86

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
  • Sound quality
    8.2
  • Video quality
    8.8
  • Ease of use
    7.6
  • Portability
    9.1
  • Battery life
    8.1
  • Media support
    7.1
  • Capacity
    7.0

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User reviews

8.7
49 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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10
1sam234 1sam234

Having my 32 GB 5th gen iPod for a long time now, I've come to realize how much potential the little device has. I thought it was a very decent upgrade over my 4th Gen, especially with the cameras and processor. It was very fast and reliable, very ultra-thin and light, and packed so much into it...

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10
uncleho uncleho

This is a really great device. The hardware is beautiful--you want to hold this device. No longer does the patina scratch 30 seconds into owning the device--I love it. The camera is really nice with iPhone 5 features on the 4's camera. It could be better, but it is amazing for such a small...

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10
kamranm1000 kamranm1000

The latest 5th generation iPod touch from Apple is one of the best Apple devices I have ever seen and used. I just love everything the new iPod touch includes. The price may be a bit high, but it has the same price tag that the 32GB iPod touch 4th-gen has. But for the price the latest iPod touch...

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5.0
lymply lymply

Oh, This is like the very last Apple product I will ever purchase, build quality gets worse and worse with each new lineup release. I can't describe how disappointed I am with Apple. It's true they've stopped innovating with iPhone, iPad, iPod. Albeit the cloud works great, but it can't make up...

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9.0
mm2 mm2

Hey, I'm sure that you've seen other reviews, but this is truly a great device, as they all have been (save the 3rd gen). I'm not going to go into much detail about that, but I'd just like to ask you to buy the red one and support PRODUCT(RED). They give money to support the end of HIV/AIDS....

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10
docpark docpark

Got this to ease my transition to new job and required Blackberry which is dreadful as a phone, communicator, and if you want to get on the web -forget it. The camera is great on the Touch -the same as the 4S's, and I'm loving life again having missed my iPhone 4 from my last job. Too bad for me...

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