Apple iPod Touch (7th generation): a solid music player
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iPods are now discontinued, but the Apple iPod Touch (7th generation) is still well worth your time
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The Apple iPod Touch (7th generation) is still fantastic for gaming and listening to music, with Apple’s A10 Fusion chip making its AR experience better than ever, too. If you can find one, they’re relatively inexpensive, and could be an ideal entertainment device (especially for kids). Be warned though: the camera isn’t great, and you’ll miss Touch ID.
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The Apple iPod Touch (7th generation) was released in May 2019. This was a move that took everyone by surprise considering it was the first upgrade Apple had made to its portable music and video player since 2015.
According to Apple, the updated iPod Touch has enhancements in power, capability and communication over its predecessors. But, without a doubt, the iPod Touch (7th generation) was geared towards gaming, with its release coming just in time for the launch of Apple’s gaming service, Apple Arcade.
But is the iPod Touch 7 also a worthy music player like the many iPod Touch devices that came before it? The answer is: yes. That’s why, despite the fact a steady (but slow) stream of portable music players continue to be released by other brands, it’s still one of our top picks in our best MP3 players guide. The problem, however, might be finding one…
Since the release of the iPod Touch 7 we’re reviewing here, Apple has officially discontinued the iPod line. But rather than mean that iPod Touch devices like this one are old news, there’s been fresh demand for the portable music players as people are desperate to get one before they’re no more.
Read our Apple iPod Touch (7th generation) review below to find out whether Apple’s music player in your pocket is worth snapping up.
Apple iPod Touch (7th generation): price and availability
- Discontinued, so could soon be difficult to find
- Relatively cheap for an Apple product
Apple iPod Touch (7th generation) key specs
Capacity: 32GB, 128GB, 256GB
Dimensions: 123.4mm X 58.6mm X 6.1mm (H X W X D)
Battery: 40 hours
Display: 4-inch Retina Display, 1136×640-pixel resolution at 326 pp
Camera: 8MP camera, 1080p HD video recording, FaceTime HD Camera
Audio formats: AAC-LC, HE-AAC, HE-AAC v2, Protected AAC, MP3, Linear PCM, Apple Lossless, FLAC, Dolby Digital (AC‑3), Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC‑3) and Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX and AAX+)
The Apple iPod Touch (7th generation) is still on the Apple website, but has been sold out for some time.
Since Apple discontinued the whole iPod range in Spring 2022, demand for the Apple iPod Touch 7 has been high, so it’s no surprise last remaining stock from Apple is no longer available.
However, many third party retailers do have some models and colors of the iPod Touch (7th generation) available – we’re just not sure how long they’ll stick around.
At the time of writing, you can find the 32GB model for $199 / £199 / AU$299 / AED 849, with the price rising to $299 / £299 / AU$499 / AED 1,269 for the 128GB model.
The most expensive option is the $399 / £399 / AU$599 / AED 1,689 256GB model, which is the version we tested for this review.
This price isn’t cheap, but it’s good for an Apple product. Especially considering how good music playback and gaming is on this little device.
When the The Apple iPod Touch (7th generation) was first released, there were six colors to choose from: space grey, silver, pink, blue, gold and red. However, with stock levels low, space grey seems to be one of the few shades still available. Of course, this depends where you look.
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- Slim and sleek build
- Good choice of colors
- It has a 3.5mm headphone jack
The Apple iPod Touch (7th generation) looks identical to the iPod Touch that came before it, like the 6th gen and even the 5th gen version. It has a four-inch display and a sleek, lightweight build.
At the bottom of the iPod touch you’ll find the home button. Annoyingly, however, it doesn’t feature Apple’s Touch ID technology. This was introduced way back in 2013 with the iPhone 5S, so it’s a shame it’s not here.
This means you have to remember a six-digit passcode to unlock the iPod, which might not be ideal for younger users who could struggle to remember a passcode – although parents who want to limit children’s usage of their device might find this useful.
As with pre-iPhone X iPhone models, the on/off button is situated on the top of the iPod, while you’ll find the volume buttons on the left-hand side of the display. There are also front- and rear-facing cameras – more on those later.
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The bottom edge of the Apple iPod Touch (7th generation) houses a built-in speaker, Lightning port, and, puzzlingly, a 3.5mm headphone jack. Apple stopped including headphone jacks on its smartphones a long time ago in favor of its own multi-purpose Lightning port, with the last jack-friendly models, the iPhone 6S and iPhone SE, being discontinued in 2018.
We’ve speculated as to why Apple would include a headphone jack on the new iPod, with possible explanations ranging from the superior audio quality provided by wired headphones to the theory that Apple is trying to appeal to children who may find wireless headphones fiddly and annoying to use.
Reunited with the 3.5mm headphone jack, we’re reminded of how convenient it is to use if you have regular wired headphones to hand – which you will do, as the iPod Touch comes with a pair of Apple’s infamous EarPods, as well as a Lightning cable for charging.
That said, we realized that we hadn’t really missed the headphone jack as much as we thought we would. After all, wireless headphones are getting better all the time – take a look at our pick of the best wireless headphones if you need a new pair – and there are plenty of Lightning-enabled cans on the market if you still prefer a wired connection.
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At just 88g, the Apple iPod Touch 7 feels incredibly light, while its 4-inch display means it’s easy to hold it and navigate the touchscreen with one hand, making it accessible for kids as well as adults.
While the display isn’t the most advanced we’ve seen from Apple (it’s the same resolution as 2013’s iPhone 5, in fact), we found the 326ppi LED Retina display bright, clear, and attractive.
The 1136 x 640 pixel display is definitely a step down from the color-accurate OLED display utilized by the iPhone X, but it’s worth remembering that the cheapest new iPod touch model is only a fifth of the price of Apple’s latest smartphone.
Whether you think that’s a fair trade-off largely depends on how much you care about screen resolution. Steve Jobs originally gave the Retina Display its name due to the fact it’s meant to be so high-res that it’s actually more than the human eye can cope with. Take from that what you will.
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Apple iPod Touch (7th generation): battery life
- Up to 40 hours of music playback
- Up to 8 hours of video playback
Apple says the battery life of the Apple iPod Touch (7th generation) gives you up to 40 hours of music playback, and is good for up to eight hours of video playback.
Moderate use over a few days, including music playback and casual gaming, didn’t deplete the battery too drastically, although playing demanding games like PUBG (Player Unknown Battlegrounds), and streaming video at full brightness, predictably drained the battery faster than using more basic apps.
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Apple iPod Touch (7th generation): sound performance
- Hi-Res Audio support
- Sound quality depends on your headphones
We decided to test the iPod 7’s audio performance using the Apple EarPods that are included in the box, and we were pleasantly surprised by how well they handled our music.
Streaming via Apple Music, we listened to Dutch Uncles’ ‘Oh Yeah’. We were impressed by the new iPod touch’s lively and detailed rendering of the track, with tight bass notes and precise percussive hits.
‘Cat Rider’ by Little Dragon had a similarly precise feel, with swirling, smoky synths accentuated by snappy trap beats and subby bass lines. Vocals sounded smooth and clear, from the crystalline high notes right down to the wavering lows.
Having reached its 7th generation, the iPod touch finally supports the Hi-Res Audio codec FLAC, as well as Apple Lossless, giving you more options than ever when it comes to accessing audiophile-quality music.
Using a Hi-Res Audio playback app for iOS called Vox, we listened to Mozart’s ‘Requiem in D Minor’. The strings had a warm and natural quality, while soprano vocal duets soared sweetly above the mix without ever sounding harsh.
There’s hardly any point in listening to Hi-Res Audio with Apple’s EarPods, however; they just can’t do the music justice. So we donned a set of Master and Dynamic MW65 Active Noise-Canceling headphones to listen to Foals’ Spanish Sahara, and we were struck by how accurate the gently strummed guitar and soft vocals sounded.
The headphones you use with the iPod touch will have a huge impact on how good your music sounds. Check out our pick of the best over-ear headphones as these will always outperform the cheap in-ears you bought from the gas station.
That’s not to say the EarPods sound terrible; for casual listening they’re convenient, easy to use, and won’t break the bank if you need to replace them in the future. They’re popular for a reason.
We also tested out the inbuilt speaker at the bottom of the iPod touch, and it packs quite a punch despite its size. It won’t do for listening to your Hi-Res music, but if just want a little background music for your gaming sessions and can’t be bothered to dig your headphones out, it works just fine.
AR Dragon on the iPod touch (7th generation) (Image credit: PlaySide / TechRadar)
Apple iPod Touch (7th generation): gaming
- A10 Fusion chip is good news for gaming and AR
- Quick and fun to play with
With Apple’s A10 Fusion chip built-in, the iPod Touch 7 is optimized for gaming, including what Apple calls, “immersive augmented reality (AR) experiences”.
When this iPod Touch was first released, it come just in time for the launch of the company’s new gaming service, Apple Arcade. To find out more about it, take a look at our selection of the best Apple Arcade games.
To put the iPod Touch’s AR capabilities to the test, we downloaded AR Dragon from the App Store. The game prompts you to hatch an egg, from which emerges a cute baby dragon that can interact with the real world through the magic of AR.
As you look ‘through’ your screen via the Camera app, you can see your dragon interacting with the objects in your surroundings. We found the game loaded quickly; something that will appeal to impatient younger users who want to see their dragon in action as fast as possible.
We also tested the Apple iPod Touch (7th generation) on something more simple: Whale Trail from ustwo Games is a colorful endless flyer, and it looked fantastic on the iPod touch’s backlit LED display, and we didn’t experience any latency issues.
However, to really put the iPod touch through its paces we had to give it something a little more complex to process.
Enter PUBG. A faithful port of the PC battle royale phenomenon, the mobile version of PUBG is known for demanding a lot from the devices it’s played on in terms of processor speeds, GPU (graphics processing unit) performance, and RAM capacity.
According to Ars Technica, the A10 Fusion chip’s built-in GPU delivers “about 56% the performance of the A12”, the chip that’s used in the latest iPhones, but we didn’t experience any latency issues while playing this rather complex game, and we found the graphics ran smoothly, with the iPod touch’s bright and sharp display handling the realistic military-style graphics of PUBG just as well as the colorful, cartoonish graphics of Whale Trail.
Plus, with double the RAM of its predecessor (2GB to be exact), the 7th-gen iPod touch has a lot more memory to run the increasingly complex titles available to mobile gamers.
PUBG on the iPod touch 2019 (Image credit: Tencent Mobile International Limited)
Apple iPod Touch (7th generation): camera
- 1.2MP FaceTime HD camera on the front
- 8MP camera that supports on the back
- Overall quite disappointing photos
One of the applications that comes built-in on the Apple iPod Touch (7th generation) is the Camera app. The camera hardware itself is exactly the same as its predecessor’s: on the front of the iPod touch is a 1.2MP FaceTime HD camera, while the rear sports a more advanced 8MP camera that supports autofocus, auto image stabilization and a f/2.4 aperture.
Modern luxuries like 4K video recording and Portrait Mode are nowhere to be found on the iPod touch, which does feel like a step backwards.
In fact, we found that compared to an old iPhone SE, the camera was disappointing. Photos just aren’t as sharp or detailed, and the hardware hasn’t improved over the previous iPod Touch either.
Is the iPod touch 7 okay to use for FaceTime or taking basic snaps? Sure. Will you win any photography competitions using it? Probably not.
An example of photography on the iPhone SE (left) and the Apple iPod Touch 7 (right) (Image credit: TechRadar)
Overall, we were impressed by the Apple iPod Touch (7th generation) when it was first released and even a few years later, it’s a solid choice if you want a way to listen to music, play games and use apps without the calling and mobile data capabilities of a phone.
In terms of design, we like the fact that Apple stuck to the 4-inch display of old, while the inclusion of the 3.5mm jack will be a welcome addition for anyone who still loathes Apple’s Lightning port. Older isn’t always better though, as proven by the dated camera and the lack of Touch or Face ID.
Playing music on the iPod Touch (7th generation) is seamless, and it generally sounds great, with the new support for FLAC likely to appeal to audiophiles.
Unlike with its predecessors, however, Apple has emphasized the gaming capabilities of the newer iPod Touch over its music playback capabilities – and it handles games superbly. Whether we were playing simple side-scrollers or complex battle royale games, we didn’t experience any latency issues, and the A10 Fusion chip means AR titles work equally well. If you like Apple Arcade, this is a great way to make the most of it – and not to mention the cheapest.
Which brings us to the question of who’s going to buy the 7th-gen iPod touch. Who, after all, would want what is essentially an iPhone that can’t make calls? Well, without the capacity for mobile data, parents don’t have to worry about kids downloading games over a mobile network and gobbling up expensive data plans with a few swipes, and limiting Wi-Fi access is much easier.
Plus, for parents concerned about exposing their kids to the potential hazards of the online world, the iPod touch could represent an attractive middle ground between regular ‘dumb’ phones and a fully connected iPhone.
With access to social media apps and messaging services like Apple’s iMessage and WhatsApp, you won’t exactly be cut off from the world if you use the new iPod touch as your primary device. Of course, you won’t be contactable away from a Wi-Fi network, but in today’s constantly connected age many are likely to feel that’s no bad thing.
If you’re convinced the Apple iPod Touch (7th generation) is for you, then check stock levels first. Now that all of Apple’s iPods are officially discontinued, you might not necessarily get the color or size you want.
If our Apple iPod Touch (7th generation) review has you considering other options, here are three more MP3 players to look at.
Astell & Kern A&ultima SP2000T
The Astell & Kern A&ultima SP2000T has lavish specs and sounds fantastic. Two amplifier stages offer seven distinct options, while no fewer than four DACs are deployed to handle two channels of audio information. As you’d expect, it’s incredibly expensive but if money is no object and you just want the best of the best sound from a portable music player, then look no further.
Read our full Astell & Kern A&ultima SP2000T review
Fiio M11 High-Resolution Audio Player
If you want a high-end audio player that handles music exceptionally well with a more premium experience than the Apple iPod Touch (7th generation) but without the eye-watering price tag of our Astell & Kern pick above, check out the M11 from Fiio. It’s a product that skirts the line between a smartphone and an audiophile player.
Read our full Fiio M11 High-Resolution Audio Player review
SanDisk Clip Sport Plus
If you’re looking for a way to listen to music on-the-go or an alternative option for kids, this cheap player from SanDisk is well worth considering. During testing, we found the battery life is impressive at 20 hours. The interface is dated, not as powerful as your smartphone and it’s not touch-sensitive. But it’s easy to navigate and as long as you don’t expect full audiophile-level quality, you’ll find the sound very capable.
Read our full SanDisk Clip Sport Plus review
- First reviewed June 2019.
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Olivia was previously TechRadar’s Senior Editor – Home Entertainment, covering everything from headphones to TVs. Based in London, she’s a popular music graduate who worked in the music industry before finding her calling in journalism. She’s previously been interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live on the subject of multi-room audio, chaired panel discussions on diversity in music festival lineups, and her bylines include T3, Stereoboard, What to Watch, Top Ten Reviews, Creative Bloq, and Croco Magazine. Olivia now has a career in PR.
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iPod touch 4th generation • iLand
Many people still thought of the iPod touch as an iPhone without the ability to make calls or GPS (no cellular, SMS, EDGE or 3G mobile internet). With the advent of the 4th generation iPod touch, this iPod model came close to the iPhone.
Similarities and Differences
Despite the compactness of the iPhone 4, two iPod touch 4th generation stacked together will fit in the thickness of one iPhone 4. The new iPod is also somewhat narrower and lighter than its 3rd generation iPod touch predecessor, and the shape is more angular. The edges of the new device are sharp enough that older iPhone or iPod touch users will have to practice feeling for the volume and screen lock buttons.
Unlike previous versions of the iPod touch, the new one does not have the small black plastic insert in the upper left corner of the back cover, under which the Wi-Fi module was located in older models. In the new model, that corner is occupied by an omnidirectional microphone and a higher-resolution camera (like the iPhone 4, the 4th generation iPod touch also has a standard-definition front-facing camera).
The built-in microphone allows you to control your iPod with Voice Control. Hold down the Home button until Voice Control turns on and you can tell the device which track to play in the same way as on the iPhone. But this function only works for playing music.
The 4th generation iPod touch also has a dedicated speaker port located to the left of the dock connector on the bottom of the iPod. The 2nd and 3rd generation iPod touch also had a speaker, but the sound seemed to be coming from within the device itself, rather than from the corresponding port. Perhaps due to a change in the speaker itself (or perhaps for other reasons), but the speaker sounds much better on the 4th generation iPod touch. Sure, the sound isn’t up to the level of the iPhone 4, but compared to previous iPod lines, the current model stands out in terms of quality.
The combination of an omnidirectional microphone with a quality speaker will allow users of the new iPod touch to make Skype/VoIP calls (only over Wi-Fi, of course). Previous versions of the iPod touch didn’t have a built-in microphone, so this was only possible with headsets.
The screen lock button has moved to the right on the top panel, and volume control is now controlled by two separate buttons (rather than a solid switch as in previous models). The sound can also be adjusted from the headsets, but (unlike the previous iPod touch) in the new model they are not supplied in the kit (regular headphones are included), but are purchased separately.
Like the iPhone 4, the 4th generation iPod touch features a 960 x 640 Retina Display. device). Just like in the iPhone 4, when viewing text, you will not notice the pixels, the images are very clear and you can twist the brightness to the maximum. But unlike the iPhone 4 screen, the iPod touch screen has smaller viewing angles.
The 4th generation iPod touch is equipped with the Apple A4 processor (similar processors are found in both iPhone 4 and iPad). When comparing the 32GB model of the old generation iPod touch and the new one, there was no big increase in performance (turning on the new one took 26 seconds against 28 of the old one, launching applications was the same time and application speed was slightly faster in the new one). The 1st and 2nd generation iPod touches, of course, lose a lot more.
Like its predecessors, the new iPod touch does not have a GPS module and uses Wi-Fi only to determine location. But it, like the iPhone 4, is equipped with a gyroscope, which will allow you to get more pleasure from games using this sensor.
And thanks to iOS 4, the 4th generation iPod touch provides better support for AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile), a Bluetooth protocol that allows you to control tracks (play/pause, adjust volume, switch tracks) from headsets and headphones with A2DP support.
iPod touch as a video camera
The cameras on the 4th generation iPod touch and iPhone 4 are not the same. While the rear camera on both devices shoots at 720p (1280 x 720), there’s a difference when comparing shots of the same scene. First of all, attention is drawn to the fact that the image seems to be removed from the object (i.e. the camera has a larger viewing angle). It has also been noted that the iPhone 4’s camera captures much brighter (richer color) footage than the iPod touch. But with all this, in general, the video from the iPod touch looks quite presentable (especially considering that it is removed from the player).
Also of note is the lack of a flash on the iPod touch (found on the iPhone 4), instead of which there is an ambient light sensor next to the rear camera to improve low-light performance. Of course, this sensor will not replace a full-fledged flash, but without it, the result would be even worse.
The 4th generation iPod touch supports iMovie for iOS, which allows you to create full-fledged movies with all the features available to this application.
iPod touch as a photo camera
Unlike shooting video, taking photos on the iPod touch looks more approximate (i.e. less capture for the same composition) than on the iPhone 4. The camera on the iPhone 4 shoots at 1936 x 2592, in while the iPod touch is 720 x 960. That’s 5 megapixels on the iPhone 4 versus just under one on the iPod touch.
Lack of flash and lower resolution results in a fairly predictable loss in quality for iPod touch photos compared to iPhone 4.
FaceTime and iPod touch
Face Time works much like the iPhone 4. Like the iPhone 4, you can switch between the front and rear cameras, and the omnidirectional microphone picks up sound even when using the front camera (although it does located on the back).
The difference between FaceTime on iPhone 4 and iPod touch 4th generation is that on iPod there is no need to dial a number to receive or place a call. Instead, FaceTime only requires an email address. Apple sends an email to the address that asks you for confirmation when you click the link in the email. This launches a browser and loads a page on the Apple website where you are required to enter your Apple ID and the corresponding password. After that, you just have to click Verify Address and iPod touch will be able to receive FaceTime calls from this address.
To make a call, you just need to open a contact. In the contact screen there will be a button to call FaceTime, press it to invite the opponent. If the person you are calling is using an iPhone 4, you can alternatively click on their phone number and the effect will be the same. This is all possible, of course, only if you have a Wi-Fi network.
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iPod Nano 5 – built-in camera and something else.
09.09, which undoubtedly added a certain symbolism to the presentation procedure, but that’s not what we’re talking about.
At first glance, the novelty looks very similar to last year’s Nano 4G – both in shape and size. The lineup is represented by the same 8- and 16-gigabyte configurations, which, however, have a lower starting price than the 4th series models – $149 and $179, respectively.
There are not many purely external differences: the Nano 5 has glossier aluminum parts, the display is increased to 2.2″ diagonally (instead of 2″), and the headphone output is now located to the left of the docking station port, and not to the right, as before .
It is clear that you have to be a true fan of Apple players to immediately notice such minor differences. Moreover, according to the manufacturer, the iPod Nano 5 differs radically from previous generations just by its “internal”, improved technical parameters: the player is literally crammed with an incredible amount of new “chips”.
However, everything that was in the iPod 4G remained in the fifth generation models: music, photos, videos, podcasts – all in the same place and of the same quality. Plus the same motley variety of multi-colored cases.
Of course, it’s hard to know what innovations really make the iPod Nano 5 better, more comfortable, or more reliable than the 4 Series without extensive testing, but it’s already clear that the iPod Nano 5 is a step forward for Apple. At the very least, this model didn’t immediately get criticized for its shape like the iPod 3G, or the incomprehensible buttons like the iPod Shuffle.
First of all, is not so simple with the display dimensions. It’s not just that Nano 5’s screen is already 0.2″ larger diagonally than the previous model, and, accordingly, has a resolution of 240 x 376 pixels (instead of 240 x 320). With such a screen, the iPod 5G, figuratively speaking, came a little closer to the ability to play videos in 16:9 format. .
In other words, unlike the iPod 4G (with a 4:3 display), the novelty, although with additional conversion, can play widescreen videos without black bars on the sides. Otherwise, the screen of the Nano 5 is the same as that of the 4G: in terms of brightness, contrast, and readability.
Second , the iPod Nano now has a built-in video camera. Very small and fixed focus, but capable of recording standard video clips with a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels at 30 frames per second. The files are saved in an iTunes compatible .MP4 format with H.264 compression and ACC audio. The quality is quite decent, as for this kind of device – the footage is suitable for posting on YouTube.
However, it should be understood that as a video recorder, the Nano 5 looks a little worse than even the smallest HD camcorders. The camera is designed primarily for spontaneous shooting of interesting scenes when there is no digital camcorder at hand. The Nano 5 does not have a camera mode – the costs of miniaturization. But to compensate, Nano 5 has a whole bunch of preset video effects and filters with which you can add many new visual effects to the footage without the help of a computer.
BUT the main problem is not even in the size or functionality of the camera, but rather in its not the most convenient location – the developers placed the lens exactly behind the scroll panel, exactly in the place where your fingers will most often be located when you will not only press the buttons , but also just hold the player in your hands.
The lens will constantly get dirty. Even after a few minutes of use, a completely new player is no longer able to shoot video with the required quality, because fingerprints or ordinary dust somehow remain on the tiny protective glass of the camera, which are not so easy to remove, but which significantly degrade the quality of the shooting. And what to expect after three months of active wearing of the player?
In general, a manufacturer like Apple could take into account the experience of mobile phone developers and try to place the camera lens closer to the top of the case.
In the third , in addition to the built-in camera, Nano 5 also has a microphone – another functional difference between the fifth generation iPods. So, an absolutely similar problem applies to the microphone hole, which is located next to the camera. The only difference is that if during video shooting the fingers accidentally covered the lens, and this is noticeable on the display, then in the case of a closed microphone, the poor quality of the recorded sound can only be recognized when playing a ready-made video, while the main part of the audio sequence will consist of sounds of rustling fingers on the microphone.
Fourth, , Nano 5, unlike its predecessors, is equipped with an external built-in speaker. Of course, with such dimensions of the player itself and taking into account its cost, one should not expect high-quality sound from a miniature speaker. But, for example, if you want to quickly scroll through an audio or video with friends, then now there is no need to pass the headphones in turn so that everyone can hear the recording. In addition, thanks to an external speaker, the player can be used as a musical alarm clock or sound reminder – trifles, but useful.
Fifth, , Nano 5 users will certainly be surprised and delighted by the built-in FM receiver, which for many will be no less unexpected solution than the camera. Why unexpected? Because since 2001, Apple has been in no hurry to please iPod buyers with free FM tuners, which have long become the standard for this class of devices. For players of the previous series, as you know, external FM receivers need to be purchased for separate money. It took only some eight years, the global financial crisis and several tens of thousands of potential users who preferred to buy an FM player from another manufacturer before the developers of the mega-popular Nano series found a place for this common and beloved by many options.
But, nevertheless, the result is: the fifth generation of the iPod Nano is equipped with an FM tuner, which, like all portable players, only works with connected headphones. By the way, it is for the same reason that the Nano 5 cannot listen to the radio through the speaker – FM does not work without headphones, and the speaker turns off with headphones. However, there are pluses: the FM receiver can display an RDS stream, including the names of musical compositions and artist names, even pause and rewind functions are provided (after pressing the “pause” button, the player records up to 15 minutes of the audio stream to internal memory with subsequent playback) .
At the same time, the names of the song you like can be saved in a special submenu, and when you connect the player to your computer, iTunes will offer you to find this song in the iTunes store and, if you want, buy it. Modest and tasteful. The main thing is to listen to radio stations with a high-quality RDS stream and use only the services of the iTunes store.
Sixth , Nano 5 has a pedometer function in a special “Fitness” submenu, which can now be found in additional directories of the main menu next to games, voice recordings, reminders, etc. The pedometer will undoubtedly come in handy for everyone who goes in for sports to the sounds of their favorite music. Moreover, the manufacturer presents the new feature as one of the most significant innovations of the model, no less important than a camera or an FM receiver. And even iTunes, if it sees that you used a pedometer, will definitely ask if you want to save your achievements on the Nike + website.
Let’s add a few more words about sound, battery life and new software.
As for the sound quality, you can leave the iPod 5G off with stock headphones so as not to spoil your nerves. However, this is the “trouble” of most similar devices, so criticizing the iPod for this is an empty thing. But with “ears” of the AUDIO-TECHNICA ATH-A700 level, the iPod “raises” a good sound and is not inferior in volume to the more “adult” iPod Touch. At the same time, the sound is not spoiled by extra bass – the “bottoms” remain at an acceptable level even at a volume level close to the maximum.