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16GB fifth-generation iPod touch comes down to cash, capacity, and camera

Christopher Breen | June 5, 2013
For a while, Apple has been selling two generations of iPod touch side by side: the 16GB and 32GB, 3.5-inch, Retina display fourth-generation versions and the 32GB and 64GB, 4-inch, Retina fifth-generation models. That confusion finally ended when Apple recently introduced a 4-inch 16GB iPod touch and in the process killed off the older fourth-generation for good.

Bottom line
The fifth-generation iPod touch is the greatest iPod of its kind that Apple's made. But the somewhat stripped-down 16GB model makes some definite compromises to offer the same screen size and processing power as its higher-capacity brethren at a more entry-level price. For many people the lack of color choices and wrist strap won't be that important. The missing rear-facing iSight camera, with its 5-megapixel photos and 1080p video, may give you pause, however. It's great that Apple has again more or less aligned the specs across its touch line, but for $70 more than the 16GB model, the full iPod touch experience awaits--along with twice the storage capacity, to boot. As long as you know what you (or your recipient) is getting into, the $229 16GB model is a nice addition, but it might not meet the needs of some touch users.


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