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iPod touch 4th Gen (2010) review




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iPod touch 4th Gen (2010)
  • iPod touch 4th Gen (2010)
  • iPod touch 4th Gen (2010)
  • iPod touch 4th Gen (2010)
  • iPod touch 4th Gen (2010)
  • iPod touch 4th Gen (2010)
  • iPod touch 4th Gen (2010)
  • iPod touch 4th Gen (2010)
  • iPod touch 4th Gen (2010)
  • iPod touch 4th Gen (2010)
  • iPod touch 4th Gen (2010)
  • iPod Touch 4th Generation 32GB Black MP3 Player (3.5" LCD, Flash Drive, 7 Hours Video, 40 Hours Audio)


Our Score:



  • Good range of features
  • Impressive performance
  • Crisp sound quality


  • Slow connection speed
  • Poor photo quality
  • Disappointing Game Center

Key Features

  • 720p video recording
  • 111mm x 58.9mm x 7.2mm
  • 8GB, 32GB and 64GB models
  • 960 x 720 pixel stills
  • 40 hours of audio and seven of video battery life
  • Manufacturer: Apple
  • Review Price: £225.50

The gap between the iPod touch and iPhone is getting increasingly small, as the gap between Apple's iPod models gets wider. As the latest iPod nano has sharpened its focus on becoming a small, snazzy, music player, the iPod touch is adding more strings to its bow than many users might know what to do with.

That the latest iPod touch is thinner than its predecessor is impressive, but not surprising - when has a new Apple product not been? What is surprising is that the 111mm x 58.9mm x 7.2mm device feels thinner, probably because its edges taper away more rapidly to a flat back, whereas the previous iPod touch's metal casing was curved. We definitely like that this iPod touch doesn't rock about when placed on a flat surface.

Despite being thinner than ever, the new iPod touch continues the trend of packing more into its attractive frame than its predecessor. A quick peak around the back reveals a camera up in the corner, and there's a front-facing one above the screen, too. The rear camera can take 960 x 720 pixel stills and record 720p video, but the front shooter is a mere VGA affair.

Inside, the touch now has the same A4 CPU powering the iPhone 4, although clock speeds and how much RAM it's paired with are kept secret by Apple. Importantly, all three models - 8GB, 32GB and 64GB - are on the same platform now; the lower-end device is no longer left running older tech.

Stealing the show is the migration of the Retina Display from the iPhone 4 to the new iPod touch. Despite sharing the same name and 960 x 640 pixel, 326ppi resolution, the iPod touch's Retina Display isn't exactly the same as the iPhone 4's. For a start the iPod touch isn't as bright, presumably to help improve how long it lasts on its smaller battery, and it has noticeably worse viewing angles. Colours also look different between the iPhone and iPod touch, but strangest of all is how text is rendered in Safari - the iPod touch consistently shows the same text smaller.

Fortunately the differences aren't significant enough that you'd notice without a direct comparison. And the most important aspects, the resolution and pixel pitch, are identical on the iPod touch and iPhone 4, so we doubt anyone will have a problem with the quality of the iPod touch's screen; just know that the iPhone 4 is better. HD videos, web pages, eBooks and games still look absolutely brilliant on the iPod touch, though.


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.


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.


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.


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/rec...

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.


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....


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.


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)?


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..


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/sh... 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.


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.


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!


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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