Product Type: Apple MP3 players
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ipod nano? ipod nono more like
Apple iPod nano (6G) 8 GB
Member Name: milmol7
Apple iPod nano (6G) 8 GB
Advantages: Plays itunes, good personalisation options, good sound
Disadvantages: Not user-friendly in terms of its size, too fiddly, doesn't look great
When my beloved and trusty ipod nano 2G succumbed to the dreaded WHITE SCREEN OF DEATH just a week before a holiday last year, I knew I would have to replace it as a matter of urgency - I never take a holiday without my ipod, and I use it all the time in my car too.
Fortunately I'd built up a useful quantity of Tesco points, and money being tight due to the hol I knew that buying it from Tesco with £60 off was the only way I'd be getting one.
When I got to the display and saw the latest Nano 8gb (full price at the time £104) I was really taken aback. I use my ipod all the time, as I said, but in no way do I keep up with the world of gadgetry or what "generation" of this or that we are up to. At first I thought it was a shuffle, being apparently just over an inch square, but no - the label definitely said Nano. I didn't spend any time at this point in the process - I was getting a new Nano come what may, I had the fittings in the car and I had a holiday 2 days away. I suppose I was expecting a sleeker updated version of my old Nano, this gave the impression of being a bit of a come down.
~GETTING TO GRIPS~
Anyway, purchase made, I headed home to get everything set up. Firstly - it was charged, ready to go out of the box which was a bonus. Secondly I had no problems whatsoever in syncing it with my itunes. I think I googled a couple of questions on the subject and it did it no trouble.
So now to the actual kit itself. With no click wheel (boohoo) I did quickly got the hang of the swipe-through approach to scanning through menus and screens. After all, it's not rocket science - the main menu consists of music, radio, playlists, settings, fitness (Nike+), clock, podcasts, itunes U, voice memo and photos, and you scroll through them one at a time by swiping across left or right. When I went to look through my music, however, problems start to crop up. 3 and a half entries appear on the screen at a time - 3 lines of text on a screen 2.5cm square ... yes, quite small. If you want to select one of those tracks, you need to touch that line - so bear in mind, that area you need to hit is about 5mm maximum, and also only 3 at a time, that can amount to a LOT of scrolling! I couldn't understand then, and I'm no happier with it now, how that can be an improvement on the click wheel with central push option on the earlier models. Fortunately my hands are quite small, I don't see how anyone with large hands or fingers would be comfortable operating this particular nano. Swiping the screens may be no problem, but scrolling and selecting would be a nightmare.
Once you have familiarised yourself with the main operations on the Nano, you can personalise it in lots of ways, for instance arranging the menu in terms of what order they appear in, and whether you want 4 items to be displayed per screen or one item at a time, and what items you want to appear on your main menu - so you can ditch any that you won't need. Again, in my opinion, and even with my small fingers, the option of one item per screen is far preferable for usability. You can adjust sound in terms of Bass boost, whether you want "classical", "hip hop", "jazz" style etc, auto crossfade (between tracks), as well as its appearance - wallpaper, homescreen etc. There is nothing too radical there.
I did put the Nike+ fitness application, to use, it counts your steps, how many calories you burn etc. whilst wearing your nano. I found that quite a quirky little feature, and it did seem quite accurate. Obviously I had the best intentions to use it every day and to up my daily steps, but once back from hols that didn't last long! It's a good feature, though, particularly if you are wanting to use this whilst running or power-walking.
The Nano itself has a nice enough feel to it, a solid and classy metallic casing (mine is silver) and a really bright clear screen covering the entire front. Covering the back of it is a clip which is operated by a simple spring type mechanism. If you want to clip the nano to your t-shirt neck or pocket, and still be able to see the screen the correct way up as you look at it, you can rotate the orientation of the screen by an action of "gripping" the screen and using turning motion. It's not as difficult to do as it is to describe!
One feature I thought was great was a "shake" feature whereby if you give the Nano a shake it senses the motion and moves onto/skips to the next track. Typical that this would be one thing I thought was great, yet to this day have not managed to get the hang of! I can very occasionally get it to pick up the shake motion, but to be honest I've just given up on that one - maybe there's some magic technique - if you could get it to work it would be a great feature. Otherwise, to scan to the next track it's a swipe across the screen.
The only physical buttons on this Nano are the "+" and "-" volume buttons and an off/sleep switch. A quick press of the power button will put the Nano to sleep whilst a longer press will switch it off. I found I failed at this a few times, thinking I had switched it off whilst I'd only put it to sleep - you need to wait until the dark screen with the apple logo appears, and its not all that easy to see especially in the sun.
The ipod Nano is the cheapest way of getting my music to travel around with me, including in my car, whilst maintaining control over what I'm listening to (i.e. other than a Shuffle). But under any other circumstances I would not have chosen this 6th Generation design model. It's not particularly attractive to look at and it's not user friendly, the only two things I really want it to be. I'm sure if I had a need for the other things it does then those benefits may offset my two big negatives, but my needs are pretty basic in the ipod world, and this particular model does not fit my bill.
The pluses ... It comes with the usual set of earphones, it's light (unnoticeable) to carry around, not to mention tiny to pop in your pocket (or more likely - lose in your handbag!!) and of course, it runs your itunes with all the usual itunes features collating, organising and sorting your music. Those boxes all ticked, the last 'plus' being the biggest factor of all, versus the two fairly big 'minus' boxes ticked I think I'm left with a fairly sad rating of 3 out of 5. I still wouldn't be without my ipod Nano, but I wish my old one would have just survived past this particular model.
Summary: This nano has all the itunes functionality you need, but my advice is go for a different generation
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