Would It Be Redundant To Buy The iPod Touch 4?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by albarosa, Dec 14, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hello everybody!
    I'm looking to purchase a new iPod. I've used an iPod Nano Second Generation since I got it in 2006-2007 sometime. I love that little iPod, and never had an issue with it - but unfortunately it was stolen along with my bag a month ago :(

    I'm not super duper heavy into having the latest technology. Heck, I only realized that I needed to upgrade software when trying to download iTunes 11 last week (unfortunately I need to go from Leopard - Mountain Lion so I just sent away for Snow Leopard a few days ago, d'oh!) however I do enjoy having cool features to play with.

    I'm not a fan of the new generation of iPod nano's in the least, and it would be an absolute waste for me to go with an iPod classic, because I'd never fill it, so I thought I'd give the iPod Touch a go. I've always wanted an iPhone so it would kinda fill two "wants" in my life.

    My only issue is that $299 price tag. In addition, I would need to purchase an adapter for that new Lighting connector, case for the iPod, and another $20 to upgrade to Mountain Lion. So quite a few expenses.

    I was considering going with the 16GB 4th Generation. The $100 difference would really be a nice bonus, and the 30 pin connector would fit my current docking station perfectly. My only concern would be purchasing something which is going to become obsolete too quickly. Because the 5G has so many additional features such as the extra inch of screen space and the new lighting adapter, is Apple going to be gearing all their new apps and equipment to fit these specifications and leave the 4G completely out of the loop?

    What are everybody's thoughts?
     
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    TacticalDesire

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    The 4th gen is already over 2 years old ,and has anemic hardware which wasn't even the best when it came out. Comparitively it also has an awful screen. Viewing angles are atrocious and it looks washed out. I can also almost garuntee that you won't be getting any iOS updates from here on out either. You may be saving a little money in the short term. But in the long term you're probably going to regret it. The large, better screen, increased capacity, MUCH better camera, and much better specs are well worth the extra $100+ ML and the adapter.
     
  3. macrumors newbie

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    4th gen will be "useless" soon . You never know when apple will release another product since its been very competitive with Samsung . Although you are not into technology , 5th gen seems to be the right choice for the features it got . It got better camera , A5 chip ( 4th gen has A4 chip which is like ... SLOW? ) , Siri and more choice of colours . If you are still bugging over the price , wait for the price to drop . Don't bother get the 4th gen .
     
  4. macrumors 65816

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    What the heck, people? The iPod Touch 4G's screen is not as lousy as you guys described. I've been using it for over a year now and the incredibly-sharp retina display is amazing. Does viewing angles really matter? It's not like you will hold the iPod in a slanted manner when you're using it. There's no difference from day-to-day use, let me tell you.

    At the end of the day, it depends what you'll be using it for. As you came from an iPod nano, I assume that the primary functions that you'll want the iPod Touch 4th gen to perform is to play music or maybe watch a few videos. I also use mine for these 2 purposes only, and I have ABSOLUTELY no trouble with it. When listening to music only, a single charge can last me for a week, no joke. In addition, the retina display is also great for watching 720p HD movies, even though the screen may be slightly small.

    You won't go wrong with it, even though it may be an older device. Don't spend $299 just to buy a device to play your music when a $199 counterpart can perform the exact function without any flaw. Furthermore, both have the same 40hrs battery life when listening to audio.:)
     
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    eXan

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    Heh, I still use my 1st gen for music and it runs flawlessly. The screen is of course not as good as retina models, but apart from that it does its function just as well as it did back in 2008.
     
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    It will be at its EOL by next fall (I have been using my brother's and it's starting to be a little weird on iOS 6), but just know that iOS 5 and 6 will be supported for awhile to come, and some developers will even make a fallback version (Spotify did with iOS 4). You might not get the latest stuff once iOS 7 comes around, but you will have had pretty much the most of next year to enjoy what everyone else is currently downloading.
     
  7. macrumors member

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    Buy a refurbed 4. ;)
     
  8. ZenMoto, Dec 15, 2012
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    I say it's better to cry once now, than cry forever later. My hard anodized aluminum finish is a heck of a lot more scratch resistant/durable than the shiny chrome of the previous models. Its satin finish is a pure joy to behold.

    The two years difference between the IV and the V is a HUGE technological time period, as far as the rate of technology evolving. How long are computers good for these days? 3 years? 4-5 if you stretch it, and 6 if you're lucky. Buying a brand new device with two-year old technology is not worth a hundred dollars.

    I'm so blown away with the iPT5, that I can only recommend it. Just pretend you're going to spend $200 anyway, so the V is only going to cost you $100. That's not much to spend for the best device ever.

    The lens over the camera is Sapphire! That's what my watch's crystal is made of, it's really nice and durable. The camera is good enough on the iPT5 to replace my point and shoot (finally). and the HD video recording is nothing to scoff at.

    The dense ppi (retina) display makes reading books really close to my face in bed so comfortable and clear (in "night" mode, white text against a black background), holding a mere 88 grams in my hand. The thinness... I won't go on and on, but I'd pay a hundred bucks just for the thin, hard-anodized aluminum unibody alone. It's so worth it. I liked it so much, I returned my original 32GB, and got the 64, for longevity.

    I know what you mean about the 2nd Gen NANO though. It's my favorite. It was my favorite iPod, until this iPT5. They're now my only iPods and they make a great team. All that you liked about the NANO is inherent in the iPT5, because that 2nd Gen NANO was also anodized aluminum, and its thinness corresponds perfectly. They have the same long, skinny, and super-thin profile, but the NANO is a dinosaur comparatively.

    The NANO lives in my Yamaha TSX-112 dock permanently (so I don't lose it, or it doesn't get stolen) and I don't use the iPT5 for music at all, but I can imagine it being a bit more cumbersome, than tucking that tiny NANO into your bra strap.

    I use it as a free Wi-Fi VOIP phone with G-Voice and TalkaTone. Not paying data plans more than compensated for the initial $100 extra cost.

    I just pre-ordered an OtterBox Defender as well. I haven't been this psyched over a toy since I was a young lad, don't judge me.
     
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    TacticalDesire

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    For you maybe. But for me it's night and day.
     
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    The difference between the 4 and 5 is night and day in my opinion.

    I bought the 5 and sold the 4. I don't see the point in anyone buying the 4th gen. as you are getting very dated tech at this point.
     
  11. macrumors 6502a

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    Ignore the post that tell you to get the 5th Touch.

    It just seem unnecessary especially if you are music focused. Since you are coming from nano, i dont think you are planning to go crazy night and day for Modern Combat 4 or infinity blade. Touch 4 16G is a good get, cases are still easy to find and cheaper price too. You already have plenty of 30pin accessories i guess it even more convenient.

    The thing i also hate about the touch 5 is that you have to buy the new lightning connector. One surely will not be enough.
     
  12. macrumors 6502a

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    Every Beeplance said is exactly right!!!

    And moreover, for those who mentioned old technology blar blar blar.

    I just got my Ipad 2 few months back and it was an over a year technology. I couldn't be happier that apple still have it on the store and cut ipad 3 (this year technology) out of their store once Ipad 4 dubuted. I made the right choice because i dont view retina tablet and faster processor that important for the bigger price.

    Its just about how you view your purchase, if you feel it is more suitable then it is worthed.
     
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    TacticalDesire

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    The iPad 2 has SIGNIFICANTLY better hardware than the 4th gen touch. It's fine you have your own opinion. But don't tell others to ignore someone else's opinion because you don't agree with it. Besides. Your point about the iPad 2 is moot seeing as how it has the same processor, ram and graphics as the 5th gen touch.
     
  14. macrumors member

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    No more than buying an iPad 3.
     
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    Based on the usage you had with the iPod nano, a 4th gen would be fine. With the extra $100, get yourself some more movies/music :)
     
  16. jojoba, Dec 27, 2012
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    I got a second hand iPod Touch 4 a few months ago, and I'm very happy with it. My usage is exclusively music (own music plus spotify) and podcasts. If I wanted to use it as a 'mini tablet', I would have gotten the 5, but for just listening to music, this has served me well.
     
  17. macrumors 6502a

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    I don't understand your post, OP. Where is the redundancy? Do you have an iPhone, a smartphone, or a tablet? I don't get where your redundancy is coming from....
     
  18. macrumors 6502a

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    Methinks that money would be better spent on a program to assist your vocabulary . . .
     
  19. macrumors member

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    It still depends on you, yourself

    Well, it depends solely on your usage. Personally, I own both iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 5. Both running ios 6 flawlessly. So, running slow is not a problem in iPod touch 4 because it has a superior processor compared to my iPhone.

    If you want to play high end games, get the 5th generation since it is much better thanks to its dual core processor. If you don't have a camera, it is also a decent camera and recorder. :)

    If all you want is music, youtube, safari and other light games like angry birds and where is my water, you can definitely save some of your bucks getting iPod touch 4. It depends on your usage.

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    Both iPod touch is going to get ios 7 because apply is still selling them. It's apple tradition to provide support to products they still sell, like what happen to iPhone 3GS.
     
  20. RMo
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    I'm not sure what you mean with "redundant," but I don't think there's anything wrong with the fourth-generation iPod touch. I'm currently using it and it works well. If you're used to something faster or with the larger screen, maybe you'd feel like it was taking a step backwards, but the retina screen is a definite step up from the first generation (which I also owned). You'd think the screen was terrible from the way some people above described it, but they've clearly been spoiled by something else. There's nothing wrong with it. In fact, I usually use mine at the gym and suspect it's better due to the slightly smaller size (I liked the clip-on Nano but ditched it once I switched to Spotify).

    The only issue, I think, with the fourth-gen is that Apple is unlikely to support it with future iOS updates. For example, if they're working on an iOS 7, I'm not sure I'd expect it to support the fourth-gen--but who knows, maybe it will with a reduced feature set, or maybe they'll keep it up a little longer since they're still selling it. It doesn't really matter as long as it works for what you're using it for.

    Personally, while I'm using a fourth-gen right now, I'll probably sell it and buy a fifth-gen once they become a bit more widely available--but only because I'm also buying a Lockitron, which works with Bluetooth 4.0 that the fourth gen lacks and which is a lot easier than using Lockitron with Wi-Fi (I suspect, anyway). The better camera should also be nice, not that I regularly use my iPod as a camera--but it'd be nice to capture spontaneous events that won't look like I did so on a ten-year-old cell phone. :)
     
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    Personally the screen is alright for me. I don't really care about future iOS updates because when it stops getting iOS updates I'm jail breaking it.
     
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    Indeed.

    Talking about the screen, the 5's got a much better black level, which improves video and makes everything look more vibrant. The viewing angle is not much better, but at least there isn't the color shift to purple I observed with my 4. The 5's oleophobic coating is a huge upgrade. I've yet to need to wipe my screen because fingerprints were distorting the display, which is something I had to do daily with the 4. Now if they could only make it dust-o-phobic. :)

    The dual core CPU plus twice the RAM makes a huge difference in the core set of apps I use, Music, iBooks, Safari, Tapatalk, and Remote. With the 5, when one of these apps gets flushed, it's at most a couple of seconds for it to come back, whereas with the 4, it could take 10-20 seconds for iBooks to come back. Huge upgrade!

    The camera is actually worth using now. It's much better quality all around, plus it has auto-focus. Apps like bar code readers now work well, and the flash enables proper flashlight apps as well as improving photography. Another huge upgrade.

    I sold my 64 GB 4th gen and replaced it with a 64 GB 5th gen. I had the 4 for two years, and after six weeks or so with the 5, I can say it is vastly superior in fundamental ways, and it has been a real pleasure to use. And to think I wasn't very excited by it when it was first revealed!
     
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    The 4th gen has the exact same processor as the 3GS, it's just 200mhz faster. And while in the mobile world, that's nothing to sneeze at, it's the RAM and graphics chip that's holding the 4th gen back as it's the same as the 3GS. The 4th gen also has the trouble of driving 4x the pixels than the 3GS. A task that the CPU has little to do with as it is much more reliant on the graphics chip and RAM. RAM being the biggest issue. Notice how the iPhone 4 runs iOS 6 just fine while the 4th gen struggles. It's because the iPhone has twice the RAM (256mb vs 512mb).
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    Seeing how iOS 6 performs on the 4th gen I wouldn't hold my breath. I suppose it's possible but many big features will be lacking. Similar to iOS 4 on the iPhone 3G and iPod Touch 2nd gen.
     

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