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Apple32GB iPod touch (Space Gray) (5th Generation)
 
4.8

(based on 276 reviews)

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    (236)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

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    (0)

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    (2)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (172)
  • Sleek/compact (166)
  • Reliable (156)
  • Lots of storage (135)
  • Simple controls (133)

Cons

  • Short battery life (21)
  • Difficult setup (4)
  • Poor sound quality (4)

Best Uses

  • Anywhere (164)
  • Travel (83)
  • Commuting (64)
  • At work (49)
  • Gym / working out (46)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual listener (109), Avid listener (78), Audiophile (22)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (206), Business (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (132), Yes (101)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Apple iPod touch 32GB

The iPod Touch 5th generation has come a long way since the launch of the first generation iPod a few years go. There are several features that I love about this new Touch. My...Read complete review

The iPod Touch 5th generation has come a long way since the launch of the first generation iPod a few years go. There are several features that I love about this new Touch. My quick impressions so far after having used it for just under a week.

FORM FACTOR - The Touch is thinner than iPhone 5 though still has the same 4-inch retina display. The overall experience is significantly better using this device compared to the Touch 4. I was pretty happy with my Touch 4, but now looking at it after playing with the Touch 5, it just seems small! The 5 is thinner and lighter than even the iPhone 5. Very slick.

BODY - The back is anodized aluminum finish in amazing colors. The matte finish makes it less scratch-prone (at least so far it seems that way) compared to the steel-backed Touch 4. The body is slightly more rectangular and less curved than the 4, making it easier to use the side volume buttons. I honestly don't think a case is necessary for this device given its beautiful colors and fairly scratch-resistant body, but that again would be entirely a personal decision. Some folks are prone to dropping devices in which case a case is a must. My 2 cents - a transparent case would probably be best which at least allows the beauty of the device to come through. Putting on a thick black case on this would be doing it severe injustice!

CAMERA - The camera is in my opinion one of the best features of the Touch. The Touch has a 5MP camera, which I think is the same as the iPhone though I could be wrong on this. It gives 1080p recording in this slick device, makes me think back of the loaded camcorders we carried and converted tapes to DVDs, and that wasn't so long ago! The camera, same as the iPhone camera, gives the panoramic option which lets you capture a pretty wide angle shot. I tried this feature only in the house, but due to different lighting in the different areas that I was shooting, the picture didn't come out so well. I'm sure if taken with correct lighting or outdoors, the panoramic pictures would be spectacular. I wonder if the camera is meant to be the main feature of the Touch that Apple wants to push, given that they included a hand strap with the touch, just like most cameras come with.

A5 PROCESSOR - The difference in speed because of the A5 processor is quite noticeable, for the better. It makes the device much faster - for apps, loading videos, etc. For the few apps that I use often, the speed is remarkable.

EARBUDS - I don't use the Apple earphones because they have been uncomfortable for me personally. I tried the new earbuds and these fit much better. Sound quality maybe just about the same, at least I didn't notice any significant difference. I'm happy using my Bose or Sony headphones with the Touch. The speaker on the iPod is decent for light listening or watching videos. It's really not meant to give surround sound, but the speakers do their job fine.

CONNECTOR - The lightning connector is probably better for charging speeds and data transfer (I guess), but the only good thing that I find about this is that the cable can be inserted either way into the Touch. Unlike the previous 30-pin connector that could only be inserted one way up. One thing to note - and this might have just been me but I did see some reviews earlier to this effect - the USB end of the adapter is probably the same as all USBs. But, for some reason, when I plugged it in to my car charger, it got stuck in it. I struggled for a good 5 minutes to get it out. I had no problems with my 30-pin connector cable with this charger. I later read reviews for the car charger and other folks had mentioned the same thing. Not sure what the issue was, maybe just a few isolated events. But for now I am not using any non-Apple approved charger, even if it is just a USB charger. Another problem I have faced is that when I connect the iPod to the USB jack in my car, there are times when the sound comes through the iPod instead of the car speakers. The iPod is connected and shows "Accessory Connected". I then have to unlplug the device and plug it back in, and then it works fine. This has happened 2-3 times over the past few days. I'm not sure if this has to do with the lightning cable or the car's USB port.

SOFTWARE - It runs on iOS6 and the speed is amazing. Note that it doesn't have Google Maps which I sorely miss, but that's an issue more with iOS6 rather than the ouch itself. Hopefully Apple's maps will get better :) It has built-in Siri but I don't use Siri myself so can't comment on that.

It's hard to compare this with the iPhone because this is not a phone, though you can download Skype or Vonage Mobile and use these apps to turn the Touch into a makeshift phone. I guess it could be compared to other tablets which do pretty much the same thing as the Touch for the most part. A lot of the tablets are cheaper in price, though have less storage capacity and can't be used so efficiently as a camera, or an MP3 player while working out.

All in all I am very impressed and pleased with the Touch 5 so far. Whether to buy or upgrade to this device is entirely a personal decision depending on what you're looking for.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It Does What It's Advertised to Do

I don't know how to rate this item. It does what it's advertised to do, but when I bought it I wasn't sure how useful it would be and Apple only provides a brief...Read complete review

I don't know how to rate this item. It does what it's advertised to do, but when I bought it I wasn't sure how useful it would be and Apple only provides a brief return period.

For me, its usefulness depends mostly on how many places I go and places I eat that have wi-fi. So far it looks like about half, making it less useful than I'd hoped. Also, making the device useful depends on finding applications that will let it do things you need. I'm still working on this and, unless I get rid of it, will probably be searching for months.

The built-in mail app has several weaknessess. It's a loooog time between mail checks when it's in sleep mode. It imported all the mail from one of my mailboxes (thousands of messages) and they have to be deleted one at a time. There is no way to do a mass delete. There's no convenient way to import contact addresses.

The browser works fine.

I haven't figured out how to make my apps that depend on maps (apps with maps, hmmm) to use google maps as the Apple maps leave something to be desired.

There's more, but hopfully you get the idea.

Reviewed by 276 customers

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5.0

Perfect w/out issue

By Sportsguy803

from New York

About Me Hobbyist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Easy To Use
  • Highly Compatible
  • Improves Performance
  • Lightweight
  • Professional Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about 32GB iPod touch (Blue) (5th Generation):

      I use this in my commute and just lounging around. I like that I can link to my iTUNES and download via cloud. I paired this with the otterbox defender and I'm good to go.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Does the job!

      By radishgirl

      from New York, NY

      About Me Casual Listener

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Long Battery Life
      • Reliable Performance
      • Simple Controls
      • Sleek/Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Anywhere
        • Travel

        Comments about 32GB iPod touch (Space Gray) (5th Generation):

        I need this for traveling out of the country--small and light. Also, easy to use. Much faster than the old one, and seems to have good battery life so far.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        5.0

        works like new

        By lovelydayfora

        from Nashville, TN

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about 32GB iPod touch (Space Gray) (5th Generation):

        Looked virtually new and works great

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Handy pocket computer with a decent camera.

        By Altair

        from California

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Small in size

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Pocket Computer

          Comments about 32GB iPod touch (Space Gray) (5th Generation):

          This is essentially an iPad that can be put in your shirt pocket. It is almost three years old but can still run the current iOS.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          5th Generation iPod Touch

          By qbrisbane

          from Norcross, GA

          About Me Audiophile

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Great Sound
          • Reliable Performance
          • Sleek/Compact

          Cons

          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Anywhere

          Comments about 32GB iPod touch (Pink) (5th Generation):

          I use this product for my fitness routine, on-the-go, at work for music and audiobooks. It's an iphone without the phone.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Great product

          By JC

          from Baltimore, MD

          About Me Audiophile

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Long Battery Life
          • Lots of Storage
          • Sleek/Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Anywhere

            Comments about 32GB iPod touch (Space Gray) (5th Generation):

            Love the product. I had a 2nd gen previously that lasted me about 10 years. It recently died and I needed a replacement. The 5th gen is great..basically an iphone without the phone portion.

            B&H had the best prices and shipping was quick - definitely will be shopping with them again.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Solid Product

            By Jayzz Fan

            from Lakewood, NJ

            About Me Avid Listener

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Great Sound
            • Simple Controls
            • Sleek/Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about 32GB iPod touch (Space Gray) (5th Generation):

                Great for parental control options.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                still getting better

                By Steve

                from Eugene, OR

                About Me Avid Listener

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Long Battery Life

                Cons

                • Difficult to Set Up
                • Should Be Easier To Trans

                Best Uses

                • Anywhere

                Comments about 32GB iPod touch (White & Silver) (5th Generation):

                The screen, battery life, and especially the camera are all better than the 4th generation. Some touch features that worked perfectly have been changed in the3 name of progress, but all things considered this is the best Touch yet.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                I would buy this product again and again

                By Saya

                from Thousand Oaks, CA

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Simple Controls
                • Sleek/Compact

                Cons

                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Anywhere

                Comments about 32GB iPod touch (Space Gray) (5th Generation):

                great product.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                5.0

                As expected

                By Caslav

                from Doha, Qatar

                About Me Audiophile

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Anywhere

                    Comments about 32GB iPod touch (Blue) (5th Generation):

                    Excellent service

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Excellent ipod

                    By Apple family

                    from Chino

                    Comments about 32GB iPod touch (Space Gray) (5th Generation):

                    Very thin and easy to use. Great service at BH photo.

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                    5.0

                    Very Thin

                    By gotart

                    from Central Coast California

                    About Me Casual Listener

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Long Battery Life
                    • Lots of Storage
                    • Sleek/Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Anywhere

                      Comments about 32GB iPod touch (Blue) (5th Generation):

                      Easy to use- and I like the thinness.
                      Works well with bluetooth.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great product, great price and service from B & H

                      By Nick T

                      from St. Paul, MN

                      About Me Avid Listener

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Great Sound
                      • Long Battery Life
                      • Lots of Storage
                      • Reliable Performance
                      • Simple Controls
                      • Sleek/Compact

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Anywhere

                        Comments about 32GB iPod touch (Blue) (5th Generation):

                        I gave this iPod Touch as a gift to my son for his birthday. It replaced his old iPhone 4 which was a hand me down without cell plan. This product is amazing for how good it takes photos, its speed in gaming, and size for fitting in the pocket. Since it is basically a commodity product I shopped based on price alone and B&H was hands down the best deal, to top it off there service and shipping was top of the line.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

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                        5.0

                        As Promised

                        By Andrea

                        from St. Paul, MN

                        About Me Casual Listener

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Great Sound
                        • Long Battery Life
                        • Lots of Storage
                        • Reliable Performance
                        • Simple Controls
                        • Sleek/Compact

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Anywhere

                          Comments about 32GB iPod touch (Space Gray) (5th Generation):

                          We bought this for our son for is birthday. He is upgrading from a 3rd generation iPod Touch.

                          The 5th gen. model is larger than the old ones- it is the same size as an iPhone 5, but slimmer.

                          We have always been happy with Apple products and this is no exception.

                          The purchase went smoothly and was delivered on-time. The product is as promised on the web site.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes

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                          5.0

                          Great

                          By bootleg711

                          from Madison, WI

                          About Me Avid Listener

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Reliable Performance
                          • Simple Controls
                          • Sleek/Compact

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Anywhere
                            • Commuting
                            • Travel

                            Comments about 32GB iPod touch (Blue) (5th Generation):

                            As expected! I purchased a case and screen protector off @ for much cheaper than my local stores, but this touch is exactly what I need. Great job B&H.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Great!

                            By Mari

                            from Marshfield, WI

                            Comments about 32GB iPod touch (Yellow) (5th Generation):

                            Came right on time. Gift for my daughter, she loves it.

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                            1.0

                            Didnt last 2 weeks (1 star because it would let put 0 stars

                            By Ross

                            from Hamilton, NJ

                            About Me Avid Listener

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about 32GB iPod touch (Space Gray) (5th Generation):

                                Listen to music & apple apps

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal
                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Great iPod

                                By billwall@triad.rr.com

                                from Madison NC

                                About Me Casual Listener

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Great Sound
                                • Long Battery Life
                                • Lots of Storage
                                • Reliable Performance
                                • Simple Controls
                                • Sleek/Compact

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about 32GB iPod touch (Space Gray) (5th Generation):

                                    Everything I've seen on iPhones except for a phone!

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal
                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

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                                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    3.0

                                    battery

                                    By ti

                                    from nyc

                                    Comments about 32GB iPod touch (White & Silver) (5th Generation):

                                    The battery dies quickly. Updates not fit for the touch battery

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                                    5.0

                                    great service

                                    By Robbie

                                    from sc

                                    About Me Casual Listener

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Great Sound
                                    • Long Battery Life
                                    • Lots of Storage
                                    • Sleek/Compact

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Anywhere

                                      Comments about 32GB iPod touch (White & Silver) (5th Generation):

                                      I pod touch came within 2 days, great price and service. 32G has more than enough storage

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal
                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                      • No

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