iPod Touch: Take 5

Get excited, the iPod Touch fifth-generation has all the bells and whistles of the new iPhone 5, without the cellular capabilities.

The fifth generation iPod Touch hits retailers this October, and it's sure to occupy a prominent position on many Christmas lists. The only people unlikely to add the new Touch to their wish list are fourth generation Touch users. The question is: is the fifth generation model improved enough to scrap its immediate predecessor?

To answer this question, check out these differences between the two iPod Touch models:

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iPod Touch 5

The fifth generation iPod Touch hits retailers this October, and it's sure to occupy a prominent position on many Christmas lists. The only people unlikely to add the new Touch to their wish list are fourth generation Touch users. The question is: is the fifth generation model improved enough to scrap its immediate predecessor?

To answer this question, check out these differences between the two iPod Touch models:

  • One of the most significant differences is the screen. The fourth-generation model has a 3.5-inch screen, while the newer model measures four inches diagonally. This change allows users to watch widescreen videos with ease. (Pair your iPod with sweet new headphones. Read about the best ones at Gear Up: Headphone Reviews.)
  • At less than a quarter-inch thick, the fifth-generation model is lighter and thinner than its ancestor.
  • The latest iPod Touch has a new physical feature: a button on the back that pops out so you can secure a hand strap to the device. When you purchase the new iPod, the hand strap is included.
  • The new iPod Touch has an improved camera and video recorder. The front and rear cameras are 1.2 megapixels, compared to the fourth-generation's 0.7 megapixels.
  • Apple claims the new iPod's processor is twice as fast and that its graphic display is seven times better than the older model.
  • What else? iPod Touch 5 has Siri, Apple's voice recognition capability, so you can operate your iPod by voice command.

The fifth-generation iPod Touch costs $299 for the 32GB model and $399 for the 64GB. This might seem a little pricey, but it has all the bells and whistles of the new iPhone 5, without cellular phone functionality.

If you're an iPhone-less student-athlete, you might consider picking up the new iPod Touch. This article tells you why: Listening to Music Helps Reduce Pre-Game Jitters.

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