Expert review Apple iPod Touch (2019)
Apple iPod Touch (2019) 32GB
- Play Augmented Reality games, thanks to the A10 Fusion chip.
- Download all your music and listen to it offline with its 32GB of storage space.
- Your movies, photos, and series will be razor-sharp on the 4-inch Retina screen.
- You can't use a memory card to expand the storage capacity.
- A power adapter is not included by default, so you have to buy it separately.
From the box
The packaging of the Apple iPod Touch is completely made of plastic. As a result, it feels a little cheap compared to the packaging of, say, the Apple iPhone. Insides, I first find the Apple iPod Touch 2019 itself. When I remove it from the plastic, I find a brief manual, Apple EarPods with a 3.5mm connector, and a USB-A to Lightning cable.
Note: there's no power adapter in the box. I either have to buy it separately or use the power adapter of another device I already own.
The familiar, aluminum design
The appearance of this new Apple iPod Touch is the same as that of the Apple iPod Touch 6. Thanks to its small size, I can easily hold the device in one hand. Even with my small hands, I can reach all corners of the 4-inch screen with one thumb. The aluminum casing makes the Apple iPod Touch 2019 feel sturdy and gives it a luxurious appearance.
Not as fast as the Apple iPad (2018)
Thanks to the A10 Fusion chip, the Apple iPod Touch 2019 has the same graphic muscle the Apple iPad (2018) and iPhone 7 have. With this chip, I can easily hold large group calls on FaceTime without any problems. In addition, I can smoothly navigate through apps and files. Because the iPod Touch is so fast, it feels more and more as if I'm using an iPhone without a SIM card.
Gaming in augmented reality
Thanks to the new A10 Fusion chip, the Apple iPod Touch 2019 is more suitable for gaming than ever before. It's even suitable for augmented reality games like Pokémon GO. Of course, I seized the opportunity to try it out. 'No really, it's for a review!' The images merge smoothly, and I'm not bothered by image stutter.
The front of the device features a 1.2-megapixel camera, while the back has an 8-megapixel camera. For comparison: these are also on the Apple iPhone 6. I use the Apple iPhone Touch 2019 to take a quick picture of the view from my office: Rotterdam Central Station. The result is stored in my iCloud, so I can instantly view it on my iPhone. From there, I can send it to my colleagues.
The Apple iPod Touch 2019 is essentially an iPhone without a SIM card. Thanks to the convenient size, it's easy to bring the device with me and use it on the go. If I want to watch series and movies on my iPod on the go, I won't be distracted by notifications and messages, and I'm also conserving my Apple iPhone's battery. I personally prefer to play iOS games on a larger screen, such as my iPad. That being said, games are displayed smoothly on the Apple iPod, so it's a good alternative for when I'm out and about.