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iPod touch 5th Generation review

Bigger is better, if your thumb can take the strain

Our Verdict

For

  • Better screen
  • Five colour options
  • iOS 6 improvements
  • Very thin and light
  • Better earphones

Against

  • Apple Maps!
  • Lightning port is a reset
  • You still need iTunes

In an age where your phone can hold all the music you own you may be wondering why you might still need an iPod touch 5th Generation.

The answer is that the iPod touch is not just an iPod anymore. While Apple still sells the old fashioned iPod Classic and has just rebooted with the iPod nano 7th Generation, the iPod touch has taken over as the champion of the iPod brand – it's essentially a media player par excellence that has morphed into a handheld gaming console thanks to the sheer number of excellent, and very cheap, games available via the App Store.

It's this gaming and app angle that really gives the touch its raison d'être. If you can't afford the premium tariffs that the iPhone attracts and you still want to take advantage of the thousands apps that Apple's App Store holds then the iPod touch is your cheapest route to entry.

iPod touch 5th generation

The latest iPod touch 5th Generation takes the best features of the iPhone 5, like the taller 640x1136 pixel, 4-inch screen and the iOS 6 software update with Siri, and adds a few little quirks of its own, like a choice of coloured backs (black, grey, pink, yellow, blue and a sixth Product Red) and a new strap called an 'iPod touch loop'.

Along the way the camera has been upgraded to an iSight camera with a built-in flash that's capable of 1080p video recording and the processor has been upped to a dual-core A5 chip, giving it twice the processing power of the previous single-core A4 chip. Both the screen size and the faster processor are important for gaming, but more of that later.

ipod touch 5th generation

Memory configurations have been simplified. The new 5th gen is available only in 32GB and 64GB flavours.

Finally, the new iPod touch runs iOS 6, the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system in all its glory, which means that both Panorama – a new mode for taking panoramic photos, and Siri, Apple's intelligent voice-activated personal assistant, are available here.

Note: neither of these two features work on a iPod touch 4th Generation running iOS 6.

Tech Specs

Product TypeFlash Portable Media Player
Flash Memory Capacity32 GB
TouchscreenYes
Battery Built-inYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Product FunctionsAudio Player, Photo Viewer, Video Player, Camera, Video Recorder, Voice Recorder
Maximum Audio Battery Time2 Day
Maximum Video Battery Time8 Hour
Product FamilyiPod touch
Music Service CompatibilityiTunes, YouTube
ColourBlue
Brand NameApple
Image FormatsJPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PSD, PNG
Audio FormatsAAC, HE-AAC, MP3, Audible, Audible 2, Audible 3, Audible 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, AAX+, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV, AAC-LC
Screen Size10.2 cm (4")
Video FormatsH.264, M4V, MP4, MOV, Motion JPEG, AVI
Display Resolution727040 Pixel
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Battery RechargeableYes
Display Screen TypeColour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
HeadphoneYes
RecycledYes
Height123.4 mm
Width58.6 mm
Depth6.1 mm
Operating SystemiOS 6
Colour SupportColour
Effective Resolution5 Megapixel
FeaturesVolume Limit, Calendar
ManufacturerApple, Inc
Product NameiPod touch 32GB Flash Portable Media Player
Product LineiPod touch
Manufacturer Part NumberMD717BT/A
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.apple.com/uk
Marketing Information

You can never have too much fun.

The new iSight camera lets you take your best shots. Facebook integration gives you plenty to post about. (Or you can just ask Siri to post for you.) And, of course, there are endless games to play and endless music to listen to. All on the thinnest, lightest iPod touch ever.

Brilliant new design. It's OK to stare.

When you see the new iPod touch for the first time, you won't believe your eyes. But when you hold it in your hand - that's when you get how unbelievable it is. It weighs next to nothing, yet it's no lightweight: it still does all the gaming, surfing, messaging and everything else you love, more powerfully than ever.

Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • iPod touch 32GB Flash Portable Media Player
  • iPod touch Loop
  • EarPods
  • Lightning to USB Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, Microphone
Weight (Approximate)88 g