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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.

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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
Portman Wills
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
Joseph Jasper
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
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Model
8GB

Key Specs

Type
Audio / video player
Media type
Internal storage
Audio playback time
up to 4020
Video playback time
up to 720
Audio codec support
Aac, Mp3, Wav
Video codec support
H264, M-jpeg, Mpeg4, Quicktime
Screen size
3.522
Screen resolution
960x640
WiFi
Yes
Installable apps
Yes

General

Type
Audio / video player
Media type
Internal storage (8 GB) (Flash)
Radio tuner
No

Supported media

Audio codec support
Aac, Mp3, Wav
Audible support
Yes (Version4)
Video playback
Yes (H264, M-jpeg, Mpeg4, Quicktime)
Photo viewer
Yes (Gif, Jpeg, Png, Tiff)

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (No) (Yes)
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR (A2DP [stereo audio])

Audio features

Speakers
Mono
Audio recording
Yes (Line in, Microphone)
Volume limiter
Yes

Audio quality

Noise cancellation
No
Equalizer
No
Frequency response
{"1":20, "2":20000} Hz
Impedance
32 ohms

Software

Apps (default)
Address book, Alarm, Browser, Calculator, Calendar, Email, Notes, Stopwatch, Voice recorder
Installable apps
Yes
Upgradeable firmware
Yes

Display

Display
Yes (3:2)

Connections

Audio jack
3.5mm
USB
2.0 (Other / proprietary) (USB charging) (Yes)
FireWire / 1394
No
Video output
Yes (Component, Hdmi, Composite)

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-ion)
Audio playback time
up to 40 hours
Video playback time
up to 7 hours

Camera

Camera
Yes (0.3 megapixels) (Records video)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope

Compatibility

Requires desktop software
Yes (Windows, Mac)

Other features

Screen size
3.5 inches
Screen resolution
960x640
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes
Model
32GB

Key Specs

Type
Audio / video player
Media type
Internal storage
Audio playback time
up to 4020
Video playback time
up to 720
Audio codec support
Aac, Mp3, Wav
Video codec support
H264, M-jpeg, Mpeg4, Quicktime
Screen size
3.522
Screen resolution
960x640
WiFi
Yes
Installable apps
Yes

General

Type
Audio / video player
Media type
Internal storage (32 GB) (Flash)

Supported media

Audio codec support
Aac, Mp3, Wav
Audible support
Yes
Video playback
Yes (H264, M-jpeg, Mpeg4)
Photo viewer
Yes (Gif, Jpeg)

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (Yes)
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR (A2DP [stereo audio])

Audio features

Speakers
Mono
Audio recording
Yes (Line in, Microphone)
Volume limiter
Yes

Audio quality

Frequency response
{"1":20, "2":20000} Hz
Impedance
32 ohms

Software

Apps (default)
Address book, Alarm, Browser, Calculator, Calendar, Email, Notes, Stopwatch, Voice recorder
Installable apps
Yes
Upgradeable firmware
Yes

Display

Display
Yes

Connections

Audio jack
3.5mm
USB
2.0 (Other / proprietary) (USB charging) (Yes)
Video output
Yes (Component, Hdmi, Composite, Vga)

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-ion)
Audio playback time
up to 40 hours
Video playback time
up to 7 hours

Camera

Camera
Yes (0.3 megapixels) (Records video)

Compatibility

Requires desktop software
Yes (Windows, Mac)

Other features

Screen size
3.5 inches
Screen resolution
960x640
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes
Model
64GB

Key Specs

Type
Audio / video player
Media type
Internal storage
Audio playback time
up to 4020
Video playback time
up to 720
Audio codec support
Aac, Mp3, Wav
Video codec support
H264, M-jpeg, Mpeg4, Quicktime
Screen size
3.522
Screen resolution
960x640
WiFi
Yes
Installable apps
Yes

General

Type
Audio / video player
Media type
Internal storage (64 GB) (Flash)

Supported media

Audio codec support
Aac, Mp3, Wav
Audible support
Yes
Video playback
Yes (H264, M-jpeg, Mpeg4)
Photo viewer
Yes (Gif, Jpeg)

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (Yes)
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR (A2DP [stereo audio])

Audio features

Speakers
Mono
Audio recording
Yes (Line in, Microphone)
Volume limiter
Yes

Audio quality

Frequency response
{"1":20, "2":20000} Hz
Impedance
32 ohms

Software

Apps (default)
Address book, Alarm, Browser, Calculator, Calendar, Email, Notes, Stopwatch, Voice recorder
Installable apps
Yes
Upgradeable firmware
Yes

Display

Display
Yes

Connections

Audio jack
3.5mm
USB
2.0 (Other / proprietary) (USB charging) (Yes)
Video output
Yes (Component, Composite, Vga)

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-ion)
Audio playback time
up to 40 hours
Video playback time
up to 7 hours

Camera

Camera
Yes (0.3 megapixels) (Records video)

Compatibility

Requires desktop software
Yes (Windows, Mac)

Other features

Screen size
3.5 inches
Screen resolution
960x640
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes
Model
8GB

Key Specs

Type
Audio / video player
Media type
Internal storage
Audio playback time
up to 4020
Video playback time
up to 720
Audio codec support
Aac, Mp3, Wav
Video codec support
H264, M-jpeg, Mpeg4, Quicktime
Screen size
3.522
Screen resolution
960x640
WiFi
Yes
Installable apps
Yes
Model
16GB

Key Specs

Type
Audio / video player
Media type
Internal storage
Audio playback time
up to 4020
Video playback time
up to 720
Audio codec support
Aac, Mp3, Wav
Video codec support
H264, M-jpeg, Mpeg4, Quicktime
Screen size
3.522
Screen resolution
960x640
WiFi
Yes
Installable apps
Yes

General

Type
Audio / video player
Media type
Internal storage (16 GB) (Flash)
Radio tuner
No

Supported media

Audio codec support
Aac, Mp3, Wav
Audible support
Yes (Version4)
Video playback
Yes (H264, M-jpeg, Mpeg4, Quicktime)
Photo viewer
Yes (Gif, Jpeg, Png, Tiff)

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (No) (Yes)
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR (A2DP [stereo audio])

Audio features

Speakers
Mono
Audio recording
Yes (Line in, Microphone)
Volume limiter
Yes

Audio quality

Noise cancellation
No
Equalizer
No
Frequency response
{"1":20, "2":20000} Hz
Impedance
32 ohms

Software

Apps (default)
Address book, Alarm, Browser, Calculator, Calendar, Email, Notes, Stopwatch, Voice recorder
Installable apps
Yes
Upgradeable firmware
Yes

Display

Display
Yes (3:2)

Connections

Audio jack
3.5mm
USB
2.0 (Other / proprietary) (USB charging) (Yes)
FireWire / 1394
No
Video output
Yes (Component, Hdmi, Composite)

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-ion)
Audio playback time
up to 40 hours
Video playback time
up to 7 hours

Camera

Camera
Yes (0.3 megapixels) (Records video)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope

Compatibility

Requires desktop software
Yes (Windows, Mac)

Other features

Screen size
3.5 inches
Screen resolution
960x640
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes
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