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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

The iPod touch 5th Generation feels nippy to use, and this responsiveness is one of its big advantages over the many different flavours of Android devices. But it's the App Store that's the real differentiator – apps in iOS just seems to look a little bit better, and the quality and range of apps is fantastic.

screen

For apps that aren't designed for the new larger 4-inch screen, Apple drops in black bars over the unused portions of the screen. In practice you hardly notice, and you have the added advantage that games that are properly formatted now look better than ever.

There are some useful built-in apps, like Calendar, Reminders and Notes but the iPod touch really comes into its own once you connect it up to a Wi-Fi connection.

Apple iCloud

In Apple's world everything is filtered through the iCloud, which is no bad thing. One Apple ID and password gives you access to everything from the App Store to Email, notifications, video chat using FaceTime and messages using iMessage.

With your free account you also get 5GB of storage space online and any photos you've taken are automatically uploaded once you're in range of a Wi-Fi connection thanks to PhotoStream. It's all terribly convenient and all terribly Apple. Of course, things don't run so smoothly if you want to step outside of Apple's walled garden, but when it all works this well why would you want to?

Aspect ratio

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The new screen size has the 16:9 aspect ratio that widescreen videos use, which makes it perfect for viewing movies. The iTunes Store (available on the iPod touch) is conveniently stuffed full of HD movies to rent or buy. You can of course watch movies you've acquired from elsewhere on your iPod touch by connecting it to your computer and using iTunes to transfer the movies across.

Annoyingly, iTunes will only play certain video formats, but software for encoding movies in a format that iTunes will play is plentiful and free, but it's still an annoying hoop that Apple makes you jump through. It would be so much easier if Apple eased up on the restrictions on the file types that iTunes can handle.

Slip further under Apple's hypnotic spell and get yourself an Apple TV and it's a breeze to mirror your iPod touch's display on your HD TV for big-screen entertainment.

It's worth noting just how versatile an iPod touch is – there's so much you can do with it, from playing music and movies to FaceTime video chat (thanks to a second front facing 1.2 megapixel, 720p, camera).

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