Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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It Might Be Outdated But It Still Works Like A Dream!
Apple iPod nano (2G) 4 GB
Member Name: xxBeccaxx
Apple iPod nano (2G) 4 GB
Advantages: Durable, easy to use, lovely colours.
Disadvantages: None at all.
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.
Summary: An excellent player that despite being outdated works perfectly.
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