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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