Right out of the box the Touch looks sleek and expensive. The touch-sensitive screen is scratch-resistant, which is handy since you’ll be rubbing your grubby mitts all over it from the off. The games on the Touch are purchased and downloaded from the online App Store, and you’re going to be spoilt for choice. With everyone in possession of the slightest bit of technical knowledge designing applications and games of their own, the store makes available around 50 new games every single day.
You play using the touchscreen or by tilting the device, which has responsive accelerometers built into its innards. The Touch can work like a Nintendo Wii controller in this respect, and it’s a great way to play.
While Apple is keen to present the Touch as a viable gaming device, it’s all-round performance where it really excels. You have direct access to iTunes, and a Safari browser, YouTube registration, Google Maps and Mail all come as part of the package. The interface for these is a joy, the wireless function is easily the best on test, and the screen is clear and bright even in sunlight.
A great quantity of games doesn’t mean that the games are of great quality. Vast swathes of the many thousands of applications on offer are simplistic, unimaginative and based around flatulence. As with any touch screen, smudging and fingerprints on the screen are an irritant, and you’re best advised to invest in a protective case if you don’t want the back of your Touch getting scratched.
Weight 115g Size 4.3×2.4×0.33in Screen 3.5in Storage 8/16/32GB flash memory