iPod touch Alternatives?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by Superluigi6, Jul 15, 2014.

  1. Superluigi6 Suspended

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    So I just got a new iPod touch and I was curious if Android or anybody else happens to make a competitor to the device.
     
  2. BrettApple macrumors 65816

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    Enjoy your new iPod!

    At one point in time Samsung had their Galaxy Player line of phone less android phones similar to what the iPod touch offers. However they were of very low quality and didn't sell well so they discontinued them.

    The next best thing to the iPod touch is actually and older off contract Android phone. Such as a used Galaxy Nexus (around $70-80) or older HTC/Samsung/LG etc devices. You can just disable the cell radio (script or airplane mode) and use them as WiFi devices.
     
  3. afsnyder macrumors 65816

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    Although one of the main benefits to an iPod or an iPhone is that they are thinner and lighter.. but getting one of those phones defeats that benefit. But it's all up to you!
     
  4. ourmountain macrumors regular

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    The only thing that comes to mind is a prepaid android phone like the Moto G without contract/service.

    I'll personally stick with the 6mm touch. As a former Moto G user, it's simply way too thick by today's standards.
     
  5. rui no onna macrumors 603

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    The Nexus 4 went for $199 on clearance last year. Maybe just wait for a similar sale on the Nexus 5. That said, if you don't mind the chunkiness, the Moto G is excellent for its price.
     
  6. raccoonboy macrumors 6502a

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    If you are talking about mobile game player without the phone ability then there is no alternative to Ipod touch.

    I've tried Galaxy player and its a waste of money. Everything freeze, screen is utterly poor.

    Now i feel the competitor of Ipod touch is handheld gaming like 3DS or Psvita.
     
  7. Superluigi6 thread starter Suspended

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    Thanks guys. I had heard about the Galaxy Players, and how slow they are.

    (btw, I'm glad I got that iPod touch)
     
  8. Scarpad macrumors 68000

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    galaxy player was ok in their day, but mine is dog slow mainly cause its running 2.3 of Android and trying to tilize new apps, and you can't up date it either, so The touch is really the best choice for a non phone
     
  9. theapplefanboyj macrumors 6502a

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    The Moto G is quite good, and you can get it for less than 100 bucks Verizon Prepaid
     
  10. iolinux333 macrumors 68000

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    I just bought a refurb iPT. I seriously considered the G, but I have a ton of old android phones/devices scattered about and I just find them ugly. The iPT is SO CUTE. And that is what it came down to in the decision parting me from my money. Style over substance wins in my world these days. :D
     
  11. rui no onna macrumors 603

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    The Galaxy Player only had a single core CPU similar to iPhone 4 and was running Gingerbread (iirc) saddled with TouchWiz. The Nexus S which sports the same (or very similar) CPU already performs better by virtue of running stock Gingerbread. Upgraded to Jelly Bean, the Nexus S smokes the Galaxy Player. The Moto G? Miles ahead and I've seen the 8GB Verizon version go for $49 on sale at Best Buy. :rolleyes:
     
  12. Superluigi6 thread starter Suspended

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    Yeah I've always liked the iPod touch 5g because of the colors they have (I got blue).

    A lot of people are talking about the Moto G and refurb Android phones. I don't want a phone yet.
     
  13. rui no onna macrumors 603

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    You don't have to use them as phones. Just buy factory unlocked or used from Amazon, ebay, etc and you're not required to get service. Just don't install a SIM card. :rolleyes:
     
  14. iolinux333 macrumors 68000

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    Exactly. Especially a lot of the Android phones can handle a 64GB microSD card for very little money giving a ton of storage for all your music. Also in general Android makes a superior music player because all versions since 2.3 let you have global, across all apps, graphic EQ - something that iOS still sorely lacks. If you decide on android though, be sure to search through forums to make sure the phone can handle the 64GB card. Most phones can, even if not listed on the specs, but make sure before you buy.
     
  15. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    I bought a Samsung prepaid 4" phone for ~$50 that I use for my Amazon freebies and Humble Bundles (When you're getting tons of deals, why not?!). I rooted and deleted the telephony and phone apks, and that's basically all you need to do to take off the phone bits.

    I had a Galaxy Player 5 for a few days. It just didn't work for me and I sent it back. The screen was HUGE, but low in quality. Not only that, but it was refurbished by Samsung, yet still had a defect.

    The developer scene was REALLY slow for that device too. The camera on the back being the main issue. In comparison, the 3.5" Huawei I used to have, has had a KitKat build for awhile now.

    If it wasn't for the fact that Amazon gives me coins and other promos, I wouldn't go for a handheld Android since I have iOS devices. It just doesn't make sense when they practically run the same games and apps.

    Maybe emulators, but come on...
     
  16. ourmountain macrumors regular

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    Because buying a phone at a far higher cost to use as something other than a phone totally makes sense.
     
  17. iolinux333 macrumors 68000

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    Wut? You can get a good android phone to use as a music player, web browser, emailer, etc for $50. Where is the Apple equivalent for $50?
     
  18. ourmountain macrumors regular

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    Name one that has comparable storage and features?

    You can get a Moto G prepaid at $99, but that's only 8GB - about 5GB usable.
     
  19. rui no onna macrumors 603

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    Street price for that is actually around $70 or so and even if storage is just 5GB usable, that's still incredibly cheap considering what you're getting. The Moto G 3G 16GB retails for $200 which is around the same price as the iPod Touch 5g 16GB. The Moto G LTE 8GB with microSD card slot goes for $220. Pair that with a 32-64GB microSD ($15-40) and you're in the ballpark of an iPod Touch 5g 32GB. How is that considered a far higher cost?

    Sure, you might say the iPod touch has the better ecosystem, aesthetics, form factor, etc. When it comes to pricing though, I think we can admit that Android devices are usually cheaper. :rolleyes:
     
  20. iolinux333 macrumors 68000

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    New version Moto G has an SD slot.
     
  21. bimmerboii macrumors member

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    Now that i read this thread, im kinda having buyers remorse with my newly purchased 5th gen 64gb ipod touch. I could have bought a used Top of line android phone from last year (s4, htc one m7) from my local craigslist with about the same cost.
     
  22. Wolfpup macrumors 68030

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    There's no direct comparison to anything else. Zune's gone, those Galaxy Players are presumably gone and were terrible.

    You can compare it to low end Windows Phone and Android phones, as well as to tablets running Windows or iOS or Android...though the comparisons aren't exact.

    Tablets are of course bigger, which is better in some situations, worse in others...always have better hardware too. Something like Nokia's 520, or now the 630 is a bit higher end hardware and probably cheaper...despite also being a phone. Though iOS is the only thing that integrates with iTunes of course, and has more programs available.

    Soooooo there's no one right choice, though it is disappointing that Apple doesn't have the equivalent of a Nokia 630 iPhone.

    Just depends what you want it for. Those would technically have better hardware, BUT iOS (and Windows Phone, and even regular Windows) all run much faster on equivalent hardware than Android. Also, unless you're getting a Nexus, android devices don't get updates and run years out of date software. And of course iOS integrates very well with iTunes...nothing else on the market like that syncs so well with a PC.
     
  23. iolinux333 macrumors 68000

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    Don't you have 30 days to return it? I have a drawer full of android devices. I am so done with android. iPod5 is SO CUTE and lithe I just can't see myself using a big clunky Android anything if I have an iPT around instead. Maybe if there were some cute lithe android devices, with always available updates (eg, Nexus) made in the future I would consider it, but not today.
     
  24. Shanghaichica macrumors G3

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    My phone is not running software that is years out of date. I think you are over blowing the fragmentation issue. In a the time I've used android phones none of them have ever been on software versions that were years out of date.
     
  25. iolinux333 macrumors 68000

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    My RAZRi was sold as a new phone until recently and is running an OS years out of date (4.1) and has some show stopping bugs (eg bluetooth volume often drops to zero). Motorola has been promising an update for a year and still hasn't delivered, and I doubt they will. Even if they do, it will likely still be a big ridden mess. I finally got fed up. Even my Nexus 7 still has tons of bugs and lag on 4.4, and this is a device specified by google themselves. Blech.
     

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