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Worth the upgrade, but not if you just bought one last year

86

As an upgrade, the fifth-generation iPod touch hits all the right marks. It's thinner and lighter despite packing a bigger and (far) better screen. It's faster despite having better battery life; its pair of cameras are markedly better than those found in the previous touch; and its new matte aluminum exterior certainly seems like it will prove rather more durable in the long run -- though time shall tell on that front.

That the new touch is rocking Apple's new Lightning connector will be a drawback for those with legacy docks and the like, but this is clearly the path the company is taking going forward, and there's not a lot of sugar we can put on that pill. The iPod touch is a comprehensively better package than the previous-gen unit, but at $299 to start, it certainly doesn't come cheap. If you're reasonably content with your fourth-gen, this is probably not worth the upgrade, but if you have an older iPod that's ready for retirement, or are indeed just jumping on the iOS bandwagon for the first time and are happy with your current phone, this is a great place to start.

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Critic reviews

8.6
17 reviews
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    8.2
  • Video quality
    8.8
  • Ease of use
    7.6
  • Portability
    9.1
  • Battery life
    8.1
  • Media support
    7.1
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User reviews

8.7
47 reviews
9.0
CNET Oct 11, 2012

The latest iPod Touch is the best iPod ever, and as close to a phoneless iPhone 5 as you can get -- but its high price makes it a tough call versus cheaper tablets with larger screens.

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9.0
Macworld Oct 12, 2012

Price aside, whether you’re in it for the apps, games, or media, this is an iPod you’ll treasure. With its improved cameras, zippy performance, bright and roomy display, support for Siri, and more colorful and statuesque form, the fifth-generation iPod touch is a winner.

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9.0
TechCrunch Oct 12, 2012

A widescreen iPod with touch controls. A breakthrough internet communicator. A powerful portable gaming machine. And a great point-and-shoot camera. These are not four separate devices. This is one device.

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8.0
PC Mag Oct 11, 2012

Apple's beautifully redesigned iPod touch is still the leading do-it-all MP3 player, but the new $300 entry-level price might make it a tough sell.

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8.0
Laptop Magazine Oct 11, 2012

A bigger and sharper screen, great camera, and slim and colorful design make the iPod touch the best portable entertainment device money can buy.

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8.0
Ars Technica Oct 16, 2012

Pricing issues aside, the new iPod touch is an excellent upgrade over the previous model; it's just too bad to see it priced out of that lucrative $200 "impulse buy" zone.

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8.0
AllThingsD Oct 25, 2012

The new features and slick designs of these new iPods give the category a boost that makes them desirable devices rather than second-tier siblings to the iPhone.

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9.0
Mashable Oct 12, 2012

Overall, I recommend the iPod touch as the ultimate MP3 player and a great mobile entertainment device for kids who aren’t ready for smartphones. For everyone else, I’d say buy it only if you’re not in the market for a new phone.

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9.0
PC World Australia Oct 16, 2012

Apple’s newest iPod touch joins components from the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S, cobbling them together in a body that’s incredibly thin and light. New earphones and a new dock connector are both good and bad, but the overall package is an excellent one.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Oct 18, 2012

When it comes to a device to play music and video, you can't really ask for more than the iPod touch delivers. ... It's a bit of a cliché, but the iPod touch really is a fantastic little gadget

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9.0
Cult of Mac Oct 19, 2012

In most important respects, the new touch is just like the iPhone 5, without the phone. It has most of the great features, without the expense, especially the monthly plan.

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10
Digital Versus Dec 12, 2012

The iPod Touch has pretty much all the features the iPhone has, except for the phone function and 3G. It's an excellent product with flawless sound quality, but the logic behind it is a bit hard to pin down. Given the price, most people will probably opt for an iPhone 5 instead.

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8.0
iLounge Oct 11, 2012

... it’s a very good device, but unless you’re really enthusiastic about the new colors, it would be a stretch to call its improvements as exciting as the flagship iPhone and iPad releases have been this year.

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8.0
TgD TgD

I love the hardware of this device. It is classy and beautiful. Although I do have a few concerns with the hardware: 1. "The loop" does not seem secure at all. I opt not to use it for this reason 2. I am paranoid that it will scratch easy. There haven't really been any cases or films to protect...

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9.0
falleninsea falleninsea

I am upgrading from a 2 year old iPod touch and comparing that device to this new one. This thing is crazy light its lighter than the new phone but it also feels solid in the hand. the iPhone five to me almost feel hollow the iPod on the other hand just feel firm and solid. I use Pandora,...

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9.0
lgn lgn

This iPod touch is a HUGE improvement from the old one, and I want to tell you what makes this so much better. The camera was a primary feature of the last iPod touch, and it was okay for Video, but horrendous for Pictures. This new camera, which is very similar to the iPad 3's camera, is much...

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10
luberlou luberlou

I really think many have misjudged the Touch. The Touch is really a Mini Mini I Pad. At least it is for me. I do have some music on it but use the Touch to check email and surf the web a bit. I am primarily a PC person but do have a I Pad 2. I am 79 and too cheap for internet via my cell...

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9.0
Simar Simar

The best companion to listening to songs and watching movie and a very good portable gaming device I am loving it...

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10
cllees cllees

This is an excellent piece of engineering, totally functional, so small, and a delight to use... I find the small size and camera capabilities are excellent, and people around you don't even know you have a camera, shooting panorama shots or video or stills. The Retina display is beautiful, and...

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8.0
MommyMentor MommyMentor

The 5th gen is a nice improvement and the color options are a nice bonus for people to add a little personality. Video is good but audio on movies lacks a bit. Overall, very easy to use and it does what you need the iPod for.

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8.0
yeltco yeltco

So... I use my iPod touch as my device for mobile. I tether using my dumb-smartphone and connect with Wi-Fi in some public places. But... it's a good mp3(mp20?) device. I recommend for everyone.

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9.0
brian1625 brian1625

It's essentially an iPhone 4S in a sleeker than iPhone 5 body. If you're like me and don't need phone and internet at all times and can get by on VoIP, WiFi and can read a map with WPS you will not go wrong here. An iPhone just adds about 4 more sensors (Internet, Phone, GPS and Compass) a built...

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