"Great device. Definite improvement over last iPod."4.5 starson by gwhiz2K
Pros: - Very thin
- Nice design
- Back doesn't scratch as easy as the 4.
- iOS 7.
- Faster Processor
- Sound quality (with proper headphones)
Cons: - Almost too light
- Loop seems like it might break after a while.
- Stock headphone quality
- Camera not as good as my Nexus 5 (even with HDR)
- No OIS.
- No GPS (but no iPods have this)
Summary: Bought this from Apple refurbished. Apple's delivery is VERY fast. Kudos :) Got it for $219 for the 32GB "Slate" version.
Like the iPod 4, I bought this for testing Websites on Safari iOS 7 (Web Developer), as well as apps. So far, it's great. The Home button on my old 4th Gen never worked right, often not registering a single click, or single as double, etc. This one seems to work flawlessly so far.
If you like music quality, the first thing you should do is DITCH the included ear-buds, because they're not good. Better than the previous ones, but still sub-par. Get a set of Sennheisers, Sony's, or other high-end phones (please, no "Beats" or "SkullCandy").
I tested this with my Sennheisers against the iPod 4th gen, the 2nd Gen, and my Zune HD. Sound quality was much the same between them all (which is good), and much much better than my old Galaxy Nexus. Good volume, great tone. Really wish it could do FLAC though...
Not really related to the hardware, but I miss iOS 6 and cover flow. The new replacement in iOS 7 is kind of boring.
Had some major issues getting this iPod to be recognized by iTunes (on Windows). Had the latest version, but it would NOT see the new iPod. Saw both of my older ones, but not the new one. Had to uninstall/reinstall iTunes before it could see it. Works well now, but asks every time if I want to "Trust" this PC every time I plug it in.
I love the design, but it's so light that it almost feels cheap compared to the nice weight of the previous iPod(4). I sometimes end up nearly dropping it. Definitely get a case.
Not sure if this is the last iPod or not for Apple, but I do hope they keep making them. I prefer Android (Nexus 5) for my main phone, but I like to also have an iOS device, and iPhone is overkill for that. I mostly need the browser.
iPods have become my main music devices for the gym now, and this one is great for that. 32Gigs holds most of my favourite stuff.
Battery life seems to be really good, better than my iPod 4.
I thought the camera would be good (as good as the iPhone 5), but I'm not sure if it's the same camera. I did some comparison tests against my Nexus 5 (after 4.4.2 updgrade), both with HDR and without, and the N5 slays the iPod in low light every time. iOS are (unfortunately for Android) much better at recording loud music (like a live band), so I plan to use it for recording as well. Also doesn't have Optical Image Stabilization like the N5.
All in all, happy with it so far.