Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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Apple iPod Nano (4G) 8 GB
Member Name: NotMyToothbrush
Apple iPod Nano (4G) 8 GB
Date: 31/12/12, updated on 31/12/12 (10 review reads)
Advantages: Very robust, great sound quality, easy to use, stylist design.
Disadvantages: Doesn't hold a charge superbly.
The Apple iPod Nano 4th Generation 8Gb model was my first "Big" purchase. At the time of its release it cost me £100 from my local Currys and was cutting edge. I bought it as I was bombarded with advertising from TV, magazine, posters, billboards etc... and to be honest I didn't even know there were rival products.
My first impressions of the product were excellent. Apple present their iPods brilliantly in a clear plastic case showcasing the product and hiding away all other cables and documentation behind a false bottom. Everything about it seemed luxury.
I open it up and begin using the iPod to be greeted by the Apple logo on screen before a wealth of options appear before my eyes - Music, Videos, Games and so on. Being 13(?) at the time (5 years ago) and stuck in my Mom's car unable to download any music until I got home, I went straight for the games. Three games came pre-installed on the device. One game was maze game where the built-in gyros in the iPod control the tilt of the "floor" of the maze to move a ball around - this was interesting enough to keep me entertained for the 20 minute car journey home. Another game was one where the circular touch control which I had used to navigate through the menus was used to control a barrier for a ball which was broke blocks - think back to the classic "Block Breaker" game and you will pretty much understand what the game is about. The final game included was, as with many computer devices, a solitaire game.
On to music.
The way Apple prefers you download music fro your iPod is to use their iTunes platform. I did this to download all of my games as I knew no other way to do so legally. Although at a higher price than most places for music, the quality of the track is very good and the iPod is more than capable of playing these high quality tunes. The sound quality, through the official iPod earphones was excellent and I cannot fault it one bit.
The screen size and resolution of the iPod is pretty low, especially by today's standards. The 4:3 aspect ratio also means that viewing videos was not the most comfortable experiences I have ever had and it doesn't really perform well in this area. The colours were nevertheless fairly good and if you did find a video to perfectly match the resolution of the iPod, it would look very nice.
The battery life on the device is decent. If left to play music without interaction it can last for many hours perfectly fine, however if lots of interaction occurs and the screen must be kept on for a while the battery will begin to drain at a faster rate. Charging the device is pretty quick at around an hour and a half from 0% to a full charge. One issue I did notice is that if left unused for a week or two, the battery will drain considerably - it doesn't seem to hold a charge too well.
The build quality of the device is excellent, probably the best I have ever had on a product. It is all encased in a single aluminium frame meaning there is nothing to come lose or come apart ever. it is very robust, nowadays I use my iPod when I go for runs once a week and I have ended up dropping it, it hits against my body as I run and it even has to deal with rain on most occasions and it is still operating as perfectly now as it did when I bought it. The fact tat it doesn't appear to have even a single scuff and that it is in perfect working order 5 years on shows that either I am either extremely careful with my gadgets or that the gadget is just built superbly - I opt for the second.
The new iPods and other music players with newer technology have now surpassed this model in terms of features and performance but if you want a good quality music player at, what is now, an affordable price, you cannot go wrong with the Apple iPod Nano 4th Generation
Summary: If you want to play music without hassle, get this.
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