Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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Ipod Nano: Mini music and video player
Apple iPod Nano (4G) 8 GB
Member Name: illusiveman
Apple iPod Nano (4G) 8 GB
Advantages: Music and video player, 2" screen to view song and video information
Disadvantages: No expandable storage, special USB connection, limited file transfer options, small screen
-When I bought this product-
A few years ago I had been using an MP3 player which was starting to wear out after about a year or so of usage, Christmas was approaching so I thought I would look up MP3 players in the Argos catalogue.
I found the Ipod Nano (8 GB Version) which at the time was selling for about £110 so I decided to ask for one for Christmas.
It has 8 GB of internal flash storage which is plenty of storage for my music collection which at the time only took up about 3 GB; this left me with enough room to store some videos on the device as well as my music.
The device features a 2 inch LCD screen with a resolution of 320 x 240 at 204 pixels per inch. To me this is suitable if you have a short video clip that you might want to watch (it gets annoying holding the Ipod in the same position while watching a longer video).
A music player is built into the Ipod to allow you to play your music, the Ipod supports AAC (Itunes store), MP3 (16 to 320kbps) and MP3 (Variable Bit Rate), it allows you to view the current song playing and also the full list of songs stored on the Ipod, you can also activate features such as shuffle and repeat if you want to listen to random tracks or listen to the same track more than once.
A video player is also included to allow you to watch any videos you may have stored on the device, although from experience it only takes certain formats which I believe are m4v, MP4 and MOV.
Photo viewing is also supported by the means of a built in photo viewer that supports JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PSD (Mac only), and PNG formats.
The battery life was always very good to me. I usually find I had to charge it about once or twice a week when just listening to Music, although watching videos drains the battery even quicker so found I would be charging it at least once per day if I watched a lot of videos.
You can also buy a cable that allows you to connect the Ipod to a TV screen for viewing on a large screen, although I would recommend plugging it into charge while doing this as it is a big drain on battery life (the cable I have has a standard USB connector as well as the dock connector and AV cables).
To navigate the Ipod you slide your finger along the track pad at the bottom of the device, this is where the play, pause and menu buttons are located. I find that sometimes it was difficult to scroll to one specific menu button although this could have been me scrolling too fast.
There is no room for expandable storage by the means of a memory card so if you fill the 8 GB it would mean having to delete files to free up space.
Itunes must be used to transfer files to the Ipod due to the way it organizes the files on the device.
As it uses the standard apple USB charging / data transfer lead it means you must always use the cable supplied with the Ipod and if you lose it or damage it you would have to order a replacement just to be able to charge it.
I used this Ipod for a few years until I got my Ipod Touch in 2010 and was always a very good MP3 player, I didn't watch videos all that often due to the small screen size so I will give this a 4/5 rating
Summary: A handy MP3 / video player
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