iPod Touch vs. iPhone – What’s the Difference? [ARTICLE]

iPhoneIt’s hard to imagine that by simply tapping a little device you hold in the palm of your hand, you can watch movies, check the weather and stock reports, and enjoy just about every Internet function on the web.

But all that and more can be accomplished thanks to the iPod Touch and iPhone.

While the two products perform a host of the same functions, they are different entities that each holds a class of its own.

Small but mighty

Both are relatively small, making them easily portable, but the iPhone is bigger and heavier than the iPod Touch. It weighs in at 4.8 ounces and is 11.6 mm thick, versus the iPod Touch’s slim 4.2 ounce, 8mm-thick frame.


  • Height: 4.5 inches (115 mm)
  • Width: 2.4 inches (61 mm)
  • Depth: 0.46 inch (11.6 mm)
  • Weight: 4.8 ounces (135 grams)

iPod Touch

  • Height: 4.3 inches (110 mm)
  • Width: 2.4 inches (61.8 mm)
  • Depth: 0.31 inch (8 mm)
  • Weight: 4.2 ounces (120 grams)

As for just how many iTunes songs, videos and other files you can store, both devices are available in 8 GB and 16 GB models, while the iPod Touch also has a larger 32 GB option.

The iPhone is more expensive, starting out at $399 versus the iPod Touch’s starting price of $299.

Both gadgets allow the user to perform a host of functions. Among them you can: send email, listen to music, watch videos, sync your calendar and photos with your computer, watch YouTube videos, pull up maps, and check the latest stocks and weather. Both devices also have a clock, alarm, calculator and digital notepad.

You can also use both devices to utilize email, the Internet and the iTunes Music Store, although the iPod Touch can only be used in wi-fi (wireless) zones whereas the iPhone can be used anywhere within an AT&T EDGE cellular signal. (The iPhone does require a wi-fi connection to utilize the iTunes Store.)

Just tap it

Both devices use multi-touch touch screen technology to make navigating functions just about as simple as operating your television remote. Simply tap or slide your finger across the screen to bring up a list of menus and commands.

Both the iPhone and iPod Touch also boast an accelerometer feature that automatically shifts the screen display to its proper format. Photos automatically rotate from portrait to landscape and movies easily switch from full-screen to wide-screen simply by rotating the device in your hand.

The most obvious difference between the two gadgets is that the iPhone, at its very core, is a mobile phone, whereas the iPod Touch has no calling or texting features. The iPhone requires a monthly contract with AT&T, but the iPod Touch requires no monthly contracts or fees.

Unlike its iPhone counterpart, the iPod Touch does not have a built-in camera or built-in speakers, but you can display photos on the iPod Touch by downloading them from your computer.

Down to details

Logistically, the headphone port on the iPod Touch is on the bottom next to the dock connector rather than on the top, as it is on the iPhone. The lock button is on opposite sides of each device, and the iPod Touch does not have volume buttons on the side, as does the iPhone.

Although you can’t phone or text with the iPod Touch, you can download your contacts into the device where they appear on the home screen. On the iPhone, contacts are listed under Phone functions.

For more information, check out the latest on both handy devices at www.apple.com/ipodtouch and www.apple.com/iphone.