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I've had this ipod from when it was brand new, so a good few years! And although I know that there are lots of newer ipod models out, if you want a straight forward, easy to use ipod for storing and playing music, then I would still recommend it. 4GB is a good amount of storage for low-medium music listeners, it stores about 1000 songs according to the apple website. For me this was plenty of storage, but it depends how much music you have! Apparently you can store pictures too, although i've never done this. It's really lightweight and super slim, it can easily fit into your pocket and is hardly visible. It comes in 5 different colours (blue, pink, red, silver and green). I have the green one and it's a great vibrant lime green, with a really cute metallic finish. It has five buttons, on a circular control: menu, skip forward, skip backwards, play/pause and the central selection button. You have to press the play/pause buttton to turn it on and off, and you have to hold it for a few seconds. The battery life is good, and for a medium- low user it could last a good few days before needing charging again. You have to charge this on the computer with a usb lead and also put songs on it via itunes on the computer, so you will need a computer to use this. The usb lead comes with the ipod so you don't need to buy extra equipment for charging. It also comes with white ipod earphones. When choosing songs on your ipod you can organise them alphabetically by song or artist, by album or by genre. So it's easy to choose the song you want quickly. Using itunes you can make playlists on the computer to put on your ipod, so you can store the songs you want all together on one list. I have had a few technical problems, such as it not turning on, a blank screen display or the buttons not being as responsive as they could be. As I don't use this often it isn't a big problem, but if you were going to use it every day it might be problematic.
I bought one of these when my first gen iPod nano decided to give up the go, and my guarantee had ran out. It's pretty much the same as before, but with extended battery life and a redesigned body, which is reminiscent of the iPod mini. It has the standard clickwheel games as before, but this is primarily a music player rather than an all out media device, so you'll probably only bother with the games if you're really bored. As a music player, it does it's job brilliantly. Unlike the iPod mini, these employed flash storage rather than a mini HDD, which allows them to be a lot thinner and therefore very easy to lug around, it takes up far less room than the mini did in your pocket. Sound quality, for such a small device, is pretty good. However, overall sound quality is not really the responsibility of the player itself, more what type of file you use and what headphones or speakers. If you read a lot of my reviews, you will know the hatred I have for the Apple earphones; they spent so much time, money and effort making the iPod so good, then bundle in those little white travesties; it's like making a lasagne worthy of being on Gordon Ramsay's menu, then garnishing it with diarrhoea. Swap the headphones out for something better, you won't regret it. For ultimate sound quality, you could use Apple Lossless audio encoding rather than mp3, as the compression is less you hear more of your music, however, also because the compression is less, you end up with a larger file, and ultimately less music will fit on your iPod, and 4GB gets used up very quickly, especially these days. Build quality, on the whole, is typical Apple, i.e. very good. However, I had a few issues with mine. The aluminium is very soft, and therefore scratches very easily. If you put this in the same pocket as your keys then expect a few light scratches minimum. Mine had very heavy use back in the day (when I was at school) and was scratched up almost beyond recognition. Also one lunchtime, some undesirable chap decided he'd push me into a radiator at school, and my iPod took the brunt of it; there was a huge dent in the back (further backing up that the aluminium was quite soft) and ever since then, the screen, although still fully functioning, was slightly rotated, only by 3 degrees at the most, but enough to notice it wasn't straight. However, it must be said that aside from these two issues, it still works perfectly well today. All in all then, not a bad product. And here in 2012, if your children are looking at iPods, but you're concerned about spending too much in case they break it, then look for one of these on eBay, as they're now a great way of buying into the whole iPod phenomenon without breaking the bank
In 2007 my great grandmother sadly passed away, and us great grandkids were left a bit of money from her in her will - it wasn't a substancial amount but we were under the instruction to spend it on something we wanted and enjoy it, not to save the money away... I really wanted an MP3 player and decided on this iPod from Apple to spend some of the money on - at the time the Apple brand was really just starting to take off and the qualities that helped me decide on this iPod were the small compact size, light weight, nice appearance and also ease of use compared to other MP3 players, as told by my friends. * Dimensions for this iPod are as follows : Dimensions: 3.5" H x 1.6" W x 0.26" D / Weight: .088 lbs. The 2G iPod Nano came available in 2g, 4g and 8g in terms of memory. I opted for the middle one 4g as I didn't believe the 2g would be enough to hold my music - which then turned out to be perfect for what I was looking for and these days I tend to carry round up to 6g of music around in my iPhone so I would personally recommend anything from 4g upwards for people who like their music and the 2g if you tend to only put a couple of songs / albums on at once. There were difference in prices and I remember paying around £150 for the 4g in silver - other colours available included black, blue, green and pink. There was also a special edition red Nano. However for the bright colours I was under the impression you paid more money for. On all the 2G nano's you had a screen which was LCD and measured 1.5inches. One thing that let this MP3 player down in my opinion was the fact the screen was not in colour and it didn't show any of the album artwork when in use. However these issues were rectified on the later 3G model. The only plus point I can think of with the LCD screen was the fact that it was backlit - meaning the screen lights up in darkness. Using the iPod was very different to other MP3 players at that time and that it could seem a little intimadating and difficult as there is no up / down / left / right buttons to scroll through menu's and play music. In its place you have a round circle keypad on the front of the iPod and to scroll through menu's you simply roll your finger around the circle and it almost acts like a touch screen scrolling throuhg the menu's on screen while you do this. As well as using the iPod for the obvious (playing music) there was a couple of other extra's thrown into this little machine. My personal favourite was the games - in particular a game where it played a song from your iPod's memory and you guess what the song is called by clicking one of the options. Was always a good game to play with your friends. Other games included were "Brick" where you move a bar along the bottom of the screen to direct the ball to hit and knock out the bricks at the top - Parachute, which is a shooting game although I never had any experiance playing this one - and Solitaire, which is always great when you are bored. Another handy extra for me was that internal alarm clock - always great for them Monday mornings! Another facility you could use within the Nano was the ability to transfer photo's from your PC to the device. However I found this facility pointless as if I wanted to share photo's with friends I would just take out my digital camera rather than mess around transfering files to the computer and then to the Nano. There was also options to do slideshows with the photo's. I can't comment on how this worked as I never used this extra. ********** In all, it was a great little MP3 player for its time and even though I bought it from the Apple store in the same year it was discontinued and the next model came out, I kept it in my car for a number of years to run through my car stereo by an AUX until the point I bought my iPhone 2 years ago. The most important things to me is that it still works all these years later, the sound for its time from this Nano cannot be faulted and to date I have never had any issues with the device being slow or laggish (which is more than what I can say about my iPhone time to time!) The only thing I can really say that I hated about this was its awful abilities to scratch the silver very easy when dropped / bumped. It is claimed to have a scratch resistant aluminium body but I can assure it does scratch. A couple of things would of made this a much better purchase from Apple would be the following : * Radio / FM Tuner - There was no radio option on the Nano at all which is a bit of a let down for the price you paid back then you would expect it to have this... * Video Playback - In the next Nano (3G) you could download music video's and play back on it. Sadly they didn't put it on in time for the 2G. * No speakers? To play your music you must plug in your headphones or attach to a speaker as there is no speakers present on the Nano 2G. If your needing a great reliable MP3 player with just a few extra's then this is the one for you. Although discontinued can be very easy to find online 2nd hand and at present can be found on Ebay for £40.00 or less.
I got this ipod roughly 5 or 6 years ago now and while most people will have moved on with the multiple newer products on the market this one is still in use over here. I have to admit I go through phases of my ipod, I am not a huge music fan and I generally tend to only listen to any sort of music whilst driving however I go through phases of having my ipod on constantly to not using it for months and then coming across it again but it has been in and out of use for a very long time at this point so there is definitely something to be said for it's durability. Firstly the price, it seemed so expensive when I first bought mine at just £90 and even then it had been released for a few months before I purchased it but this was the first technology of it's time I believe so considering that the price wasn't really that bad at all. I purchased mine from Argos, I don't know where you would get one now however Ebay and the likes are bound to have a few. At the time there were a variety of colours available, I believe there were 7 but I couldn't be entirely sure. I went for the bright pink one being a very girly teenager that was in love with pink things. To be honest I still really like the colour of this player and I don't think I would go back and change to a more muted colour, considering it is mainly kept in my pocket it's not on show but it's a nice little addition to an otherwise colourless world sometimes. I seem to remember all the colours available were very bright and exciting rather than the regular black and white you seem to get these days. On receiving the ipod it came in a crystal clear case that was very slim, it had the instructions, earphones and computer cable on the bottom and the ipod itself sat on a plastic tray, it looked almost like a watch box to be honest, I really liked the casing it seemed a little alternative to what else was available at the time. At first you have to get to grips with putting your music onto the ipod, you have to go to the Apple itunes store where you can download quicktime and itunes onto your computer, you then have to drag and drop the music files either onto the main list of music or onto varies types of playlists, the choice is yours. After this you simply use the USB cable supplied to plug in the ipod. Itunes should recognise the device and from here you are able to change the name of your ipod, add photos and your music by simply pushing the little circular button next to the ipod name on the left hand side, this will put all your music from your computer onto the device. Whilst the ipod is connected it will also charge itself and I have to say it does charge pretty quickly, around 4-5 hours I would say from a completely flat battery which is on par with how quickly a mobile or an ipad charges these days and thinking that this was technology released many years ago it is pretty good I think. You can also charge the ipod through a wall charger, either a specific ipod/iphone one or using the cable and connecting it to a USB plug. I can also vouch for the fact that a non apple branded cable will work with this device as I found out when I lost the original cable and instead of spending £20 on a cable I paid just a couple of pounds instead and it does the exact same job. You then have to insert the headphones which is incredibly simple, the ones provided are pretty good and I had them for a while but the earbud piece fell off after a couple of years and I have since used various pairs of generic headphones and they all fit the socket perfectly which is incredibly useful. The headphones do make the device a little bulkier than it would be without them, it is very slim and fits easily into the pocket of your jeans or skinny jeans, jacket pockets or to be held in the palm of your hand. It doesn't have the curved backing some of the newer models have but to be honest there isn't a huge difference with it having a flat back. Right in the middle of the ipod sits the circular controls which control the sound, track list and what's playing, how to set the clock and everything else, it is very sensitive and you only need a slight touch with the tip of your finger making a circular motion to make this work. The screen is very small a couple of inches by another couple of inches, this is not your typical modern piece of technology that has a large screen and is very bright. The top of the ipod holds the lock which you simply slide away from you to lock the screen and control pad and towards you to unlock it. I think it has a nice sleek design to it, it is incredibly thin yet is very durable I have man handled it on many occasions and the worst this ipod has is a few scratches on the back which doesn't make it attractive however it also doesn't make it tatty and ugly either as while it is face up you would never know. To turn the ipod on and off you hold the control pad on the "South" position this will cut off the light and switch the ipod off. If you don't do this then the ipod will stay on and the battery will drain leaving you with nothing to play about with the next time you're on the bus or the train. You simply use the control pad to select the song you wish to play, the volume it is to be set at, changing the settings such as the maximum sound level or the clock time and date. The interface is very simple to navigate through and there is honestly no way that you could get it wrong especially with how advanced today's technology is. The battery indicator will alert you to how much battery remains and I have to say it lasts very well, I can use this constantly for a few days before I have to charge it up however if you're using it for say commuting in which case you were only using this a couple of hours a day you'd easily get a week out of this player which is excellent I think. The screen is bright and for the age it is actually rather clear, not HD quality but it's not a bunch of pixels either. I think the brightness is plenty but it can be a little bright if you're using this in the dark or you're very sleepy. I only use this player for music, I don't store photo's on it, honestly you wouldn't be able to see it very well anyway as the screen is so small if there are covers for say a music album this goes to one small side of the screen anyway and even if you do wish to view the artwork then it comes right in the centre but still a small sqaure. I have around 300 songs on mine and I still have majority of the space on the ipod which is excellent. I believe it can hold up to 2000 songs which I would definitely struggle to fill however I very often have a clear out of the music I own so if you did have a whole lifetimes worth of music then you might find this amount of space inadequate however for an average or light user this is more than suitable. I do have to mention that if you have to change your itunes account which I have had to do many times over the years from switching computers to having computers wiped you will have to re-download the platform and re-add all the music, before you sync the ipod a warning will come up asking you if you want to proceed, this is vital because if you do sync from an old account to a new one then everything you already have in the device will be wiped so you may end up losing songs you no longer have. Overall I think this player is excellent, yes it has it's limits as older technology however it still syncs and plays music which is it's main function. It can be bashed around and roughly handled without fear of it breaking unlike the other Apple products available these days. It can hold a lot of music, it charges quickly, it looks great and can really stand the test of time. Alongside this addition components such as charging cable and earphones can be replaced with cheaper versions if the originals fail. The music is nice and clear everytime, I also found that the ipod has kept to it's volume. I have had to change the earphones a few times to restore the sound level to it's original blast but this is not a fault of the device but rather the cheap earphones I have used instead. It looks stylish and it is super easy to use even for those who aren't familiar with technology. I think this is an excellent device and is expertly made and is a good representation or a long lasting durable product which Apple don't seem to produce these days.
I have owned my one of these for a few years now and it has done me well. However, for people looking to buy a ipod at the moment I probably wouldn't particularly recommend it as there are a lot more modern versions of it around now which look a bit sleeker and have a greater song capacity. Also, if you are not a slave to the band there are plenty of other MP3 players around that are smaller, cheaper but play the music just as well. The other issue with ipods is that you have to put up with having all your music in itunes which can be annoying. The battery power is not very impressive and it needs charging regularly. If you fully charge it and then don't use it for a few weeks it will tell you the battery is dead or it will refuse to turn on until you have charged it again which is annoying. I have a docking station for mine which means it can just sit there charging all the time which solves the problem. Having said that, it's easy to use and navigate around the different songs and albums you have on there and mine has never gone wrong or got broken. Also, the different colour options are great and they all look good.
I was brought my first Ipod by my boyfriend for Christmas in 2006. The 2nd generation was brand new out then - only released in the September and it cost around £117 from Argos. It came in a perspex plastic case. Clear on the top half which showed the ipod then a white base which held the instructions, headphones and USB lead. I had the ipod in grey, but it was also available in black, silver, green, blue and pink. The Ipod is roughly 90 mm x 40 mm by 7m. It has a 176×132 screen at the top and this was around 40% brighter than the 1st Generation nano. It has grey click wheel to control the Ipod in the middle. It weighed just over 40g so was very light and compact. Mine was a 4GB which was advertised as holding over 1000 songs! The ipod is cases in an anodized aluminium case which is scratch resistant. The Ipod was very easy to use and the wheel on the front glided through the various menu's easily. The Ipod itself links to your PC/Laptop via a USB lead which is supplied. You have to download Itunes - which is free and can then begin to load on your songs and albums. To set both this and the Ipod up is very easy and an onscreen tutorial talks you through every step. The Ipod syncs with your PC easily and loads music at lightening speed. It processes quickly and plays at the touch of a button. The music quality is second to none and going from a CD to an Ipod really highlight the difference in the sound quality. Everything is crisp and as clear as you are in the room where the artist is playing. 4GB is plenty of memory for a music lover and I found I was constantly updating it adding and removing music all the time. This Ipod will allow you to create playlists and even play games so you have may hours of entertainment. It's battery life is amazing. It will last up to 24 hours and charges up quickly. The battery life was really impressive. When I took it on holiday for a week, I used it around the pool and only had to re-charge is once! On a few occasions my Ipod locked up and froze, and I regularly had to re-boot it by pressing the menu and play button down. This didn't loose any music, but just seemed to reset the software. This ipod did seem to have a few bugs, but these were always just minor and resolved within a couple of seconds. There was also one time when it did totally shutdown and wouldn't play anything. Then I did have to reset the ipod and lost everything, but as it was all on Itunes backed up so this wasn't to much of an issue. Five years on the ipod is still going strong and has been passed onto my brother and then my dad when I upgraded to the 5th generation. It really is a solid product and made well. You pay for what you get and the Ipod 2G really shows this. It durable, easy to use, and a great MP3 player. You can no longer buy the 2nd gen Ipod as when Apple release a new generation they discontinue the older ones. This is a shame because the 2nd Gen is really a great Ipod to start anyone off in the world of Apple! You can still find used ones on Amazon and Ebay which just shows how long they last!
I got my G2 nano for christmas about 4 years ago now, it was a total shock but a very pleasant one as i was using a G1 shuffle at the time. I was impressed with the screen quality, the very easy to use controls, the variety in categories and playlists i could create and of course, the games built into the ipod. I especially loved the music quiz as it would make the quiz using the songs i'd installed on my ipod so it was down to me to remember the music accurately. I remember marvelling at how lightweight and slim the nano was, it slipped into my pocket and took up very little room, also it fits into a hand comfortable and sneakily, excellent for listening to music in class(i was in secondary school when i got my ipod). I never used my ipod for photos which i was told it could hold but i filled it to the brim with music, being a teen of course i had a lot of music to stick on it and the majority of the songs were changed weekly whilst i composed a playlist of my ultimate favourites. I feel the nano was the starting point for the app's we all know and love on every ipod today(shuffle being the exception), i remember there being a stopwatch, calendar, world clocks etc etc and after my school trip to China i kept my ipod on Beijing time :)
I've had my ipod nano for 5 years now as my dad had bought me one for a gift for passing all my GCSE's. I was so shocked he'd got me something so expensive! I think around that time it was about £145-£165. I have the silver version and it works like a dream. I am always putting new music on it and adding CD's on it so i can have all my music in one place. It holds a lot of music and i don't need to keep deleting my old things off it. ABOUT: If you're new to Ipods, they are an mp3 player which stores music on for you to listen to with either headphones or you can buy an Ipod docking station which you can plug it into and it will play through the speakers. You use a programme called Itunes which you will need to download then import your music from CD's, downloads etc. to your Itunes library. The Ipod nano is slimline at about 8-9mm thick. You need a lot of practice using one as it is very touch sensitive on the click wheel which you navigate up and down to find tracks. You can group your music into play-lists which you can choose which tracks you would like to listen to and find them in one place. You can store up to 2,000 songs on it depending on the track length and can delete/add by just plugging it into the USB of your computer and updating your Itunes. It features some games, clock, artwork for your tracks/albums, 35mm colour screen and a search function. WHY BUY AN IPOD NANO: When you have finally understood how to get music onto your Ipod and figured out Itunes, the Ipod beats any other MP3 player out there. They have also made other Ipods which can play videos and music videos too with was soon called an MP4 player. An Ipod isn't very easy to use if you're not very good with technology unless someone can guide you through the instructions. INFORMATION ON BUYING: I'm not sure where you can purchase this 2nd generation ipod nano from anymore as it is 5 years old and there have been lots more new models out since. I'm sure there would be some hanging around on Ebay or Amazon. GETTING SET UP: If your planning on using CD's to put onto your Ipod, Gather them and burn them all to you computer. Once you've loaded up Itunes, import all your tracks and then plug in your Ipod. You will have to set up the Ipod, you can give it a name too! You need to then "sync" your Ipod which will transfer all your music onto it. If your using downloaded music you need to do the same by importing them to Itunes. CHARGING: The ipod doesn't require batteries, you simply plug it into the computer and it automatically charges while you are syncing your Ipod. It will take about 2-3 hours to fully charge from a nearly dead battery. If you have access to a docking station they also usually charge them up for you while your listening to music. SUMMARY: In my opinion, the Ipod is the best music gadget to have. They are definately worth investing the £100-£200 on. (depending on the age and memory of the ipod).
Anyone who read my last review will know I had an Ipod shuffle for my first ever Ipod, although I was excited and still wanted one I could never afford to buy a new second generation Ipod, It's quite bizarre how I came about having a £100 Ipod without actually spending any money buying one, this wasnt a present either. Although the shuffle was working fine for me, I really wanted an Ipod with a screen, because when ever I put new music on that I wasn't used to I never knew who was playing and fast forwarding through most of the playlist blinded without the screen just to find one song was becoming rather annoying. Some of you will know I use the swapping site 'BigWardrobe' and on here I listed a few hello kitty items and cosmetics, I came across someone with a broken version of this in their 'wardrobe' I knew it was a long shot but asked if she wanted to swap for anything, of course it sounds illy because it was broken, but the only part of this that was broken was across the top the panel had come away with the lock switch on, but I wasn't bothered by this, she agreed and I ended up swapping a £5 hello kitty lipgloss for a second generation £100 Ipod, Bargain. The look of this, mine is silver but I believe this comes in other colours too such as black and red, it is roughly a third of an inch thick and approximately 4 inches long, this is very lightweight and fits lovely in your hand, this is great because I hold mine as Im walking or I put it in my coat pocket and it's easy to ge back out without getting it stuck because of it's size, the sceen size is 1" by 1.5" which of course doesn't seem very big but it doesn't need to be, below that is their touch pad controls, with menu, fast forward, rewind and play/pause, although on this you don't need to press the play button provided if you don't wish to as the middle button does the same thing, to control the music volume, you just run your finger round the pad, this is also the same control for going down the menu options such as songs, pictures etc. Of course I don't have it on mine because it is broken, but on the top is the lock button, and on the bottom is where you plug your lead into and the earphones. Again like all Ipods you need to install Itunes onto your laptop or computer to put music onto your device, once installed and you plug your ipod in, itunes will automatically open and go to your music library, to put the music onto the device all you have to do is click on 'my ipod' and press autofill and it'll all do it itself which is a great idea because dragging each song that you want across would be rather tidious. On this particular Ipod you can put music, podcasts, pictures, videos, You can also store contacts on here, I haven't used this option yet but I looked at the sample and you can literally have phone numbers on here, which is handy because I always forget numbers ad my phone always dies, so it's good to have somewher to back them up on. There is a clock, game and calender and a stopwatch, you can create playlists, eg, you can create one specific for the gym and another one for normal use, if you want to keep certain songs for things, There is also an option to shuffle the songs. This Ipod is very easy to get the hang of and is very straight forward, you can be up and running with it in minutes, personally I'm not interested in having games or creating playlists I think that takes up much needed memory, especially when it is only 2G, that isn't a great deal or songs, only a couple of hundred, although I have never had the patience to sit there and fill it up so I am a little unsure of what the actual number is. The battery life on this is brrilliant, I can listen to 100 songs and at full blast the battery will only go down less than a quarter if fully charged. I would recommend this 100% because even with mine being broke and the curcits being shown, this with stood the snow rain and awful storms and it's still hanging on lovely.
I have had the iPod Nano 2g since they first came out when I was about 15 years old and I still use it to this day, my mum tried to convert me to using the shuffle in my car (read previous review) but I still prefer this one for my car and for my everyday going abouts. I love how sleek it is with its bevelled smooth edges and it is satisfying to hold, I have bought a silicone cover for it though as I am scared to dent the metal by dropping it. My only disappointment is that the battery doesn't last as long as say the shuffle or the Classic. I have to charge this every 2 to 3 days for a 2 hour commute because I would hate to be caught short and run out of battery. My heart skips a beat when the battery life turns red and I panic halfway through my journey home. It is very easy to use as with all apple products, you just need iTunes set up with your playlists and its a case of plug, sync and go. A nice little extra feature with this nano is that you can put photos on it, but it has such a tiny screen so why bother? The 4gb holds a good 1000 songs and seperating these into playlists is a good idea. I seperate mine into moods so I have one for happy, melancholy, golden oldies, rock chick and so forth. I set the playlist before I get into my car and just go. I use this as my everyday ipod for the last 5 years and it has never failed me, I use it in my car, I use it for commuting and it is my best friend. I love the bright screen and the touch sensitive dial to turn up the volume or scan through songs. It is the best ipod going for the thin size and capacity and now because they are so old, you can get them very cheaply on ebay! Hurrah!
I've had this model since they first came out...and it still works as good as new! I'm not really one for having top of the range gadgets, as the different specifications usually mean nothing to me...which is probably why I haven't replaced this model after receiving it as a Christmas present when they were released. That, and the old saying 'You can't fix what isn't broken.' Although the battery on it doesn't last quite as long as it used to, I'm still only having to recharge it every couple of days and I use it for sustained lengths of time whilst commuting...although an AC adaptor has proven useful! Otherwise, this is still in perfect working order, despite been dropped repeatedly and being used quite harshly by several teenagers (as a result of their touch screen ones braking)! I find that it has space for more than enough music, and I love that I can set my own playlists or use the shuffle function. The display is very clear and the controls are easy to use...even my little girl has mastered them. The size and shape of it makes it very nice to look at as well as being comfortable to use, and it fits into any bag or pocket with ease. The only complaint I would have is that I don't find the headphones supplied comfortable to use, so I did need to replace those for some soft 'in-ear' ones. Although I will probably get around to replacing it at some point, right now, there's no rush at all...as Apple have delivered the quality I expected from them and the product can't be faulted.
I'm not one for high tech appliances regarding music players. I got my first second generation iPod nano for Xmas in 2009. It didn't last me very long. Whilst I love the simplicity of the appliance, it's awfully unreliable. After suffering a few knocks, my iPod was close to useless. I struggled to get songs to go onto my iPod on the first place, the hold button didn't work and it constantly froze. I've been told that if your iPod freezes, you should lock and unlock the iPod several times with the hold button (mine didn't work) and then press the menu button and the enter button at the same time, but this never worked. I had to let it run completely out of battery and then recharge it again before it would work. I hated it and in the end I gave it to my friend and bought a new one: the same model but in green. This didn't last long either. Once again, the simplicity and ease of use was a great advantage to this iPod. I dropped the device on the floor one day and after that the enter button didn't work. This meant I could only listen to songs on shuffle and I couldn't use any of the games/extra features. I bought myself a second hand iPod, the same model again, from CEX and that is the one I have at the moment. It's working out a lot better than the other two, though it does still play up and occasionally freeze for about a minute at a time before jumping back to life. I would recommend this iPod to anybody that wants a simple device and doesn't want to fork out a lot of money, but be careful when knocking/dropping it, as it's not a very strong device.
I have had my Apple Ipod first generation ipod for several years now and it has never let me down. The frist thing i can say about the ipod is that it is reliable and durable, mine has last several years now and has managed to work after a beating. I have dropped, forgotton about and abused my ipod but it always works and seems to always have battery. Thats another thing even when I use the ipod for a constant few hours the battery seems to last a long time. The ipod is very easy to use and has become the fashion icon of the future. The only bad thing I can see if that if you purchased a mp3 player form a rival you can get a mp3 player with a lot more memory and a lot cheaper. The thing is tho, do you want to have the ipod to be 'Cool'. When i was growing up at school it was considered cool to have a ipod and for all them ppl who got a rival were not considered cool. So are we again just paying for a brand, where we could get the same results from a rival which can offer better results. My Ipod now is always full and I would like one with a bigger memory but what do I do? i dont need to follow trends anymore but I have had a ipod for many years now. Can I justify paying all the extra to get a bigger ipod were i could get a rival for half the price and double the memory.!
Eventually we all end up getting mp3 players, following the same process as facebook, mobiles phones, and many other items that were once in the hands of the tech-savvy only. Even grandparents and their dogs have one (although you might still load the songs on it for them). My own grandmother got an mp3 player before me. I bought a 2nd generation Ipod Nano around the end of 2006/2007, 4GB capacity with a silvery-blue shine. Ages well?: By the time i saved up enough, the store only had one blue ipod left, also the display/test one for customers. It was advised that this player may not last as long, but i took the risk. It has lasted me 4 years and is still going strong.. that is a definite must-have for those wanting a simple, no-fuss mp3 player. Design: The other colours available are silver, pink, green, black and a limited edition red. It was the first Ipod to step out into bright, metallic colours (vs a dull white) and the aluminum casing is 'scratch-resistant'. I have managed to scratch it. The case is 90 x 40 x 6.5 mm, and the display screen is 1.5 inches of colour (with a silvery tint). Capacity: Can be found in 2gb, 4gb, 8gb. Battery life: This remarkable for something that was charged regularly over the years. I have yet to time it, but it lasts longer than my phone and an Ipod Touch i have used. The original battery life started out with a grand 24 hours. Ease of use: For someone who has never owned an ipod, there is a learning curve but you catch on fast even by watching another person. Ive never had any problems with the buttons or touchwheel and it is structured in a simple, easy-to-navigate design. Music: You can list it in the usual Artist, Album, Song, Genre, and Composers categories. There is also a useful 'Search' option. You are able to Shuffle, Repeat, change the volume limit, backlight timer(useful for saving power), EQ (for more/less bass, etc), sound checks, etc. There are many options in the EQ and it does change the sound in a noticeable way but personally i find it unnecessary. Accessories: There are many accessories for ipods and they mostly fall under 'fits all generations'. The radio one(Apple FM Transmitter, £8.99 on Amazon) is something i would recommend for those who have a radio at work, or no usb port in their car's cd player. You are able to change the station on your radio to suit the ipod and play all your own music! The headphones that came with the ipod were the default Apple ones.. Pretty decent for a first pair, but you can find better. Other Features: 'Photos' i have never used, purely because of the screen's size and if i wished to carry them around, that is what a flash drive is for. Most people would say the same about reading a book on it (via 'Notes) and indeed it requires a lot of scrolling but if you are determined, bored and traveling.. it can be done. Clocks: You can add more than one clock, for those wanting to keep track of international times. Games: They include Brick, Music Quiz(30 secs of your own songs, have to guess them in time), Parachute and Solitaire (good for boredom). Contacts: Never used, i prefer to keep them elsewhere. Calender: Easy on the eye but i keep dates on my phone. Stopwatch: Contains a 'start' and 'clear' button. Also keeps track of past records. Problems: Occasionally it will freeze (most ipods do at some stage) but this is no big drama, simply hold down the middle button and the Menu one until it goes blank and reboots. I find it does not happen often enough to inconvenience me. Help desk/FAQ/How-to guide: To be fair, i only brushed over the information when i bought it.. enough to work out Itunes, charging, editing songs, etc. When my ipod first froze, i did a google search and there was a unanimous opinion that attempting to reset the ipod fixes a lot of problems. When in doubt, google. :D Durability: My warranty lasted for two years and although i have dropped, knocked and kicked my ipod around in various accidents, there was never a need to exercise it. Price: Currently £59.99 on Amazon, used. You could probably get a better deal on Ebay. When i first bought mine, the price was doubled.
Only 0.26 of an inch thin and 1.41 ounces light, iPod nano packs a lot into its diminutive design. A brighter color display. A dock connector that fits an entire ecosystem of iPod accessories. With features like these, iPod nano changes the way you experience your music and more.
Finding and playing music on iPod nano is simple. Menu options let you browse by artist, composer, album, song, genre, or playlist. Want to mix things up? Click Shuffle Songs. iPod nano makes your music look as good as it sounds, thanks to a 1.5-inch color display. Album art appears alongside your song titles, so you see your music as you play it. And when you dare to wear iPod nano, that display guarantees you'll say a lot without saying a word.
The iTunes Store features thousands of free podcasts - radio-type shows you subscribe to - including indie favorites and offerings from such big names as ABC News, Comedy Central, ESPN, PBS, NPR, and many more. Browse and subscribe to podcasts, then sync them to your iPod nano and listen anytime, anywhere. Podcasts appear in their own menu on your iPod nano, so you can navigate them easily.
The digital shelves of the iTunes Store are stocked with thousands of audiobooks - including such exclusives as the entire Harry Potter series - so you can catch up on your reading wherever iPod nano takes you. Browse audiobooks in their own menu on your iPod nano. iPod nano automatically recognizes where you left off reading and bookmarks your place. You can even change the reading speed to suit you.
iPod nano holds up to 25, 000 photos you can sync from your Mac or Windows PC via iTunes. Use the Click Wheel to scroll through photo thumbnails the same way you scroll through song titles. To see a photo full-screen, click the center button. You can even view photo slideshows, complete with music. Just select Slideshow Settings and choose the time between slides, the transition effect, and the music.
Calendars, contacts, and the World Clock appear in the Extras menu, along with a few more handy items. Take the Screen Lock, for example. Spin the Click Wheel to choose a four-digit combination and protect your iPod nano from prying eyes. If you forget your combination, you can reset it at your next sync. Or use the built-in Stopwatch to log your best times. When it's finally time to play, iPod nano features four fun games: Music Quiz, Solitaire, Brick, and Parachute.
|Product Description:||Apple iPod nano - digital player|
|Product Type:||Digital player flash based|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||4.1 cm x 0.7 cm x 8.9 cm|
|Playback Digital Standards:||WAV, AAC, AIFF, Audible, MP3, Apple Lossless BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, PSD (Mac only), TIFF|
|Sound Output Mode:||Stereo|
|Built-in Display:||Colour - 176 x 132 - 1.5" - LCD|
|Built-in clock:||Yes, timer, alarm|
|Audio Specifications:||Digital Player - Response Bandwidth - 20 - 20000 Hz|
|Flash Memory:||4 GB|
|Headphones:||Headphones - binaural - ear-bud - stereo|
|Battery:||Player - rechargeable - Lithium Ion|
|Manufacturer Warranty:||1 year warranty|