Ipod Touch vs 5S

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by seancy, Dec 25, 2015.

  1. seancy macrumors newbie

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    is there any significant financial or utility advantage in purchasing a new generation ipod touch versus buying a mint condition 5s? Daughter asked for an ipod touch but wouldn't a 5s (without any carrier contract) provide the same functionality more or less? It also has a fingerprint scanner
     
  2. colodane macrumors 6502a

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    If the price point is similar, I'd be tempted to go with the 5S. The 6G touch has very poor battery life.
     
  3. Ray Brady macrumors 6502

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    The financial advantage of the iPod Touch is obvious. A 32GB iPod Touch retails for $250. A 32GB iPhone 5s is twice that. In addition, you can get much more storage. The 5S maxes out at 32GB, while the iPod goes up to 128. So if your daughter's primary purpose is to use the device as a media player or camera, the iPod wins.

    One major advantage the iPhone has is built-in GPS. If you want to use maps while traveling, the iPhone has the advantage there.
     
  4. greensalad, Dec 26, 2015
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    greensalad macrumors regular

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    From what I understand:

    - iPod touch is significantly cheaper (£159 vs £379 in the UK)
    - iPod touch has more storage options
    - iPod touch has the A8 and M8

    - 5s has a better camera
    - 5s has GPS
    - 5s has better battery life
    - 5s has TouchID (for quick unlocking, and password-less purchases and app entry - convenience but no new functionality)
    - 5s has potential to be her always-connected phone in the future
    - 5s has potential for Apple Watch compatibility in the future

    Littler things:
    - 5s has a proximity sensor
    - 5s has a mute switch
    - 5s has a vibration motor
    - 5s includes wall charger and EarPods with remote and mic in the box

    - iPod touch has more colour options
    - iPod touch is thinner and newer - a 'current' device - which maybe plays a part in her wanting one? Does her desire for one lean more toward emotional or practical reasons?
     
  5. inscrewtable macrumors 65816

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    The 5s has older technology including an older chip, so it will no run future ios's as well, if you're not using the phone then why get a much heavier thicker lower tech object?
     
  6. XTheLancerX macrumors 68000

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    What I do want to add, setting up a 5S after restoring it or first booting it up or anything requires a SIM card, active or inactive.

    The iPod 6 is under clocked though so all its benchmarks are quite similar to the 5S

    I would say get the 5S for Touch ID, better camera, better battery life, vibration motor (good to have that when using iMessage or anything really for notifications) and most importantly, the ability to be a phone in the future.

    However if they really need the storage get the iPod.
     

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