Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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Small, but Incredibly Mighty
Apple iPod nano (6G) 8 GB
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Apple iPod nano (6G) 8 GB
Advantages: Durable, good battery life, easy to use
Disadvantages: No 'back' button, data easily lost after Syncing
I do a lot of travelling each day and without this lil baby i couldn't bear the stressful bus and train journeys each day, it keeps all of my music on it, along with having various other features to keep me distracted while travelling.
The iPod Nano 6th gen is two square inches of pure awesomeness. It holds up to 2000 songs, including album art, artist information and song titles along with having the ability to create playlists on the iPod itself, something i haven't experienced in any other portable music player i've owned. And that's just the beginning.
The touch screen menu is bright, snazzy, easy to use with easy to determine icons to various other parts of the menu along with having the time and remaining battery life on screen. The menu options are as follows: Now Playing, Music, Radio, Fitness, Clock, Photos, Podcasts and Settings. The majority of these are pretty self explanatory, the Now Playing takes on to the song that you're currently listening to, the Music item shows you all your songs, artists, albums, playlists and various other song-sorting groups, the radio icon allows you to tune into your nearest radio signals (anywhere in the world might i add, when i went to America i tuned into many American stations with crystal clear sound) the Fitness icon actually measures your workout/run/walk if you so wish, beats getting a pedometer or using a Wii Fit i suppose- not really the exercise type myself, but i cam see the appeal. The Clock option gives you various time displays, my personal favourite being the Mickey Mouse display. If you decide to download photos on to your iPod they are stores into the Photos icon allows you to view them where ever you are. Similarly if you like to listen to Podcasts and have downloaded Podcasts onto your iPod the Podcasts icon stores and allows you to listen to your podcasts. Lastly the Settings option allows you to view your remaining memory, change your wallpaper, adjust brightness, change the language and the date and time.
It has three buttons, a charging port and a headphone jack on the edges of it. The three buttons consist of one to raise the volume, and one to lower it. The volume itself gets surprisingly loud at times, to the point that if you put on full at the back of a bus you can hear it from the front- my friend and i were bored the one time and thought we'd try it out... Much to the annoyance of the driver. The third button is probably the more useful, it not only turns the iPod on and off, but at a double press also skips a track/radio station/ podcast if you would like to change it without scrolling through the touchscreen. Unfortunately there's no 'back' button so if you'd like to listen to a track again/ go to the previous one you either have to touch the 'back' symbol on the 'Now Playing' screen or you can select the 'repeat' option. You can also select a 'repeat all' and 'shuffle' option in the 'Now Playing' screen, along with a 'genius' option which, if you have activated 'Genius' on your iTunes account allows you to listen to selected computer-generated playlists. It's an option that comes in handy if you get bored of hearing the same songs next to each other and fancy a bit of a mix-up.
Downloading songs, photos and podcasts onto your iPod is also a very simple process, as anyone who's dealt with iTunes will agree. You simply plug your iPod into tour computer, bring up your iTunes account, select what items you wish to place on your iPod, and then sync it. A bar at the bottom of the screen will tell you how much memory you have left/ if you'll exceed the memory limits. Although another downside of iTunes is that if you want songs off another person's account/ have songs on your iPod that you've lost on your account as soon as you sync your iPod you lose either all of the data that's on your iPod, or completely lose the songs you had on your iPod before. That's something to look out for anyway.
Along with this, the battery life of the iPod is around 30 hours dependant on how much you store on it/ what you use, and the iPod itself is surprisingly durable, i've had mine over two years now, and have inevitably dropped it, banged it, got tea on it and had it drenched in rain, and it still works just as well as it did when i first bought it for £75 off Amazon. It's most likely cheaper now, though i haven't checked.
All in all this is a really good little gadget that has many uses that a wide variety of people will find useful. My favourite use for it is keeping my sanity while travelling.
Summary: An awesome little gadget
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