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I had an iPod Touch G4 and the battery life was terrible. Has there been any improvement in this area with the G5s?

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Based on the Technical Specifications (5G, 4G) no big change is apparent, as the only difference between them is the lasting time while playing videos, as it's up to 8 hours (when fully charged) for the 5G while the 4G's is 7 hours.

They both share the following battery specifications:

Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

Music playback time: Up to 40 hours when fully charged.

Charging times: Fast charge in about 2 hours (80% capacity), full charge in about 4 hours.

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I've owned both, and the battery life in the 5th generation is much better. In Ars Technica's review they find that the iPod Touch will last about 7 and a half hours while being actively used (in their test they were browsing the web, streaming Spotify and Netflix, and playing some games).

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