Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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Funky Little MP3 Player
Apple iPod Nano (4G) 8 GB
Member Name: Amatheya
Apple iPod Nano (4G) 8 GB
Advantages: Nice to look at and does what it says on the packet
The iPod is the most well known media player on the market and when you get your hands on the nano you can easily see why.
While this iPod had now been superseded it is still far from old hat. The look of it is still stylish with the iconic touch wheel and relatively large colour screen on the front. The curved edges allow it to sit pleasantly in your hand and the width is less than 1cm. This model comes in a range of colours from silver through to green (mine is purple!) and it feels sturdy enough, although you're probably going to want to cover up that lovely paint job with a case straight away in order to prevent your iPod getting scratched up.
If you've never had an iPod before (like me) it may take you a little while to figure out where everything is. For example it took me nearly two months to figure out how to turn shuffle on while listening to a play list! I've also had friends buy these for the first time and take several days to learn how to turn the thing off! So you may want to have a look at the online user guide which is reasonably user friendly.
Once you get the hang of the iPod it really is quite nifty, the menus are easy to understand and you can quickly shift from one playlist to the next, shuffle all of your music or choose by music type or artist. One of the other really nifty features is the cover flow. If you turn your iPod on its side you can scroll through the covers of all of your CD's and choose one to play, very good for us visual people. 8GB also gives you plenty of room. My iPod had 30mins of video, 50 photos and 1100 songs on it so unless you are music mad it should keep you well entertained. I do have to say that the earphones supplied with the iPod are shocking, not only do they not provide the best sound but they are also quite uncomfortable. I struggled to keep them in longer than an hour without feeling extremely uncomfortable.
In addition to the normal music modes the iPod nano also has a fair few extras although most of them are pretty standard on phones these days so it's unlikely you will ever use them. After all who get's their MP3 Player out to use as a stop watch. However there are a few extra's that are worth a look. The games section is pre-loaded with three games Klindike (Solitare), Maze (Mercury), and Vortex (Break Out) all three make good use of the bright colour screen and touch wheel, Maze even uses the motion sensor so if like me you spend a lot of time waiting for people who are always late these games may come in handy. You can also download new games (for a fee)
Other useful extras are the photo gallery which is handy if you're phone doesn't have a lot of memory to story pictures on, however as this iPod does not have a camera you will have to upload them from your computer and the video gallery where you can upload video from your PC, this may not be useful for everyone as one movie would take up just about all the memory and you'd go cross eyed watching the tiny screen for any length of time, however if you want to share a movie of your child causing mayhem or a clip of something this is quite handy.
The packaging for the iPod is tiny and has only the iPod (which you will have to prise out of a plastic container) a leaflet telling you where to go to download iTunes, your earphones and a USB cable to connect your iPod to your PC. I personally thought this was a little stingy as I would have liked to see a regular power lead for my money, I was even more disappointed when I realised how long it takes the iPod to charge from the PC. And when I looked at official chargers I was shocked at how much Apple wanted to squeeze out of its customers for the privilege of charging their iPod in a reasonable amount of time. I would add at this point that the iPod nano remains charges while playing music for a fair few hours. I've often listened to mine for 10 hours without needing to charge however if you dare to play the games you will find you iPod completely drained within about an hour! I was shocked when I realised this.
We now come to the bane the iPod... iTunes! This programme is the most clunky waist of time I have ever encountered and the worst thing about it is that you cannot choose to use a different programme as you would with other MP3 players. The initial install takes forever and once you have it on your computer it will randomly decide which of your music files it will accept and which it will ignore. If you have a lot of old CD's don't expect it to find covers or track titles for you, you will have to look that up yourself and if it does name the tracks for you don't count on them being correct. Synchronizing with your iPod will take forever, don't even think about sharing music with your friends unless you want all your music files to disappear and do not log into the iTunes store unless you have super fast broad band. I really hate this programme but it is the evil side of iPod that cannot be amputated.
So to conclude, I love my iPod. It's nifty and sexy but I wouldn't say it's brilliant value for money, at the end of the day I think you are paying for a fashion accessory more than a MP3 player. The unit is brilliant but Apple could have been more generous with the accessories and the fact that apple force you to use iTunes would make me think again before buying another iPod. That being said I also think that this is a robust little unit that will last a very long time before needing to be replaced.
Summary: As much a fashion accessory as a gadget
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