Alright, first off, I'd like to mention I had bought the iPod Touch 3rd Generation 64GB version a year ago, and that was the first iPod Touch I ever bought, and its speed and precision, as well as gaming and music options really wowed me. Seeing this year's new release, with new additions, like the 2 cameras, retina display, thinner structure, I decided to buy it this year too (64GB).
These are some things I am liking about the iPod Touch 4G:
It is a site to see; the colours are very fibrant, and when reading text compared to the 3rd Generation's display, there is really a big difference in the pixels.
They are better than the 3rd Generation's, which I'd like to say, were of quite bad quality, and not the best choice over earphones. The 4th Generation's speakers are still not up to par though, as when you turn the volume up louder, the quality seems to disperse, and you just think, "I guess I have to stick to earphones". If you don't happen to have earphones, then I suppose you could use the speaker, but at a low volume.
I happen to use Skype quite a lot, and during the past year, I used my iPod Touch with the Remote + Microphone Apple Earphones to talk to friends of mine using the Skype App. The earphones were rather annoying though, because I had to hold my voice close to the microphone to get my friend to hear me. After a while, they broke, and I decided not to buy a replacement pair (21 pounds). I used Skype with the 4G, and my friend said I was coming through very crisp, and yeah, I'm happy I can just go around the house, no annoying earphones, talking to friends on Skype.
- Rear Camera.
The 720p HD Recording is for real, and may I say, surprising that Apple were able to do it, while making it so thin. It's not up to par with the recordings we can make with cameras dedicated to recording footage, but hey, for a portable that's mainly aiming for gaming, it's still good. Stills are not worth capturing though, just recording weird enough.
Some things I didn't like though, and I thought could have done with improving:
The back is still steel based, and makes the iPod Touch look the real deal, but after a few minutes of holding it, the back was all covered in my fingerprints. It's also a major scratch magnet, which was the same with the previous generations. I'd have thought Apple would have realised the problem, and changed to something like aluminium; the same back as the iPad, which I can confirm, looks just as good, and doesn't get scratched... AT ALL.
I don't really mind about the front camera, since I don't think I would use FaceTime that much, and I'm not so desperate to use it for taking photos of my face. Still, it would have been nice if Apple had taken some effort into placing a better megapixel camera for the front, but you can't have it all.
On the past generations, the button was always situated on the left side, and while I have only had 1 previous iPod Touch, I had gotten rather used to the placing, and it was pretty convenient for me, as I'm partly left-handed. To think Apple said they wanted to keep the iPod Touch as far apart to the iPhone 4, I guess in the end, that was a lie.
In the end, when compared to the iPod Touch 3rd Gen, there isn't really that much difference, besides the better display, the slimmer design, the addition of cameras, and the A4 Chip. The RAM is still the same, as the 3rd Generations, the remote + mic earphones were not included with it, as well as no IPS technology was included. In the end, I give it a 3/5 for neglecting on improving important features (speakers, back material).