I was able to acquire an Apple iPod touch 4G about four months ago as a present. I’ve also done many app and reviews on the iPod touch. It is a great device for what Apple advertises it as but after using it for an extended amount of time I have come up with many concerns about it.

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Let’s start with the exterior. I use a screen protector and case for my iPod. I recommend that anyone who has an iPod touch gets both a screen protector and a back plate to protect the mirror like surface from getting scratched. That brings a question to my head: why would Apple manufacture a product that it knows will get scratched and damaged easily if the user doesn’t buy protection? Something else that caught my attention is the screen. No, I’m not talking about the retina display, but I am talking about the glossiness of the screen. On the very first day I got a small scratch on it and was horrified that my iPod could get scratched so easily.

Apple really needs to step up and make rugged devices that can at least handle daily use.

On the interior I am surprised by only two things: the rear camera and processor. Apple should put more quality into its camera. The rear camera is less than a mega-pixel and takes horrible pictures, while the 4G system can take the iPhone quality camera Apple refuses and puts a low quality camera into it. The iPod touch is an easy device that you can pull out at any moment to snap a picture. But even for the regular user it is hard when the camera plain out sucks.

Although I am happier with the processor, it is supposed to have the same specs as the iPhone 4, which is great and multi-tasks well but the memory is where it lacks. I am the kind of person who leaves the mail app open with Messenger and Safari — that’s great and all, but when you try to run more than any three apps the systems starts to lag and slow to impossible speeds. The quality of the device is all right, but not the amazing standard that we usually see from Apple and its products.

My recommendation to everyone is to go for the iPhone 4 or hope for the best that the next iPod touch can handle it.