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Pros and Cons of ipod touch.....?

01-05-2015, 12:18 AM
#1
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Pros and Cons of ipod touch.....?

So it's almost my birthday and I think I wanna ask for an ipod touch. But first I want to know the pros and cons of it. People who have it or know a lot about it...tell me everything lol. Would you reccomend I ask for it for my birthday? If not, what should I ask for lol?
01-05-2015, 02:35 AM
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Unfortunately, Apple doesn't seem to care about the iPod touch anymore and the latest revision was the 5th gen (which has the hardware of an iPhone 4S) in 2012. I wouldn't recommend getting one if you want it purely for gaming, as it's already outdated, and quite a few games now require an iPhone 5 as minimum hardware. Don't get me wrong, you can still enjoy a LOT of games with a 5th gen touch, but it won't last you long if you want the newest and best games the platform has to offer. :/

If I were you, I'd ask for an iPhone 6, to be honest. Not only does it do everything an iPod touch would, it does it way, waaaaaay better...and it's also a phone. I know there's probably a huge price difference between the two, but spending money on a near-obsolete device right now would, IMO, be a bad idea.

"I am virgin, I'm a whore! Giving nothing; the taker, the maker of war!" - Black Sabbath, "I"

01-05-2015, 03:46 AM
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I've had a few ipod touches, 4th gen and the 5th gen which was great. However as the poster above me says Apple seems to have abandoned the ipod touch now.

More and more games were crashing on my ipod touch 5, i then bought a second hand iphone 4s 64 gig off ebay (200) and can play all the games without crashing

I wouldnt bother getting an ipod touch 5th gen, try and get a cheap phone. The 'good news' is that with every year a new phone comes out so the older ones are cheaper and cheaper
01-05-2015, 04:09 AM
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If you are serious about mobile gaming then I would recommend an Android phone instead of an iPod touch. Or as psj mentioned, a second hand older-gen iPhone.
01-05-2015, 04:37 AM
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Well i was going to get an Android phone but i've spent so much on iOS apps theres no much point swapping

Thats why i got an older iphone 4s , jailbreaked it, got all the emulators i want on it now, love it.

If i was totally new to mobile gaming i hate to say it but i 'might' start off on Android from day 1 though
01-05-2015, 05:06 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Primoz View Post
If you are serious about mobile gaming then I would recommend an Android phone instead of an iPod touch. Or as psj mentioned, a second hand older-gen iPhone.
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Originally Posted by psj3809 View Post
Well i was going to get an Android phone but i've spent so much on iOS apps theres no much point swapping

Thats why i got an older iphone 4s , jailbreaked it, got all the emulators i want on it now, love it.

If i was totally new to mobile gaming i hate to say it but i 'might' start off on Android from day 1 though
Having used an Android device from October 2013 to November 2014, I have to somewhat disagree with the both of you. Is Android a bloody great platform for mobile gaming? No doubt. ESPECIALLY during the time I was using a Note 3. More and more titles were coming out, the ratio between bullshit and fantastic titles was getting smaller and without a shadow of a doubt, if you're into the emulation scene, Android is your best choice. However...as Primoz said, if you're serious about mobile gaming: iOS. It's clear by now developers prefer iOS, everything comes out on it first and piracy is much, much lower on iOS...meaning more premium titles (99 Bricks is free, with no way of removing ads on Android for example).

"I am virgin, I'm a whore! Giving nothing; the taker, the maker of war!" - Black Sabbath, "I"

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01-05-2015, 05:57 AM
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I must admit i'm into the emulation scene a lot, i love the fact i can play Quake II or Jedi Knight on an Android device (by using some of the files from the original cd's i have).

On Android however theres so much junk, so much crap to sift through its frustrating. I am loving the flexbility and openness Android gives me i must admit.

But again as i've bought 1000's of iOS games i wouldnt swap over 100%, but if you want a cheap MAME machine for say an iCade then a cheap Android device is a great idea.

When my iphone 4s starts to really slow (eg more and more apps not working on it or more apps needing ios8) then i'm not sure what to do as i'll get a new device but i just hope i can jailbreak it as i'm so used to my emulators now !
01-05-2015, 08:16 AM
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I don't think support for an existing iOS library is an issue for the original poster, as he doesn't seem to have an iOS device yet. I agree with other posters than the iPod Touch is getting a bit long in the tooth now.

I've just ordered a Linx 7 Windows 8.1 tablet for 60 after seeing a good review for it on Pocket Gamer, and a similarly glowing review for the Linx 8 on Eurogamer. It should arrive in a day or two.

I've been getting a bit frustrated by the limitations on iOS around what I can install, lack of expandable memory and communication - just sharing photos via Bluetooth with an Android device is nearly impossible, for example. Hopefully having a full version of Windows should put an end to that sort of pain.

Between the admittedly more limited Windows Store, Steam, GOG, emulators and other legacy games, I hope to get a lot of gaming out of it. I'm also hoping that I'll be able to get Bluestacks or another Android emulator running well on there, which will open up Google Play and the Amazon App Store.
01-05-2015, 08:18 AM
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I enjoy my iPod Touch 5G and despite the dated hardware I haven't found many games that won't work on it YET. On a budget it has many perks of a smart phone except for dialing without the high monthly bill as long as as you're in a nearly ever present wifi zone. Sometimes I recall seeking out wifi (which was a downside) if I felt like I needed to download something or send an e-mail (games requiring constant internet connection was a definite dealbreaker). However, I think that within the next few months we will quickly see games that are not iPod compatible.

I really wish Apple would issue a new iPod Touch, but they seem to have a pattern of forcing users to update devices with short legacy device support before Apple issues software protocols that require the newest device regardless of hardware.

If you're a casual gamer or not really gung ho into mobile gaming Android might be a better options, there will be games that don't come to Android or longer wait for games... but they also have a more open system that has felt more indie friendly and tolerant of cheaper third party markets like Amazon with it's constant freebies or Humble Bundle with it's dirt cheap package deals. You might not get any Capcom games, but there's no shortage of stuff to play even if there will sometimes be annoying lapses as some things show up on iOS only (there will also be Android only stuff occasionally).

Last edited by undeadcow; 01-05-2015 at 10:06 AM.
01-05-2015, 08:47 AM
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Dont they have some special low type deals in the US ?

Here in the UK i pay 14 ($20) a month for not a lot of minutes or txts (enough) but the biggest thing is unlimited internet. Think its a great deal, they have changed it slightly for new customers but its still very good.

I think it was Walking Dead/Bastion and a few others where my ipod touch 5 kept crashing, gave up in the end as i found more premier titles crashed time and time again.

Shame Apple arent doing much with it anymore. But i would advise getting a second hand iphone a generation or two behind. I think buying a brand new phone (specially at a silly high contract per month) is crazy, i'm quite happy being a few generations back specially when i can have 64 gig.

It'll be a few years yet but i cant wait to get an iphone 6 (128 gig edition !)