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      28.02.2014 00:03

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      Perfect as a first MP3 player

      This iPod Nano was the second Apple product I ever purchased after the original Nano back in 2006. It is such a compact device with many features which still rival many other products even after many years.

      This Nano is such a delightful product - small, slim and compact but with a fantastic range of features. In comparison to the original Nano, the design is much smoother and was definitely Apple's turning point in modern design as can be seen in more recent products.

      Not only does this product store music, it also stores videos, photos, documents and podcasts. It even has a couple of games on it, including a music quiz using your own music as questions, a novel addition.

      I extremely like the control pad as it is so smooth in terms of the movement. It is characterised by Apple's unique, modern style where everything appears 'clean' and stylish.

      It is so simple to use and could easily be understood by people with little technological knowledge. I would say that this Nano would now be suitable as a first MP3 player or as a spare as although it has fantastic features for it's age, it does lack many of the new, more up to date features like the iPod Touch includes.

      Overall, it is a golden oldie which I will still treasure.

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      13.02.2013 12:35
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      A wise investment.

      I bought two, yes that is correct. After buying my first one, I found it to be so convenient and portable that I bought another one for my mom. Although I had to do all the downloading for her, I thought it would be the best of gifts. She was so amazed to find out all of the capabilities it had. She was in shock to even see something so tiny, but yet delivering, being able to show videos. After I showed her how to operate it, she was able to operate it on her own. I would catch her downloading music, videos, and pictures onto it almost daily. In fact, I had no idea that the device could even show T.V. shows until I saw her watching them on the iPod. She actually had to show me how to operate that function of the iPod. It was so funny to have to ask the person, my mom, who had no idea about the device in the first place, how to operate a function on it.
      For these reasons, I would recommend getting this device if you do not already have it. If you do already have it, I would still recommend getting it as a gift for someone else. Despite the fact if the person has no idea how to operate it. After they own it, they will become so intrigued by it, that they might even surpass you in the knowledge of the device.
      One heads up, I would recommend getting a bright color. Although the device is very convenient, it can easily get misplaced because of its size.

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        13.02.2013 08:47

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        Good ipod for those looking for a simple, small music player.

        This ipod is nice for those looking for an easy to carry around, compact mp3 player. It is small, about the size of the palm of a hand, and easy to slip into a purse. I have had mine for almost 6 years (ancient, right) and it still functions almost perfectly. However, I do not recommend this ipod for people looking for tons of music storage space, or games and applications. Unlike the touch, the ipod Nano has a couple games programmed into it, none of which I find particularly interesting. Also, as this model is only 4 GB, it holds up to about 1000 songs. Like I stated earlier, it almost functions perfectly, as in I have had a few problems in more recent years. My ipod has started glitching, scrolling by itself and freezing up. I believe these problems are only because my ipod is so old, but cannot be sure. Music must be played through headphones or earphones, and cannot be played out loud when the headphones/earphones are unplugged.

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        08.02.2013 16:13
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        Consider this if you're looking for a pre-owned iPod.

        This 3rd Gen iPod Nano was bought for me in 2007 to replace my 1st Gen model which was sadly stolen by a couple who were viewing our house (It was left in a drawer in my bedroom, which is beside the point). I remember being extremely exciting as this was the iPod Nano which had the Cover Flow function and video playback! Now, obviously in 2013 being able to play a video on a handheld device is the norm, but when these were released the idea of being able to download music videos from the iTunes store and watch them on your iPod was very exciting indeed.

        When these were released you could get them black, silver, turquoise, mint green, red and later, pink. I was purchased the wonderful red colour and remarkably 6 years later it still look exactly the same colour as when I first got it. I like to take extremely good care of any gadgetry I own, so aside from a very small scratch on the metal back it looks as good as it did when it left the shop! I even have the Apple drawstring bag, receipt, and original packaging - now that is dedication!

        Personally I've found the 4GB enough space for my music collection. I have a much larger collection on my computer, but I went through and selected the ones I was more likely going to listen to whilst out and about. I've never found 4GB to not be enough space, although if I did purchase a model with more storage space, I'd definitely be able to fill it up as well. It's entirely dependent on whether you're the type of person who wants ALL their music on the go with them or not. For me, it's not too much of a big deal. My iPhone can always take on the overspill if it needs to!

        The screens are so simple to navigate through, and I still believe that for the iPod the classic click-wheel is the best way to navigate through the menus. I personally don't tend you use the Cover Flow function as I prefer to scroll through my music by Artist rather than album, but it's still a really nice little feature to use.

        The build of the iPod Nano is truly exceptional, in the 6 years which I've owned this little beauty nothing has ever gone wrong (touch wood), well nothing apart from the screen freezing on occasion which is ridiculously easy to fix yourself anyway. A lot of people I know who owned these always complained of the metal backing getting extremely scratched, but I've had no such problem as I've used a silicone case the whole time I've had it. Slightly off topic - InCase silicone iPod cases are magnificent. The one I'm using now is the one which was bought with the iPod and is still perfect! The only thing which has changed on the iPod is the headphones and the gradual increase in the quality of the music stored on it. As I have mentioned in another one of my reviews, iPod headphones are absolutely terrible. Don't bother with them!

        Basically, if you're thinking of buying an iPod and don't want the lastest generation, consider a 3rd Generation. They're still small by today's standards, and still work perfectly fine! Consider something designed when Apple were still innovative..

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        02.11.2012 00:10
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        Recommended Product

        INTRODUCTION

        Over two or three years ago, this was my first Apple product, from then my collection has grown rapidly. I can remember being extremely excited to receive and own one.

        DESIGN AND DISPLAY

        This generation of the iPod Nano, is in my opinion, one of the more aesthetically pleasing models of the Nano line-up, even compared to the latest, more technologically advanced models.
        The iPod fits comfortably into the palm of your hand, but is fitted with one of the 30 pin dock connectors, and a headphone jack. I have the silver model which looks excellent contrasted with the beautiful; albeit easily scratched, metal reverse.
        As opposed to the more standard and common placed feature of buttons going left and right to navigate through menus in other MP3/4 players, this iPod has what apple call a click/scroll wheel. You simply move your hand in a circular motion around the touch sensitive wheel to negotiate through the menus.

        FEATURES

        The iPod 4GB holds over a thousand of songs, as well as video clips and podcasts which can be downloaded from the Apple Website. The Music player section of the iPod is stunning, with the cover flow, which is replicated on your iTunes home screen. All your music can be arranged and displayed using the official album artwork from each music download. If for some reason, no artwork is available, say for example, you import from a CD, or download from a different website to iTunes; you will get a bog standard music note as the album artwork. However you can easily add images or personal customised artwork to each album using iTunes on your computer.
        It is technically possible to watch Films and videos, although I'm not sure I would like to watch a full 120 minute, feature length film in the palm of my hand, on a screen just an inch or two inches wide!
        The iPod also has a games section automatically loaded, two of my favourites were the well-known Klondike and the Apple quiz. The quiz is loaded with lots of different questions from a diverse range of categories, and of varying levels of difficulty.

        BATTERY LIFE

        The battery life is, according to apple 24 hours of music play, but I actually find you get more than a day's worth. Often, a full charge would last me a few days of moderate music listening!

        PROBLEMS

        I mentioned earlier that the back of the iPod is very easily scratched, and to this end I would recommend using a screen protector, combined with a case for the reverse of the unit.
        The other problem, which is only a slight niggle, is that the touch wheel is quite erratic. Sometimes a particular sensitivity mode will appear over sensitive, and it is hard to move it at an appropriate pace. Other times the same mode will be slow and you are moving your hand a lot!

        SUMMARY

        But all in all, this is an excellent iPod, particularly for those who need a small product which fits into your pocket, perhaps if going to the gym. It is also very suitable for younger children, who perhaps have a smaller music library. I recommend this product.

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        15.07.2012 15:41
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        I have owned four IPods so far and this one has got to be my favourite. And that's including the IPod Touch. I got it for Christmas when it first came out and for a very long time I was the only one who owned this generation. I liked having something a bit different. I got it in black as I always find the other colours look tacky on IPods though the white doesn't look so bad.

        It came nicely packaged as with any other apple products and looked very sheek and modern when I took it out. I love how shiny the back is when it's brand new and the front too looked very smooth and sleek. However, the back scratches so easily so without a case it will look very worn out quickly.

        I much preferred the shape to this one as the others. Not only are they slightly rarer than the more rectangular shaped ones but I liked how it had the silver back and coloured front. The screen is slightly bigger also.

        Its layout is very simple, like any other apple product layout. It came with a few games which were the quiz game where you will be asked questions about the music that is on your IPod or the general knowledge quizzes. There is also brick and solitaire. I spent hours on solitaire and loved how you could gather points over many games you have played.

        Overall, I would recommend this IPod. The third generation is my favourite of the lot. There may not be apps but it's small and easier to carry around.

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        10.02.2012 00:56
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        Still a good device that does its job

        This is a review of an old product. Its not actually that old - just over 4 years old, but in Apple terms (and generally in tech terms) its a relic. Its as old as my cat. If my cat were a dog she would be 28. If my cat were an 3G iPod Nano she would be in her 40s. I have no proof, but I'm reasonably sure 1 human year is the equivalent 10 Apple years.

        Thats the way of Apple, they make great products that really do last - but keep feeding the market with updated versions. I've had an iMac once that was about 8 years old, and it worked great. Then, once I saw the model in a museum. Actually in a museum.

        This version is heading that way, but not yet - and not that it is a bad thing. Its nice to have the latest of everything, but if an older version can also perform great - why not save some money? That's essential why I'm going back to this product.



        ------HOW DID I END UP WITH THIS?------


        Its currently sat in a draw in my bedroom, but its not always been there. Its been most of the way around the world twice, its been all over the country and Europe and it once went to Glasgow. Its fair to say this little thing, a little bigger than a match box and about 1/3 of the width, has had a battering. For a good 2 years it never left my side, get less and less and eventually no use upon the arrival of my first iPhone.

        I bought this in the US, for about £90 in 2007 - soon after it came out. It was out in both the UK and US, but the dollar was pretty weak at the time so I saved myself about £10-£15 on the exchange rate. It was a whim purchase, I was on holiday and had some spending money left over - I thought if I was going to blow the last of my money it would be on something worth while - and it was, it was a great buy.

        When I picked this up I was packed in Apple's so sleek its almost idiotic boxing. A box only slightly bigger than the Ipod, with instructions, headphones, and USB cables origami'd into plastic housing. It also came with some stickers I imagined I stuck on something right away for no real reason. Mine was black - it seemed to look the coolest, but if your not quite cool enough its comes in 5 colors - only the trademark white headphones remaining a constant through the range.


        ------WAS IS WORTH THE WONGA-----

        I'm not really one for making big purchases - for one I am skint and for another I'm skint, so when I pick something up its usually for function only. I try not to buy things I don't need, only things I will get heaps of use from. I deliberated over this for a while in the shop, and sat with the guilt on the entire flight home - however this was gone a few weeks later when I was hammering for usage, making use of pretty much all the features. And for an oldish, small device there are quite a few.

        I picked this up for music. Back then I was a huge music listener - I've curbed my addiction over the past few years, but back it was pretty full on. Always had headphones, music to sleep to, music to wake up to - and this iPod served as a great enabler.

        Its great for music because its built for music. The sound is great and it functions perfectly, and with only 5 buttons its simple. It has a lock button on top, skip forward and back buttons, play and menu. The dial on the front is also a swivel. Not a physical one, but rubbing your finger around it will more through menus and song lists.

        A big plus of this as apposed to many other MP3 players at the time is this uses flash memory - so everything you do is lagless and smooth. Clicking on a song will play instantly. Nowadays however, this is the norm with most things, and all Apple MP3 players using this. So, in this respect it still holds up. It still works great and it still works almost identically to a brand new iPod Nano, when looking at this core function.

        As well as the flash memory - this was the first to really use a screen - and its a good screen. Its not a patch on the retina screens of the Touch and iPhone that would debut

        3 years later, but its impressive. I remember seeing video on this for the first time and being a little bit in awe over how nice it looked. Using this now and it doesn't really looked date. It only looks dated alongside other Apple newer products, against rival MP3 players it still looks fresh. Thankfully, not many rivals exist these days.

        In 2007 it was worth the money, it did what I wanted to and did it well. Cover flow and the futuristic way it felt and interacted with the user gave it a real premium feel that outweighed the thought you were paying for a name. It made sense of the whole people by Apple for the name thing, it makes you understand why people trusted that name.

        The other features I was slow to pick up on. It took me a while to figure out how to get video on it, but when I did I made pretty frequent use from it. It was nice to watch film and video on a the go on a device that actually did it well. Up until then I was using some of the primitive smart phones that didn't really do the job. This is another area where it holds up - watching video on this is still nice and nothing like a chore.

        A few other features proved useful and fun. It handles podcasts perfectly. Podcasts seem to be made with iPods in mine nowadays, and they were even more so back then - so things like info and chapters work prefectly on this. Something that can't be said for even the latest non-Apple smart phones. My Galaxy S2 sees a podcast and seems to fold in on itself, refusing to play ball.

        Its got a few games I became pretty addicted too and it was nice having photo collections on the move.

        Whilst the photo feature hold up, the games look a bit dated now. Not a patch what the app store can offer - but a nice little addition.

        I used this everyday - leaving it to charge over night and getting through the day with music on, barely making a dent into the battery bar. On longer journey I managed to stretch it - 3/4 days on/off use and 2 hours of heavy use. This was adequate - I rarely remember going without due to power failure. Its 8 gig, so its got a fair whack of space - in MP3 player terms that it. About 150 albums or 20000 songs, so enough to keep you interested. A small bit of the 8 gig is taken up with the operating system and other gubbings I don't understand so you never get exactly 8 gig.


        -----2007 Vs 2012-----

        The version available in 2012 is the 6th generation and came out in 2010 - and its a great product. I won't cover that to much now.

        It wouldn't be fair reviewing an old product without seeing what its up against nowadays - you can, and people still buy the 2007 version.

        The base function of the two are exactly the same. You put music on it then you put the headphones in and then you listen. You can do this on the bus, walking to work. In the delivery room. The choice is yours - but both do this when your looking at base function exactly the same. There is no reason to change this up, its works in way that's fun and functional.

        Its everything else that really builds a gap between these two - with the 2010 edition having made scarcely big leaps in just how snazzy the nano has become.

        Using the 2010 nano makes the 2007 feel so old. The 2010 has a touch screen for a start, a better screen a radio and a pedometer. These are great additions - making the Nano a really lure, even if you already have an MP3 player. It has an FM radio and a super smart addition - voiceover. Press a button and the iPod will tell you what its playing. The new shuffle has this too, and its super useful.

        Using a new version is obviously more fun than the old version, and you can get way more from it if thats your thing. If just playing music is what your looking for then there is little difference.


        -----THE CLINCHERS-----

        There is a real selling point to the 2007 Nano -its cheap. Its half the price on the 2010 Nano, going for about £50 on Amazon and I've seen it in many (MANY) second had shops for about the same price. The big plus to Apples insistence in releasing newer and newer products ever 15 minutes is the amount of old ones kicking about. And at about £50, for my money, its worth it. I say this because its still a good item -it still does its job and you can get just as much use from this as you could a 2010 Nano - if using it for its most basic functions is your thing.

        On the flip, the 2010 IS very good, and - if putting you hand in your pocket a little deeper is something your willing to do, then the latest Nano is a great addition to any tech-heads music fans collection.

        ----SUMMARY-----

        If you want a good MP3 player that will do the job and you can't afford to stay on the cutting edge, don't be put off with the fact this is older model - its worth putting the urge to have the latest and newest to one side, elevate the buyers guilt and save yourself a fair few quid. Its a product thats been doing its job for a few years and will be doing it for a few more to come. A hunt on Ebay, second hand shops or even among friends that forget they have it in a drawer will turn one up pretty quickly

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          12.01.2012 00:47
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          Overall a good addition to the range of apple ipod nano products but newer models are available.

          The ipod nano 3rd generation is a great mp3 player with added video capability and photo viewing capability which put it in front of it's predecessors. The device is part of the successful ipod range by Apple Inc. The device has a new design over it's predecessors and is shorter in height and also much thinner and lighter. It features the trademark apple click-wheel and a clean and simple design with an LCD screen which is bright and crisp.

          The device is very portable and can be used comfortably whilst on the go. The audio quality is excellent and apple headphones are included in the box. The headphones last a long time, it took one and a half years of heavy usage for them to finally give in and stop functioning which is very good for headphones in my experience. The device can hold a good number of songs but if people want to put a large collection of whole albums on the device then I recommend buying one with higher storage then 4GB. This is also true for those wanting to put large quantities of video or photos on there. The quality of video playback is also impressive but it uses a huge amount of battery which will reduce battery-life significantly. Also very rarely the device crashes and requires you to reset it or plug it into itunes to reset it which is a flaw but nothing major and happens very rarely.

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            11.12.2011 18:51

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            amazing product which would make a perfect present for anyone

            This is one amazing little gadget, it small, compact pefect for a limited selection of music and for making out and about playlists. it is incredibly simple to use with an attractive layout and impecible sensitivity (some times a bit too sensitive) but this product could hardly be knocked unless you are going to be pedantic about it. so lets be pedantic, the 4 gb storage is not ideal as i have a vast range of music in my itunes library and not all if it could fit, especially when you throw in the occasional video, and picture library. but that is also part of the enjoyment because it means that you have to select songs that you truely want to listen to and make it suitable for whatever mood your in. i set mine up with various playlists that reflected activities that i would be part taking in, such and fast beat and motional sounds for when in at the gym, summer sound tracks and of course when we go seasonal you need to have you christmas playlists. steering away for the size of the hard drive though there is little i can say to critisise the product, i suppose you could argue the screen is a little small for viewing pictures or watching videos but that not in my opinion what it was designed for. i would recommend this to anyone of any age as it is truely simple to use.

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            05.11.2011 14:08

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            Great quality iPod at a reasonable price.

            My first iPod and the best one i have had, this iPod lasted me 2 and a half years before it eventually broke and i had to buy a new one. Very good quality easy to use and many features which make it great value for money.
            It is a good size so it can fit easily into your pocket and is easy to carry round, found it very good for long trips because i downloaded movies onto it.
            Plays movies in very good quality, the only disadvantage of watching movies on it is the small screen otherwise it is very good for watching movies.
            Can hold a lot of songs, i had over a thousand songs on the iPod along with movies and photos and still had space for more.
            Holds a lot of photo's and you can move the photos you have on "my pictures" on your computer onto the iPod easily. Good for sharing as you can play slide shows with music.
            Another good feature is the games available on it, very addictive and they are free!
            You are able to set clocks so that you can check the times in different parts of the world.
            Overall this is a very good iPod which is easy to use and in my opinion is very good value for money.

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            02.11.2011 00:23

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            The best basic mp3/4 on the market

            It is the first and only iPod I have ever owned, and can honestly put my hand on heart and say I wouldn't swap it for anything (except the colour my parents choose maybe). Call me old fashioned but what I want from my mp3/4 is to play my music (or video's) and that is. This is why I would buy this product over some of the newer generations of Nano's. Does an mp3 player really need a low resolution camera? I don't think so.
            Battery life - well all I can say is I use my ipod at least and hour a day and haven't had to recharge it for about 8 days so it speaks for itself.
            The Nano 3g has a bright screen, great sound, plenty of storage, responsive and is easy to navigate. And like with most apple products, is well made and will last years and years without fault. I have personally had mine for 4 years now and it hasn't put a foot wrong.
            I would recommend buying some new headphones from the ipod ones provided as mine broke quite quickly and reduced the sound quality dramatically.
            The only draw-back I would say is that, should you wish to watch films/TV shows/music videos on the device, the small screen size can and will affect your viewing pleasure.

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            12.10.2011 23:43

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            Lost without it!

            Where would we be without music? The iPod is a great MP4 player from the monopoly that is Apple. I am not an Apple fan but the iPod is a classic device that is trusted, loved and well-worth the money.

            My previous MP3 and MP4 players have lasted only a few months but this has been indestructible! I've dropped it, frozen it, spilt sun protection lotion on it and it's STILL here!! No other device would have lasted through the abuse my beloved iPod receives.

            The 4GB memory is perfect, not too much and not too little. It holds so many songs and compatible with iTunes so you can easily Sync it. The iTunes store is a little expensive but there are other ways of getting songs and videos (legally!!), but only a few forms of videos can be put onto the iPod.

            Oh- and the iPod Quiz game is so addictive, if you ever get bored of your music! I'd be lost without this lovely little invention, I highly recommend it!

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            21.09.2011 20:40

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            This iPod is my favourite iPod out there and is a great alternative to the other iPods.

            The title is true. My iPod nano has been my companion. No matter how many times I drop it, throw it, stand on it (by accident, obviously!), it has survived. And surprisingly, I can fit a lot of music, videos, photos and games into just 4GB, which is kind of crazy!
            And when I say the word 'companion', I mean that this iPod has never failed me. Yes, it may sound cheesy saying that it's always there for me, but it's true. Whenever I'm feeling sad and need to lose myself in the world of music, I turn to my iPod and there it is, waiting for me to get my hands on it and turn the volume right up on the saddest song I can find. Whenever I'm bored, the thing I go to is my iPod.
            It's great for long car journeys, bus journeys, even aeroplane journeys. It's a great relief for boredom. The battery life is great, which means I can go on a 6 or 7 hour plane flight and play games, listen to music and watch videos, and I still have a bit of battery left when I've arrived.

            When I bought the iPod and took it home, straightaway I had one problem. I couldn't open the plastic, see through box which was home to the iPod when it was in the shop. Honestly, it took me ages to get it open, and even after fifteen minutes of pulling, biting and struggling, I couldn't get it open. Then along comes my father and he pops it open effortlessly. Yes, crazy.
            I set it up and synced it with my iTunes without a problem. I charged it all up, downloaded more music, videos and games, then synced it all over again.

            Making playlists on the iPod is really easy. When you go onto the playlists menu and press on-the-go playlist, which would obviously be empty to begin with, it gives you instructions on how to add songs to the playlist. But when I wanted to remove a song that I accidentally added, that's where I had to do a bit of research on the Internet.

            Honestly, I couldn't have asked for any iPod better than this. Even though now I've got the iPod touch 4, I still keep my Nano stashed safely away for a rainy day..

            If the iPod touch 4, or the iPod nanos 4g, 5g and 6g are too expensive for you, then you need to buy this one. It is AMAZING.

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            30.05.2011 19:05
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            I would give this product an overall 6/10

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            Released: September 5th 2007(USA)
            Screen size: 2 inches (51mm)
            Available in: 4GB & 8GB
            New features to the nano range: Cover flow
            Battery life (when new) around 15-20 hours

            My view: I was bought the Ipod Nano (3G) as a Christmas present back in December 2007, at the time the device cost between £100-£130, and was the latest in Apples Nano range, when i first opened the box it was distinctively shiny and remarkably light for the size of the memory, i received a 4GB black nano which is capable of holding around one thousand songs if it was solely music you was syncing to it, after registering it, syncing it to my itunes and toying around with it i had a very positive view of the device, i think the cover flow was a great feature as you could skip through artists with ease, and it was very quick and easy to transfer songs to it.

            I still occasionally use this nano to this day, however it is more worse for wear now, it is no longer shiny and looking its best, its scratched and cracked, the battery life has decreased so much so that i have to charge it after around eight hours of play back, however it is still a good piece of kit.

            Problems i have had: the first few months of having this nano it never caused me any problems, however i would find if i did not use it for a period of a few days then it wouldn't turn on, even if it had a good amount of charge in it, sometimes i would use it during the day, turn it off whilst i didn't want to use it, and then a few hours later go to use it again and run into the same problem, which was a bit of an annoyance when this was my only portable music device.

            Conclusion: Overall it is quite a good music device, and would be a lot cheaper nowadays, and although i recommend it, if you are not fussed with technology, but there are quite a few new installments to the nano series in the last few years, and i would consider those first.

            hope this review has helped
            -Jake

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            29.05.2011 16:51

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            Quality product that ticks all the boxes for your portable music needs.

            The iPod nano defined the genre of portable music players and it is clear why. The nano is easy to use, holds more music than you would ever realistically need and looks as sleek and stylish as you would expect from an Apple product. The interface is simple and precise as you control the nano from the touch wheel. This control is perfectly tuned to respond to your touch and the menus are easy to navigate. Scrolling though music either in "coverflow" mode where you browse album covers or as lists by artist, album or genre is simple and enjoyable. When you get down to playing your music the standard headphones that come with the product provide excellent sound quality. Linking the nano to your computer is simple and trouble free as is accessing the itunes store. The only negative is that as the nano gets older you may find yourself having to reset the product on a regular basis if you got a week or so with out use.

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