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iPod touch 4th Generation review

The iPod touch looks even better in white

Our Verdict

For

  • It's white!
  • iOS 5 software rocks
  • Thinner than an iPhone
  • Retina Display
  • iCloud integration

Against

  • Still need to use iTunes
  • Can't play common file formats
  • Specs looking out of date
  • Back attracts fingerprints & scratches
  • It's not an iPhone

The most amazing thing about Apple's latest iPod touch is its colour.

It's available in both black and white. No, we're not being glib - we mean it!

Apart from the colour change there's no difference here between the specs of the iPod touch 4th Generation from 2010, and this latest refresh. This is certainly not the iPod touch 5th Generation that you may be looking for...

When the iPhone got a bump in specs with the release of the iPhone 4S last October we expected the specs for the iPod touch to get a bump too, but so far they have remained... untouched.

So, it's still available in 8GB, 32GB and 64GB models, the camera still takes 960x720 sill photos and 720p video and has an Apple A4 processor inside. In fact, the only other change, apart from the colour, is that it now ships with the iOS 5 software pre-installed.

iPod touch 4th generation review

So what's it like in white? Well, we could wax lyrical about how its beautiful milky exterior makes it look like a stray ice crystal prized from Superman's Fortress of Solitude, or how it's so thin and light that it feels like you're holding a delicate slice of the Internet in your hand. But, well, unsurprisingly it's startlingly similar to what it was like to use in black.

Saying that it does look good in white, and we wouldn't be surprised if the new colour means there are more iPod touches languishing under Christmas trees this year than there would be otherwise.

iPod touch 4th generation

The iPod touch range starts at £169 for the 8GB model, but we've found that's simply not enough storage to be practical, especially when you consider that some video-heavy apps from the App Store can weigh in at around 1GB each in size. The 32GB model that we're reviewing here costs £249 and there's also a 64GB iPod touch at £329.

If you haven't looked at an iPod touch in a while because you've got an iPhone then we recommend a trip to your local Apple Store try one out because at just 7.2mm in depth it feels noticeably thinner than an iPhone 4.

iPod touch 4th generation

At 101 grams, compared to the iPhone 4S' 140 grams it's also noticeably lighter. The other big difference in appearance is its steel back. With its slight curve it fits better in your hand than the iPhone's flat, glass back, but has the downside that it's incredibly receptive to fingerprints, and scratches.

The only other difference in appearance compared with its more expensive sibling is that it lacks the iPhone's mute/lock switch and the screen. While it shares the Retna display of the iPhone 4 and 4S (960x640-pixel resolution at 326 pixels per inch) it doesn't use IPS (inter plane switching) which reduces the viewing angle slightly and makes it look slightly darker than the iPhone when you put them side by side.

On the front of the iPod touch you'll find the same VGA camera for FaceTime chats and there are two volume buttons on the side and a sleep/wake button at the top.

Tech Specs

Product TypeFlash Portable Media Player
Flash Memory Capacity8 GB
TouchscreenYes
Battery Built-inYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Product FunctionsAudio Player, Photo Viewer, Video Player, Video Recorder, Camera, Gaming Console
Maximum Audio Battery Time2 Day
Maximum Video Battery Time7 Hour
Product FamilyiPod touch
Brand NameApple
Audio FormatsMP3, Audible, Apple Lossless, AIFF, AAX, WAV, AAC
Screen Size8.9 cm (3.5")
Video FormatsMPEG-4, H.264, M4V, Motion JPEG (MOV), AVI
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
HeadphoneYes
Height111 mm
Width58.9 mm
Depth7.2 mm
ManufacturerApple, Inc
Product ModelMC540BT
Product NameiPod touch 8GB Flash Portable Media Player
Product LineiPod touch
Manufacturer Part NumberMC540BT/A
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.apple.com/uk
Package Contents
  • iPod touch 8GB Flash Portable Media Player
  • Earphones
  • Dock Connector to USB Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
Weight (Approximate)101 g