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iPod touch 4th Generation review

The iPod touch looks even better in white

iPod touch 4th generation

So, while Apple has chosen not to update the hardware of the iPod touch this time around, the release of iOS 5 means its not short of new features. Amongst the 200 that Apple claim, iOS 5 brings iMessage, Game Centre, Notification Centre and Wi-Fi syncing.

iPod touch 4th generation

The most exciting of these new features for iPod touch owners is iMessage, which brings texting to the device for the first time. Provided you have a Wi-Fi connection you can send text messages, photos, videos to other people with iOS 5 devices, or you can use it to carry on a conversation you're having on, say, your iPhone with somebody else. The group chat feature is also impressive.

iPod touch 4th generation

And then there's iCloud - sign in with your Apple ID and you get access to iTunes in the Cloud (the ability to get your music purchases downloaded to all your devices automatically), Photo Stream (every photo you take on your iPod touch will now be uploaded to the cloud and appear almost instantly on your your iCloud-connected devices) and Documents in the Cloud which keeps documents in iCloud-enabled apps up to date on all your devices.

iPod touch 4th generation

Then there's also wireless backups and calendar, email and contacts syncing.

There's certainly no lack of features here. And let's not forget AirPlay either which, when combined with an Apple TV box, enables you to stream all your media from your iPod touch to watch on your HD TV or direct to AirPlay enabled speakers in your house. You can even use your iPod touch as a remote control for your Apple TV.

iPod touch 4th generation

Of course, iOS 5 is a free upgrade for existing iPod touch owners too, rather than a feature of the very latest iPod touch, and it runs fantastically well on 4th generation iPod touch models. Apps feel snappy and we experienced no slow downs or software crashes.

Tech Specs

Product TypeFlash Portable Media Player
Flash Memory Capacity8 GB
TouchscreenYes
Battery Built-inYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Product FunctionsAudio Player, Photo Viewer, Video Player, Video Recorder, Camera, Gaming Console
Maximum Audio Battery Time2 Day
Maximum Video Battery Time7 Hour
Product FamilyiPod touch
Brand NameApple
Audio FormatsMP3, Audible, Apple Lossless, AIFF, AAX, WAV, AAC
Screen Size8.9 cm (3.5")
Video FormatsMPEG-4, H.264, M4V, Motion JPEG (MOV), AVI
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
HeadphoneYes
Height111 mm
Width58.9 mm
Depth7.2 mm
ManufacturerApple, Inc
Product ModelMC540BT
Product NameiPod touch 8GB Flash Portable Media Player
Product LineiPod touch
Manufacturer Part NumberMC540BT/A
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.apple.com/uk
Package Contents
  • iPod touch 8GB Flash Portable Media Player
  • Earphones
  • Dock Connector to USB Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
Weight (Approximate)101 g