Apple iPod Touch 2011 (8GB, black)
Manufacturer: Apple Part number: MC540LL/A
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- Reviewed by: Donald Bell
- Edited by: Lindsey Turrentine
- Reviewed on: 10/16/2011
- Released on: 10/14/2011
The good: Apple's iPod Touch comes with a new color, a new price, and feature-packed OS. It records HD video, chats over video or iMessages, checks your e-mail, keeps your appointments, connects to the cloud, rents movies, plays music, takes pictures, and plays more games than any of its competitors.
The bad: Photo quality doesn't hold up to the iPhone 4's; there's no GPS, and no option for 3G data service.
The bottom line: The iPod Touch is the best iPod yet, offering all the fun of the iPhone experience without a carrier contract or monthly bill.
Actual Owner of iPod Touch 4G
by LonnyGC on March 5, 2011
Pros: + Display is brilliant
+ Speed of the processor amazing
+ Video quality is very much enjoyable
+ Rear camera is excellent
+ Internet browsing loads super fast
Cons: - No in-line microphone on the earbuds
- Dock connector doesn't sit flush with the device
- Speaker gets blocked easily
Summary: Alright, so Best Buy got the 8GB iPod Touch 4G in stock so I drove an hour to go get one. I was not disappointed. I will run through the ...
Summary: Alright, so Best Buy got the 8GB iPod Touch 4G in stock so I drove an hour to go get one. I was not disappointed. I will run through the features I have come across so far.Edit Link
Body: Aside from moving the sleep button to the right and making the back of the device slimmer and more flat, not much has changed. Yes, the chrome back is still there erg! It was so pretty for the first 30 seconds.
Ram: The Ram on the iPod Touch is only 256 MB, so do not believe the talk of 512 MB, it is simply not true.
Wireless: Fully supports A/B/G/N
Vibration: There is no vibration, so do not expect that.
Multitasking: Works real well and very smooth transition
Display: While the display on the iPod is not IPS like the iPhone do not think it suffers in anyway. This display is so beautiful and crisp to look at. I cannot even distinguish the pixels, and text on a website is like you are reading out of a book, it's so refreshing. I played a digital copy of "UP" on here and the colors practically jump off the screen, very nice. Apple's icons are so much more vivid and sharp, while 3rd party developer icons who have yet to make an upgrade for the new displays shows what a step up this new screen has to offer.
Speaker: I am not sure of the quality of the speaker on the 3G iPod Touch, but on my 2G iPod Touch it was very tinny and I only used it for game sound. Here on the 4G there is a new spot on the bottom left for the speaker and it has risen in clarity. Music is very listenable and clear, however nothing replaces a good set of earbuds, but when you're in a jam, you won't be gritting your teeth with this speaker.
Processor: The new Apple processor is a sure win for this device. Everything loads very fast and switching from one screen to another is very swift and smooth. Crash Bandicoot finally has a nice framerate to play with on this iPod and for once I did not regret buying that game.
Front Camera: This is the camera that is primarily used for Facetime. It's resolution is at 640 X 480. After taking a few pictures with it, you will notice how it is really not for taking stills, but works fine for videochatting (which I have not tried, but did run some video tests with it). Obviously Facetime will work better in well lit areas, but then again, doesn't any camera?
Rear Camera: Again stills are just so so. What really bugs me is when you go to take a picture, you see how crisp the preview is, then you take the picture and you can see it blur. The tap to focus works nice for adjusting exposure and well lit photos look very decent on the display. It's when you upload them to your computer when you notice how not so decent they actually are. While this may be a negative for many people, if you are like me, you want to just upload photos with this device to FaceBook and capture funny moments with the video camera. If I want to take a really awesome picture, I'll pull out my DSLR, but for me this iPod's capabilities are more than adequate for my quick shooting of certain events. The video captures quite nicely, while not superb like an actual HD camcorder does enough for me for again, capturing fun moments. Don't worry, you don't cringe while watching the video, it's more than adequate and produces vibrant colors and a fast framerate. Some may complain on this, and believe me those reviews will be here shortly, but then again why not buy an HD Camcorder that is made for HD content?
Microphone: Testing out Skype my friend told me I was coming in loud and clear. I also played back a video I made on the iPod on my computer and the microphone captures top notch audio. Very crisp and clear, I was quite pleased.
Battery: While I haven't tested out Apple's claims of 40 hr. of music, let's be honest who really does that? I'm sure Apple's claims are quite credible in their battery life depending on how the device is used.
Is the new iPod worth it? For me, upgrading from the 2G Touch, yes! The display is brilliant, the speed of the processor amazing, video quality is very much enjoyable and the rear camera is excellent for taking quick fun shots. If I had one word to describe this iPod, it would be fun! You can't handle one of these without feeling like a joyous kid, (I'm 22) and the business aspect is still there and quite useful. I would highly recommend this iPod Touch as a worthy upgrade to any generation of the iPod Touch you may own and if you don't own one, there has never been a more perfect time to go out and get one! Don't hesitate to leave a comment here if you have a question for an actual owner. I'll do what I can!
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Updated on Oct 14, 2011
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19 out of 20 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great product but one thing
by Sir_Moses_Wellington on September 1, 2010
Pros: Good storage, best touch-screen portable media devise so far.
Cons: Price and base storeage. They have kept it at 8GB since it came out, can't they up the aunty a little and offer 16GB for base model?
Summary: Overall, if your looking to have the best portable devise to have for everyday use, this is it. Only things that keep it down are the price and possibly Apple, ...
Summary: Overall, if your looking to have the best portable devise to have for everyday use, this is it. Only things that keep it down are the price and possibly Apple, if your one of those people.
8 out of 11 users found this user opinion helpful.
by Syvmana on September 8, 2010
Pros: It carries all of the features the iPhone 4 has! Without a contract with the evil AT&T!
Cons: I don't have any!
Summary: If you have enough money to spend and look forward to a smart phone/Mp3 player device, then this is DEFINITELY you number one choice.
Updated on Sep 8, 2010...
Summary: If you have enough money to spend and look forward to a smart phone/Mp3 player device, then this is DEFINITELY you number one choice.However, the camera isn't as great as the iPhone 4, but it still looks great ether way. If your too naive about the new installment, in other words, your an Apple Hater, don't bother. I'm not an Apple Lover, I'm just as ordinary as can be, giving off my honest review about it. Other's can be too sensitive about the camera not looking as great as the iPhone 4, or there's no option for 3G. You have a computer that works faster, use it. The iPod isn't for everything you know. Just to listen to music, photos, games, chatting, playing Tap Tap, etc.
Updated on Sep 8, 2010
8 out of 12 users found this user opinion helpful.
A fantastic upgrade! A fantastic iPod!
by Kabirz on September 10, 2010
Pros: Smaller, slimmer, lighter, 2 cameras, retina display is amazing, very fast, no performance issues
Cons: the camera is VERY low resolution
Summary: This iPod Touch is just amazing. I am so on awe of it! I had an iPod Touch 2G before, and this iPod is simply amazing! It's beyond words. ...
Summary: This iPod Touch is just amazing. I am so on awe of it! I had an iPod Touch 2G before, and this iPod is simply amazing! It's beyond words. I loved the iPod Touch 2G when I got it, and I love the iPod Touch 4G.
I like to think of the iPod Touch as a portal to the world. Through the internet, we can easily research a fact, look up the weather, or write on our friends Facebook wall. It is important to have a good portal- and the iPod Touch 4G is BRILLIANT!
The retina display really is the jewel on the crown. It is not possible to see one individual pixel. It simply looks like you're looking at a piece of paper- it does not look as though it is a screen. This is by FAR the BEST screen I have ever seen. EVER.
There are two cameras on this iPod; a forward camera and a rear camera. The rear camera is less than one megapixel and the forward camera is even less. Therefore, the rear camera is just OK. Not amazing, but OK. The forward camera is OK as well. The VIDEO CAMERA is very good. It records in 720P, which is actually turns out to be quite nice. Having a video camera on the iPod Touch is great. Having a DECENT camera is even more amazing! Being able to edit the clips so quickly and export them to YouTube adds to the convenience. I would suggest getting the iMove app. Imagine creating a movie of your vacation, while you're still on vacation!
The video camera works hand-in-hand with the bult-in-microphone. And I must say, that is one damn good microphone! Voice notes sound very clear, and even though the mic is on the back, the sound comes through very well!
The built-in-speaker has become much more prominent by having a grill dedicated to it on the bottom-left side. It sounds much louder, clearer and brighter.
All of the features of iOS 4 work seamlessly on the iPod Touch 4G, from multitasking to voice control! Apple did well with iOS4, and the iPod Touch frames is wonderfully.
In conclusion, the iPod Touch is a wonderful departure from the iPod Touch 3G. It adds many new features such as a decent camera, amazing video camera and the best display i've ever seen. period.
The camera should be a higher resolution, and that is my only criticism. Whether if you are buying an iPod for the first time, or if you are upgrading, this is the BEST iPod Touch so far. I would highly, Highly, HIGHLY recommend it!!!!!
5 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
by EcoFusion on September 7, 2010
Pros: The screen looks significantly better than previous iTouches, still lacking the contrast and vivid colors of the iPhone 4's IPS display, but a great improvement none the less. The cameras work well, and the 802.11b/g/n really bring web pages up fast.
Cons: No flash for the camera.
Summary: Between the great display, HD video camera, front facing camera, mic, and 802.11b/g/n wi-fi the iPod touch 4th gen is a must have for any techy.
Summary: Between the great display, HD video camera, front facing camera, mic, and 802.11b/g/n wi-fi the iPod touch 4th gen is a must have for any techy.
6 out of 8 users found this user opinion helpful.
by Alinync on September 9, 2010
Pros: It's basically an iPhone 4 that doesn't include a monthly bill.
With all the fun of iOS 4 in a better designed iPod.
Cons: As far as photo's go, the quality isn't as good as seen on the iPhone 4.
Even do the monthly bill would have to be included with 3G, I still miss the GPS.
Summary: The bottom line is, the new iPod Touch is better then ever. And has improved a lot more on the last iPod Touch then I expected. Being an iPhone 4 ...
Summary: The bottom line is, the new iPod Touch is better then ever. And has improved a lot more on the last iPod Touch then I expected. Being an iPhone 4 with not bill is probably all you need to here.
If you think the new iPhone is cool, you'll love the new iPod
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
4th generation iPod amazing, but durability is low.
by Tony_Noon on September 21, 2010
Pros: HD camera and editing in my pocket anywhere I go. Great graphics and movies. The price is reasonable for the amount of computing capabilities. I replaced a laptop computer with an iPod touch. And it plays music.
Cons: The video camera is only fair. The overall construction is poor compared to first generation iPods.
Summary: I bought a first generation iPod touch several years ago. I got the 8 gig model, figuring it was a nice toy that I could listen to my music on ...
Summary: I bought a first generation iPod touch several years ago. I got the 8 gig model, figuring it was a nice toy that I could listen to my music on and occasionally check my email. I immediately fell in love with the high quality device and used it daily. It survived many falls (Including three into the toilet though that did cause some issues.)
I realized that I would soon need to buy a new Touch. My old one was having battery issues and I felt like I could not live without it. So I bought a 32 gig 4th gen iPod touch. I loved it. The camera was wonderful even though it is only basic point and shoot. As a professional video editor, I found iMovie fun to use and though it is limited, it really has all of the basics to put together a nice looking video. I was able to put together a short, HD family outing video in iMovie and upload it to mobile me in less than 20 minutes. That is very impressive from a device that fits in my pocket. My only complaint is the construction. The thin size of the iPod touch makes it difficult to hold, and while I was trying to slide it into the camera case I carry it in, it slipped from my fingers and hit the sidewalk. This bent the pressed steel case and shattered the glass. This was a fall that my 1st generation iPod would not have noticed due to the aluminum frame around it's glass screen. I was very happy with Apple's customer care and service people at the local Apple store.
All in all this is a great device. It is perfect for vacations, the family get together and other outdoor or brightly lit casual video shoots. It is great for checking email, playing games and reading books. I watch movies and tv shows with it on my television using an optional component cable. oh and it plays music too.
If you buy one, make sure you do not leave the store without a shock absorbing case for it. (At the time of this writing none were available from the Apple store so you might want to wait a couple of weeks.)
4 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
Hands down, the best ipod yet!
by princesskut30 on September 10, 2010
Pros: I love everything about this product. The sound quality is very clear, the screen resolution is great, and the addition of the camera is awesome.
Cons: None so far
Summary: Overall, I would recommend this product to anyone. It is much more than just an MP3 player. It's almost like carrying around a small computer in your pocket. I ...
Summary: Overall, I would recommend this product to anyone. It is much more than just an MP3 player. It's almost like carrying around a small computer in your pocket. I am very satisfied with the product as a whole. It was definitely worth the money.
3 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
IPOD TOUCH = EVIL
by melisak22 on October 14, 2010
Pros: I like everything about the ipod touch before I bought it. The idea of being able to go online, the app store, playing games, movies, etc. It's practically a mini computer what's not to love???
Cons: The ipod touch has too many little operational glitches that they need to work out.
Summary: The first ipod that I bought skipped every song and did not allow apps to be downloaded because of errors. After trying a million solutions included ripping all of my ...
Summary: The first ipod that I bought skipped every song and did not allow apps to be downloaded because of errors. After trying a million solutions included ripping all of my music again apple care sent me a replacement ipod. That to did the same thing. I also have an ipod nano that i synced with my music just to make sure it wasn't my computer sure enough it didn't skip at all on that device.
After 2 more replacements the 3th they sent would not upload the newest version of Itunes. After making it half way through the process the thing just died. I mean it wouldn't even turn on it was completely fried. They sent me another replacement. It did the same thing, so I went to the apple store with my computer and had them try. They fried 2 more ipods in the store (one on my computer and another on theirs) before they were able toget it updated and after 2 hours I was on my way. Then I tried to sync songs on it again. Finally it worked....however they ALL skip again. I was able to get the apps on it however i cannot not get them from sync them from itunes. This device has been nothing but a nightmare. I would advise you to try the nano instead and if you like the touch screen get the ipad maybe that would work better. If you do get the touch I really hope you have better luck than I did.
4 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
Do not buy for kids very fragile
by Chiefs12345678 on January 10, 2011
Pros: Nice if you do not drop it or are rough with it
Cons: Very fragile device and therefore not recommended for kids. Not made very well and lets face it this is for kids so why did Apple not make it stand up to drops?
Summary: My 11 year old son had the device for 1 week and dropped it maybe 2ft off the ground and totally shattered the screen. Pretty much unusable and we had ...
Summary: My 11 year old son had the device for 1 week and dropped it maybe 2ft off the ground and totally shattered the screen. Pretty much unusable and we had bought one of those "accessory bumpers" for it which of course was more money and it still shattered with only a 2ft drop. I have had cell phones with touch screens (i.e. Samsung Moment from Sprint) and dropped it much worse and it is still in great shape. Could Apple have not made this thing a little tougher? This thing is pretty much now a $250 paper weight. Kids are going to drop stuff so this is not recommended for kids.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Apple
- Part number: MC540LL/A
- Description: iPod touch has an all-new design that makes it the thinnest, lightest, most amazing iPod touch ever. Holding one is all the proof you need. With its curved design, iPod touch is now a mere 7.2 millimeters thin. Its engineered glass front and stainless steel back feel sleek and smooth in your hand. Turn it on, and you're instantly blown away by the brilliant Retina display. iPod touch is the perfect combination of stunning design and revolutionary technology - brilliant from the outside in. There are lots of reasons you won't want to take your eyes off the iPod touch. The 960-by-640 backlit LCD display, for one. It packs 326 pixels per inch, making it the highest-resolution iPod screen ever. To achieve this, Apple engineers developed pixels so small - a mere 78 micrometers across - that the human eye can't distinguish individual pixels. Even though you can't see them, you'll definitely notice the difference. Text is remarkably sharp and graphics are incredibly vivid. The Apple A4 chip is behind, or rather underneath, all the fun you can have on iPod touch. Apple engineers designed the A4 chip to be a remarkably powerful yet remarkably power-efficient mobile processor. With it, iPod touch can easily perform complex jobs such as multitasking, editing video, and placing FaceTime calls. All while maximizing battery life. And fun. iPod touch just learned some new moves. It includes a built-in three-axis gyroscope. When paired with the accelerometer, the gyro makes iPod touch capable of advanced motion sensing such as user acceleration, full 3D attitude, and rotation rate. Translation: More motion gestures and greater precision for an even better gaming experience. iPod touch captures video with two built-in cameras. It shoots amazing HD 720p video from the back camera. And with its advanced backside illumination sensor, it captures beautiful footage even in low-light settings. All while the built-in microphone records conversations, music, or any audio at the same time. And on the front of iPod touch, the built-in camera is perfect for making FaceTime calls and shooting self-portraits. It's surprising how much fun can fit into something so small. When you put your finger on iPod touch, how does it just start doing what you want it to do? It's a chain reaction, really. The Multi-Touch display layers a protective shield over a capacitive panel that senses your touch using electrical fields. It then transmits that information to the Retina display below it. So you can glide through albums with Cover Flow, flick through photos and enlarge them with a pinch, zoom in and out on a section of a web page, and control game elements precisely. FaceTime on iPod touch lets you hang out, catch up, and goof off with friends in an entirely new way. With just a tap, you can see what your friends are up to - literally. Witness a prank in action. Or watch your friend on the other side of the country crack up at your stories from last night - iPod touch to iPod touch or iPhone 4 over Wi-Fi. And all you need to get started is an Apple ID and an email account. You can choose an email account you already have or, if you prefer, set up a new one. You'll never see fun the same way again.
- Product type Digital player
- PC interface(s) supported Bluetooth 2.1 EDR,
- Flash memory installed 8 GB Integrated
- Software type [Jul 2, 2008 from CDS: Software] Apple Safari,
Find My iPod touch,
- Color Black
- Depth 0.3 in
- Height 4.3 in
- Width 2.3 in
- Weight 3.6 oz
- Voice recording capable Yes
- Included accessories Earphones,
- Digital storage None
- Sound output mode Stereo
- Amplifier response bandwidth 20 - 20000 Hz
- Built-in clock Alarm,
- Addtional features Apple AirPlay support ,
Nike + iPod support ,
Video recording (720p) ,
Three-axis gyro sensor ,
Voice Control ,
Voice Memos ,
Two built-in digital cameras ,
Game Center ,
Phone book ,
iCloud support ,
YouTube streaming ,
Multi-touch interface ,
Web browsing ,
Digital Player / Recorder
- Supported digital audio standards Audible AAX+,
- Playback modes Random play / shuffle,
All tracks repeat,
One track repeat,
- Response bandwidth 20 - 20000 Hz
- Supported bit rate 8 - 320
- ID3 tags support Yes
- Additional features MPEG-4 playback,
Variable bit-rate compatible,
JPEG photo playback
- Audio system built-in display LCD
- Diagonal size 3.5 in
- Resolution 960 x 640
- Backlight display Yes
- Display menu language Danish,
- Features Ambient light sensor,
Retina Display (326 ppi)
Video Playback Features
- Video playback support MPEG-4,
- Digital audio standards supported MP3,
- Speaker(s) 1 x Speaker Built-in
- Equalizer type Digital graphic
- Microphone type Built-in
- Headphones type Binaural Ear-bud
- Sound output mode Stereo
- Response bandwidth 20 - 20000 Hz
- Impedance 32 Ohm
- Connectivity technology Wired
- Cable(s) included External,
1 x USB cable -
- Connector type 1 x Docking station,
1 x Headphones Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm,
IEEE 802.11b/g/n (Wi-Fi),
Battery / Power
- Battery Lithium ion Rechargeable Player batteryIntegrated
- Mfr estimated battery life 40 hour(s)
- Recharge time 4 hour(s)
- Power device type [Feb 24, 2011 from CDS: Power Device] None
- Peripheral / Interface devices [Jul 2, 2008 from CDS: System Requirements] USB port (compatible with 2.0 specification)
- Operating system Apple MacOS X 10.5.8 or later,
Microsoft Windows 7,
Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3,
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition SP3,
Microsoft Windows Vista