The iPhone and iPod Touch are extremely closely related. They were released months apart and many people actually refer to the iPhone and an iPod that you can talk on. As the devices started to get more features and capabilities, the differences between the devices became even less obvious. Both of them run on iOS so the interface is basically identical. And Apple has continued to use a signature form factor with their devices so they also look very similar similarly. The iPod Touch has also been heavily marketed almost as an alternative to handheld gaming devices. With the newest editions of the devices, the similarities are definitely still there. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing is up to you, but we’ll give you a look into some of the differences and similarities between the iPhone 5 and iPod Touch 5G.
Both devices share the exact same display. They sport a 4 inch screen, 1136x640px, and 326 pixels per inch. It will be very interesting to see how the iPod Touch will do with do as far as supply since one of the major issues with the iPhone 5 has been with sourcing the displays. Apple will probably have the issues fixed soon (hopefully).
It’s no secret that Apple has been shooting for lighter devices all the way across the board. The MacBook, iPhone, iPod, and even iPad have all been getting lighter. Getting more power to their devices while getting lighter and thinner has been a feat that Apple has been able to pull off successfully. The iPod Touch is a bit lighter, weighing in at 3.1oz (88g). This doesn’t mean that the iPhone 5 is “heavy” by any means. It only weighs 3.95oz (112g) so it’s still one of the lightest handheld devices available.
One of the biggest selling points for the iPhone 5 is how thin it is. When the device was first unveiled, people were shocked at how thin it was. However, the 5th gen iPod Touch beats the iPhone out in this category. It’s an all-around smaller device than the iPhone 5. They are essentially the same height, but the iPod touch is 0.24inches thin and the iPhone 5 is .3inches thin. The difference in size is by no means a huge deal for most people since they’re both extremely thin and light devices. We don’t see the devices getting much smaller though.
This is one department where the iPhone 5 beats out not only the iPod Touch but almost every other mobile device on the market. The iPhone 5 sports an A6 chip that has gotten great benchmark scores. The iPod Touch uses a dual core A5 chip with 800MHz. This is still very impressive, and one thing that tends to get overlooked is that the iPod Touch has basically crushed all other competitors in the MP3 market so it’s not rare for people to compare it to phones.
The iPod Touch let a lot of people down when Apple announced they would only be releasing two versions, 32GB and 64GB. The iPhone 5 gives you the extra option of a 16GB model. The iPod Touch has 512MB and the iPhone 5 has a 1GB RAM stick. So the iPhone 5 definitely gets the upper hand in this department.
There is no “winner” really between these two. Even though they are very similar, don’t forget that they are completely different devices. Since the iPhone is a phone, it has features like 4G, whereas the iPod Touch requires Wi-Fi. So a comparison of the two isn’t really fair. Still, we can’t wait to see what the iPod Touch has to offer when it begins shipping and to see how much media attention it will garner.