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iPhone vs iPod touch.

Updated on April 27, 2011

You walk into the apple store and you have two products in hand. One is the iPod Touch, a sleek and stylish iPod with touch screen and internet capabilities.  The other is the iPhone, the first of its kind in technology with the ability of a Smart phone and an iPod combined into a touch screen phone. Both are very appealing and you just can’t decide which you want more, you are realizing you should have done your research.

Well lucky for you, you knew to do your research. So before you jump and purchase one of these products lets compare each of these excellent pieces of technology in depth.

Note:  At the end of this article there is a quick reference chart of the major differences between the two products.

Wi-Fi: Currently both the iPod Touch and the iPhone are Wi-Fi capable. At an additional monthly charge through AT&T you can purchase a plan for the iPhone that allows you internet access through their 3G network. This would mean that as long as you are in an area the AT&T gets service you will be able to connect to the internet.

Safari Web Browsing: Both have enabled web browsing on the product when purchased as long as you area in a Wi-Fi capable are or have purchased the 3G service.

E-mail: Both have e-Mail capabilities on the product when purchased as long as you are in a Wi-Fi capable area or have purchased the 3G service. On both you may open and check old mail while internet access is unavailable. On both, the e-mail has most of the same qualities as if you were looking on to a computer. You are able to send, receive, forward, and download attachments in one easy place.

Maps: The iPhone has a map application with built in GPS. If you are lost and need directions your iPhone will find where you are and can give you turn by turn directions on how to get to your destination using the 3G network. The iPod Touch also has the map application and will do this as well however you must be connected to Wi-Fi to access the GPS.

Video output: With the right connector you are able to connect your iPod touch up to an HDTV television and be able to see you iPod screen. Currently the iPhone does not have this capability however there are rumors that this will be one of the changes in newer models.

Photos: Uploading photos to both the iPod Touch and the iPhone are as easy as plugging in to your computer. Just as both will upload your music it will also upload your photos. You then have the ability to view them in slide show format or use them as pictures for backgrounds or contacts.

Camera: Only the iPhone has a built in camera. It takes snapshots, saves it into your photos and then automatically syncs photos with your PC or Mac the next time you plug into your computer.

Multitouch screen: One of the big draws to both the iPod Touch and the iPhone are their touch screens. This is a relatively new concept in both phones and music players and this is the largest reason people are purchasing these products.

Calendar: Both the iPod Touch and the iPhone have the ability to add events to your calendar, set a custom alert, write notes, and manage multiple color-coded calendars. You can also easily sync your calendar to your iCal for Macs or Outlook for PCs.

iTunes Wi-Fi Store: One of the best qualities to both the iPod Touch and the iPhone is the ability to purchase music on iTunes Wi-Fi store and get it directly downloaded. This takes out the step of needed to upload everything you purchase onto your computer. Then the next time you plug into your computer it will upload it into your iTunes there.

USB Port: Both of these products are connected and uploaded to your computer through a USB port

Memory: The iPod Touch is currently offered in 3 sizes, 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB. The iPhone is offered in only the 8GB and 16GB. An 8GB holds 1,750 songs or 10 hours of video, a 16GB holds 3,500 songs or 20 hours of video, and the 36GB holds 7,000 songs or 40 hours of video.

Price for iPod Touch – 8GB for $229.00, 16GB for $299.00, 32GB for $399.00

Price for iPhone – 8GB for $199.00 (plus 2 year contract on AT&T), 16 GB for $299.00 (plus 2 year contract on AT&T)

Both the iPhone and iPod Touch are great products for their money. People are very happy with both that they get so you have to ask yourself a few questions. Are the phone capabilities important to you? If this answer is yes then you will no question want to get the iPhone. Are you willing to switch to AT&T? If you are not willing to switch your service providers then unfortunately you will not be able to use the iPhone. The major deciding factor should just be what do you want to get out of your product?  All of this information above along with this quick reference guide below should allow you to answer that question and know when you walk into the Apple store you are getting the correct product for you. 

Which do you use?

Iphone vs. Ipod Touch

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      suada a 

      6 years ago

      Another mistake is actually the ipod touch does have a camera, I have had one for a little while and was uploading pictures with it

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      6 years ago

      The ipod has a 64gb now. time to update your blog. I vote ipod. no wait, ipad. yes.:)


      All of lifes questions will be ansered by google.

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      6 years ago

      They are both good though obviously if u are looking at a phone then the iphone is a great choice. But if u are looking for a more so musical choice go for the iPod touch! I have it and it's great :)

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      7 years ago

      Pick the iPhone. The iPod and i mobile phone in one. Easy choice!

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      8 years ago

      I have both, thank you apple!

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      9 years ago

      Which is better?

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      9 years ago from Texas

      great hub!

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      9 years ago

      I think there is another error, as I know ipod touch doesnt have any GPS system

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      9 years ago from Maple Grove, MN

      Truly, the I-phone is great. The same for the I-touch. However- neither one comes even close to the phone I recently purchased, the Samsung Memoir. This is the absolute best phone I have ever had, and I have not seen anything that comes close. I was considering a Sony Ericson with an 8mp camera, but this phone has a touch screen like the I-phone, and the best picture capture, video and zoom features I have ever seen in a phone. If the I-phone wants to compare itself to a high standard, it should do so with the Samsung Memoir. (Good luck Apple.)

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      anmonuse itouch lover says: 

      9 years ago

      i want 2 get an ipod touch intead of an iphone becase:

      1: There alot cheaper case u have no plan

      2: bigger memory

      3: u can get your own customized cellphonne 4 lot less and an itouch for the less then an iphone :)

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      9 years ago

      Hi, I think you have an error in your breakdown chart... Ipod Touch does not have mic, speaker and comes in 8, 16 and 32 GB... Iphone has mic, speaker and comes in 8, 16GB. Check your battery specs too.

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      9 years ago from Florida

      Excellent hub, very informative on the pros and cons of the iPhone and iPod Touch. Thanks!


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