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Apple iPod Touch Review (2010)  Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Flacy   
Thursday, 09 September 2010
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Apple iPod Touch Review (2010) 
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Picture quality from the iPod Touch rear camera is a lower quality than iPhone 4 pictures, namely due to a smaller lens, lack of zoom and the absence of the LED flash.  I’m sure Apple is excited to be bringing picture taking to the masses of iPod Touch owners, but I believe the iPhone 4 has spoiled me regarding picture quality.  Resolution of said photos is 920 by 720 and the quality (Rated at 1 Mega pixel) looks between the iPhone 2 and iPhone 3G rather than the iPhone 4.  Video recording quality is really smooth though.  It works best in high light situations outside.  I took it down to the very colorful Venice Beach over the weekend and took a few short clips of the people strolling down the boardwalk.  The audio is surprisingly good as well, likely due to the same omnidirectional microphone that’s found on the iPhone 4.
 
As stated earlier, the iPod Touch now comes with an internal microphone designed for FaceTime video calling (working between the iPhone 4 and iPod Touch).  I really love this idea, only because the people I would want to do FaceTime with don’t have an iPhone 4, but love their old Touch.  Video quality of Facetime is highly dependent on Wi-Fi network performance.  I tried a couple coast-to-coast calls and the video quality was moderately good.  The Touch also supports the use of phone-like applications like Skype, so feel free to make all the phone calls you want while in a Wi-Fi hotspot.

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I wasn’t able to test out GameCenter fully, only because the majority of the game developers have to update their applications to support the GameCenter API.  You can register your online name though and start to see how leader boards work.  There are also options in the menu for notifications, basically laying out if you want to be contacted about game challenges over your Touch.  I’m really curious to find out how notifications work between multiple Apple devices.  For instance, if you own an iPad, iPhone 4 and iPod Touch, do you get notifications on all devices?  Gaming notifications could turn annoying if not handled correctly.
 
Conclusion:

While I would have preferred a higher quality camera on the iPod Touch, the iPhone 4 upgrades to the technology of the iPod Touch line are really quite phenomenal. Apple has created a device that works as Wi-Fi video phone, online mobile gaming machine, and portable camera in addition to remaining the best portable audio player on the market.  If you have a recent smart phone already, like a Droid or the iPhone 4, you are probably used to those features.  But if you currently have a previous generation of the iPod Touch, the speed, quality and new features of the new player is well worth the upgrade.   The new iPod Touch devices are priced at $229 for the 8GB, $299 for the 32GB and $399 for the 64GB. 





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