How does iPod Touch 4G "feels" compared to iPhone 4/4S?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by iSayuSay, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. macrumors 68030


    Feb 6, 2011
    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. :)

  2. macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    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.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2008
    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.
  4. thread starter macrumors 68030


    Feb 6, 2011
    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.
  5. macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    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.
  6. macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    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.
  7. macrumors 604

    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    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.
  8. macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2011
    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.
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 18, 2011
    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.
  10. macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2011
    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.


    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.
  11. macrumors 68000

    Jul 28, 2011
    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.
  12. sracer, Oct 23, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2011

    macrumors 68040


    Apr 9, 2010
  13. Guest

    Mar 13, 2009
    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.
  14. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 15, 2007
    Why even ask this question? They are two completely different devices. OMG!
  15. thread starter macrumors 68030


    Feb 6, 2011
    OMG! Thanks for thorough answer :rolleyes:
  16. macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    OMG! Anyone who uses OMG! in their post rarely has anything constructive to say! OMG!
  17. macrumors 68000


    Aug 7, 2011
    Liverpool, UK
    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
  18. macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Los Angeles Area
    Yeah dude, they truly are worlds apart in terms of speed. 4G Touch feels very sluggish compared to the 4s.
  19. macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2012

    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.
  20. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 18, 2011
    Completely different, the iPhone feels fat compared to 4th gen ipod touch.
  21. macrumors regular

    Nov 26, 2011
    Physically, the iPod touch feels way lighter and thinner (obviously).

    But software wise, the iPod touch is rather slow compared to the iPhone 4.
  22. macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2011
    Puerto Rico
    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.
  23. macrumors 68040

    Dr McKay

    Aug 11, 2010
    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.
  24. macrumors regular


    Jul 10, 2010
    Wirelessly posted (Opera/9.80 (iPhone; Opera Mini/; 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.
  25. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2012
    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?

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