86
Engadget
Score
86

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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iPod touch review (2012)

Summary

Apple's latest iPod touch is by far its best, but it's priced far out of impulse-buy territory.

from $214+
Pros
  • Beautiful designBest-in-class 4-inch displayMuch-improved camerasSiri
Cons
  • Still no GPSPricey
iPod touch review (2012)

When last we got a new iPod touch, the fourth-generation from 2010, it was so thin relative to other devices of that era we said it looked like "a toothpick." Its 7.2mm thinness was unparalleled -- at the time. But now, just two years later, the iPhone 5 is less than a half-millimeter thicker, and that is of course packing a lot more wizardry inside. Suddenly, that toothpick is looking a little portly, which means it's time for the touch to lose a little weight.

Enter the fifth-generation iPod touch, the 2012 model that has slimmed down to a mere 6.1mm in thickness. It's also about 10 percent lighter -- despite being grafted with a new 4-inch Retina display. Not only is it bigger and thinner, but it's far faster and has hugely improved cameras on both the front and rear. The perfect PMP package for $299? Click on through to find out.

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Scores

Engadget

86
 

Breakdown

Capacity
7.0
Video quality
8.8
Media support
7.0
Sound quality
8.4
Battery life
8.2
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Specs

iPod

Type
Audio / video player
Media type
Internal storage
Audio codec support
AAC, MP3, WAV
WiFi
yes
Installable apps
yes
Audio playback time
up to40 hour
Video playback time
up to8 hour
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Specs

iPod

Type
Audio / video player
Media type
Internal storage
Audio codec support
AAC, MP3, WAV
WiFi
yes
Installable apps
yes
Audio playback time
up to40 hour
Video playback time
up to8 hour
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iPod touch

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86
 

Critic

8.6
 

User

8.6
 
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