iPod touch 4th Gen (2010) - Wrap-up and Verdict

By Hugo Jobling



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Battery life hasn't been compromised in the upgrades the iPod touch has received. Apple claims 40 hours of audio and seven of video, which isn't an unrealistic claim, but gaming is still very much a huge drain. A two hour game of Civilization Revolution took us from about 80 per cent to around 20. Not that we could tell exactly, because the iPod touch doesn't get the iPhone's percentage indicator - you're stuck with just the battery icon.

One area of improvement that iPod sceptics might not expect is the sound quality. Like the iPhone 4 before it, the fourth generation iPod touch is a noticeable improvement on the previous version of the device. There's an added fullness to the bass, and a crispness to the mid-range and high-end as well as a more natural sense of space.

There's not enough improvement to warrant an upgrade from an older device, but it's one criticism fewer to lay against the iPod touch. A Sony X-Series Walkman or Samsung YP-R1 are both better options if you want a touchscreen player for listening to music, but those players don't have an App Store, don't have a Retina Display to make web browsing and video playback such a pleasure, and don't have the inexplicable "I want one" appeal of an iPod touch.

Pricing is also still a potential issue for the iPod touch. The £189 8GB model should really be the same-priced 16GB entry-level unit, and the £329 asked for the 64GB unit is a significant outlay. Fortunately, the 32GB iPod touch, at £249, strikes a nice balance between capacity and price which, while almost certainly engineered to be so by Apple, makes it an attractive proposition - you are getting a lot for your money.

What makes the iPod touch still such a brilliant device, four generations in, is that it still remains utterly peerless. No rival device does everything the iPod touch does and, more importantly, despite being something of a jack of all trades the iPod touch is far from a master of none. The App Store has an almost ridiculously comprehensive library of applications at this point, and while the games aren't necessarily of PSP or Nintendo DS quality, there are more than a few gems to be found.


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. We'd like to see cheaper pricing, especially a more attractive entry-level model, but if you can afford it an iPod touch remains the best device in a category of one.


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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