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iPod Touch 4th Gen Review

iPod Touch 4th Gen LogoThe latest iteration of the popular media and gaming device from Apple is the most significant upgrade yet and brings it more in line with the iPhone that it is based on. The iPod Touch 4th Gen features a new, more powerful processor, two cameras and a “retina display” with a resolution of 960 x 640 pixels.

The iPod Touch 4th Gen is capable of shooting HD-quality (720p) video at up to 30 fps and uploading it to YouTube, as well as using the much-vaunted FaceTime video communication feature when in the presence of a wi-fi Internet connection. Read More...

Though it has no internal flash, the device has competent 0.7 MP out-facing still camera that performs surprisingly well in low light situations; great for improptu photo opportunities. The camera has a decent zoom function and can "target" subjects with a quick screen touch. On the downside, the in-facing camera is a paltry 0.3 MP.

Taking voice memos is easier thanks to the inclusion of a built-in microphone and the internal iPod Touch 4th Gen sounds markedly better and louder than before.

The new Apple A4 processor allows the iPod Touch 4th Gen to play games and use apps that its predecessors were simply incapable of running, including newer console-style games like Epic Citadel and FIFA Soccer 11.

A beefed-up 256 MB of RAM helps to keep things running smoothly and a new three-axis gyroscope provides better motion tracking than before. As a gaming device, the iPod Touch 4th Gen is much more capable than previous models.

Multiple Views of the iPod Touch 4th Gen

The retina display packs in a whopping 326 pixels per inch and runs at double the resolution of previous iPod Touch models. I think that the 3.5 inch backlit LED display looks fantastic in any lighting situation, though Nathalie, who has astigmatism, has complained that it hurts her eyes at times.

The iPod Touch 4th Gen does not have the GPS tracking functionality of the iPhone, but instead uses a sort of wi-fi triangulation to provide map-based location services.

Even with all of the included hardware upgrades, I found the battery life of the iPod Touch 4th Gen to be much better than that of the 2nd Gen device that we replaced. It lasts about four hours under stressful gaming conditions and exponentially longer when only being used to playback music or video files.

The iPod Touch 4th Gen is a worthy upgrade for any owner of previous generation devices and an excellent alternative to the iPhone 4 for those who do not require a costly data plan. This full-featured handheld device is available with 8, 32 or 64 GB of internal storage starting at $229 USD / $249 CAD.

Positives:


+ Faster Processor, More RAM
+ Retina Display
+ HD Video Recording
+ FaceTime


Negatives:


- Low Resolution Still Cameras
- No Expandable Memory Options
- No GPS Functionality


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Game Forward Score: 4/5

Brian J. Papineau > Game Forward

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iPod Touch 4th Gen Quick Facts:

Genre: Hardware
Developer: Apple
Publisher: Apple
Release Date: September 8, 2010
Price: Starting at $229 USD / $249 CAD
ESRB Rating: N/A