Differences between 3rd and 4th gen Touch

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D300

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Looking at purchasing an IPod Touch.

Couple of questions:

I have the option of picking up a 3rd or a 4th Generation. After doing way to much reading here are a few questions I want make sure I understand:

Does the 3rd Gen have a speaker?

Not sure which generation has this but is a 3rd Gen able to make vice recordings using a built-in microphone? I would like to be able to use this as a voice recorder for note taking or recoding quick thoughts while driving. Is this possible on any and specifically the 3rd?

Can the 3rd OR 4th act as a GPS unit?
Can the 3rd Gen handle ebooks? I read something on the apple page that promoted e-books on the 4th but it is not mentioned on the 3rd.
 

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Get the 4G iPod touch, hands down. It is about to be replaced here in about a month but the 3G iPod touch is using hardware that is almost 2 years old now which means Apple will likely start phasing out support of that device. But, to answer your questions:

1. Yes, it offers a built-in speaker. The speaker is built into the 3G iPod touch and it emits sound through the iPod's metal back. The 4G iPod touch has an actual speaker grill which lets more sound out so it can go louder and not sound muffled.

2. The 3G iPod touch does not have a built-in microphone. Instead, Apple included a pair of earbuds that had a microphone. So any voice recording will have to be done with the headphones or an external accessory.

3. Neither can without a rather expensive accessory. Only iDevices with 3G wireless capabilities have GPS functionality.

4. The 3G can handle eBooks from various sources including (but not limited to) Amazon, Barns and Noble, Apple, and Google. The reason for that promotion is that the 4G iPod touch is currently the latest model. Of course Apple is going to advertise something for the latest model and not mention backwards compatibility in anything other than the fine print. That would be like Ford advertising that a 1998 Escort can get over 30 MPG on the highway. Why focus on something old when the new product is out?

As I said, get the 4G iPod touch since it is going to last longer. Apple is going to support that for a longer period of time over the 3G model and the 4G iPod touch has noticeable upgrades over the 3G release: a built-in microphone, built-in camera, 3D gyroscope, rear facing camera (a bad camera is better than no camera at all), a front facing camera, a faster processor (so it can load more complex apps faster), it lasts longer on a single charge, and it has a higher resolution display.
 
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