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Apple iPod nano (3G) 4 GB
Member Name: alexandjef
Apple iPod nano (3G) 4 GB
Date: 10/02/12, updated on 10/02/12 (7 review reads)
Advantages: Reliable and sturdy.
Disadvantages: Seems dated
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.
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.
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
Summary: Still a good device that does its job
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