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An iPod for most people
Apple iPod Nano (4G) 8 GB
Member Name: caseybrady1992
Apple iPod Nano (4G) 8 GB
Advantages: Great sound quality; ease of use
Disadvantages: Possible malfunction over time, depending on how iPod is treated
As I previously mentioned, I owned a 3rd Generation iPod nano before owning a 4th Generation. I have to say that I was disappointed at first. I'm somebody who doesn't really like change, so after being so used to the classic iPod feel, with the user interface and clicking sounds, Apple had completely revamped everything. I'm quite a perfectionist, so this shouldn't be a massive problem to many, but I just didn't feel the same with this new iPod...another reason why I went for a classic, and the 4th generation (video) rather than a newer one.
With my main gripe out of the way, overall, this is a very good iPod. At a fairly decent size, with an attractive new full screen album cover feature and a variety of colours to choose from, it is primarily aesthetically pleasing. Despite my disappointment in the change of interface, I have to say that the menu display and playing screen etc. is, in reality, quite cool. It has a good feel to it, and creates a sense of smoothness and ease of use. It is also easy to navigate around, and you can customise your menu to however suits you.
One of the most outstanding features of these newer iPods is the cover flow feature. If you tip your iPod to the side, voila! You've got all of the albums on your iPod to scroll through with ease. Also, a shake-shuffle had been introduced with this iPod. Whatever you are doing - listening to a song or not, all you have to do is shake the iPod (while it isn't locked), and it will go onto shuffle, of all of your songs. A fantastic feature that I found very useful, which adds to the ease of use. However, this means always lock your iPod, because if you accidentally drop it, or something to that effect, it will most likely go onto shuffle!
It also comes with standard iPod features - clock, alarms, EQ settings (where you can choose from a wide variety of EQ for playback), games (but is missing the music quiz, which I used to love playing!) and much more.
Please note the following, though. After having had it a year, I found that the iPod was not functioning as smoothly as before. The wheel, for example, was not scrolling through the menu properly at times. However, I am not sure whether this is down to the iPod itself, or misuse. I dropped it a couple of times (which only produced a few surface marks!), but being also completely made out of aluminium and stainless steel, this should not have such adverse effects. It still played music back perfectly, and worked the majority of the time, however.
Despite a few gripes and nags here and there, I found this iPod a great buy. Easy to use, great sound quality and full of fantastic features and extras. If you are planning on listening to a lot of music and watching a lot of video, I would perhaps suggest a bigger iPod (both in memory size, and for watching videos, bigger in literal size), but this iPod, I feel, is perfect for the majority of people. I do still stand by my belief that the iPod classic (3G video) is a better iPod, but generally, this is more ideal for most people. I would strongly recommend that you buy one, and if you do need extra room, then why not buy the 16GB..?
Summary: Generally a good iPod, with ideal amount of memory, and a good size
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