Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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Apple iPod nano (2G) 4 GB
Member Name: DanB7290
Apple iPod nano (2G) 4 GB
Advantages: Works perfectly well as a music player, very well priced these days
Disadvantages: Aluminium scratches and dents rather easily
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
Summary: Got a destructive child who wants an iPod? Look no further.
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