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Apple iPod touch

From £199 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Apple

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5 User Rating: Our users rate this 4 out of 10

When writing about the multimedia capabilities of the iPhone this summer, we called it "the iPod that's really a phone". You could say that the iPod touch is the iPhone that's really an iPod.

When writing about the multimedia capabilities of the iPhone this summer, we called it "the iPod that's really a phone". You could say that the iPod touch is the iPhone that's really an iPod. See also: Second-gen iPod touch review and 32GB iPod touch review.

Safari, applications and some rough edges

Thankfully those display woes don't distract from viewing most web pages in Safari, which remains the best mobile web browser we've ever seen. For the most part, it works great on the Apple iPod touch, except when you try to multitask.

If you start up some music on the Apple iPod touch and tap your way over to Safari for some Wi-Fi-enabled web surfing, you may encounter problems. If we opened up a complex page or a second tab, the Apple iPod touch would often stop playing music, forcing us to go out to the main screen, tap over into music, and start it up again. We've also experienced the occasional crash after loading up three or more pages. We'd bet that these problems will be fixed in a future firmware update, but until they are they're two more reasons the Apple iPod touch feels a little rushed to market.

Not all of the Apple iPhone's applications made it to the Apple iPod touch. We can begin to see the rationale for omitting the Mail and Google Maps applications - both would work better with the Apple iPhone's always-on data connection - but why leave off the Notes application or the Weather and Stock widgets? The implementation of the Calendar application is also a bit confusing: while you can sync events from your PC's calendar, you can't edit them on the Apple iPod touch or add events.

Overall grade: incomplete

We'll keep on updating and adding to this review, in particular with results from our objective audio and battery life tests. (Apple rates the iPod touch as good for 22 hours of audio playback and 5 hours of video). We also hope that by the time we update, Apple will have responded to our questions about the Safari and screen issues we experienced.

Apple iPod touch 1G Expert Verdict »

Digital audio and video player
8GB/16GB flash memory
3.5in 480x320 widescreen display
802.11b/g Wi-Fi
web browsing
supports AAC, Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3, AIFF and WAV formats
  • Build Quality: We give this item 7 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 7 of 10 overall

The iPod touch is so similar to the iPhone that at first glance the two could be mistaken for one another. The real differences will become apparent in the future, but for the moment, this is a good-looking and intriguing product that will set tongues wagging in the gadget community. For now, then, the Apple iPod touch remains a bit of an enigma. It's a beautifully designed player that's incredibly fun to use. If Apple can resolve these initial quality control issues, we'd recommend it to anyone looking for a mobile video player, a portable web browser or a high-class way to cart around the highlights from your music library.

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    In all the hubbub over the announcement and release of the iPhone 1.1.3 software update, the existence of the same-numbered update for the iPod touch and the £12.99 package of application updates for the iPod was somewhat overlooked. We put the update through its paces.

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    The late 2009 update to the Apple iPod touch is puzzling, to say the least. But the iPod touch remains a great portable computing device.

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