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Apple iPod Touch (2nd Gen, Late 2008)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 13691 reviews of Apple iPod Touch (2nd Gen, Late 2008). The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other MP3 Players for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the portability and design. The price and performance also get good feedback, but many are less positive about the reliability and battery.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Apple iPod Touch (2nd Gen, Late 2008) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple iPod Touch (2nd Gen, Late 2008)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1003 user reviews of Apple iPod Touch (2nd Gen, Late 2008) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other MP3 Players on Amazon.co.uk. Reviews about the portability and design are generally positive. The performance and price are also appreciated. There are some mixed opinions about the reliability.

usability, price, performance, design, portability

92% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iPod touch 8GB (Model A1288 launched Sept 2008)Apple iPod touch 8GB (Model A1288 launched Sept 2008)

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple iPod Touch (2nd Gen, Late 2008)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8740 user reviews of Apple iPod Touch (2nd Gen, Late 2008) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other MP3 Players on Amazon.com. People really like the design and portability. The performance and price are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some less positive comments about the reliability.

usability, price, performance, portability, design

reliability

89% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iPod touch 8 GB (2nd Generation--with iPhone OS 3.1 Software Installed) [OLD MODEL]Apple iPod touch 8 GB (2nd Generation--with iPhone OS 3.1 Software Installed) [OLD MODEL]

Dec, 2017

Editor's Choice

Expert review by: Scott Stein (cnet.com)

iPod Touch review

 

In an era of tablets of all shapes and sizes, or smartphones of varying degrees of tablet-approaching vastness, what room is there for a device like the iPod Touch? I'd say "the humble music player," but the Touch is no longer that, nor has been for...

The 2012 fifth-generation iPod Touch has an excellent set of features: better front and back cameras, 1080p video recording, iOS 6, and a 4-inch Retina Display just like on the iPhone 5, in a design even thinner than the iPhone.

The iPhone 5 still beats it on performance. The Touch lacks any phone functions, and there are tablet competitors that beat the $299 Touch on price and screen size.

The latest iPod Touch is the best iPod ever, and as close to a phoneless iPhone 5 as you can get -- but its high price makes it a tough call versus cheaper tablets with larger screens.

Oct, 2012

Expert review by: (engadget.com)

iPod touch review (2010)

 

At Apple's last event, Steve Jobs called the iPod touch the company's "most popular iPod," and it's easy to understand why. In just a few short years, the iP...

Sep, 2010

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Mike Kobrin (laptopmag.com)

iPod touch 2G (32GB)

 

The second-gen touch adds just enough to keep it ahead of the pack.

Good battery life ; Apps install quickly ; Built-in speaker and volume buttons ; Best touchscreen around

Accelerometer needs calibration ; Google Maps locator function is quirky ; No cut-and-paste or e-mail search

The volume buttons, speaker, quicker app installs, and improved battery life help offset minor glitches with Google Maps, as well as still-missing items like cut-and-paste and e-mail search. The iPod touch is slimmer and sexier than the latest Zune and...

Sep, 2008

Expert review by: Joshua Topolsky (engadget.com)

Apple iPod touch 2G and nano 4G: The Engadget Review

 

It's been just over a week since we ran a smash-and-grab at Apple's unveiling of its newest entries to the iPod family, the nano 4G and touch 2G. The devices, both set along an evolutionary (rather than revolutionary) path have certainly been nipped,...

Access to Apple's App Store ; Wide functionality in one package ; Solid hardware design

Storage quantities are limited ; Expensive ; Did we mention they're expensive

Sep, 2008

Expert review by: Christopher Breen (pcworld.com)

Apple 16GB iPod touch (2G, late 2008)

 

Great audio playtime ; Greater capacity for similar price of original model ; Genius playlist support ; Handy hardware volume controls ; Nike + iPod receiver built-in ; Less buggy OS ; Podcast episodes play one after another

Video out requires expensive cable ; Video playtime not up to Apple’s estimates ; Doesn't charge from older accessories ; Screen looks a little dingy ; Internal speaker tinny

Sep, 2008

Expert review by: Mark Brezinski (mediaplayerinfo.com)

Apple iPod Touch 16GB MP3 Player Review - Intro

 

Casting the rules of grammar aside, Apple describes the new 2nd generation iPod Touch as "the funnest iPod ever". But while copy editors everywhere are grunting in disgust, this upgrade to the 1st generation Touch does much to live up to its hype, with...

Sleek new smaller design looks awesome ; Big, bright screen and excellent battery life ; Easy to use and control; Easy to find and select tracks in a large music collection ; Excellent photo album and podcast support ; Excellent overall sound quality ;...

The back scratches easily; Proprietary port means you have to buy cables from Apple ; Repeat functions are awkward ; Equalizer can't be customized ; No laternative media management programs available ; Included headphones are weak ; No Bluetooth ; No...

There's no doubt that the iPod Touch is a seriously cool piece of kit. And it does an excellent job; it is easy to use, has great audio quality, a beautiful screen and excellent battery life. But there are a few gotchas: iTunes is the only way to synch...

Sep, 2008

Expert review by: Christopher Breen (pcworld.com)

Apple 8GB iPod touch (2G, late 2008)

 

Great audio playtime ; Greater capacity for similar price of original model ; Genius playlist support ; Handy hardware volume controls ; Nike + iPod receiver built-in ; Less buggy OS ; Podcast episodes play one after another

Video out requires expensive cable ; Video playtime not up to Apple’s estimates ; Doesn't charge from older accessories ; Screen looks a little dingy ; Internal speaker tinny

Sep, 2008

Expert review by: Melissa J. Perenson (pcworld.com)

Apple 32GB iPod touch (early 2009) Review - PCWorld

 

To be sure, the lower prices make the Touch a more attractive purchase than before, coming in at $229 for 8GB (previously $299), $299 for 16GB, and $399 for 32GB (down from $499). The prices are more in line with what Apple and AT&T charge for the...

Includes a Web browser and Wi-Fi

Expensive

The iPod Touch remains the class of the field, with beautiful design, useful apps, a touch screen, and built-in Wi-Fi.

Sep, 2008

Editor's Choice

Expert review by: Donald Bell (cnet.com)

Apple iPod Touch second generation review

 

Editors' note, August 18, 2009 : Rumors strongly suggest that a new line of iPods will be unveiled early in September of this year. For those considering the purchase of an iPod, we recommend holding off until these new models become available. Check...

The second-generation Apple iPod Touch has it all: music, videos, photos, podcasts, e-mail, Web browsing, Internet radio, games, Nike+, Wi-Fi music downloads, and an App Store for adding thousands of custom features.

The second-generation iPod Touch may be overwhelming to users looking for a simple music player; audio quality is average; and iTunes software is required.

The second-generation iPod Touch includes features that are light-years ahead of the competition, its design has improved, and its price has finally come down to earth.

Sep, 2008

Expert review by: (pcworld.com)

iPod Touch (Second Generation)

 

The second-generation iPod Touch adds speaker and volume controls--and delivers one of the most polished media players available at a lower price.

Includes a Web browser and Wi-Fi ; Beautiful design, easy to operate

Expensive

The Touch remains a tremendous and innovative device, with enticing features, unparalleled ease of use, and plenty of expandability through the App Store. As attractive as it is, though, I still believe it has room to improve. New features coupled with...

Sep, 2008

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-in speaker(s):N / Y / Yes
Built-in speakers:No / Yes
Equalizer: Yes
Equalizer modes:Custom
Frequency range:20 - 20000
Impedance:32
MP3 bit rates:8 - 320

Camera

Auto focus: Yes
Built-in camera:No / Yes
Built-in flash: Yes
Digital Zoom:3
Flash Type:LED
Frame rate:30
Geotagging: Yes
Main camera resolution (numeric):1.2 / 5 / 8
Photo feature: Yes
Second camera:No / Yes
Second camera resolution:1.2
Video playback: Yes
Video recording: Yes

Design

Battery full indication: Yes
Battery low indication: Yes
Color of product:Black / Black, Silver / Blue / Gold / Silver
Housing material:Aluminium / Metal
Volume Control:Digital

Display

Backlight: Yes
Brightness:500
Contrast ratio (typical):800:1
Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:2.5 / 3.5 / 4
Display Resolution:1136 x 640 / 480 x 320
Fingerprint resistant:Y / Yes
Panel Type:IPS
Pixel density:326
Touch screen: Yes
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y / Yes

Energy Management

Battery recharge time:4
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Built-in battery: Yes
Continuous audio playback time:22 / 30 / 36 / 40
Continuous video playback time:5 / 6 / 8
Rechargeable: Yes
USB charging: Yes

File formats

Audio formats supported:AAC / AAC, AAX, AAX+, AIFF, HE-AAC, M4A, MP3, WAV / AAC, AAX, AAX+, AIFF, HE-AAC, MP3, WAV / AAC, AIFF, HE-AAC, MP3, WAV / AAC, AIFF, MP3, WAV / AAC, AIFF, WAV
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, PNG / BMP, GIF, PNG, PSD
Video compression format:AVI, M4V, MOV, MP4 / H.264 / H.264, M-JPEG, M4V, MOV, MP4, MPEG4 / H.264, M-JPEG, MPEG4 / H.264, m4v, mov, mp4 / H.264, MOV / H.264, MP4 / H.264, MPEG4 / m4v, mov, mp4
Video formats supported:AVI,M4V,MOV,MP4 / H.264 / H.264,M-JPEG,M4V,MOV,MP4,MPEG4 / H.264,M-JPEG,MPEG4 / H.264,m4v,mov,mp4 / H.264,MOV / H.264,MP4 / H.264,MPEG4 / M4V,MOV,MP4

Headphones

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone frequency:20 - 20000

Networking

AirPlay: Yes
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR / 4.0 / 4.1
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Operating altitude:0 - 118110.2
Operating relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Operating relative humidity range:5 - 95
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 40 / -20 - 45
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 40 / -20 - 45

Other Features

Battery Type:Built-In
Bit rate:16 - 320 / 16 - 320 Kbps
Channels quantity:2
Compatible operating systems:Mac OS X v10.4.10 + / Mac OS X v10.4.10 +\nWindows Vista, XP, SP2+ / Mac OS X v10.4.10, Windows Vista, Windows XP Home, Professional Service Pack 2. / Mac OS X v10.4.10, Windows Vista/XP Home SP2/XP Pro SP2 / Mac OS X v10.4.10, Windows Vista/XP Home SP2/XP Professional SP2 / Mac OS X v10.4.10\nWindows Vista, XP SP-2 / Mac OS X v10.4.11 +\nWindows Vista, XP Home, Professional / Mac OS X v10.4.11\nWindows Vista, Windows XP Home, Professional / Mac v10.4.11\nWindows Vista/XP / Windows Vista/Windows XP Home/Professional with Service Pack 3 or later
Connectivity Technology:Wired / Wired & Wireless / Wireless
Dimensions (WxDxH):2.43 x 0.0130 x 4.33 / 2.43 x 0.315 x 4.33 / 2.43 x 0.335 x 4.33 / 4.07 x 2.43 x 0.413 / 4.33 x 2.43 x 0.335
Headphone outputs:1
I/O ports:A/V
Media types supported:.m4v, .mp4, .mov
Music memory capacity, MP3:7000 s.
Product weight:4.05
Product weight (lb):4.05
Slide show: Yes
Standard interfaces:USB 2.0, Wireless LAN
Sustained data rate:320
USB cable:1 / USB
USB powered: Yes
Wireless technologies:Wired / Wired & Wireless / Wireless

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included:No / Yes
Bundled software:AirDrop, AirPlay, AirPrint, Control Center, Notification Center, Siri, Spotlight Search, iTunes Radio, Facebook Integration, Twitter Integration, iCloud, iCloud Keychain, Multitasking, Passbook, Camera, Messages, Music, FaceTime, Videos, Photos, Game Center, App Store, iTunes Store, Safari, Siri, Mail, iBooks, Reminders, Notes, Voice Memos, Contacts, Calendar, Weather, Calculator, Clock, Maps, Newsstand, Passbook, Stocks, iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iTunes U, Podcasts, Find My iPhone, Find My Friends, Apple Store, Trailers, Remote / FaceTime\nSafari\nSiri\niTunes Store\nApp Store\niBooks\nGame Center
Cables included:Lightning / USB
FM Transmitter: No
Headphones: Yes
Headphones included:Y / Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
User guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Alarm clock: Yes
Clock function: Yes
Coprocessor model:Apple M8
Firmware upgradeable: Yes
Languages support:ARA, CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FRE, GRE, HEB, HUN, ITA, JPN, KOR, POL, POR, RUM, RUS, SLV, SWE, THA, TUR, UKR
Operating system installed:iOS
Operating system version:7 / 8
Picture viewer: Yes
Processor:Apple A5 / Apple A8
Processor model:Apple A5 / Apple A8
Sleep Timer: Yes
Type:MP4

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
Interface:3.5mm / Lightning
Line-in: Yes
Line-out connectivity:3.5
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Power

Battery recharge time:4
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Built-in battery:Y
Continuous audio playback time:22 / 30 / 36 / 40
Continuous video playback time:5 / 6 / 8
Rechargeable:Y / Yes
USB charging:Y

Radio

FM radio:No / Yes
Supported bands: No
Supported radio bands:Not supported

Record Modes

Built-in Microphone:No / Yes
Voice recording:No / Yes

Storage

Card reader integrated: No
Music memory capacity (songs):14000 / 1750
Player media type:Flash-media
Total Storage Capacity:16 / 32 / 64 / 8
Video memory capacity:10

System Requirements

Mac compatibility: Yes
Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion / Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks / Yes
Minimum system requirements:iTunes 7.4
USB required: Yes
Windows operating systems supported: Yes

Technical Details

Internal storage capacity:16
USB connectivity: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.24 / 0.315 / 0.335
Height:2.43 / 4.33 / 4.84
Weight:2.07 / 3.1 / 4.06 / 4.23
Width:2.31 / 2.43 / 3.46 / 4.33