The iPhone and the iPod are more$ alike than many people realize. The iPod started out as a rival of the MP3-player, mainly a music playing device. But over the years the iPod Touch as grown a lot and now it is more of a rival to the iPhone and the iPad than it is to any third party device. If you are not sure about which one you should get, the iPhone 5 or the iPod Touch 5th Generation, read about their similarities and differences below:
iPhone 5 and iPod Touch 5G comparison
Let’s start with the price first, because that is something that most people find important when looking at buying a new device. The costs of the iPhone 5 with a contract is $199 (for the 16 GB model), and the iPod Touch 5th Generation costs $229, for the 16 GB model. The only way that the iPod Touch is cheaper is when you count all the monthly fees that iPhone users pay.
A big difference between the iPhone and the iPod is that with the iPhone you are not limited to WiFi, and you can use its 4G network. With the iPod Touch you can only go online when there is WiFi available.
The display of the iPod Touch 5th Generation is the same as that of the iPhone 5, 1136×640 and 326 pixels per inch. The only difference is that the iPod Touch is available in a variety of colors (silver, yellow, blue, pink, red and dark gray) and for the iPhone you will need to buy a case if you want a different color.
The cameras of the iPhone 5 and the 5th Generation iPod Touch are significantly different. Both the iPhone 5 and the 5th Generation iPod have two cameras. The iPhone has a 1.2 megapixel 720p front-camera and an 8 megapixel 1080p rear-camera, and the iPod Touch 32 GB and 64 GB have the same front-camera as the iPhone, but its rear-camera is of lower quality (5 megapixel 1080p). The 16 GB iPod touch does not have a rear camera.
It is hard to compare the battery life of both devices: the iPhone 5 has a bigger battery than the iPod Touch, because it weighs a lot more, but the iPod Touch doesn’t have cellular data and GPS to drain it. It completely depends on how you use each device.
The iPhone is of course called an iPhone for a reason: you can make phone calls with it, and that is something that the iPod is not capable of and quite possibly never will be capable of. Of course you can make phone calls with certain apps over WiFi, but if being able to call at any time is necessary for you, you need a smartphone.
The iPod Touch 5th Generation still has a weaker processor and less RAM than the iPhone, and it is a big difference too: the iPhone 5 has 1 GB and the iPod Touch only 512 MB, which is the same as that of the iPhone 4S.
There are a lot of similarities between both devices and the iPod Touch is certainly capable of a lot more than it was a couple of years ago, but the iPod will probably never be a replacement for a phone. If you already have a phone, or if you want to try out an Apple product without having to commit to a contract or a smartphone for the next couple of years, the iPod is a great solution.