Summary: The iPod Touch 4th Generation is a great little device, there’s no doubt about that as I’m sure you know by their popularity.
The price is a drawback though, personally I think it’s a bit overpriced, especially since it’s only 8gig and not expandable.
Pros: +Lots of apps in iTunes to choose from, +Great portable gaming system, +Excellent graphics, +Volume is loud, +Thin and lightweight
Cons: -iTunes is horrible software, -Camera not the greatest, -Can’t uninstall apps from Apple, -Fingerprint magnet
Conclusion: My grousing about the buttons and the still camera resolution is somewhat ludicrous in the face of all the advancements obvious in the fourth-generation iPod touch. Apple has managed to make their best portable media player even better, with features that the faithful have been demanding in addition...
Pros: AirPlay: Coolest. Feature. Ever., Retina display brings stellar quality to all applications, FaceTime video calling to iPhone 4 and other iPod touch 4G's, over Wi-Fi... for free!
Cons: The still camera is a terrific addition, but not at only 960-by-720 quality, How small is too small when it comes to edge-mounted buttons?
Excerpt: There’s a joke widely told among tech nerds ending with a punch line that goes something like, “I loved my first gen iPod Touch when it could make calls and was called an iPhone.” The iPod Touch may constitute 40 percent of iOS sales, but the general consensus among gadget hounds is why ?
Pros: Feels impossibly thin—we literally lost the Touch in our own pockets. Looks so sharp you could nearly shave with it. Runner? You’re in luck. Touch supports Nike plus. 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi support. The display is beautiful, brilliant and mesmerizing. All glory to the hypno-screen!
Cons: Metallic finish collects more fingerprints than the NSA. Higher-end models are fairly costly. No flash on the browser or the camera. Video recording and still-image capture could be a touch (ha!) better.
Summary: Let's answer one question at a time. Is the new iPod touch a good alternative to the iPhone 4 for those who don't want to be stuck in a contract? It depends, but for most people we'd say no. The iPhone 4 has a much sharper still camera and a better screen.
Excerpt: The iPod touch is now even slimmer (7.2mm), comes with iOS 5, and supports iCloud – a neat way of accessing your music and photo stream from anywhere via the web. (See review overleaf.) The iMessage feature now lets you send messages over Wi-Fi too.
Wafer-thin body, editable playlists, faster camera
Scratches easily, no Siri voice-control, it’s still no iPhone