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iPad VS. iPod touch, Any Difference

The Difference between Apple iPad and iPod touch

Question: What are the differences between Apple iPad and iPod touch. To me, the iPad seems a giant iPod touch. I already have a iPod touch, is it a waste to buy an iPad?


John: iPad really seems to be a dig, beefed up ipod touch. Time will see that they may just be relying on their name to sell this. Apple just faced their biggest competitor - themselves.


Kevin: Beyond the obvious difference in size, there are a number of differences between the iPad and the iPod touch. Perhaps most significantly the iPad supports an external keyboard and more full featured applications, but there are a number of capability and feature differences as well as a notable difference in performance.

Video Playback

Obviously, both these machines can play video. Now, your initial reaction to the specs on the tablet might be that it's much better for watching video, well, actually, you'd be right but not quite as right as the knee jerk reaction might lead us to believe. Yes the tablet's screen has the advantage of being LED backlit, better resolution - 320 x 480 vs 1024 x 768 - and bigger as well, but let's just debunk some of this a little for a moment.

Bigger is only relative to how far away from your eyes you hold it. The tablet is a lot heavier than the touch and maybe not as comfortable for the length of an entire feature film. Of course, there's bound to be all sorts of stands and accessories to help out but you could always stick with the touch at around chest height instead. Perhaps not entirely practical but certainly a solution for those who're not that interested in watching video on their portable device. After all, if you're at home, you could always just switch on the TV instead and, if out an about, you might rather stick with the lighter option.

Music Playing

If music is what you're after, then there's just no point going with the iPod - nice as it is. iTunes and Apple pods are such that ultimately they all offer the same basic functionality. They all have the dock port and, as such, you can strap them to just about any larger audio playing device you like if you want your music played through a better speaker set.

Perhaps the one advantage of the tablet is that it's got a better on-board output than the touch. There's reference to built-in speakers plural rather than just the one although confirmation is required. If so, that would be important if you want to continue listening to music on the device in a room, which doesn't have an audio set up and you also don't want to be tied to your player by heaphones cable. That might sound rather specific but think of doing the washing up or ironing or other such scenes of domestic bliss while streaming Spotify onto your device.

Also, and this is one of emotion rather than anything else, the iTunes LP feature, as released in the latest incarnation of the Apple music software, would actually work really well on the iPad. Reading all those lyrics and looking at the album art with a large flat piece of hardware in your hands is rather reminiscent of old vinyl albums. Could the iPad be the LP for the 21st century? On the other hand, that's got to be out-weighed by the fact that you can then stick the iPod touch into your pocket and go out to work. With the tablet, you'd need a pretty capacious suit lining.


The launch of the App Store has put a huge focus on gaming but, as good as the touch has been for the purpose with its graphics hardware and accelerometer control, there has always been something missing in terms of using your thumbs. There was initial speculation that the iPad would offer some kind of dual thumb control but it seems that never happened. As such, the only real advantage it seems to offer over the touch is, again, the bigger screen and processor power.

Let's ignore the fact that the majority of the current games will only play in a tiny 1:1 resolution box or in poor resolution "pixel double" mode. A good body of specially tailored games will arrive soon. The real issue is that the iPad is still unlikely to replace the likes of the PSP and the Nintendo DSi XL on the move and will certainly pale into insignificance compared to gaming choices in the home. Still at least you'll be able to see the cards clearly in a game of patience.


The first thing to say here is that you can read newspapers, magazines, websites, eBooks and all sorts of literature on both the iPod Touch and the iPad. The key here is, how much of that do you intend to do? The advantage, of course with the iPad is that it's got the iBook store but there's no reason to believe so far that these files aren't transferable to the smaller devices or indeed that you definitely can't access this app from the touch. After all, it is an app you find in the App Store.

Other than that it's the bigger screen size that's the major plus point. The larger display is great for getting more copy on. That said, it's not e-paper or e-ink and still uses a backlit display that'll hurt your eyes a lot more than modern eReaders. If you're really planning to use this kind of device for books, then it's only better than a laptop by virtue of not having a keyboard attached to it. Want novels and newspapers and it's probably a Kindle you're after.

What's more, there was no mention of the battery life when being used as a reader. That blaring display - even if it's LED technology - is no match for the thousands of page turns you get out of one charge of a reader.

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