iPod touch 5 review. Quicker, above,
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I sit down in a crowded train at the capital station and I get from a bag packing from transparent acrylic plastic. While I display contents a box behind a little table, by me копотливо the young fellow slides. This moment was remembered perfectly: in its fluent look on bright red, defiant iPod real interest was read. Interest sharply died away, as that sat down and got iPhone 5.
The device which lay in minimalist packing, the world waited for the whole one and a half month. Pertinently: unlike other production of Apple, «тач» — the uncontested winner in the category. But whether it directly is necessary to you? Let’s formulate the developed answer together, having closely got acquainted with the fifth generation of iPod touch — the most visible, the most powerful and the most expensive.
This year in Kupertino decided to add contrast in a line of touch players. The task was executed in a big way: at present instead of black and white to us suggest to choose from 6 very different flowers. And this choice is very difficult. For anything I will not believe that actually a half of them was approved personally by Apple management. Instead of visible yellow to us offered faded brown color of «children’s surprise», and the red option became passive light pink. The page of players on an official site in itself perfectly transfers all scale of a situation, but in reality, judging by numerous photos from owners, yellow and red look even more awfully.
Therefore when you will decide on color, the real choice will be even simpler. If you are not confused by stereotypes — take blue which at missing or indirect lighting absolutely a little gives to the green. Gray — the safest option which will suit absolutely to all. Eventually, that who got used to a black frame of the screen, it is necessary to take a player of only the corresponding color. Here, apparently, and all councils. But among new "stitch" there is one more with which flowers of Apple did not subtilize. It is «Product (RED)». And at present we will directly consider it. It should be noted in advance that in the Russian Federation this variation will not be on sale. Such it is possible to get only in Apple Store or on an official site though nobody cancelled resellers.
Packing and complete set
Unpacking process though what accessory of Apple will be transformed to the sacral action, a giving sheer pleasure. iPod Touch is hidden in the transparent plastiko-acrylic box which form is identical to packing of 2 last generations of the device. At the top end face the Apple logo, on each side — the name of a player and an inscription of "Product (RED)" optionally) flaunts, and below and from within the sticker with boring information on model and serial number is stuck. Color of the text and a logo corresponds to color of a player.
Kopotlivo is removed all candy wrappers and we open a box. The highlight of the program covered with densely pasted opaque film is laid on a podium from plastic. At its removal you remember a respective sound for a long time. Behind a support the small cardboard trunk in which all "pieces of paper" — the small reference, two stickers are absolutely exactly combined with the Apple logo, guarantee information and Product RED loose leaf disappears.
Under all this quite good exactly braided cord of Lightning, EarPods earphones in poor rustling packing a la polyfoam and small шнурочек Loop lie. Owners of iPhone here will suspect the wrong: where, almost, real charging? It here is not present and, to chagrin, never before was not. USB again our vivifying friend and companion.
Packing from earphones differs from that of a "five" set: unlike krasovy plastic "case", here we deal with the secondary materials which are sonorously rustling from though of what touch. From a reverse side all this business is covered with a piece of a piece of cardboard, which needs to be broken to get EarPods on will. As "case" this packing to use it is unreal, for that will simply collapse from pressure. Earphones "please" with total absence of the panel and a microphone:
Though everything is honest, for the Apple warns about it on an official site. About a sound I will not extend, therefore as Seva made it even better me in the separate review of EarPods earphones. And we come back to iPod touch.
Design: form, sizes and materials
The most 1st reminiscence keeps within one capacious abusive word. New iPod Touch not simply very easy and very narrow. Its weight at all is not felt in a hand, excepting tactile feelings from metal, and depth of the case is so insignificant that the 1st time feel some suspicious discomfort. I guarantee: if edges were ground, new «тач» could cut not only food, well and a tree. But at present the form of the back panel precisely corresponds to a cover of ordinary MacBook Pro: equal from above and sharply roundish below. I can not tell that all this lies in a hand better, than last generation. Well also there is no need to sob here.
The forward panel is a real face though than what device which the user will see in 10-ki thousand times more often. In the best traditions of Apple, the facade is very inconspicuous and to a descent is attractive: actually continuous s
now-white-white panel with an easy bias to a cold shade appeared in iДевайсах relatively not so long since, but already managed to become a hit. In the top part under the panel in respective deepening the violet-dark blue peephole of the face-to-face chamber hid. The Home button, чьё disappearance to us promise almost every year, costs on an ordinary place. It is pressed very hardly and pretty sonorously — because of the malekhanky depth explained by severe need.
Glass all as is a little raised relatively other case. At all this color of the back panel is visible even ahead — thanks to acting steel "edges". They are ground off actually to shine at an angle in 45 degrees that creates fine light patches of light. The side seems very sharp to the touch, but to scratch hands it to me it was not possible. Yes, I tried.
At the top end face the button of blocking of the screen which is at present established perpendicular to the case, instead of at an angle «somewhere behind» hides. On the right at a player it is absolutely empty, and two separate buttons of regulation of loudness — this time under absolutely small corner at the left stick out. All these elements are executed not from plastic, as in touch 4, and from metal, and the same color, as well as all case of the back panel.
At the bottom end face are located the socket for earphones, Lightning-konnektora port and 5 round holes which are letting out a sound from the malekhanky loudspeaker in the case. The socket of 3,5 mm and the loudspeaker this year traded places. It in general did not affect convenience of use in any way. Openings of loudspeaker are closed by very dense network, and it, running forward, at all does not shine neither loudness, nor quality of a sound, but will fit as a background pishchalka for scoring of toys. About port of synchronization there is nothing to speak: inserted a cord and went.
Perfectly, that to pull, it is time to twist. If with the front everything is absolute on the hair dryer Shuya, something is behind created inexpressible. It is the most cardinal redesign of the back panel for all history iPod Touch — and, probably, the most ambiguous.
Be more careful with the desires. Because once they can be executed exactly, and the result can cause a stir from the expected very much. It is a lot of, many years owners of iPod players were cried by Apple: a pier, why you put the steel polished to shine, if know what to scratch it it is possible one sidelong glance? In Kupertino sat and certainly twisted a finger at a temple — tactile feelings from the metal processed thus, are simply delightful, and for the sake of their flock could suffer fragile nature of the case. The consumer as a result won: at present everything "sharpen" are closed behind by the panel from the opaque aluminum reflecting unless silhouettes.
To scratch the back panel at present it is much heavier. On very bright it is visible to light that a material as if "cut off" down. Curiously how color of the panel changes is dependent on lighting: it sharply grows white, and from it "sharp" notes of a shade disappear. The logo of Apple and a name of the device are executed in one color with the case, but are certainly allocated: both act over a surface on the 100-th share of mm and differ actually "mirror", only a smooth surface, and are to the touch very similar to the panel of the previous generation of a player of touch. The text is below put with black paint, but on light at an angle it practically it is not visible.
The chamber peephole not simply became visually more. At present he naturally acts over a case surface on quite good mm. The decision not the best, but certainly compelled if to take into account player dimensions. The metal rim round the module of the chamber is framed with the thinnest circles, which, though расшибись, in any way узреешь with open years. Two thirds of the area of a peephole are occupied by an opaque black film, and the remained place is divided between itself by a gray surface of the module and very small lens in shades of the blue.
Near the chamber in own deepening the microphone closed by a diamond-shaped network hides. And slightly more to the right costs new for "stitch" an element — flashlight. The diode in it only one, but shines it absolutely to itself perfectly. Vpribavok to a functional of a small lamp and still to something inexpressibly useful (about it we will have a talk a bit later), flash does night pictures digestible. Who could think. However, its capacity will suffice unless on one-two meter.
Is even more right, is closer to a corner, volume "hole" from opaque plastic is shone. Under it the Wi-fi module hides. Apple after all came back to idea of a separate window in the case for wireless modules of communication (see Nano 7), and consequences of this decision can be divided safely on bad and not the bad. The black blot looks disappointingly, but level and speed of reception of a signal increased almost twice! For the sake of such it is possible and to suffer, in particular after disappointingly known Wi-fi module in iPad 3:
The description of design would be incomplete without a mention of the big aluminum button in the left bottom corner. This fastening for Loop thong. It works very simply: pressed time — the button left, pressed two — the button was latched in the case. However, the last action asks some effort. And time we started to speak about Loop, in other words sense to consider and an accessory.
What capacious and mysterious was not its name, Loop — it stupidly thong. The material of a thong is very similar to a neoprene, which one party smooth and bright, and another — pretty fleecy and pale. On inside the sacred phrase which contents knows by heart though what user of equipment of Apple is printed. Say that it does though what subject for 90 % more abruptly and for 50 % is more expensive. But not to us, fanatics to judge …
The tiny ringlet is put on a thong from a similar material which is excellent — on the last measure while — fixes all design on a hand, preventing falling at sharp vertical movement. All this satisfaction fastens on the button by means of the elementary double hole: we pass a thong on the one hand, we pull in another — and it is ready.
I admit honest: still I considered Loop by one more Smart Cover: idea of tremendous simplicity, absolutely unadapted to fierce everyday life of use of an accessory. The reality sincerely surprised me. Loop not simply perfectly holds iPod touch on a hand even if you run, sit, twist a player in air as the helicopter etc. It is capable to sustain such focuses and quirks that heart of people standing by a row will burst for fear for a device. I am afraid that once Loop after all will collapse from such extreme miracles. But while everything is excellent. Only look behind that the hanging player did not touch anything firm.
In the dry rest, memoirs from the new case remain double. On the one hand, opaque metal — is conclusive plus at any deal. But because of it tactile feelings suffer: at present «тач» it seems almost plastic, and picturesque colors only promote it. The cold polished steel causes the best memoirs. Here fluctuations cannot be: iPod touch 4 lies in a hand better, than iPod touch 5, and causes even more pleasant emotions. Another thing is that in a month certain from them it will be similar to the machine victim on metal. And it will be exact not new generation. Well, ourselves asked that.
Screen: 10 of 10
Забавнй fact: a year ago we laughed at owners of Android and proved what to increase the screen — it badly. At present at us is in iPod Touch hands with the increased screen — and we are happy. And why we are happy?
Because to Apple did not tell lies. The screen absolutely precisely, to fine details and trifles repeats that in iPhone 5. What does it mean? In – 1-x, colors. Live, picturesque, exact, pleasant — a big difference with bluishness of all last Touch players. Black became black, instead of pale gray. White became white — though is not present, absolutely a little yellowish that it is all the same much better snow-blue. It is considered that in iPhone 5 there is the most exact on a color rendition the screen from all phones. This title deservedly extends and on iPod touch 5. Pleasure for eyes.
In – 2-x, IPS. At present on all corners of the review of color of the screen are not exposed to inverting. That is all strangers and the strangers sitting near you, can take pleasure in all paints in your film or game. Vobshchem, on the same corners the screen after all loses brightness — and it is very essential that complicates device introduction in such provisions. But it, more quickly, plus — for the vysheoboznachenny reason.
In – 3-x, an oleofobny covering. To clean the screen from traces of use it became much simpler. And additional sliding of fingers from this layer still disturbed nobody. Eventually, plus and minus to a descent: size of the monitor. The increased permission and a diagonal corresponds such in iPhone 5: 4 inches on a diagonal with permission of a matrix 1136 on 640 pixels. It is more инфы — it is always excellent. But what price? The width as it is clear, remained former that should simplify introduction of devices to people with the small area of the successful fellow of a hand.
After several days of saturated testing I saw that in my (very malekhanky) hands the top or bottom 10-15 % of the screen after all are unattainable for fast use by one hand needlessly "interception". At all this the 2nd hand still is not required. Taking in attention that at the vast majority of readers of a hand will be certainly more, any troubles at you should not seem.
In an amicable way, the iPod touch 5 screen — is the 2nd reason, capable to compel immediately to "be updated" all owners of last generations of this device. With the first precondition is still simpler and more prosy.
Iron. Productivity in iOS
Two months ago the founder bought iPod touch 4 on a local flea market. For the sake of interest. Every other day I sold it back, having crossed. This piece, even being restored from scratch in iTunes, worked very badly at iOS 5. And when I risked to put the iOS 6 beta version — it simply was lost. The player in what the player is not capable to lose music without brakes in the menu is necessary to somebody? Iron of the fourth «тача» is not simply obsolete — it in an amic
able way in general it was necessary to deprive of support of the last iOS version for it at all did not pull it. The successor was urgently necessary to the device. Powerful.
iPod touch 5 is equipped with a dual-core processor of A5 that on frequency and other specifications is identical established in iPhone 4S. And «эска» as it is clear, still drives. We add here fast memory in 512 MB against 256 — and we get obvious advantage over the previous generation of touch players. So obvious that it is possible to call it safely twofold, and in places and absolutely triple thanks to new memory.
iOS 6 flies in all scenarios. Absolutely. In two days of testing of games, the browser, music, video etc., I did not see 1st trivial "brake". At all this the increased screen unequivocally consumes more "juice" of the processor, than that in iPhone 4S. Vperva in the last two years I could is weakened to dig in a home library of iTunes without risk to catch player "departure", and the browser did not throw me in a desktop even when opening a car of tabs on very gluttonous true version of a portal of The Verge.
Words can be not trusted, therefore here results of synthetic tests. In Geekbench the device is gathered twice by more points, than the predecessor; in Sunspider (the browser test) we have almost fivefold advantage. If to trust results on a site of a graphic GLBenchmark package, video productivity of a player is less that in comparison with 4S somewhere for 4-5 percent. The display resolution affects. The battery живойёт about 10-12 hours at loading and included Wi-Fi. On impressions — is not more awful, than earlier, but all the same not for two days.
iOS 6 on touch 5 has no specific "counters" in comparison with that on iPhone 5. But here, unlike the previous generation of touch players, eventually there was Siri. Well and all features by which the new iPhone is presented, too are: here to you and 3D maps (to chagrin, GPS is not present), both panoramic shooting, and HDR photos, etc. By the way, about a photosensor.
5 megapixels — it more than in 5 times more, than in the chamber of the previous generation "stitch". Emergence of the auto focus, the improved optics, shooting in 1080p and sapphire protective glass — all this defames and without that terribly poor photosensor of iPod touch 4. Photos from a new player turn out accurate, good, but their quality all the same sharply falls in aspects of missing lighting. Detail of photos and a color rendition is similar that in iPad 3 that is simple. And if to add here Loop, we will receive a player with function of marching "soap tray". Even very hardy option of use of the device. It is a pity, but the face-to-face chamber is still sad.
Flash, by the way, is useful not so much to a photo, how many for … notifications. In the iOS settings there is a LED flash point. It activates flash each time when the entering call arrives, iMessage, the letter or the Push-notice is simple. A superconvenient feature at the overturned screen, it is absolute to itself replacing an absent vibromotor. This, apparently, a trifle pleased almost more than the new screen.
So, iPod touch 5 — is iPhone 5 without "dialing program". Programmno and it is functional, the new touch player is very similar to newer phone of Apple. But at all this, having excluded from the list Loop, touch it is not capable to improve life of the carrier of "five" in any way. Therefore give разберёмся, whether this device directly is necessary to you.
1. The owner of iPod Touch 4 without other devices on iOS — to you is time to go to shop, and the old man to expose on sale or to send in a distant box of a table. Here fluctuations zero. And let the case does not confuse you — all of you equally wish to break the brilliant iPod every day, so what to you a difference?
2. The owner of iPhone 5/iPhone 4S, other accessories of value have no — if to take touch 5, only as "double" of own phone or as a gift to members of household — to accustom them to the Apple ecosystem., By the way, it is better to children to get directly тач. Will hang up them Loop on a hand — and let run. At the same time it is not necessary to worry, leaving the child with the fragile new ayfonchik.
3. The owner of iPhone 3G/3GS/4, also all other phones and tablets — take touch 5 if it would be desirable to enjoy advantages of the last iOS technologies, fresh games/programs and the increased screen. I suspect that owners of old iPhones simply got used to use the phones as the dialing program-mail-browser. Then touch becomes quite good and rather cheap return to "system" needlessly to sell the main phone.
4. The owner of iPad though what generation without other gadgets of Apple — to take only in case of need the mobile partner with access to the Apple ecosystem. Remember that on touch there is no 3G-module, so that it will not be much better though what айпэда in those places where there is no Internet on Wi-Fi.
5. The owner of iPad, iPhone, iPod, Mac, Apple TV etc. — is sure that all of you equally buy touch 5, and no reasons are so necessary to you.
Eventually, do not forget that iPod touch 5 — it also a player from 32 or 64 Gb of memory onboard, plus numerous storages of remote music including
with possibility of its downloading. Wish an abrupt player with a heap of frills? You simply have no other choice!
Conclusion and summary
I finish these lines with iPod touch 5 and slowly I understand that this device left for a long time from ordinary to us categories. It is a beautiful player with mass of possibilities. It is the best Internet tablet to 5 inches. It is the game console with scandalous number of cheap and high-quality games, some of which breathe in a nape to high-grade "portativka". It is the quite good satellite with mass of appendices suitable in a life — from the calculator to the daily log. At present also the quite good camera a la "directed-and-pressed" it — with worthy quality of a photo and possibility in one stage to share them with the whole world hundred parts of different ways. And still it simply perfectly a collected, integral, successful and beautiful accessory from Apple from which it is heavy to take away an eye.
Here only there is it at present not less than 300 dollars in a small complete set. At all this iPod touch 4 from the market does not vanish: it can be got in updating on … 16 and 32 Gb for 200 and 250 dollars respectively. The Russian prices for all this can calculate without the aid of others, having increased a dollar somewhere by 45 rubles. There is a question of need of more expensive purchase. Here only the question is farfetched: even if you buy cheaper «тач» now, it will not brake less than the last. It is better to add means in advance. But, who solves, whether to take touch or starenky 4S, I recommend to weigh all pros and cons perfectly.
At present we abstract from the price and we will simply put it before themselves. The best player, a cursor of progress and unique "outlet" of all line of iPod, new touch is the unconditional winner of the market of multimedia players. And I will not give it to you. Unless if a case I will break, увлёкшись invulnerability of Loop.
+ the Beautiful screen with a delightful color rendition
+ Excellent productivity at iPhone 4S level
+ the Excellent chamber, pictures with which it is not a shame to show
+ EarPods is acceptable will change any earphones cheaper than $15
+ the Opaque cover — an outlet of the skilled touch carrier
+ Loop — the most convenient trifle at an active way of life
+ iOS 6 and App Store — will not be boring two-three more years
— Materials of the case are unpleasant taktilno
— The face-to-face chamber was updated, but still «about anything»
— Very narrow actually to discomfort (yes)
— The battery still does not pull the 2nd day of use
— Lack of the 3G-modem presses on a functional
— The player does not lie exactly because of the acting chamber
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