iPod Touch 16GB Second Generation

In the year 2007, Apple released a model of the three categories, the Classic, Nano and Touch. The first generation Touch was nothing but an iPhone without the phone capability. The Apple iPod touch 16GB second generation was released in the year 2008 with the inclusion of a lot of new features and also has boosted the capacity and accordingly the price tags too. In the following review, we cover all the key changes that had been made to the model and all the other details that you would ever need to know about iPod Touch 16GB second generation.

Reason for the downfall of the 1st generation Touch and the emergence of the 2nd generation Touch:

The first generation gadget was a landmark in itself that it brought about the 802.11b/g wireless antenna, browsing with the safari web browser, audio as well as video compatibility, and even purchase music from the iTunes store. However this fell short due to cost and lack of storage capacity, besides inadequate battery life and display glitches. All these led to only an average success to the phone as the users of iPhones and high capacity iPods ditched it. The fact that is even more surprising is that, even the CEO, Steve Jobs of Apple described the first gen Touch as the “Training wheels of the iPhone” just after a few days after its release.

Apparently, understanding the fact that the Touch did not meet the initial sales expectations, Apple started giving out software upgrades that were left out from the iPhone for a cost. Again this created some controversy as the new phones that were shipped had the upgraded features in it for no extra cost. However, having the new upgrades pre-installed, had more customers flowing in for Apple. Even though software updates had been made, it seemed to be not enough and overpriced when compared with that of the iPhone which came with more features and double the capacity for the same cost. All these led to the emergence of the second generation iPod Touch with some substantial amount of changes, of course on the better side. The second generation iPod Touch comes in three capacities 8GB, 16GB and 32GB.

Apple iPod Touch 16GB

Design tweaks made:

Coming to the design, the second generation’s iPod Touch looks slimmer and lighter than that of the first generation Touch. You will witness a few design changes that affects the device only in a positive manner. It has a chrome front bezel and also sports an internal speaker as well as a black left mounted volume control as in the case of the iPhone. In the other cases, you get the same 3.5″ display with a resolution of 480×320 pixels. The viewing angle of the iPod has been improved a lot. The physical controls include the home button in the front, sleep or wake button on the top of the device, dock connector and the headphone port in the bottom. All of the physical controls can be found virtually in the same places where they were in the original touch. Apple has added another feature for which it definitely receives the praise for, the inclusion of an external microphone.

Same smudge prone metal polish:

Something that we had expecting to change but has not changed is the back side of the iPod which still sports the scratch attractive polished metal. We had mentioned earlier that the new iPod look slimmer, as that is true, it just looks slimmer, it is actually not thin. The design just creates an illusion that it is thin as, in fact, it is half a millimeter thicker than the original, having its dimensions as, 2.4 in x 0.3 in x 4.3 in (W X D X H) inches. It has soft edges that wraps around the chrome bezel, which is a design that makes the device feel better in your hands.

Antenna and speaker:

The manner in which Apple has managed to integrate the speaker is the one that has to be discussed. Unlike the iPhone which as special perforations for all its speakers, the Touch has no vents at all. You might have guessed that the speaker breaths through the bottom dock connector or the headphone ports. If you had thought so, then you are wrong as, even when they are blocked, then can still be heard. The speaker performs like a NXT flat panel design that radiates through the device’s metal back surface and the bottom parts too. One thing that we did not like about the design that had been carried over from its predecessor is the WiFi antenna cover which is still made of black plastic, making it look a bit odd from the rear.

Multi-touch capability:

Getting to the best part of the Touch, the most prominent feature – its multi-touch capability. You cannot help but get excited about how intuitively it has been conceived. There is yet a player to match this multi touch capability of the 2nd Generation Touch. There is a lot of eye for detail along with amazing reaction time. But yes, we will have to agree that some of the web based applications may take some time to react. With all of the icons being aptly labeled, it makes it a cakewalk for a most novice user. Mobile safari seems to be a fab. Cover flow aides in browsing through the album arts. Both YouTube and the BBC iPlayer are far better viewable in comparison to the rival players in the market.

Install iTunes 8 or latter:

As in the case of the iPods that are sold for over a couple of years, you need to have the iTunes software to start using the device. This software, as most of must be aware of, does not come with the iPod. You will have to download it from the Apple’s website for free. iTunes 8 or later is the media synchronisation software that is required by the 2nd Gen Touch 16GB.

Genius software:

Genius software is a new feature that creates a play list of 25 songs having the characteristics of the song that you have currently selected. This software is real fun and you can enjoy to your best if your collection has enough songs. But this software will work only if you enable Genius in your computer’s iTunes software.

Nike + iPod Sport Kit:

The support for the Nike + iPod Sport Kit is an surprising addition. It is a miniature speaker that allows the users to enjoy music, games and videos without the need for a headphone and a support of a microphone. All these three features are extremely thrilling and is of great use for the users. They have very minimal caveats though. Apple has included a special chip which is usually used for Bluetooth functionality, that has been customized especially for establishing communication directly and only to the shoe mounted Nike + iPod sensor. The apparent support for the wireless remote controls like the Amp + watch is absent. These controls aid in pausing, adjusting the volume and even in changing of the controls as and when you run. The omission of these controls means that you will have to make use of the physical controls of the iPod Touch MP3 Video Player directly to access these changes, creating some kind of inconvenience. Apple also enables you to hit the Home button in the middle of a workout to use other applications, placing a “Touch to Return to Workout” bar near the top of the screen which has a number that indicates your workout’s progress.

Difference in interface:

This feature is available in the iPod Nano also, but here, the interface is a bit different. The main screen has tabs in the bottom of the screen that indicates your past workouts and history. The icons displayed are, time, distance, calorie and calibration options. There is also a separate settings screen that can be seen beneath the settings that allows you to manipulate the Nike icon. Using those settings, you can select a power song, pair the sensor and even lock the on-screen displays into horizontal or vertical, whichever you prefer. A plus symbol can be seen between the play and the battery icons available in the upper right corner of the screen which will indicate your connection with the Nike + sensor. Having said all these, this interface seems to be better than that of the interface of the fourth generation Nano, yet, we would have loved to see the streamlined design and the remote compatibility with some more of flashier graphics.

External speaker:

With the external speaker offered, you cannot expect an audiophile quality. It is always better if you carry your headphones along with you for listening to music. Though the quality of the speaker is not even up to the level of that of the original iPhone if not the iPhone 3G, you have to remember that this is the first ever iPod to include a speaker for music as well as video. With the external speaker, that uses a system similar to that of the NXT flat panel audio system, very slight vibration can be felt when the volume is kept at the maximum, but at the lower volumes, the vibration is not evident at all. The overall volume is just half of that of the iPhone 3G and having a less bass body, you cannot expect for a phenomenal listening experience. If you have any idea of using the Touch as an WiFi speaker phone, Forget it! This new iPod Touch 16GB Media Player has the ability to work with external microphones.

iPod Touch 16GB 2nd Generation Black


The audio in iPod Touch is very clear. It has the support for the following audio types, AAC, AIFF, MP3, Audible, WAV, and Apple Lossless. But, even now apple has not included support for WMA music files, yet the WMA tracks can be converted to MP3 formats within Apple’s iTunes software. The video formats supported include H.264 video, Low-Complexity version of the H.264 Baseline Profile with AAC-LC audio; H.264 video, Baseline Profile up to Level 3.0; Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio, MPEG-4 video.

It was disappointing to note that the Touch still does not support the flash audio or video content via its safari browser. There is a lot of attention paid to even very small details. You can use your finger to scroll through the playlists, songs, artists etc. When you flip the iPod touch on its side, a scrolling Cover Flow view of your library is shown with large album covers.

Video performance:

The display performance is pretty good, being vibrant, bright and colourful with an impressive onscreen keyboard too. Touch sure does know how to astonish users with its amazing ability to determine always the letter that you jab for.


Some changes can also seen with the packaging of the Touch. Unlike the first gen touch which had a deluxe cardboard packaging, the second gent touch has the transparent plastic case packing as in the case of the Nano and the Touch. But, one thing that is interesting about the new plastic casing is that, though it is translucent, it has a sticker in front of it, that shows you how the device’s screen will look like once it is turned on. The package contents of the new touch is almost the same as that of the old one, but there is a slight downfall with the quantity and quality. It has the usual pair of Apple headphones, USB to dock connector cable, a new version 16 Universal Dock Adaptor and a thinner and cheaper feeling cleaning cloth. One thing that Apple has omitted in the package is the small plastic stand that holds the touch at a recline angle for viewing video. The package would have been much solid if Apple had included the stand. The documents included in the package are, a safety and warranty booklet, a colour quick start pamphlet and you also get two Apple Logo stickers.

Battery life:

Akin to its predecessors this second Gen iPod Touch also has the lithium ion battery ticking inside. Looks like Apple has decided to do a slight upgrading of battery life from its previous 22hours of music and 5hours of video playback to 36 hours of audio and six hours of video. Though this is the number that is provided in the specification table, when tested in real time, the touch gave a couple of hours more than what is actually specified. This playback capacity will vary based on the brightness of the screen and the Wi-Fi usage.


This 2nd generation iPod Touch 16GB comes with one year manufacturers warranty.


Apple iPod Touch second generation 16GB Portable Media Player is one of the best iPods in the current market. If you are planning to buy one, then this would be a great choice for you. But if you already own the first generation touch or an iPhone, then this may not impress you much with only upgrades in display and battery life. This Black Colour second gen Touch has retained the storage capacity of the iPod while decreasing the price substantially. Boasting of almost everything that would be required like video, podcasts, audio, Nike+ iPod, mailing, games, browsing, Wi-Fi track downloads and the App store, putting the features and cost together, it sure seem reasonable along with being attractive.

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Apple iPod Touch 2G Black - Specifications, Features

Manufacturer Apple
Model Name Apple iPod Touch Second generation 16GB
Device type Portable media player
Dimensions( HxWxD) 4.3 x 2.4 x 0.3 inches
Weight 4.1 oz
Colour Black
Display 3.5-inch (diagonal) widescreen Multi-Touch display
Display resolution 480-by-320-pixel resolution at 163 pixels per inch
Capacity 16GB
Supported audio formats AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store),
MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR,
Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless,
Supported video formats H.264, MPEG-4
Wireless Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)
Nike + iPod support built in
Maps location-based service7
TV Support for 480p and 576p component TV out
Input and output Dock connector
3.5-mm stereo headphone jack
Battery Built-in lithium ion battery
Battery life Music playback time: Up to 36 hours when fully charged
Video playback time: Up to 6 hours when fully charged
Battery charge time Fast-charge time: about 2 hours (charges
up to 80% of battery capacity)
Full-charge time: about 4 hours
iTunes version iTunes 8 or later
Box contents iPod touch
USB 2.0 cable
Dock adapter
Polishing cloth
Quick Start guide
Warranty One year