If you own a fourth generation iPod touch, then you know that the latest incarnation (the fifth generation iPod touch, released earlier this year along with the iPhone 5) is not only long-awaited but is also much needed. A lot of people have seen the iPod touch as exactly what it is—it can do everything an iPhone can, just without the “phone” part. But honestly, does that really matter when the iPod touch can communicate quite efficiently via VoIP anyway through various apps that voip service providers have so obligingly given us via the App Store?
For a while, the iPod Touch has been sufficient…until it became increasingly evident that its phone-capable brother was outstripping it in every way imaginable. At least it was, until the latest incarnation happened.
The Fifth Generation iPod Touch packs a punch
Tech experts and tech blogs across the board have agreed: the time to upgrade for iPod Touch users is now. The upgrade to the iPad might not have been worth it just yet (even less now that yet another iPad just jumped off production lines from Apple), nor was the upgrade to the iPhone at that particular release launch. But they have agreed that if you own an iPod Touch and you want a better one, now is the time to get it.
At $299 for 32GB and $399 for 64GB, it is worth the upgrade for what you will get. To begin with, there have been numerous upgrades and tweaks to the new iTouch, which includes the notable enlargement of the display screen, putting it on even footing with its phone-ready sibling. It possesses a new A5 chipset, and while that may not mean anything in the face of the A6X found in other Apple products released this month, it’s certainly better than the A4 that the Touch had been running on.
The Final Blow to Point and Shoots
But there is one more feature of the Apple iPod Touch that makes it such devastating competition for a different type of gadget: the camera.
The fourth gen iPod Touch’s camera had been more than sophisticated enough at the time—but the cameras on smartphones have become so sophisticated that it didn’t take long before it became something of a joke. In fact, experts have added that the old camera was more of an afterthought than anything else. Now, it’s bad enough that smartphones can easily do as much and outstrip what a single dedicated camera might be able to do—but the fifth gen Touch’s camera is more than competition for those same phones. The final nail in the coffin, as it would appear, is the fact that the touch now comes with a wrist strap that allows users to keep it dangling from their wrists the way cameras used to.
After all, why should anyone spend money for a dinky point-and-shoot camera capable of doing one thing, when the iPod Touch can not only take better pictures, but also play music, use apps, surf the web, and do everything else? The iPod Touch could very well be the death knell to point-and-shoot.