"Great mobile device. Best for it's price w/o a phone."4.5 starson by JaketheLate
Pros: brilliant screen. fun, simple video capture and edit. Great audio/video playback. Basic apps all you need to be satisfied with purchase.
Cons: more fragile than other ipods. it "multitasks" but not well.
Summary: I have been looking for a new Ipod for a while now, and the Ipod 4G convinced me to finally go out and buy one.
The Touch screen works beautifully, and as someone who frequently reads Webcomics online, I really appreciate the quality of picture and text. It also responds very well to input for games and works so smoothly that navigating quickly becomes second nature.
The camera and microphone captures brilliant HD 720p video and audio clarity that is surprisingly robust. The camera takes pictures at less than 1 Megapixel, but as it's not a true camera, but rather video camera capturing stills, it works rather well. The built in editing tool works very well and is easy to use, although I suggest splurging on the iMovie app in the app store for all those budding speilbergs out there, and at $4.99 it's well worth it.
The audio playback is a good as you can expect from an iPod, with the ear buds once again providing a surprising range of sound, from high-end strings or guitar solos to the lowest of club beats and Double-base Blasts. Navigating your music is simple, and the Genius playlists provide some truly inspired combinations. The video playback is stellar, although I would suggest that people who purchased the 8 gig model, like myself, try and parse down their movie library to about one or two movies you know you love and a third that can change with your preference so you have some room left.
The iPod 4G is slimmer than the 3G, a little taller, and has a nice looking aluminum casing and a glass screen. the back is flat, allowing it to rest on a table better, which comes in handy if you want to set it down to game or type. I will say that it is MUCH more fragile than the previous editions, with the case bending and the glass prone to shattering from the most common of falls, so I suggest purchasing a good case at least, and a screen protector if you're interested in really protecting your investment.
The battery life is great for a device that does so much, but it achieves this at the cost of multitasking. It has the ability to have multiple apps open at once, but they pause mid-action whenever you navigate away from them, meaning you actually have to have them in front of you for them to function.
It means that apps only doenload if you watcch them, but it also means that casual touch users can probably go a couple days without needing to recharge.
All in all The iPod touch 4G is a great multimedia device that is almost indispensable to me. The lack of access to a 3G network is really the only feature missing from making it the perfect device, but it you want that you can just sign up for at&t and get an iPhone. The fragility is really the only issue I have with it, but that is solved with a $20-$30 dollar case. everything else is more of a reasonable exclusion, the camera and "multitasking" being the largest among them.
if you want something that plays music really well, get an iPod classic. If you want a multimedia device that's the closest thing to having a tablet in your pocket, get an iPod touch. you won't be disappointed.