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32GB iPod touch review

£329 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Apple

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

Apple's new 32GB iPod touch very nearly lives up to the dream of the phone-less iPhone.

Apple's new 32GB iPod touch very nearly lives up to the dream of the phone-less iPhone. See also: Second-gen iPod touch review.

When Apple unveiled the iPod touch our initial reaction was lukewarm. Its video wasn't as bright and defined as that of the iPhone. It offered an unnecessarily hobbled set of features - the Calendar application, for example, didn't allow you to add or edit events and it lacked applications such as Stocks, Weather, and Notes. And its playtime didn't measure up to Apple's estimates.

Slick though the touchscreen interface was, many were disappointed that the touch didn't live up to the dream of the "phone-less iPhone". Not now, however.

See also:

Apple iPhone review

Apple iPod touch review

Apple iPod touch 1.1.3 software update review

Getting the picture

Apple addressed the most egregious video performance issues - where dark video and photos were really dark and lacked contrast - in the iPod touch 1.1.1 update. After applying the update, video on affected iPods improved.

Yet even with the update our original 16GB iPod touches didn't produce video as bright and defined as did an iPhone, though what it did produce was watchable.

The quality of the 32GB iPod touch's screen still doesn't match that of the iPhone. Its display has a yellower cast and is darker than the iPhone's display. But you're unlikely to be bothered by these issues unless you have the touch next to an iPhone and compare the two.

Added applications

Apple eventually allowed adding and editing events within the touch's Calendar application through a free software update.

The iPhone's "non-phone" applications remained missing in action, however, until Steve Jobs announced an add-on package of iPod touch applications at the recent Macworld Expo. These applications - Mail, Stocks, Maps, Weather and Notes - are included with iPod touches sold today.

They work just as they do on the iPhone other than providing links to calling functionality. For example, you can ask an iPhone to dial a phone number embedded in a Safari page or contact. Obviously this feature doesn't exist on the iPod touch.

Just as with an iPhone running version 1.1.3 of the iPhone software, the iPod touch, with its 1.1.3 software includes the Maps application enhancements as well as the ability to place web clippings on the Home screen, rearrange icons on that Home screen, and add additional Home screen pages to accommodate those web clippings and the third-party applications that Apple will make available later this year.

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Apple iPod touch 32GB Expert Verdict »

Apple iPod Touch 32GB 3rd Generation Scores 8.9 out of 10 based on 219 reviews
32GB iPod
USB 2.0 cable
dock adaptor
requires USB 2.0 port/Windows Vista/XP SP2/iTunes 7.6/internet connection
802.11b/g
3.5in (diagonal) Multi-Touch, 320 by 480 pixels screen
110x61.8x8mm
120g
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 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

If you've held off on purchasing an iPod touch because it hasn't offered enough of the iPhone's functionality or storage, it may be time to reconsider unbuckling your credit card. Granted, the display could be a bit brighter and its colour a little more balanced. We still desire external volume controls. And it's been a long time since you've been asked to pay £329 inc VAT for a 30-ish GB iPod. But the inclusion of Mail, Stocks, Maps, Weather, and Notes has transformed the iPod touch. Now, not only is it a solid and attractive portable media player, but, finally, a darned fine internet communications device as well.

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    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.

  • Apple iPod touch (3rd generation) review

    Apple iPod touch (3rd generation)

    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.

  • iPod touch 1.1.3 software update

    iPod touch 1.1.3 software update

    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.

  • Apple iPod touch (4th generation) review

    Apple iPod touch (4th generation)

    Apple's iPod touch has had a radical makeover, with the fourth-generation Touch coming in the wake of the widely praised iPhone 4 and offering some of the same features. It is Apple's best iPod to date and can be considered a triple threat: a gaming console, multimedia player and internet device.

  • Apple iPod touch (2nd generation) review

    Apple iPod touch (2nd generation)

    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


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