The Good The 2015 Apple iPod Touch offers great performance and an impressive camera in a tiny package.
The Bad The 4-inch display is far too small, and the battery life is middling. And it's largely redundant if you already have a smartphone or tablet.
The Bottom Line The updated iPod Touch remains a great portable media player and overall entertainment device, but its small screen feels like a throwback to an earlier era.
An 'iPad Nano' that's almost too pocket-friendly
Apple releasedwithout much fanfare back in July, refreshing the interior hardware to be in line with the guts of the iPhone 6. This means the latest iPod Touch has a much faster processor and an improved camera over it replaces, which was released way back in 2012.
It's a welcome update that keeps the Touch competitive with the current generation of iPhone and iPad hardware -- this new Touch will play the latest games and be able to utilize the latest apps that were too taxing on the older hardware, and the new camera will take better snapshots to boot. And by keeping the starting price at $199 for the 16GB model (£159 in the UK, and AU$279 in Australia), Apple reestablishes an affordable entry point into iOS, the Touch's operating system and content universe that's also shared by iPhones, iPads and the Apple TV. (Step-up models range from 32GB and 64GB, up to 128GB, and are available for $399, £329 in the UK, and AU$579 in Australia.)
But while the iPod Touch was generally known as "the iPhone without the phone," this Wi-Fi-only model has no contract, but costs far less than the $449 to $649 that an iPhone will run you. That said, this updated iPod won't be confused for the latest iPhone model. Apple's updated the innards, but left the exterior alone, right down the the 4-inch screen. That means it lacks GPS, the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, touch-to-pay Apple Pay functionality, and -- most importantly -- the bigger 4.7-inch screen of the modern iPhone. Even more disappointing is the rather meager battery life, which was about 25 percent shorter than that of the 2012 model in our tests.
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