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Apple slimmed down and packed even more features into the 4th generation of the iPod Touch, which remains one of most versatile pieces of hardware you can drop in your pocket.Three years after Apple stretched the definition of “personal media player” to new heights with its class-leading iPod Touch, other manufacturers are just starting to catch up with Android-powered mini tablets. Despite the added competition, the latest revision of the device stays true to its award-winning heritage while folding in even more trickle-down features from the latest iPhone, yet again securing it a place at the top of the MP3-player pyramid.Since the birth of the iPod Touch in 2007, Apple has essentially pitched the device as an iPhone Lite — a touch screen computer without all the messy contracts of a telecom device. And the latest additions follow the same formula.Like the iPhone 4, the fourth-generation iPod Touch gets a 3.5-inch Retina display, a forward-facing camera for videoconferencing, a rear camera that shoots 720p HD video, and it runs iOS on a hotrod A4 processor — all upgrades from the version available last year.But a handful of spec omissions continue to separate the $229 (for a 8GB model) player from the $599 phone.
Everyone's been expecting the mandatory annual refresh of Apples iPods. This has become somewhat of a ritual, and although welcome, we've also learned to cringe every time some new feature gets unlocked in the accompanying software update, and doesn't work on older iPods. Case in point - the iPod Touch 1st generation that cannot avail the goodness of iOS 4. Then, there were the previous versions i.e. iOS 2 and 3, that older generation Touch owners had to pay to use. This is Apples' way of gently reminding you to upgrade at first, and then politely leaving you with (progressively) fewer options. Such are the pitfalls of a closed system when device, software and accompaniments are designed under one roof. However, there are advantages too. More control has its pros - better integration, fine tuning and of course more control over ironing out potential issues. This brings us to the device we're looking at - the iPod Touch, now in its fourth avatar. This is more than a gentle refresh, and Apple has ensured the new Touch is more loaded than ever. For the sake of simplicity, we're going to refer to the iPod Touch 4G as simply 4G hereon.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it, as they say, but, then again, the iPod touch wasn't exactly pefect: although there's not much to change about the touch, we would have liked to have seen the end of the shiny metal case which ends up scratched in no time at all. Nothing else has changed, though. The move to iOS 4 hasn't made much of a difference, as multitasking is less important on the iPod than on an iPhone. However, a more powerful internal architecture keeps the OS ticking over nicely, unlike on some previous versions. Facetime is there too, meaning you've got everything you need to make free online calls, providing, of course, your friends all have Apple hardware, too. To cut a long story short, nothing's changed in the last year. Or, to give you the full version: nothing's changed. The audio quality, the options and the equaliser presets are all exactly the same. The list of audio formats hasn't changed either, and doesn't include WMA, OGG, APE or FLAC, though there is the less powerful ALAC as an alternative to the latter. Likewise for video: with support for just H.264 (that means Apple's favourites, .mov files) and MPEG-4 doesn't leave much room for manoeuvre with your video files.
The iPod touch has been the world's premium MP3 player for some time now, and with the launch of the new iPod touch 4G model, that doesn't look like changing.Despite the new iPod touch being even thinner than last year's model, Apple has managed to squeeze into it a super-sharp Retina display, two cameras and the A4 processor that powers the iPhone 4 and iPad.These key hardware upgrades mean you can now make FaceTime calls and record and edit HD video, just like you can on the iPhone 4.Apple hasn't copied the iPhone 4's form factor, however, so the touch retains its shiny metal backplate, which is as prone to fingerprints and smears as it's always been.The Sleep/Wake button has moved to the right-hand side, to match the iPhone and iPad, but the headphone connector remains on the bottom, next to the dock connector.With a feature-set that's so close to the iPhone 4, comparisons are inevitable, even though, ultimately, one's a phone and the other is a media player with a whole load of extras. Importantly, there's no ongoing cost involved with the iPod touch, which there is if you sign up for an iPhone 4 with a contract.
Apple's fourth-generation iPod touch finally gets a camera for HD video recording, and still-photo capture. Plus a second, front-facing camera brings FaceTime video chat to the touch. On the new high-res Retina display, everything looks crisp and colorful, and the screen remains highly responsive to touch. Apple eliminated video playback from its sixth-generation iPod nano ($149, ), making the touch the least-expensive video-playing iPod. Starting at $229 (direct, 8GB), however, it's not cheap, and that isn't much storage for an HD video device. The $299 32GB player seems like the best deal, while the 64GB model offers twice the storage, but remains exorbitantly priced at $399. Despite the cost, the iPod touch remains, by far, the best portable media player you can buy - and it retains our Editors' Choice crown. Apple put the iPod touch on a diet, yet again - at 3.6 ounces, it weighs a half-ounce less, and is slightly less wide at 4.4 by 2.3 by 0.3 inches (HWD). Apple's custom A4 chip powers the touch, and the multi-touch screen gets an upgrade to the iPhone 4's ($199, ) super-sharp Retina display. It remains at 3.5 diagonal inches, but with a resolution of 960 by 640 pixels (at 326 pixels per inch) it's easily the crispest, brightest, of any PMP on the market.
Now that the iPod touch is in its fourth generation, Apple finds itself at interesting crossroads. The company simply doesn't have any competition right now in the high-end portable media player market. iTunes remains as popular as ever, and there is still no slicker device for surfing the web and downloading hundreds of thousands of apps. So at least for the moment, the iPod touch's biggest foes are its predecessor (for would-be upgraders) and maybe the iPhone 4 (for those who would rather not pay a monthly fee for AT&T's spotty service). The good news is that Apple has graced every model in its flagship PMP line with a sharper Retina Display, snappy A4 processor, and fun FaceTime feature for making video calls. Last time around the 8GB model had a slower CPU and couldn't play the latest games as smoothly as the higher-capacity versions, but now the 8 GB ($229), 16 GB ($299), and 32 GB ($399) touch all have the same guts. Despite a few weaknesses, the new iPod touch creates even more distance between Apple and the rest of the field.Just when you thought the iPod touch couldn't get any more portable, Apple managed to slim it down further.
Apple's latest version of the iPod Touch hasn't changed dramatically from the version first introduced in 2007, but the rest of the tech world has. It's now the age of the "app," the iPad, and smartphones both big and small. The iPod Touch shouldn't apologize for being Apple's "iPhone without a phone" anymore; it's just as valid to call it an iPad that fits in your pocket. Priced at $229 (8GB), $299 (32GB), and $399 (64GB), Apple's fourth-generation iPod Touch takes everything we loved about the last version and makes it better. The screen is prettier, the processor faster, the design slimmer, and new features, such as an HD camcorder and FaceTime video calls, only make the iPod Touch more indispensable to those who aren't already toting the latest iPhone or Android smartphone. It isn't easy to tell apart a fourth-gen iPod Touch from previous versions, but there are a few telltale changes. The chromed steel back now lies a little flatter, giving it a slightly thinner profile that's less prone to wobbling when laid on a table. More importantly, the back of the Touch now has a camera lens in the upper-left corner, along with a pinhole microphone.
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