Gifted iPod Touch 4G 8GB White Review

A Review On: Apple iPod Touch 4th Generation 8GB White

Apple iPod Touch 4th Generation 8GB White

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Review Details:
Audio Quality
Battery Life
Design
User Interface
Value
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Price paid: $199.00
HybridCore
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Pros

-Fantastic build quality

-Simple Interface

-Audio quality

 

Cons

-iTunes is needed to move files on and off the device

-Proprietary 30-pin dock connector

-prone to scratches

-no microSD

 

The device has a decent heft to it, to give it a premium feel (although weight should not be what one uses to determine quality but we've associated heft with quality nowadays). The back unfortunately is prone to scratches due to it being a highly polished metal. While it looks gorgeous this is definitely something you would want a case for. The screen can be scratched a bit easily due to being "regular" glass instead of something like alkali-aluminosilicate glass (Gorilla Glass) or some of the other more scratch and shatter resistant variants.

 

Measurements from the 3.5mm jack are great from the tests I've seen. From my listening experience it has a nice black background and most headphones sound clean through them.

 

One large complaint is that you can't expand the storage. 8GB is extremely limiting. Your best solution would be to use an application to stream music whether it be a music streaming service or a cloud storage service.

 

The proprietary connector is annoying if you lose the cable or happen to forget it when you need it but it's where a lot of Apple's extra profits come from.

 

My largest complaint is the fact that you must use iTunes on your computer if you ever want to move anything from or to the iPod using the computer. iTunes on Windows has generally been a bit of a mess and it's not exactly pleasant to be tied down to a piece of software for this device to interact with your computer. At the same time it makes organizing media more "interactive" in a sense. For the majority of consumers it's more intuitive to be able to drag the album or song onto the device instead of using a filesystem to drag and drop files to specific folders like video, music, or photos which you can accidentally mix up if you're not careful.

1 Comment:

I find it hard to believe that the device came to you scratched. Especially in a sealed package. I can understand the back if enough stuff got in, but not the way it was sealed. The screen is extremely hard to scratch since it's glass. Unless you play with iron filings at home or took it to the beach, it really can't be scratched. Unless you carry diamonds in your pockets XD
There are ways to sync music to the iPod without iTunes, they are third party though. I know the stock music player on Unbuntu can do this (since it doesn't have a version of iTunes). There are others as well. Purchasing and having apps can be done through the iPod and iCloud for backup. Yes, there are limitations, but you aren't entirely tethered to iTunes any longer.
I'll agree that the back is easily scratched (a little too easy). The front, well, like I said, unless you play with iron filings on the screen and rub them in, carry diamonds in your pocket (or intentionally scratch the screen with it), or play in sand, it's not going to scratch. It's most likely a grease or oil stain (use damp cloth to rub it out).