If you are debating selling an iPod Touch for a new iPhone, then there are a number of things to consider, as this blog will aim to identify.
This blog acts as a comparison between the latest iPod Touch devices and the new Apple iPhone 5 models.
While both devices have a camera, the new iPhone 5 has 8 megapixels and is also able to record videos at 1080p, at present though, the current iPod Touch can only record at 720p HD. Even the iPhone 4’s camera is better than the iPod Touch’s when looking at specs, so you could even look at upgrading to an iPhone4 rather than the newest phone, after all you may be able to pick one up now for a price similar to a Touch.
The newer iPhone models also feature High Dynamic Range photos (HDR) whereas at present the Touch doesn’t, so that’s an extra boon.
Finally, while I’m on the theme of cameras, the iPod touch also does not feature a camera flash, but the iPhone 4 and 5 in all its iterations does.
This is more competitive at present, as the current generation of iPhones offer anything from 16, 32 to 64 GB of space – Which is actually only the same as the iPod Touch models.
However, the iPhone comes at a premium, and obviously comes in a lot more expensive for the same amount of storage space as the top level Touch model.
So while selling the Touch would help put some money together for a new iPhone, if you want the latest iPhone you’ll need to find some money from elsewhere.
Accessing The Net
For those who like to surf the web on their smart devices, if you want to do so on an iPod Touch, you are required to have Wi-Fi access wherever you are sitting, standing, walking etc.
There is no 3G function with the Touch. Obviously with many iPhone models and even iPads, there is the option of 3G or even 4G, so if you’re all about surfing the net while out and about, it makes sense to sell your iPod Touch in favour of an iPhone or other smartphone.
Again this is horses for courses though, as many people will see the fact no SIM card is needed on the Touch, hence no monthly or PAYG package, as a nice way to ease youngster onto mobiles, or even just keep their trusty old phone and utilise the Touch for their music needs.
Another feature not available on the Touch is GPS, so if you’re liable to getting lost and having to rely on a smart device to get you out of a jam, it is probably in your interest to sell the iPod Touch in favour of a device offering such a function.
Alternatively, you can keep listening to your Touch and just invest in a good old fashioned map instead, after all, it’ll still work out cheaper than upgrading to an iPhone once you factor in contracts and the like.
While it is in some ways unfair to compare the iPod Touch and iPhone in terms of battery life, the information is always worthwhile considering.
In terms of video playback, the iPod offers around eight hours compared to the Touch. In terms of pure audio, the devices are pretty much equal, both offering around 40 hours of battery life. Of course, once you through in talk time and other such things though, you will find the Touch probably will last a tad longer day to day than the iPhone.
In terms of outright performance, the iPhone 5 – before even looking at the new S and C, out performs the Touch as it features almost double the RAM, 1GB, compared to the Touch’s 512mb. Similarly the 5 features the Apple A6 dual core chip, compared to the Touch and its Apple A5 chip.
The iPhone 5S trounces both with is super powered A7 chip and 64bit architecture however.
While the sheer range of smart and audio specific devices does not mean there will be an imminent case of Highlander style, ‘there can only be one’, with the gadgets and gizmos becoming increasingly similar, it may create more of a sense of one over the other than ever before.
Ultimately, it will depend on your own personal use of the device in question as to which one you opt for, but both have their strengths and weaknesses – so assess them for yourself before making a commitment.
Louisa Jenkins is a gadget lover. Amongst other things, she offers advice on what to upgrade to to those looking to sell iPod Touch devices for a new model.