Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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Stylish to look at, excellent quality picture and good sound
Apple iPod nano (5G) 8 GB
Member Name: dysonka
Apple iPod nano (5G) 8 GB
Advantages: Holds hundreds of songs and picture on the screen is crystal clear
Disadvantages: Volume does not go very loud so make sure you have decent headphones
My sister recently won an iPod nano in a competition and as it was only 8GB compared to her current 60GB iPod, she gave it to me. I got to choose from a variety of colours, but I picked a dark blue. When it turned up I was surprised by how light and small it was. It fits in the palm of my hand or my pocket quite easily. The blue was a lovely royal colour, but to save the iPod from getting too scratched I purchased a £4 holder off of eBay to protect it. As I mentioned above this was 8GB, which was significantly larger than any previous personal players I had purchased, so I was looking forward to finding out how much music it would hold. Well the answer was my entire music collection at the time. I put on over 800 songs, about 6 music videos and a few photo's and there was still a little space left. This did take up the vast majority of the memory though so I would imagine you could only fit another 40 or 50 songs.
The screen on the iPod is quite small, but very clear. The iPod is extremely thin and stylish looking and has a couple of features I have not come across before. Firstly to change song you can shake the iPod. This is quite fun whilst your at home trying the device out, but I would find this embarrassing whilst out in public. It can also mean it skips to the next song when you have it in your pocket if you have forgotten to lock it. You can also skip songs using the control pad on the front of the iPod.
You can quickly increase or decrease the volume using your thumb in a circular motion on the controls. Occasionally the skip button will think you want to fast forward, which can be frustrating. It you wait a few seconds and then try again it will skip to the next track.
The battery lasts for approximately 2 to 3 hours and must be re-charged by a computer, unless you have brought a separate charging unit.
You can create various play lists of your choosing from your library of songs or you can move songs into separate lists whilst on the move just by holding down the centre button on the iPod. Other features of this model are a pedometer, radio, video camera, camera, alarms, calendars, clocks, contacts, fitness, games, notes & stopwatch & podcasts. Its goes without saying that some of these are more useful than others, but I will go into further details for some of the more useful features.
Pedometer - This counts the steps you take as you walk whilst listening to your music. So long as you iPod is attached to your body or in a secure pocket, the step count appears to be quite accurate. You must stop moving to re-set the counter.
Alarms - Pick from a beep or from your song listings.
Video Camera and Camera - These are not bad quality, although if you take too many of either, this will fill up your memory and leave less room for music.
Calendars - As you would expect, a place to put important events.
I personally feel most of the extra functions on this iPod are not necessary. I got this iPod to hold my music and nothing more as I imagine is the case with most people who purchase these.
Summary - I have only found a couple of small flaws to this iPod. It looks great and its small size means you can keep with you at almost all times. There are some wasted functions that I do not feel are necessary, but for clarity of picture and sound I give this iPod a rating of 9 out of 10 and would definitely recommend it to others.
Summary: A stylish looking iPod which is light and tiny, good value for money, well worth the money
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