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Comparing Hardware, Software and Prices: iPhone vs. iPod touch


5th gen ipod touch

5th gen. iPod touch

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Updated May 27, 2014

When you're considering buying a touchscreen-based multimedia and web device from Apple, choosing the iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5C vs the iPhone 4S vs the iPod touch can be tricky.

After all, the touch is slimmer and lighter, but the iPhone has a phone and Internet access virtually anywhere, to say nothing of the 5S's Touch ID fingerprint scanner and improved camera.

On the other hand, getting those features adds $50-$120/month to the cost of an iPhone (that being the price of a monthly service plan), while the iPod touch requires no monthly fees.

Given that the devices are so similar, making the choice can be tough. In an effort to help those considering an iPhone vs. iPod touch, the chart below allows you to compare the devices head to head. And the links give more background about them.

Luckily, they're both great, so whichever you choose, you won’t be sorry!

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iPhone vs. iPod touch

5th gen. iPod touch iPhone 5S iPhone 5C iPhone 4S
Capacity 32 GB, 64 GB 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB 8 GB
Screen size (inches)
4 /
1136 x 640
4 /
1136 x 640
4 /
1136 x 640
3.5 /
960 x 640
Processor Apple A5 Apple A7 Apple A7 Apple A4
Battery Life Video: 10 hours
Audio: 40 hours
Talk/Video/Web: 8-10 hours
Audio: 40 hours
Talk/Video/Web: 8-10 hours
Audio: 40 hours
Talk/Video/Web: 8/10/9 hours
Audio: 40 hours
A-GPS No Yes Yes Yes
Camera 5 megapixel
& 720p
8 megapixel
& 1080p
8 megapixel
& 1080p
5 megapixel
Video Camera 720p HD 1080p HD 1080p HD 720p HD
FaceTime Yes Yes Yes Yes
Siri Yes Yes Yes No
Phone No Yes Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes Yes Yes Yes
Size (in inches) 4.86 x 2.31
x 0.24
4.87 x 2.31
x 0.30
4.90 x 2.33
x 0.35
4.5 x 2.31
x .37
Weight (in ounces) 3.10 3.95 4.65 4.9
iOS 7 Support? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Monthly Fees No $55 and up $55 and up $55 and up
Price $299-$399 $199-$399
(w/ 2-year contract)
(w/ 2-year contract)
(w/ 2-year
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