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90
Global
Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
90

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Summary

Apple's older iPod touch, which is still available and supported, is a great choice for watching movies, listening to music, and playing games. It's very thin and light, and with Wi-Fi, you can stream content anywhere you have an internet connection. The screen and camera aren't quite as great as what you'll get on the latest model, but with the 16GB version available for just $199, it's a good deal, especially if you're looking for an alternative to the iPhone for your on-the-go media needs. (If you're ready to upgrade to a 32GB model, however, get the newer model, since it's just $50 more than the 4th-gen's $249 price tag.)

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User Reviews

70
portmanwills
After playing with it the last 2 days, I'm left underwhelmed. - Overheating....read more
80
paralipsis
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
100
f4fwildcatpilot
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
90
Average Critic Score

Battery life

96
 

Sound quality

84
 

Portability

89
 

Capacity

87
 

Ease of use

100
 

Media support

93
 

Video quality

89
 
 
90
Engadget
What it is, however, is a product without a peer; a media player that does far more than media playing. Besides the smaller screen real estate, the touch might be better compared to a tablet or netbook -- it has many of the same functions (more, in some cases).
 
100
PC Mag
Despite the hefty price, the iPod touch is still, by far, the best portable media player you can buy—and it retains our Editors' Choice.
 
90
USA Today
Touch is the standout among the trio of new iPods. ... Moreover, there's a sweet high-resolution 3.5-inch Retina display that nearly matches the screen on the iPhone 4.
 
90
CNET
Whatever label you put on it, the iPod Touch is a great value at $199. It's a fantastic music player, a killer mobile gaming platform, and one of the best pocket-size distractions money can buy.
 
80
Laptop Magazine
A sharper display, dual cameras, and more social gameplay make the ultimate portable entertainment device even better.
 
90
Macworld
The iPod touch is wildly popular for good reason. It’s an extremely versatile device—media player; pocket gaming machine; productivity tool; Internet communication device; and, with this latest update, pocket camcorder, still camera, handheld recorder, and FaceTime video phone.
 
90
About
With the 4th generation mode, the touch has widened its lead over the competition. If you’ve already got a mobile phone, or don’t want to pay the iPhone’s monthly fees, there’s no better option for pocket-sized mobile entertainment than the 4th generation iPod touch.
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