model's 16GB of storage is the more important issue. Over the past two years, the size of high-end
games has dramatically grown. The Asphalt and Need for Speed driving games are now over 1GB each, as are
other graphic-rich adventures like The Bard's Tale. Even Apple's iPhoto clocks in at 144MB.
Add in a few movies at 1.5 GB each, and you can fill up this iPod's 13.61GB of non-expandable storage quickly.
Of course, that's all down to your usage pattern. If you prefer to stream movies on Netflix instead of buying them
through iTunes, and your gaming habits tend more towards the 66MB Where's My Water? and 73MB Angry
Birds Space , you won't feel too cramped. Also, remember that Apple stores all of your purchases on its
servers, and you can swap games, songs, and movies in and out via Wi-Fi.
Music and video playback are as high-quality as always. These are the core iPod virtues that have sustained
the line for more than a decade, and nothing has changed here. Sound is still quite bright, a little weak on bass,
but that's nothing new. The touch still syncs with iTunes (although now it'll do so wirelessly if you prefer) and still
plays any MP3 or AAC music or MPEG4 video file, whether purchased from Apple or downloaded from
elsewhere. (It's perfectly compatible with Amazon's MP3 store, for instance.) The touch also plays Audible,
Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV, but not FLAC or OGG files.
The array of streaming video apps on iOS is unmatched: You can choose from Netflix, Crackle, HBO GO, CBS
TV.com, and more than a dozen others. There are even third-party apps to play video formats iTunes doesn't
support, such as Xvid.
Conclusions
If you have a good smartphone, you probably don't need an iPod touch, and if you just want a music player, you
can save $70 and go with the $149 iPod nano . This gadget's real purpose is as a gateway to thousands of iOS
apps for people who can't otherwise run them.
There are still many people who don't have or don't want a good smartphone--and I'm including all of those
people with cheaper, older smartphones with 320-by-240 screens. These people are also typically less
technical, less intense (and sometimes younger) users than high-end smartphone buyers. The iPod touch is for
them.
The iPod touch's real competitors nowadays are inexpensive, unlocked smartphones with no contract, like
Sony's $249 Android-powered Xperia U and Nokia's $149 Lumia 521 Windows Phone. These devices have real
advantages, including rear cameras, expandable memory, and turning into actual cell phones on demand. But
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neither, of course, run iOS apps or work with the iTunes store, if that matters to you. Samsung's Galaxy Player
4.2 isn't real competition; it runs an ancient version of Android, 2.3, on a now-obsolete processor.
For better or for worse, we still consider touchscreen MP3 players to be a separate category from smartphones,
and I'm giving the new 16GB iPod touch an Editors' Choice over the more expensive, older model. This may
sound a little counter-intuitive, considering my concerns over the limited memory. But I think that with
performance generally the same, the new iPod's lower price outweighs its constrained memory to make it our
Editor's Choice for touchscreen MP3 players.
Pros: Even lighter than the 32GB model. Tremendous number of apps. Faster processor and bigger screen
than previous budget iPod touch.
Cons: 16GB storage can pinch with large games or movies. No rear-facing camera. Not natively compatible with
earlier models' accessories.
Bottomline: The leading do-it-all media player offers a compelling combination of features and price at $229, as
long as you're OK with 16GB of storage.
Rating: 4.50
Weight: 3.04 oz
Dimensions: 4.86 x 2.31 x 0.24 inches
Storage Capacity (as Tested): 16 GB
Expansion Slot: No
Radio: No
Music Playback Formats: AAC, Apple Lossless, MP3, Protected AAC
Video Formats: MPEG4, QuickTime, H.264
Photo Formats: JPEG, TIFF, GIF
Subject: Product introduction; Hardware reviews; Digital audio players; Smartphones;
Product name: Apple iPhone 5, Apple iTunes
Publication title: PCmag.com
Publication year: 2013
Publication date: Jun 4, 2013
Publisher: Ziff-Davis Media Inc.
Place of publication: New York
Country of publication: United States
Publication subject: Computers--Microcomputers, Computers--Personal Computers
ISSN: 08888507
Source type: Trade Journals
Language of publication: English
Document type: MP3 Players
ProQuest document ID: 1535658564
Document URL:
https://proxy.geneseo.edu/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/1535658564?accountid=11072
Copyright: (Copyright (c) 2013 Ziff Davis Media Inc. All rights reserved.)
Last updated: 2014-06-16

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Citation style: APA 6th - American Psychological Association, 6th Edition
Segan, S. (2013). Apple iPod touch (16GB). PCmag.Com, Retrieved from
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