Should I get the 4G or 5G iPod Touch?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by Seth19, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. Seth19, Nov 30, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2012

    macrumors newbie

    Nov 30, 2012
    Hey guys, i can't decide which one to get. My parents said for Christmas they'd buy me a refurbished 32g 4g iTouch since its only $180 off the apple store, or that they could give me money and I'd save up for the new itouch.

    Do you think the new iPod Touch is a big enough upgrade that its worth the extra money? or would it be smarter to spend less money and buy the refurbished 4g ipod?
    I'm 19 and briefly had an itouch last year before it got stolen, I remember it was cool but only had it a couple weeks so wasn't able to really enjoy it. I think I also remember it would freeze sometimes when I was using apps which was annoying. I'm going off to college in January so want an itouch to listen to music while working out and to use instagram and enjoy all the cool apps.

    I don't have the option of having a smartphone either, so the itouch is the only way i can access apps.

  2. macrumors regular

    Oct 8, 2012
    Depends on what you use your iPod touch for.
    So can you tell me what you're going to use it for?
    If you use heavy apps and games then you should get the 5
    Also depends on how much money can you save. How much can you save each month/week and how long can you wait?
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 30, 2012
    Music, instagram, taking pictures, playing games, facebook, probably not gonna watch videos 'cuz I have a laptop, maybe a little recording, keeping logs of my workouts and stuff, maybe surfing the web but not much since again I have a laptop. My birthday is a week before christmas so my grandparents usually send me some money, so I probably will have enough to buy it right after christmas, but again wondering if its smarter to spend less.
  4. macrumors 68000

    Apr 23, 2009
    I think the new iPod touch is a significant upgrade over the 4th gen. If money is tight thats one thing but if you have the money and don't mind spending it, the 5th gen is definitely worth the extra $100 in my opinion.
  5. macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire
    Get the 5th gen.
  6. macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2011
    At the alternatives section.
    i have a 4G and ive seen the 5G from a friend.

    personally, i love the look and feel of the 4G. just like the iphone 5, the 5G looks cheap and prone to scratches and bends.

    the 4G supports iOS 6 and for the most part, runs smoothly.

    having said that, however, you WILL notice some lag whilst browsing, using some apps or long waiting time as it opens some heavy games. its still excellent for listening to music.

    the camera is ****, though. so if taking pics is your thing you really want the 5G.
  7. macrumors regular

    Sep 26, 2011
    I've used the 4G for 2 years daily, the 5G is way better in every respect, go for it !
  8. macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2012
    Get the 5! I had a 4 for some time, and didn't think there would be much difference, but there is. The 4 is fun, but like the commercial says, the 5 is made for funness! (and just for reference, I am 59 years old) :)
  9. macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    Get the 5th gen. Honestly, there is no comparison, playing with your friends or a store model is one thing. Actually owning it and seeing how it works in day to day usage is another. I also haven't had any issues with bending or the back scratching. I'm pretty sure that issue is limited to the iPhone 5. iOS 6 also runs miles faster. I promise you're going to regret going with the 4th gen not too far down the road.
  10. macrumors regular

    Oct 8, 2012
    then get the 5
  11. macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2012
  12. macrumors 6502

    Nov 3, 2012
    Get the 5G, it is the biggest update to the touch ever!
  13. macrumors 6502

    Nov 5, 2012
    I would say definitely save up for the 5th Gen.

    The 4th is a bit long-in-the-tooth now and is a lot slower, while the 5th has a much better screen, twice the RAM and a faster processor.
  14. macrumors 65816

    Jun 9, 2011
    Halfway between the Equator and North Pole
    No contest. Go for the 5. Larger and better screen, great camera with built-in flash, panorama photos, and the wifi signal has a longer range (at least compared to my iPad 2). Hands free control over your music if you get the ear pods with remote and mic.
  15. macrumors 6502


    Nov 8, 2012
    Vancouver, Canada
    The 4g back is a lot more scratch prone then the 5G, and I don't think the 5g bends like the iPhone 5 does
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2012
    IPOD 4 is still good for everthing beside web browsing. 256 ram will have the page refreshed all the time if you are opening more than one tab.

    I must agree that i like the feel of Touch 4 a lot more because i dont like device being too light or thin. Touch 4, you can get back cover for like $19 to avoid scartches and still make a perfect thickness.

    Touch 5 is way faster and bigger screen. For extra $130 if you dont take pictures, it just not worthed. U will also need a case for it since the color came off after time, unless u get a white/silver one.
  17. macrumors 6502

    Apr 24, 2012
    I have to say 4G has too tiny RAM and it will frustrate you. Go for 5G for the better experience.
  18. macrumors member


    Jul 13, 2012
    Get the 5th.

    5th gen is the closest iPod to the iPhone.:) I can easily say that the 5th iPod touch is the iPhone without the phone.
  19. macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2012
    It is still a 4th gen model. If you plan on getting a 32 or 64GB black model then you could buy now since it is the same thing. The only reason to wait is to get the white model or the 8GB model for the new $199 price.
    If you buy one today the only difference is that it would not come with iOS 5 but you will be able to update to it easily on the 12th.
  20. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 30, 2012
    Thanks for the advice guys, I explained to my parents why the new one was worth the extra money and surprise surprise they gave me a blue 5g this morning :D It's so beautiful, I love it! Very happy I went with the new one
  21. macrumors regular

    Oct 8, 2012
    Congrats but did you tell them you want the blue one or they just guessed the color you'd like?
  22. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 30, 2012
    haha they just guessed, I would be happy with any of the colors (well maybe not pink) I'm just so happy to have the 5g the screen is gorgeous!
  23. macrumors regular

    Mar 26, 2011
    enjoy it, great device!
  24. macrumors 68030


    Jan 6, 2009
    Don't waste your money on a 4th gen. They are so slow and laggy and don't have enough ram.
  25. macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2010
    This, seriously. I have a 64GB model, and while it's useable for the most part, I can't believe I had to wait for the Music app to bring up a list for 50GB of music.

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