iPod touch 4th Gen (2010) - Video and Performance

By Hugo Jobling

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Summary

Our Score:

9

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Also significantly better on the iPhone 4 than the iPod touch is the camera quality. The iPhone 4's 5MP sensor manages to produce some pretty good shots, but the same can't be said of the 0.7MP unit in the iPod touch. Photos look okay on the device itself - a trick the original iPhone managed - but you'd never want to use them away from Facebook or similar web-based services.

Video is less disappointing. 720p recordings come off the device looking better than we expected given the poor stills quality. The camera doesn't seem to have much problem capturing motion, but panning the device itself can cause a little tearing. In both stills and video modes there's no focussing on the iPod touch, but tapping on the screen does (attempt to) adjust the exposure to suit the selected area. We accept that Apple doesn't want to erode sales of the iPhone 4 by making the iPod touch too similar, but the camera really doesn't feel as good as it should.

The front-facing camera is good enough quality for FaceTime calls. We still question how popular Apple's voice chat will become when it's limited to just two devices, and only works over a Wi-Fi connection, but it works as advertised. The only real annoyance is the slow connection speed - at times taking a good minute for a call to start.

As it runs iOS 4.1, the iPod touch comes with Game Center - misspelling and all. This lets you look at a list of friends, send and receive friend requests, and browse a list of games installed on your device. Eventually you'll be able to launch into multiplayer games with friends using Game Center, but currently it's pretty much useless.

Game Center is the second Apple's social platform to not quite grasp what makes social platforms successful. Were Game Center to integrate with Twitter, Facebook and their ilk there might be more chance of an uptake in users. As it is, though, we can't see it taking off.

Performance is one aspect on which we can't fault the iPod touch, which never feels sluggish. It's the entry-level model that will benefit most, as previously this was crippled verses its higher-capacity siblings. There are a few places where the improved performance makes itself known, though; eBooks open faster than on the previous iPod touch and a number of games have shorter loading times. We're talking half-second differences, though, so it's not exactly a revelatory improvement.

rav

September 17, 2010, 2:54 pm

Good luck if you can buy one! The Apple Stores at Westfield and Brent Cross have only had the 8GB version in stock for the last week.





@Hugo


I could pick faults at it but as you say it really is in a category of one right now for what it does. The glass back would have been nice though.

Ahlan

September 17, 2010, 4:23 pm

Ipod is good, i tested one at a MALL center, the sound quality isn't really good for the price you pay.





I will buy a Sony NWZ-X1060 which it has a way better sound quality at the £189(Inc VAT)








after all the most important thing in an MP3 is the sound, something that Ipod isn't that much good at it, they focused on other gimmicky stuff and left the most important feature.

Grayhall

September 17, 2010, 5:03 pm

Did you know about the Apple recycling scheme where you can get 10% off: http://www.apple.com/uk/recycl...





With Apple kit seeming to be pretty much uniformly priced, it seems like a good idea (and you can get rid of your old stuff as well)!





Note: I don't work for Apple or any thing related to them!

Hamish Campbell

September 17, 2010, 6:23 pm

You know, this would be really cool if they made it a phone as well...





Sorry, bit bored.

Kaurisol

September 17, 2010, 11:51 pm

@haim - "You know, this would be really cool if they made it a phone as well..."





You know, I had almost the same thought....

jingyeow

September 18, 2010, 12:03 am

If you own Apple anything, you will notice they don't depreciate like other goods (if kept well) and you'll easily get more than the 10% discount by selling it yourself. Even including the high auction fees.

AlexMck

September 18, 2010, 2:23 am

"the rear camera can take 960 x 720 pixel stills and record 720p video"





Does this mean that it can take video at a higher resolution than photo, or does "720p" refer to 960 x 720 (which isn't quite 720p horizontally if I'm not mistaken)?

weirdwilli

September 18, 2010, 2:55 am

@AlexMck, yep, but the video frames are just interpolated slightly so there really isn't much point :)


Really tempted by this, while I love my Desire I think I'm still leaning towards an iPhone as last time I found myself with an iPod and a phone I ended up with the first gen iPhone..

warwick67

September 18, 2010, 6:31 am

"The addition on the iPhone 4's A4 processor and Retina Display, alongside 720p video recording, FaceTime support and the lacklustre Game Center bring the iPod touch up to par with its call-making alternative"





Interestingly Anandtech ( http://www.anandtech.com/show/... have a very in depth review and a different viewpoint :


"The bottom line is that the new iPod Touch is not an iPhone 4 without the phone"





Having read both reviews I must say I found Anandtech's more informative and persuasive.

TL1210

September 23, 2010, 4:50 pm

I got my ipod last week and also recently a Samsung Galaxy S so you could say I have the best of both worlds :)





I am moderately impressed by the ipod (my first apple product), I love the choice of apps and tight integration in itunes but I prefer the navigation of Android when browsing web and app stores.





Example:


If you download an app on android, it downloads in the background and you can carry on searching for more apps but on ipod, it takes you back to the home page and you have to click on the app store icon which takes you back to app you were looking at but when you click "back" you then go back to the top of the app list and not in the area where the app you have just download is... That's poor programming!

Zachary

February 23, 2014, 11:09 pm

I had my iPod 4th gen. in my pocket and when i took it out it said the sound was on (headphones) and i did not have headphones plugged in so sound didn't come out. Will apple cover this?

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