Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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This was my introduction to the Apple brand!
Apple iPod nano (2G) 4 GB
Member Name: k444tmc
Apple iPod nano (2G) 4 GB
Advantages: Small, compact and light - Can be picked up very cheap now - Easy to use
Disadvantages: Discontinued / Can only be bought 2nd hand now - Can be easily scratched
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.
Summary: Great little cheap mp3 player for the current time
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