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Apple iPod touch (2nd generation) review

£187.07 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Apple

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

With the second version of the iPod touch Apple takes another step to close the gap between iPod and iPhone, adding two useful features: external volume controls and an internal speaker

With the second version of the iPod touch Apple takes another step to close the gap between iPod and iPhone by adding those two desirable physical features: external volume controls and an internal speaker.

The software

The new iPod touch includes the iPod touch 2.1 software update - a free update for those who've purchased the 2.0 software update and a $10 update for those running the older 1.x update. In addition to adding Genius playlist creation, Apple claims this update fixes some annoyances in the original 2.0 software. While we haven't had a chance to see the benefits of all these changes, we can say that Apple wasn't kidding when it claims that the update provides "faster installation of third-party applications".

We launched the App Store on an original 16GB iPod touch running software version 2.0.2 and the new iPod touch running 2.1. We asked both to update The Iconfactory's Twitterific to version 1.1. The new iPod with the latest software did it over our Wi-Fi network in 20 seconds. The old iPod touch with the older software version took an interminable 5 minutes and 2 seconds. We obtained similar results with other software updates.

More to come

Apple claims that the second-gen iPod touch offers better battery life than the original touch. We haven't had the iPod long enough to test its alleged audio playback time of 36 hours and video playback of 6 hours, but will as we delve deeper into the device in preparation for a more full review.

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Apple iPod touch 2G 8/16/32GB Expert Verdict »
Apple iPod Touch 16GB 2nd Generation Scores 9.1 out of 10 based on 637 reviews
Solid-state storage music and video portable
3.5in Multi-Touch widescreen (480x320) display, 163ppi
8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacities
802.11b/g wireless
Apple dock connector to USB 2.0 cable
3.5mm headphone jack with mic-in capability
audio: AAC, DRM AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible formats 2, 3 and 4, Apple Lossless, WAV and AIFF
video: H.264 up to 2.5Mb/s 640x480 30fps, MPEG-4 video up to 2.5Mb/s 640x480 30fps
110x62x9mm
115g
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

Apple has begun to reinvent the iPod touch as the ‘funnest’ vehicle for playing games, websurfing and email when in Wi-Fi range, and even as a keep-fit companion with its Nike+ jogging monitor. But in spite of its shortfall in making phone calls, we liked the iPod touch for its irrepressible ability to play good music.

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