Difference Between iPod Touch 2G and 3G

The launch of the iPod has revolutionized the listening format. The concept of how users consume music has changed. The parent company has sold more than 400 million units of iPod, since its release. The device is highly demanded in the market. iPod has two most popular models, that is iPod Touch 2G and iPod Touch 3G.

iPod Touch 2G vs iPod Touch 3G

The main difference between iPod Touch 2G and 3G is that iPod Touch 2G was launched on the year 9th September 2008 while the iPod touch 3G was launched on the year 9th September 2009. The power of iPod touch 2G is 3.7 V 2.73 Wh while the power of iPod touch 3G is 3.7 V 2.92 Wh.

iPod Touch 2G and 3G

The CPU of the iPod touch 2G model is 533 MHz ARM 1176JZF-S. The memory offered in the device is 128 MB LPDDR DRAM. The version of the operating system in the device is 2.1.1. The storage option in the device is of 8, 16, and 32 GB flash memory.

On the other hand, the CPU of the iPod touch 3G is 600 MHz ARM Cortex-A8. The memory offered in the device is 256 MB LPDDR DRAM. The version of the operating system in the device 3.1.1. The storage option in the iPod Touch 3G is 32 GB and 64 GB flash memory.

Comparison Table Between iPod Touch 2G and 3G

Parameters of Comparison iPod Touch 2G iPod Touch 3G
Release date 9th September 2008 9th September 2009
System on chip S5L8720S5L8922
CPU type 533 MHz ARM 1176JZF-S 600 MHz ARM Cortex-A8
Memory128 MB LPDDR DRAM 256 MB LPDDR DRAM
Storage8, 16, and 32 GB flash memory 32 and 64 GB flash memory

What is iPod Touch 2G?

The iPod touch is a product of the apple family. The manufacturer of the product is Foxconn. It is a type of mobile device which has a user interface of touch screen controlled. It can be used for multiple purposes like as a handheld gaming device, for a digital camera, as a music player, for texting and messaging, or as a web browser.

iPod is similar to the iPhone of the Apple family but it only operates through Wi-Fi and does not operate on the cellular data network. iPod is not a smartphone. iPod Touch 2G was launched by the parent company in the year 2007. The operating system of the device is iOS. The system is on a chip of S5L8720. The CPU of 2G model is 533 MHz ARM 1176JZF-S.

The memory type of iPod Touch 2G is 128 MB LPDDR DRAM. The 2G model is available in various options of storage like 8 GB, 16 GB, and 32 GB. It has a 3.5-inch diagonal display. The display has glossy glass which is scratch resistant and is covered also. The contrast ratio of the display is 200:1. It has an 18-bit TN LCD type of display.

The graphics provided in the 2G model of iPod Touch is PowerVR MBX Lite GPU. Every model is powered by different graphics. The model has a built-in speaker and a 3-axis accelerometer and a gyroscope. The connectivity type in the iPod touch 2G model is of WiFi of 802.11 b/g. The model is built-in rechargeable and has a battery type of Li-Po of 739 mAh.

What is iPod Touch 3G?

iPod Touch 3G operates on the operating system of Apple’s Unix-based iOS. This operating system is similar to the OS used in iPhones. The OS has bundled software that is beneficial in sending and receiving mail, browsing Internet viewing maps, and other activities. The iPod touch 3G model supports various online services like Podcasts, App Store, Apple Wallet, iTunes Stores, iCloud, Apple Music, and even Apple Books.

The typing of iPod Touch 3G is done on a virtual keyboard which is displayed on the screen of the iPod. The description of the iPod Touch is as often as ‘iPhone without the phone’ by various journalists and prominent magazines. The other models of the iPod touch even had features of notifications and integration with social media platforms.

The updates of iOS in iPod touch 3 were paid for by the owners of the models. This feature had received criticism from the users. The supported iOS version in the model of iPod Touch 3G is 3.1.1. The setting up of the device requires a PC or a Mac for the first time. However, after being set up it does not require any computer and media and other apps can be easily downloaded from App Store and iTunes store.

For purchasing any content on the device, users have to create an Apple ID or can log in with an existing account. This account is essential for downloading any content. The model also allows third-party applications through the App Store of Apple. Other sideloading of apps is done by Xcode application outside the App Store. This is mainly intended for developers, programmers, and enterprises.

Main differences between iPod touch 2G and 3G

  1. The battery of iPod touch 2G is 739 mAh while the battery of iPod touch 3G is 789 mAh.
  2. The power of iPod touch 2G is 3.7 V 2.73 Wh while the power of iPod touch 3G is 3.7 V 2.92 Wh.
  3. The dimensions of iPod touch 2G is 110 × 61.8 × 8 mm (H×W×D) while the dimensions of iPod touch 3G are 110 × 61.8 × 8.5 mm.
  4. The mass of iPod touch 2G is 120 g or 4.2 oz while the mass of iPod touch 3G is 115 g or 4.1 oz.
  5. The graphics of the iPod touch is PowerVR MBX Lite GPU while the graphics of the iPod touch is PowerVR SGX535 GPU.

Conclusion

iPod has evolved the listening experience of the users. iPod touch has been launched in various models. The two most popular models are iPod Touch 2G and iPod Touch 3G. Both the models have distinct features and functionalities.

Both the models are launched in different periods. Both the models have a difference in battery, display, graphics, storage, memory, and other features. The customers need to evaluate all the parameters of the models before making a final choice of decision with the device.

References

  1. https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/5453933/
  2. https://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=lang_en&id=BZV_wpGHTcEC&oi=fnd&pg=PR1&dq=ipod+touch+2g+and+3g&ots=F2-b2rUJ3r&sig=GSD6_NX74XyuDyeuNlwsxLb2d18
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