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iSayuSay
Oct 22, 2011, 10:10 PM
I own this iPod Touch for almost a year by now (bought it last December) and my experience has been mostly good.

But now I'm thinking about switch to iPhone, most likely the new 4S. But I'd like some opinions from you first.

How different is your experience when you play around with iPod Touch vs iPhone4 or even 4s? I feel on some occasions my iPod is a bit sluggish. I have around 80apps installed (no JB here) .. Even sliding on home screen or pinching on Safari can be a bit annoying due to sluggishness.

So ... Does iPhone 4/4s is much much more responsive than iPod Touch? I only have some chance to play it on local reseller. I felt iPhone was more responsive and quick. But then again that iPhone has no additional apps. How if iPhone has many apps in it? Will it sluggish too?

And please compare tok about battery life? Does iPhone's battery stands much longer? And also display quality, does IPS panel on iPhone looks noticeably better than iPod? Even when viewed in axis?

Thank you for your time and opinion. :)

Regards



zap2
Oct 22, 2011, 10:16 PM
I like holding the iPhone more, the touch is pretty thin, which makes it a little hard to hold sometimes. The uniformity of the iPhone is more appealing. But the iPod touch is better in my pocket, it take's up a noticeably less space.

phobic99
Oct 22, 2011, 10:17 PM
I don't currently have an iPhone but I do have an iPad 2 which has the same specs as the iPhone 4S. Compared to my iPod (current gen) the speed is definitely noticeable for me. Things are much faster and smooth on the iPad.

The thing I'd do would definitely be going to a store and using both devices side by side. It's a lot easier to see the differences this way.

iSayuSay
Oct 22, 2011, 10:35 PM
I don't currently have an iPhone but I do have an iPad 2 which has the same specs as the iPhone 4S. Compared to my iPod (current gen) the speed is definitely noticeable for me. Things are much faster and smooth on the iPad.

The thing I'd do would definitely be going to a store and using both devices side by side. It's a lot easier to see the differences this way.

Thank you :) well I tried iPhone in-store and like I said, even iPhone 4 feels noticeably faster. Problem is those shiny new iPhones are empty with no apps installed. So I'd like to know how the real life usage of iPhones, after having many apps come and go, having a lot of contacts/mail/mesages and phone call loga contained.

powerbook911
Oct 23, 2011, 12:05 AM
The iPod Touch isn't that slow really. Honestly, I think it's a very competent device, and I think the entry level price on it is amazing.

In a little case, you can add a bit of thickness to get a better grip.

The only real downside is probably the camera compared to the phones.

wordoflife
Oct 23, 2011, 01:16 AM
The iPod feels like a toy in comparison to the iPhone.
Yes I said it.

I don't know how or why. The iPhone just feels noticeably of more quality.

mrsir2009
Oct 23, 2011, 01:31 AM
The iPod Touch is significantly thinner than the iPhone, which is great when its in your pocket, but I have to agree with the above posters: Holding the thicker iPhone 4/4S is nicer.

Thetonyk123
Oct 23, 2011, 09:02 AM
add a silicone case and it feels great. Also its fast, the A4 chip isn't that slow but the A5 is faster. I really don't care if my games take longer to load or something. BE PATIENT. If your having problems with RAM you can just get the memory booster hd app for $0.99 in the app store. it helps to speed it up.

Invincibilizer
Oct 23, 2011, 09:15 AM
iPhone will generally be faster in loading more apps especially if there is 80+ due to double the ram.

The IPS display is spectacular, whenever I look at the ipod from an angle the blue glow rises from it, none of this with an iPhone.

Tech Elementz
Oct 23, 2011, 10:35 AM
I don't currently have an iPhone but I do have an iPad 2 which has the same specs as the iPhone 4S. Compared to my iPod (current gen) the speed is definitely noticeable for me. Things are much faster and smooth on the iPad.

The thing I'd do would definitely be going to a store and using both devices side by side. It's a lot easier to see the differences this way.

Actually, the iPad 2 has a slight difference compared to the iPhone 4S. The iPad 2's processor is clocked at the full 1 GHz, while the iPhone 4S is only underclocked to 800 MHz. Therefore, the iPad 2 has a bit more power.

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BE PATIENT.

I wish. Society runs on seconds now. Eventually, milliseconds are going to be worth everyone's time. Everything needs to be quick. I have a feeling that patience and technology aren't going to play nicely with each other anymore.

Dangerous Theory
Oct 23, 2011, 03:22 PM
The iPod touch has only 256 Mb of RAM, so it's actually less powerful than iPhone 4 (with 512). Compared to the 4S, it's going to be a world apart.

sracer
Oct 23, 2011, 07:29 PM
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Noisemaker
Oct 25, 2011, 03:13 PM
The iPod feels like a toy in comparison to the iPhone.
Yes I said it.

I don't know how or why. The iPhone just feels noticeably of more quality.

This. And it's kind of true.

The Touch is a great device, but when all is said and done, the iPhone blows it out of the water. It's more robust, it does more, and in my opinion it's quite a bit more stylish.

baypharm
Oct 25, 2011, 06:02 PM
Why even ask this question? They are two completely different devices. OMG!

iSayuSay
Oct 26, 2011, 07:00 AM
Why even ask this question? They are two completely different devices. OMG!

OMG! Thanks for thorough answer :rolleyes:

paulrbeers
Oct 26, 2011, 07:29 AM
Why even ask this question? They are two completely different devices. OMG!

OMG! Anyone who uses OMG! in their post rarely has anything constructive to say! OMG!

Confuzzzed
Oct 26, 2011, 09:47 AM
I have had the iPod you have, an iPhone 4 and now a 4S. As someone said, the processing power and speed is a world apart although if you're getting a 16GB iPhone and you have it rammed with things, it may slow things down. My experience has always been on the 32GB machines and the 4S is significantly faster. The iPod was not so bad compared to the iPhone 4 BUT it all depends o what you use it for. Buy a 4S. You won't regret it

rgarjr
Oct 26, 2011, 12:06 PM
I have had the iPod you have, an iPhone 4 and now a 4S. As someone said, the processing power and speed is a world apart although if you're getting a 16GB iPhone and you have it rammed with things, it may slow things down. My experience has always been on the 32GB machines and the 4S is significantly faster. The iPod was not so bad compared to the iPhone 4 BUT it all depends o what you use it for. Buy a 4S. You won't regret it

Yeah dude, they truly are worlds apart in terms of speed. 4G Touch feels very sluggish compared to the 4s.

jzhua2
Jan 12, 2012, 06:27 AM
Hi,

I currently own the iPhone 4s 16 GB model, I have 107 apps(52 of those are games) , 327 photos taken with HDR, 17 HD videos and it does not lag in anyways, the startup time is around 25 seconds.I normally play MC 3, NOVA 2 and infinity blade and they load in no time.

The display on the iPhone 4s is better than the ones on the iPod touch 4g, because the iPod's display attracts more oil and turns blue at an angle.

the only thing I can think of that the iPod might beat the iPhone is durability, my friend dropped his iPod touch 4g 7 times and only scratches, I dropped my iPhone and the glass is starting to crack.

Invincibilizer
Jan 15, 2012, 08:09 PM
Completely different, the iPhone feels fat compared to 4th gen ipod touch.

GeniusJon
Jan 15, 2012, 10:01 PM
Physically, the iPod touch feels way lighter and thinner (obviously).

But software wise, the iPod touch is rather slow compared to the iPhone 4.

TheSuperSteve
Jan 16, 2012, 07:09 AM
Hardware: Feels razor thin and impossible to hold for any length of time without a case. Battery life is pathetic.

Software: Get used to clearing the multitasking tray regularly to preserve smooth performance. The iPod touch is noticeably dated and slow. Apps crash left and right.

Dr McKay
Jan 16, 2012, 08:17 AM
Buy a 4S. You won't regret it

Definately, It's an amazing device. Lightning fast and I've never seen it stutter. 50+ Apps installed. My battery life is roughly 2 days on medium usage. And the IPS display is great, even when viewing at extreme angles the picture doesnt change.

jeans94621
Jan 16, 2012, 09:03 AM
Wirelessly posted (Opera/9.80 (iPhone; Opera Mini/6.5.2.26801/26.1374; U; en) Presto/2.8.119 Version/10.54)

I owned an iPhone 4 and got tired of paying AT&T bill sold it and got an iPod touch 4g thinking I would get the same experience without the phone. Worlds different. iPhone 4 is faster and can handle apps better. Barely had a crash on the iPhone but crashed a lot with the iPod. I brought another iPhone 4 and i still use my iPod touch and I instantly notice the difference. The iPod touch is fantastic device but compared to the iPhone it comes up short.

motoleo
Feb 6, 2012, 07:10 PM
The only qualm I have with it is the iPhone's headphone jack is in an awkward position compared to the iPod touch. Is there a way you can turn the display upside down like on an iPad on an iPhone?

s1ns
Feb 7, 2012, 06:58 AM
Buy a 4S. You won't regret it

I am disappointed by the processing power and RAM in the 4th gen iPod touch to be honest. I constantly closing apps to make it run smooth. Coming from the iPhone 4 i was surprised (in a bad way) i think it needs more RAM to be able to run the latest games such as infinity blade 2 etc.
Trust that guy iPhone 4s is worth it. There is a reason it sells more than the iPhone 4 last year.;)
I got it and sold my touch and never looked back

PracticalMac
Feb 7, 2012, 08:50 AM
Have iPT4 for 14 months before getting iPhone 4 (not S), and they both respond very similar.

The 4S will be snappier, better performance, but less battery life.

mrsir2009
Feb 7, 2012, 11:48 AM
I am disappointed by the processing power and RAM in the 4th gen iPod touch to be honest. I constantly closing apps to make it run smooth. Coming from the iPhone 4 i was surprised (in a bad way) i think it needs more RAM to be able to run the latest games such as infinity blade 2 etc.
Trust that guy iPhone 4s is worth it. There is a reason it sells more than the iPhone 4 last year.;)
I got it and sold my touch and never looked back

Mmm... When running the same games my friend's iPod Touch tends to stutter and lag from time to time, but my 4S goes without a hitch :)

cpucrash0
Feb 7, 2012, 04:47 PM
[QUOTE=Tech Elementz;13704287]Actually, the iPad 2 has a slight difference compared to the iPhone 4S. The iPad 2's processor is clocked at the full 1 GHz, while the iPhone 4S is only underclocked to 800 MHz. Therefore, the iPad 2 has a bit more power.
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The iPhone 4s has a Dual Core Processor and the iPad 2 does not have a Dual Core Processor

rugby4944
Feb 9, 2012, 03:22 PM
The iPhone 4s has a Dual Core Processor and the iPad 2 does not have a Dual Core Processor

They both have the same A5 chip with a dual core processor.

cpucrash0
Feb 9, 2012, 03:41 PM
They both have the same A5 chip with a dual core processor.

Ah yea. Sorry. Yup they both have dual core.

coolguy879
Sep 1, 2012, 11:55 PM
Sorry for the bump, but this might help others out with the same dilemma. The iPhone 4 and 4S have more RAM, which speeds up loading. The iPod touch 4G and iPhone 4S boast a Retina display, which makes the screen AMAZING. The ipod touch, however, has a lower RAM and runs quite slow, slower than the iPod touch 3G. Also, the iPhone 4S has Siri, which the iPod touch doesn't. The camera on the iPhone 4 and 4S is better than that of the iPod touch. Don't forget, SMS and calling are exclusive to the iPhone and Safari can be used anywhere due to the mobile network, while the iPod touch needs Wi-Fi. So, it's your choice, but I would say go for the iPhone 4 or 4S.

Moonjumper
Sep 2, 2012, 05:01 PM
I have got an iPod touch 4th gen and an iPhone 4 (I have both so I can do multiplayer testing for my next app). I haven't noticed too much difference in speed, but there is a big difference in image quality. The iPod screen has a small viewing angle before colours start to look washed out. The iPhone screen is brilliant.