List of differences between iPod Touch 4 and iPhone 4

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by Starship77, Jan 9, 2011.

  1. Starship77, Jan 9, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2011

    Starship77 macrumors regular


    Aug 30, 2006
    I compiled a list of the differences between the newest models of iPhone and iPod touch. I thought it could be of someone else's interest, so I'm posting it here.

    Things that the iPhone 4 have that the iPod Touch doesn't:

    GPS-A (improved from 3GS)
    5MP Camera
    Cell Phone
    LED Flash Light
    Larger Battery
    2x RAM (512MB)
    Bundled headphones have mic/volume ctrls
    Ear Speaker
    Proximity sensors
    Dual noise-canceling mic system
    mute switch
    Compass (3 axis)
    Stainless steel body frame
    Oleophobic screen coating
    *Always free software updates

    *updates are now free for all iOS devices.

    Things that the iPod Touch have that the iPhone 4 don't:

    Double maximum capacity (64GB)
    Thinner form factor.

    These are all in the order I was remembering. Feel free to change it or add more things I may have forgotten... Thanks!
  2. NathanA macrumors 6502a

    Feb 9, 2008
    Looks about right, but Apple did change their stance on non-free software updates for iPod Touch, and I'd be surprised if they went BACK on that decision and reverted to charging for those updates again. (iOS 4.x was free for all supported devices, including iPod Touch 2G and 3G.)

    -- Nathan
  3. ssdeg7 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2010
  4. felch macrumors member

    Sep 18, 2010
  5. Brucewl macrumors 6502


    Sep 15, 2010
    I really so care about the RAM, why iPod Touch only own a 215M? When I open my iPod Touch, the RAM only shows about 100M:mad:
  6. Starship77 thread starter macrumors regular


    Aug 30, 2006
    Thanks! I corrected that ;)
  7. brandonm928 macrumors newbie

    Jul 8, 2010
  8. Christian 5G macrumors 6502a

    Christian 5G

    Jun 16, 2010
    Orange County, CA
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    Soon will iPod touch 5G come out, so I hope they will cost more price like: 32gb 450$ but has 512 ram and 128gb and 5 or 8 mpx camera, I'm sure it will happen soon maybe not this year but next 5 years
  9. aNYthing24 macrumors member

    Nov 6, 2010
  10. Starship77 thread starter macrumors regular


    Aug 30, 2006
    Yeah, I just removed that part... Actually booth devices can shoot video at 24 and 30 fps depending on the light... If you have low light, they drop to 24fps. (Guess I tested the iPod in low light... hence the mistake...)

    Good one!
  11. ankh macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2003
    This list still current?

    Some day I need to replace my Clie TH55, and I'm losing hope Palm OS will find a new hardware host.

    I haven't found ebook reader software for the iPod yet that can do everything I want (including extremely dim nighttime and font color/size choices) -- let alone import any kind of file I can reduce to text no matter where it comes from (I use PorDiBle on the Mac daily, to change anything I can save as or convert to .txt into .pdb for the old Palm OS).

    But I'm starting to suspect the iPod may be the way I'll have to go.
  12. Ungibbed macrumors 6502


    Dec 13, 2010
    The 4th generation as well as the third (excluding the 8GB model which most already know was based on the older 3G iPhone hardware) have come with headsets with volume controls.


    Man do I miss the days of getting my inner geek on with my old Handspring Visor. I loved that thing since putting or keeping an address book on my phone of the time was very difficult.
  13. Skika macrumors 68030

    Mar 11, 2009
  14. Holoshed macrumors regular

    Mar 24, 2011
    North Carolina
    I got a 4th gen at best buy and it did not have volume controls, had to buy them separately. I thought it was odd but it was the 8gig one so maybe the 8 gig only gets older earphones with no mic.
  15. Apple... macrumors 68020


    May 6, 2010
    The United States
    You can call on the Touch as well. :cool:
  16. LeighAnna Jones macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2010
    You have one of those, too? I thought they were extinct. LOL my (little) cousin found my Clie on my dresser, she asked me what it was. She couldn't figure out how to work it.
  17. AngelaElmer macrumors newbie


    Aug 22, 2011

    Hmmmmm.... Thanks for the mentioning a differences. It's is somewhat difficult to judge what to choose and what to not.
  18. Saturn007 macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2010
    Just found this, months later, but it's a great compilation. Thanks for doing it. All I want in a new IPT 5G is everything the iPhone 4 has! :)

    Dig your handle-- are you an amateur astronomer or a sci-fi fan? (I have an astronomy handle, too! James Bond in space, and I observe planets and galaxies regularly. :))


    Wanted to respond to this post, too!

    I came to the iPod Touch from a SONY Clie TJ33, SJ 33, and Palm T3. Your best bet for an iPod ereader is by far, Lexcycle's Stanza. It's free and it'll do everything you mentioned and then some. Highly customizable, wonderful for reading. It easily replaced PalmFiction and TiBR Pro. The other very good one is eReader! Yes, the same eReader we all loved on the Palm. I use both apps regularly-- keeping one book going in each for easy switching.

    eReader can read all your old .pdb eReader ebooks. Stanza has a brilliantly designed direct connection to Project Gutenberg where all the free ebooks are. You can download them directly to the ereader wirelessly and quickly. (Beats hot snyching and the cable/cradle any day.

    There are several free or low cost apps to handle your .txt files.

    Add in wonderfully smooth, fast browsing; newspaper and newsgroup apps that can stores gobs of stories offline for later reading (no more Avantgo synching, iSilo synching) (although iSilo is available for the IPT, it's no longer worth buying). (I did, but the wireless fetching of stories is so great across multiple apps, that's now outdated.)

    Any other questions you have about making the transition, let me know. The one place where there is a big let down is in the handling of calendar alerts. There is NO snooze function on the i-devices and when you "unlock" the device to use it, the alerts vanish. A very poor system. Palm was a decade or two ahead of Apple in that regard. But one lives with it.
  19. Invincibilizer macrumors 6502a


    Aug 18, 2011
    It would be quite and update to the 5G, as long as ipod touch 5g get iphone 4s camera and 512 MB RAM, it will be a great device :D
  20. Starship77 thread starter macrumors regular


    Aug 30, 2006
    Thanks! :)

    I happen to love astronomy and I am an Sci-Fi fan! But that's not the reason for my handle. It was indirectly inspired by the band Jefferson Starship through Joey Ramone. :D Go figure! hehehe

    PS: I wish I could see galaxies at night but, unfortunately, I do not own a telescope capable of that... One day, one day... :rolleyes:
  21. Saturn007 macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2010
    Ah, yes! The good old Jefferson Starship, rising like the Phoenix from the ashes of the Jefferson Airplane!

    There are some decent, $200-300 telescopes (6-8") that can show you some galaxies, especially under darker skies. (Orion Telescopes has great info on buying scopes and a good selection.) They're also great for bright star clusters, nebula, and the planets. Saturn's rings are just incredible through a scope.

    I have a 7" scope and, even though I live in a small city suburb with semi-light polluted skies, I can observe galaxies that are 20-40 million light years right from my backyard!

    There's lots of things to see with the naked eye, too. If you've never watched the International Space Station go across the sky, you're in for a real treat.

    After Hurricane Irene went through--and cleaned out the skies here of all the usual debris--I saw the Andromeda Galaxy with the unaided eye for the first time! Amazing!

    And, to keep this on topic, there are incredible astronomy apps for the iPod Touch for free or little cost (sky charts, NASA, astronomy picture of the day APOD, Moon map and phases, 3D Sun shows the Sun in different wavelengths with all its activity, Planets where they are, satellite tracking, Exoplanets showing all the latest discoveries of planets around other stars, etc.)

    As to the space station, you can browse to to find out when the ISS will cross the skies in your location-- or use Sputnik! or ISS Visibility on the i-devices.

    Keep looking up!


    You're right, of course. We don't need all of the iPhone 4 upgrades, just so those two! Well, and one more--a decent speaker! My 2G is pretty tinny and soft.
  22. FearNo1 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2009
    Thx for the list. One important advantage that ipod touch has over iphone: no monthly bill ;)
  23. Invincibilizer macrumors 6502a


    Aug 18, 2011
    Thank you Captain Obvious.
  24. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2011
    The iPhone:
    -can be in white
    -has bumpers
    -Monthly bills
    -can tether things to it

    iPod Touch:
    -can be take places that cellphone are not allowed (schools)
    -cheaper (sorta)
  25. Saturn007 macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2010

    Except that I agree with him or her 100%.

    It may be obvious, but it gets overlooked in the comparisons. I forget it sometimes, too. In other words, maybe I should have bought an IPT 4G to replace my 2G, simply because it had a camera. But the camera was so poor compared to the iPhone's, and didn't seem that much better than my cheap GoPhone that I passed. OTOH, when one takes into account the "obvious", the equation changes.

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