iPod touch (2012)

David Pierce, The Verge:

The iPod touch’s display is exactly the same one as the iPhone 5 — a 4-inch, 1136 x 640 panel that looks fantastic. It’s a much bigger upgrade for the touch, too, which used to have a washed out screen far worse than the iPhone — parity is a huge leap forward. More space is a good thing for almost every activity, but it’s most noticeable with movies and games, both of which take full advantage of the larger 16:9 screen. Movies and games are two of the most popular things to do on the iPod touch, I’m sure, so the screen is welcome.

1136×640, on both the iPhone 5 and the iPod touch, is plain weird to me. If 16:9 and watching HD videos was Apple’s focus why not add a few more pixels and get it up to 1280×720, a universal standard. Despite the non-standard pixel format at least the 4-inch in-cell touch IPS LCD looks fantastic.

The camera has been much improved and sports an iPhone 4-like 5 megapixel image sensor, but with an enhanced lens coupled with better software and processor. The result is a camera that’s probably between the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S in terms of quality.

With WiFi available at home, the library, McDonald’s, and a lot of other places the iPod touch with the right apps can function like a phone. Parents not wanting to spend more on extra data plans should take a close look at the new iPod touch, especially if the kids are absolutely set on the larger 4-inch display. The US$299 entry price seems high, but when you consider an additional $30 per month for data (I’m assuming 3 gigabytes is the absolute minimum for kids these days) the $100 premium over the iPhone 5 gets erased after just three and a half months.