Review: iPod Touch 4th Gen (4G) & Comparison

Ed Steele September 15, 2010 Comments Off



Video Review


What’s In The Box

  • iPod Touch 4G

  • Instruction Booklet
  • iPod USB Sync Cable
  • Apple Headphones

Pros:

  • Retina Display, 960-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 pixels per inch.

  • Two cameras! Video recording, HD (720p) up to 30 frames per second with audio; still photos (960 x 720) with back camera. VGA-quality photos and video up to 30 frames per second with the front camera.
  • Full iOS4 compatibility, FaceTime, Game Center, multitasking.
  • Built-in microphone.

Cons:

  • Mirrored rear fingerprints easily.

  • Easy to cover rear camera lens with your finger.
  • Pricing structure seems strange: 8GB is $229, next step up is 32GB for $299. 64GB is $399.

Conclusion

This is the device iPod Touch users have been waiting for. Hailed as “the iPhone without the phone” the new iPod Touch 4th Gen has HD video recording capabilities, Wi-Fi, a superior display, and all the features of an iPhone 4 without a contract. This is a must-have item for any gadget fanatic. Full device specifications and features after the jump.
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Technical Specifications
Size and weight
Height:
4.4 inches (111.0 mm)
Width:
2.3 inches (58.9 mm)
Depth:
0.28 inch (7.2 mm)
Weight:
3.56 ounces (101 grams)1
Capacity
* 8GB, 32GB or 64GB flash drive2
Wireless3
* 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz only)
* Bluetooth® 2.1 + EDR
* Maps-location based service4
* Nike + iPod support built in
In the box
* iPod touch
* Earphones
* Dock Connector to USB Cable
* Quick Start guide
Environmental Status Report
iPod touch embodies Apple’s continuing environmental progress. It is designed with the following features to reduce environmental impact:
* Arsenic-free display glass
* Brominated flame retardant-free
* Mercury-free LCD display
* PVC-free
* Recyclable stainless steel enclosure
* Smaller, more compact packaging (17% smaller, 16% lighter)
Display
* 3.5-inch (diagonal) widescreen
Multi-Touch display
* 960-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 pixels per inch
Audio
* Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
* Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
* User-configurable maximum volume limit
Headphones
* Earphones
* Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
* Impedance: 32 ohms
TV and video
* H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
* MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
* Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format
* Support for 1024 by 768 pixels with Dock Connector to VGA Adapter; 576p and 480p with Apple Component AV Cable; 576i and 480i with Apple Composite AV Cable (cables sold separately)
Languages
Localized UI
* English, English (UK), French, German, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Polish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Hungarian, Arabic, Thai, Czech, Greek, Hebrew, Indonesian, Malay, Romanian, Slovak, Croatian, Catalan, Vietnamese, Cherokee
Localized Keyboards
* English, English (UK), French, French (Canadian), German, Traditional Chinese (handwriting, Pinyin, Zhuyin), Simplified Chinese (handwriting, Pinyin), Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Korean, Japanese (QWERTY, Kana), Russian, Polish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Estonian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Lithuanian, Latvian, Belgian/Dutch, Swiss/French, Arabic, Thai, Czech, Greek, Hebrew, Indonesian, Malay, Romanian, Slovak, Croatian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Catalan, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Cherokee
Localized Dictionaries
* English, English (UK), French, French (Canadian), German, Traditional Chinese (handwriting, Pinyin, Zhuyin), Simplified Chinese (handwriting, Pinyin), Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Korean, Japanese (QWERTY, Kana), Russian, Polish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Arabic (colloquial/regional and modern standard), Thai, Czech, Greek, Hebrew, Indonesian, Malay, Romanian, Slovakian, Croatian, Catalan, Tagalog, Vietnamese
Cameras, photos, and video
* Video recording, HD (720p) up to 30 frames per second with audio; still photos (960 x 720) with back camera
* VGA-quality photos and video up to 30 frames per second with the front camera
* Tap to control exposure for video or stills
* Photo and video geo tagging over Wi-Fi
Input and output
* 30-pin dock connector
* 3.5-mm stereo headphone minijack
* Built-in speaker
* Microphone
External buttons and controls
* Sleep/wake
* Volume up/down
* Home
Sensors
* Three-axis gyro
* Accelerometer
* Ambient light sensor
Battery and power5
* Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
* Playback time
o Music playback time: Up to 40 hours when fully charged
o Video playback time: Up to 7 hours when fully charged
* Charging times: Fast charge in about 2 hours (80% capacity), full charge in about 4 hours.
System requirements
* USB 2.0
* iTunes 10 or later6
* Mac: Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later
* PC: Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP Home or Professional (SP3) or later
* Broadband Internet access required; fees may apply.
Environmental requirements
* Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F
(0° to 35° C)
* Nonoperating temperature: -4° to 113° F
(-20° to 45° C)
* Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
* Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet
(3000 m)

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