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Apple iPod Touch (5th Gen)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 10051 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the sound and performance. The design and portability are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the reliability. The build quality and battery get mixed views.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Apple iPod Touch (5th Gen) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 98/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analysed 834 user reviews of Apple iPod Touch (5th Gen) from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other MP3 & Media Players on

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93% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iPod touch 64GB 5th Generation - Pink (Latest Model - Launched Sept 2012)Apple iPod touch 64GB 5th Generation - White (Latest Model - Launched Sept 2012)Apple iPod touch 64GB 5th Generation - Blue (Latest Model - Launched Sept 2012)

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 2630 user reviews of Apple iPod Touch (5th Gen) from 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

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87% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iPod touch 64GB Space Gray (5th Generation) Newest ModelApple iPod touch 64GB White (5th Generation) NEWEST MODEL6-Pack EZGuardZ Apple IPOD TOUCH 5TH GENERATION Screen Protectors (Ultra CLEAR)

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Apple iPod Touch (5th generation, 32GB, red)


Editors' note, October 15, 2012: Updated with final battery life results and screen-testing observations.

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.


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Apple iPod touch review (2012)


It all started with an iPod touch, a gift from my parents years ago. I've since bought a half-dozen more iPods, two iPhones, an iPad, and a MacBook Air. Somehow I'm sure Apple planned it that way. The touch is the entry point into people's worlds, the...

Great display ; Thin, light build ; Hugely improved camera

No good inexpensive option left ; Speaker and earbuds are unimpressive

Part MP3 player, part tablet — part point-and-shoot?

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Apple iPod touch (Fifth-Generation)


Apple has painted the iPod family into a corner. Having put its best resources into developing ever-improving iPhones and iPads, the company now routinely saves its most exciting new features for its phones and tablets, trickling them down to iPods...

A substantially redesigned and much-improved version of the prior iPod touch, enhancing everything from screen quality to battery life and audio performance. In 32GB and 64GB models, both front and rear cameras are particularly big jumps over prior,...

Despite two-year gap since prior model’s release, most of the new features are a full step behind leading iPhone and iPad models, cementing the new iPod touch as a smaller, better-screened remake of the iPhone 4S rather than as an iPod that separately...

In recent years, Apple hasn’t been plagued much by the “right device, wrong price” dilemma, as it has tended to replace its best already right-priced devices with new models every year, keeping competitors on their toes while constantly advancing the...

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iPod touch gets 4'' display, thinner build

Extremely thin ; Larger display ; Attractive design ; Improved performance

No light sensor ; Not as fast as iPhone 5 ; Just $30 below iPad mini

The iPod touch now takes a back seat behind the iPhone, but Apple has continued to improve and refine its flagship media player. Arriving two years after its predecessor, the fifth-generation model boasts a thinner build, larger display, faster proce

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iPod Touch (5th Generation) Review


It's like the iPhone 5 without the phone.

Gorgeous screen, really thin and light, decent cameras

Too expensive, mono speaker

Priced around AED 1,200, the iPod Touch is not an impulse buy. In fact it is a bit on the expensive side considering the iPad mini is out and should officially cost just a 100 Dirhams more when it launches in the region. This makes it very hard for me...

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iPod Touch (5th Gen) Review


It's sooooo thin.” As an owner of the 2012 edition of the iPod Touch, you're going to be hearing that a lot. Either from your stunned and impressed friends or possibly even involuntarily from your own mouth. Yes, it's thinner than 5 DVD discs stacked...

In the meantime, if you’re an Android user who secretly wants to partake of the iPhone 5 experience, or an owner of a previous gen iPod Touch, or just someone who wants to own the greatest, thinnest (and reddest?) all-in-one portable music / media...

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Apple iPod Touch 5th generation review


The Apple iPod Touch 5G has arrived at T3 Towers. Is there still a place for Apple's standalone music player? Find out here...

Beautifull designed ; Bigger, bolder display ; High quality cameras

Very pricey ; iOS still problematic

As a device, the Apple iPod Touch 5G is outstanding. There are a few subjective things that may bother people, such as the Touch Loop, and the light body. iOS 6 is also problematic for some – Maps is still an issue, and the Apple ecosystem is still...

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iPod touch 5th Generation review


Bigger is better, if your thumb can take the strain

Better screen ; Five colour options ; iOS 6 improvements ; Very thin and light ; Better earphones

Apple Maps ; Lightning port is a reset ; You still need iTunes

We'd say the iPod touch 5th Generation makes a pretty convincing argument for small form factor devices, especially for kids who might find larger devices cumbersome to hold. Even for adults, 7-inch and larger tablets are too big to pop into your...


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iPod touch 5th generation (2012)


The perfect 4-inch fun factory for those who can't afford an iPhone 5.

Good-quality screen ; Superb apps and games library ; Much-improved camera

Entry price a little high ; Loop lanyard feels gimmicky

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Apple iPod Touch (5th gen)


Faces stiff competition, but there's no other product quite like it

Clearer and more detailed sound quality ; Richer, more subtle colours ; Great interface with swift response time ; Intuitive to use ; Web browsing is fast ; Picture clarity is better ; 5MP camera with flash ; Beautiful build and finish

Increasingly viable small tablets are the biggest rival in both screen size and price ; Expensive

Product Specifications


Built-In Microphone: Yes
Direct Radio Recording: No
Direct TV Recording: No
Radio Function: No


Bluetooth: Yes
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface : No
WiFi Connectivity: Yes


Display Technology:TFT Display
Number of Display Colours:Unknown
Touchscreen:2-Point Touch / Multi-touch

General Features

Operating System:Apple iOS
Product Type:Audio/Video Player
Storage Medium:Built-In Memory

Playback / Recording

AAC Playback: Yes
AVI Playback: No
DivX Playback: No
H.264 Playback: Yes
MP3 Playback: Yes
MPEG 4 Playback: Yes
MPEG2 Playback: No
MPEG4 Playback: Yes
OGG Playback: No
WAV Playback: Yes
WMA Playback: No
WMV Playback: No

Power Supply

Battery Type:Li Ion
Replaceable Battery: No