Touch 5G for travel camera?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by puma1552, Nov 17, 2014.

  1. puma1552 macrumors 601

    Nov 20, 2008
    Aware that the 5G is dangerously outdated tech amd likely won't get iOS 9, and barely runs iOS 8.

    However I need a camera, music player, and simple wifi browser for a Mexico trip in a couple weeks. Could bring my iPhone 6 and just put it in airplane mode, but I'd rather not risk the theft or damage.

    Was going to bring my iPod classic for music and only that til I realized my wife and I would have no digital camera with us, plus a little browser would be handy (though my wife is bringing her iPad).

    So I thought about getting a 5G, hoping to hell it is old stock on iOS 7 out of the box, turning off all notifications, amd putting zero apps on it except for music.

    Is this a waste of $250?
  2. rkRusty macrumors member


    Sep 6, 2014
    I bought a 32GB iPod Touch (7.1.2) for my 1 month trip to America a couple of months ago, mainly to take photos with. I also took an iPhone 3GS and iPad Air, obviously both for different purposes and neither to be used to take photos.
    The touch works well, particularly on the fly when something interesting happens.
    I felt OK setting it up and holding it while on a Segway tour (the 'loop' was a lifesaver, even if it didn't last long), for instance, more so than I would an iPhone or proper camera. It's great at getting decent photos quickly, and the added browser, music player and light gaming that comes with it made me choose the Touch over a digital camera around the same price.
    I sold it again after I got back, so I didn't lose out on anything.
  3. saudor macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2011
    get it refurb if you can. But otherwise, the camera is quite decent
  4. hamiltonDSi macrumors 68000


    Jul 29, 2012
  5. puma1552 thread starter macrumors 601

    Nov 20, 2008
    Or would you guys chance taking an iPhone 6 in airplane mode to Mexico? FWIW we will be in the touristy/resorty areas, not the ghetto.

    I do have a $287 Best Buy gift card so it wouldn't cost any money out of pocket to get a touch, but was looking to maybe use that to grab an updated time capsule down the road in the future whenever I get a new laptop.

    As mentioned though, I could sell the touch when I'm done. Or make that my dedicated car iPod and sell the 160 gig classic that's currently in there.
  6. 617aircav Suspended

    Jul 2, 2012
    I wouldn't. The quality is just not good enough for today's standards.
  7. puma1552 thread starter macrumors 601

    Nov 20, 2008
    Went ahead and ordered it. Had to buy from Best Buy since I have a gift card, but it's pretty lame since no stores anywhere here whatsoever have a silver 32 gig in stock which is weak. Shelled out the $15 to have it tomorrow though.

    Also ordered a Power Support Air Jacket/crystal film for it.
  8. iolinux333 macrumors 68000

    Feb 9, 2014
    If I was going somewhere where I definitely wouldn't have any cell service, the iPodT5 would be perfect.

    Personally I don't see much, if any difference between the iPodT5 camera and my iPhone5s camera. At least for the casual stuff I do. I'm sure if I did side by side comparisons and hunted down differences I could find them, but I don't care that much.

    When you get back you'll have a nice, small device for use around the home, and to let your iPhone6 stay on the charger all the time so it's always ready when you go out.

    That's why I wish Apple would update the iPodT5 by simply adding 2gigs of RAM so programs would quit crashing. It doesn't need anything else. The processor, sure it's a little slow, but it gets everything done eventually. There's just no way around the lack of RAM though... except a swap file, which Apple, in their infinite wisdom, will never give us. Why I have no idea.
  9. octothorpe8 macrumors 6502

    Feb 27, 2014
    I think if it was me I'd use the iPad you said you're bringing for music and browsing, and spend that $250 on a decent compact camera with interchangable memory cards. If you shop around and go refurbed or used, you could probably get a surprisingly good little camera for that much -- definitely it would have a bigger lens and better image quality than the Touch camera. Highly recommend for reviews.

    ** edit ** oh nvm, I see you went for the Touch. Definitely handy to have around the house. I use mine, pretty much perma-docked, in my kitchen as a music streamer AirPlaying to a set of speakers I have there.
  10. puma1552 thread starter macrumors 601

    Nov 20, 2008
    Got the iPod today, thankfully it's on iOS 7.

    However, I loaded all 1998 songs I have onto it from my iTunes library, but on the iPod it says I have 2002 songs? When plugged into iTunes, in iTunes it says I have 1998 on the device.

    What's the deal?
  11. puma1552 thread starter macrumors 601

    Nov 20, 2008
    So after 1.5 hours of screwing with it, the iPod matches my library like it should've on the very first sync.

    Ultimately ended up having to erase all content and settings, then before doing anything, going into settings and turning off the "Show all music" setting, and deleting iCloud altogether (I don't use it).

    Once that was done, I could finally verify that there were 0 songs on the iPod, which I was having a hell of a time getting it to that point. Then adding everything manually from my library finally worked.

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