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'36 grams of power and beauty - Va Va Voom'
Apple iPod nano (5G) 16 GB
Member Name: BazzaBoyT
Apple iPod nano (5G) 16 GB
Advantages: Massive range in functions and looks beautiful!
Disadvantages: Price, video camera but no camera - what is the point in that?
'36 grams of power and beauty - Va Va Voom'
This is a review on the Apple Ipod Nano (fifth Generation) 16GB Mp3. It is not the newest of the Ipod Nano 'generations' with the 6th Generation appearing on the scene earlier this year. It can be purchased in a range of flamboyant colours: yellow, purple, green, blue, the special edition Red and many more. Currently (as of late April, the 5th Generation 16GB Ipod Nano is selling on Amazon for just over £200 - £204 to be precise)
===The brand: Apple - need I say any more===
Apple is a massive, massive, massive company and manufacturer, both in popularity and sales figures (reaching number one in the market last year: due mainly to the successful sales of the Iphone 3, 3G, 3Gs and 4 and the entire Ipod range). Apple is a company that was founded in the 1970's and has developed steadily into a consumer electronics giant. The evidence of this? Ask anyone (over the age of five) what Apple is, or who they are and you will get some kind of answer - interestingly I am near certain the majority will reply with an answer relating to an IPod.
==The Ipod Nano 16GB==
As previously mentioned the Nano range is rather extensive in terms of colours and therefore the appearance varies immensely. In my opinion all the colours are absolutely stunning, very few could argue the colours are garish, instead the colours are bright and beautiful, suiting the curves and the design brilliantly. My favourite colour would have to be the red special edition, not only because some of the proceeds are donated to charity (a touch which is really nice to see from a multinational company such as Apple) but also because it appears powerful and rich - almost seductive and sensual.
Furthermore the design is also a thing of beauty. The curvaceous edges and the 'slim and trim' outer shell finishes the IPod Nano off nicely. The metal exterior is aesthetically pleasing; providing a finish which appears to have been thought about and carefully crafted. The metal trim is also pleasant to the touch - though cold at times it is smooth and strangely comforting. Compared to previous models I personally like the 5th generation design it is far softer than the straight edges of the generation 2 and though similar to the 4th generation there are subtle differences that once again put the fifth on top; the most noticeable being the fact that it is far thinner: making it perfect for using during sport, or fitting it into your pocket. When comparing it to the 6th generation one notices that Apple have completely redesigned the 6th generation, this is a strange choice which I am not sure I understand as I believe the new 6th generation looks more like the shuffle (it is becoming too small for my like, and too square) so luckily I can say that the 5th generation is by far my favourite as regards to the design.
The two inch glossy screen in my opinion looks magnificent, it is slightly set back in the metal casing however not so much as to draw attention to this matter. Again you will be able to realise the supreme quality simply by looking at the finishing on the polished glass display, as well as how it has been placed carefully into the top half of the Nano. The highly polished surface reflect a bit too much light however slightly hindering its practicality because let's face it the majority of us use our IPods when we are out of the house. Contradicting that point I do live in England and though the last few weeks have been relatively pleasant, usually the weather is pretty atrocious and sun is something we only dream about - so don't let this put you off a purchase.
As one would expect the iconic white circular multifunction track-pad is a main feature. Not only does it improve functionality and practicality hugely it also is unique and sleek.
It is scary to think that in between the delicate, brushed aluminium plates lays a powerful 16GB hard-drive - enough to store around 4,000 songs and 16 hours of video (figures taken from Amazon and backed by Apple)...
* Of course the 16GB hard drive is a massive bonus, not only can it store, as previously quoted, between 3,500 and 4,000 songs it can also store thousands of photographs and hours of videos. I have a music library of around 1,400 songs accompanied by a few hundred photographs and I have still got over 7GB left (it is important to note that some of the 16GB memory is taken up by system programs and files).
* The fifth generation also feature a video camera. This is a brilliant and highly useful feature as you can play and record all your favourite moments on something that most of us always have on us. The Video camera is of a high standard and though is slightly pixelated when enlarged onto a larger screen it is perfectly adequate for e-mailing, Facebook and viewing on the 2.2 inch display. The only negative being there isn't a snapshot camera - it seems rather puzzling to me why Apple would put a video camera on the Ipod and not a camera - how strange!
* The 5th generation also has a small speaker system, that is quite weak in terms of technical power however is impressive in the thought that it allows you to listen to tracks aloud without headphones as well as videos and games, and you can have track names, menus and options read out to you - Now that is what I call functional!
* FM Radio - Yes, that is correct it also has a Radio, another fantastic feature especially when it is twinned with the new speaker system. Another important thing to add about this is the fact that with this radio you can 'pause' live radio. To be honest I have not used this function much, the reason being was because it felt quite strange however it is a nice added feature.
* Like any IPod of course you have a huge variety of MP3 functions including playlists, Album covers (a nice visual addition) and Apple's infamous Shuffle; something which I personally don't like however can be useful for those with a limited or should I say well organised library of songs.
A fantastic little Ipod; personally I love using it, it is perfect size for many uses including thin enough for putting it in your pocket (with a depth of 6.2mm) light enough for running with (an impressive 36.4 grams) and has a larger enough screen for limited video replay (2.2 inch high resolution screen). The fifth generation has a bundle of brilliant features which make this Nano a powerful yet light alternative to the cumbersome Ipod Classic. One thing I would say however is the price is a bit steep (£200) thinking that there has since been a new model; this is a testimony of how good Apple products keep their value.
==Would I recommend it? ==
I would highly recommend this product; it has everything to suit most audiences! Before purchasing I would try the newer Nano to have a comparison and see whether the newer model the new pick of the bunch or a mouldy apple?
This review may be used on my other review websites in the future, thank you for reading :)!
Summary: highly recommendable - you will not be disappointed!
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