With all the hype surrounding the release of the iPhone 5, the release of the new iPod Touch has been overlooked. While it will always be considered by many to be nothing more than an iPhone without the phone feature, Apple continues to make it a strong option for those looking for just that.

Like the iPhone 5, one of the biggest differences a person will notice with the 5th Generation iPod Touch is the size of the screen. For people who use their devices for video, this will be a welcomed change, as HD video playback looks a lot better.

Speaking of HD video, the iPod Touch received a decent camera upgrade. In fact, this becomes one of the biggest selling points for people in the need of a point and shoot camera that can record video in 1080p. The price point is about the same, only the iPod Touch has a lot of other capabilities for users to enjoy.

After Siri’s debut last year on the iPhone, the iPod Touch now can use the personal assistant and knowledge navigator. This makes it easier for people to use and navigate around their iPod Touch without having to constantly look down at it and type.

With other more subtle upgrades such as new earphones, a new connector cord and more, perhaps the biggest surprise is how pleased people are to have multiple color options for the 5th Generation iPod Touch. Much like the iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle, users can now purchase their Touch in slate, silver, pink, yellow, blue and red. It’s a small change, but something that might soon make its way to the iPhone in the future.

Overall, those holding off on buying the iPod Touch until the newest generation was released will be pretty pleased with the upgrade. For a line that went over two years without receiving a major upgrade, the touch returns with a new look and increased capabilities that in many ways match what comes on the iPhone. Minus the phone, of course.