Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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Apple iPod mini 4 GB
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Apple iPod mini 4 GB
Advantages: Screen, Easy to use, Looks good
Disadvantages: Heavy-ish, Unreliable, Old
This was one of the first iPods I ever had and it was pretty good, although back then, considering the features it did have, it wasn't that reliable and sometimes messed up as it got older. The iPods today tend to run a lot more smoothly. This was the mini version of the original iPod and it had a screen, although not in colour, it coud light up. The iPod mini is available in many colours such as pink, green, silver, red and blue.
The battery on this iPod was actually pretty good - it'd last for a good few days quite easily of fair use. The iPod Mini is even heavier than the iPod Touch today but it's small compared to the classic size. However this has an effect on it's memory as it can only hold 4GB of songs, which is around 1000. This isn't too bad but you cannot carry any photos or videos on the iPod - purely music. The iPod does have a few games on it including the classic brick game and a parachute and cards game. There is also a music game, which is played with your own music where clips are played and you must select the song as quickly as possible from the list.
The iPod mini is pretty easy to use. It has the classic scroll wheel design - you scroll the menus by moving your finger along the outer wheel, on which there are 4 buttons as controls. In the middle of the wheel is one last button, which is used to select titles on the menus. The screen isn't large compared to the size of the iPod but it's useful having it - in a way, you are getting a good size storage and a screen for a cheaper price than you would pay for the latest iPod Shuffle, which lacks both of these really. The main problem with this iPod nowadays is the weight.
It was fairly reliable to start. Songs upload onto it very quickly, taking around 5 seconds each, which I found amazing at first. However it started to mess up as it got older - skipping songs when I would press 'forward' through them and sometimes freezing before spontaneously un-freezing again. It did this for a while but was still working alright so I sold it on at the time to upgrade my iPod. Nowadays it can be bought for around £10, which is great really. I'd still recommend it as an iPod to be taken out, but not as a more portable one or for things such as the gym/exercise as it's a bit too heavy and ironically large for this.
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Summary: A fairly good iPod but rather outdated now
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