Returned the new iPod touch 6th generation

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by AmazingTechGeek, Jul 25, 2015.

  1. AmazingTechGeek macrumors 6502

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    The battery life sucks, camera is moderately good, too light for my taste, and screen isn't as good as iPhone 5/5C/5S. It's great for an iOS introduction, and the processor is speedy. The cons outweighed the pros. For those interested in the product, take heed on what you really want from it.
     
  2. Arran macrumors 68040

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    Most people usually keep their mistakes quiet.
     
  3. Lancetx macrumors 68000

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    To be fair, you can't judge the battery life on a device after just a couple of days. The battery life was horrendous the first charge cycle or two on my new iPod touch also, but is fine now and I've only owned it for 8 days. Obviously when something is brand new, you're installing a lot of apps and data, it's indexing files, you're using it a whole lot more than normal, etc. The same thing has always happened to me when buying a new iPhone or iPad too, not to mention the first few days after major iOS updates as well. I always give it a minimum of a full week at least before I make any judgment on battery life.
     
  4. jon3543 macrumors 6502

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    I thought the screen on the 5th gen Touch and presumably the 6th was the same as the iPhones 5.

    I have a 64 GB 5th gen (Nov 2012) and just can't quite bring myself to pull the trigger on the 6th. I know I'd appreciate the additional speed and 512 MB RAM, and the 128 GB model is tempting. However, I really wanted Touch ID, GPS, and a larger screen. Being able to use Apple Pay and not being locked out of the watch would be nice extras. That said, I'm balking even more at paying twice as much ($849) for an iPhone, whose cellular capabilities I cannot foresee needing. I guess I'll wait a few months and see if the iPhone 6 goes on sale.
     
  5. AmazingTechGeek thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Some people are different.
    I've had mines for several days; battery life is similar to the 5th gen. A few hours. Something I'm not found of for games and internet, but that's just my personal distaste.
    Kind of. The color tint is different and somewhat different when compared to iPhones of the same screen size. It can even be found on ifixit's tear down of the 5th gen iPod touch.
     
  6. MacDarcy macrumors 65816

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    If you're getting only a few hrs of battery life, I'd take it back. I'm getting a full day sometimes 2 of heavy use. Shooting & editing pics, checking email etc. I love mine. Don't want an expensive phone contract as I travel a lot. Between my iPT6 & iPad mini with unlimited data plan from att that I'm grandfathered in on, I have no need for a smartphone. My set up is perfect for me. Since my iPT5 died however, I was missing my portable camera. Whipping out my iPad mini to take pics was getting tiresome.

    The camera on the iPT6 is amazing! Far better than merely "adequate" as the OP wrote.
     
  7. deaglecat macrumors 6502

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    I am also a returner.

    For me, it was just not enough of an upgrade from the IPT Gen5. Sure a fair bit snappier and the camera better but not as night and day as the benchmarks suggested.

    To be honest, apple do such a good job with the A5 with the UI that I can live with a bit of slowness.

    ( I am not a gamer ... YMMV ! )
     
  8. Mackinjosh macrumors 6502a

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    Doing the same this week. Reasons:
    1 - screen is just too small
    2 - screen has yellowing pretty much all around the border
    3 - home button only works when pressed perfectly in the middle
    4 - incredibly awful battery life
    5 - Definitely not a 200 dollar device

    I thought it would hold me over until the next iPad Mini, but it can't. Im just going to get a cheap unlocked 5 inch smartphone instead.
     
  9. AngerDanger macrumors 68030

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    As somebody who was content with a fifth generation touch that just broke, I'm anticipating being satisfied with the sixth generation. The screen size worked for me, I don't use a GPS, and everything that hasn't improved over the previous generation will likely be as good as it was.

    With the exception of the larger screen, an unlocked iPhone 5s seems like it might be a good option for you.
     
  10. moderately macrumors 6502

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    The 6g is working great for me. I use it more as a PDA so I needed the processor and ram upgrade. Battery life is comparable to 5g. I don't have any of the hardware issues Mackingjosh mentions, though the screen is the same size as the 5g.
     
  11. jon3543 macrumors 6502

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    I've considered it, but it's not enough of an upgrade. I want 128 GB and the 4.7" screen, both lacking in the 5s.
     
  12. 1961 Scout macrumors member

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    Wow. None of the above problems here. Yellow screen? Short battery life? Home button malfunction? Sounds like lemon. My new IPT 6 128 works flawlessly. One week and it has never once crashed. Unlike my 5 or 4....luv it!
     
  13. ackmondual macrumors 6502a

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    There was a brief moment upon hearing the news of the IpT6 that I thought about getting one to replace my IpT5, despite not having a 4.7"+ screen. This thread reminds me of just how such a scenario would've worked out... I could see myself having buyer's remorse, and then returning it. However, unless Walmart also carries the 32 GB or 64 GB IpT6, I'd have to order online, and that's an even greater hassle to return.

    I've seen various reasons amongst those that declined getting a IpT6. Touch ID is kind of amusing where one potential IpT6 purchasers will instead see what the Ipad Mini 4 has to offer, and how even though the Ipad Mini 3 got that, that was pretty much the only thing it got (no, the gold color option isn't really a feature to me). Typical approach for these electronic companies where I'm sure they could put it all in, but it would derail their margins, and incentives for buyers to get future versions of those model lines.

    To me, the 4" screen is just tiny that I was hoping it would hold me over until I could upgrade to 4.7". In a way, I kind of don't mind, as I use my Samsung Galaxy s4 for general purpose smartphone stuff anyways, and the games I have on my IpT5 that I still bother with are those that work with such a screen. However, it's gotten me to consider alternative options at times.... For example, I've purchased a few games for my Android device b/c it looks like it would work better with a screen that's 1" bigger. I've been playing Castlestorm on iOS for the past 2 weeks, but I finally jumped on the Steam/PC version. Even though I'm tethered to my desk in order to play that, and it costed me $15 (with 2 extra campaigns), I don't have to deal with the free-to-play model, daily rewards, Gems, Pearls, and ads. Also have keyboard + mouse controls, and a nice, large, 26" screen to work with :cool:

    Heh, I had to chime in and say I never experienced a crash on my IpT4 nor IpT5. Actually, if it did crash, it was far and few. Enough so that I can't recall it if it did since I've used those for about 2 years each.
     
  14. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

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    It looks like one of the biggest weaknesses of this new iPod touch is the battery life, just as I had thought. Even with the A8, a 1,043 mAh battery is just too small. The new device could have used a bigger battery, at least 1,100 mAh (around a 10% increase in size, similar to "S" model iPhones).
     
  15. JoeShades macrumors 6502a

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    The battery is not close to 8 hours on wifi. I am lucky to get 4.5 with just about everything like background app refresh turned off. What are others getting
     
  16. JemiS macrumors newbie

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    So far today: 2:15 of usage, 9 hrs standby.

    Still showing 75%+ battery on the icon.

    Have been using pretty extensively on wi-fi throughout the day, and getting ~ 2 days between charges, aside from day 1.
     
  17. JoeShades macrumors 6502a

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    Right now 65% left , used 1:45, time to call best buy and tell them i want to exchange for another one i guess , at least with icloud it is easy to restore ipod in minutes
     
  18. ackmondual macrumors 6502a

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    Is that where you're getting these stats from? Does the device actually track these? If so, I take it this is an iOS8 thing, with perhaps the hardware also adding to this feature?

    Somebody here on MacRumors said the IpT5 wifi, and iOS in general does a good job of not wasting too much battery looking for wifi connections when it's on, so the drain is minimal there. Still, wifi being on all the time isn't anything to sneer at when determining battery life..
     
  19. JoeShades macrumors 6502a

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    Plenty of free battery apps that are very accurate to tell you %. my ipod 4 with wifi on all the time always got about 8 hours of use from day one, none of this wait a week and see, same thing with two ipads and an iphone, never had to wait a week to see improvement
     
  20. JemiS macrumors newbie

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    I'm just guessing on %- the icon has about 4 levels, triggered by percentages. Full, >75%, <50%, <20%, and then the notifications at 20%, 10% and 5%.

    I do miss the iPad's exact % display.

    As for the hour usage stats, iOS tracks those in 6+. You go into general ⇒ usage and it will show battery. iOS 8, nicely, adds % use by app.

    I usually try to fully discharge and then see what it was at, but I use mine as an alarm, and have been at 10% going to bed the last two times I charged.

    I'll update standby/active hours when I get fully dead on this current charge, but looks like it's going to be the norm for me, which is 2-3 days of use on a charge.
     
  21. loon3y macrumors 65816

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    i don't care about anything except the 1GB of Ram.

    Im a developer, this is going to make our lives extremely easier when making B2B apps.

    Im having a hell of a time syncing 8,000 styles from database to the iTouch Gen 5
     
  22. ackmondual macrumors 6502a

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    Couldn't some devs just bypass supporting the iPT5, or were they reluctant to do so?
     
  23. MacScott macrumors regular

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    I gave up waiting on one with a decent camera and bought... yes a camera.
     
  24. Plutonius macrumors 603

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    Is it small enough so you can always carry it with you ?
     
  25. loon3y macrumors 65816

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    No,


    If you're talking about B2B (Business 2 Business) Apps for companies, that means they need to purchase these devices


    it doesn't matter if you're a 5 million dollar company or a 200 million dollar company, when you buy these things in bulk it costs a lot


    and you get a mere $50 dollar discount per device.

    $200 dollars for an IPT5 compared to a $700 dollar new iPhone where you wouldn't even need cellular capability is a no brainer decision for owners/managers.
     

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